You can personalize your Apple device such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or iPod with a laser engraving. The engraving can be a short meaningful phrase, someone’s name, initials, or other small section of text. The engraving appears on the back of the device near the top.


There are two primary ways to get your Apple device personally engraved.


Have the device engraved when you order online:

Various Apple iPods that can be EngravedCredit: By User:Aido2002 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The online Apple Store at allows you to chose exactly what you’re personalized message, name, or phrase will say. Be sure to select “Free Engraving” from the list of options when adding the iDevice to your online shopping cart. Pay attention to the terms of the free engraving such as forbidden words and phrases and character limits (number of letters, symbols, or numbers allowed). Keep in mind that this service is free but will add time to your estimated shipping time up to a few extra days to a few extra weeks. 


If you forgot to get the device engraved online by Apple, you have another option. You can find a jeweler or electronics store that does custom laser engravings and have them engrave words on the back of your Apple device. Picture of an original iPhone cell phone.Credit: By Carl Berkeley from Riverside California [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThey must do laser engravings and not mechanical engravings which can damage the device. This will not be free and costs will vary depending on the device, the size of the engraving, and the person doing the engraving of the iPod or other device.


These are the only two options available for engraving your Apple product. Apple does not do in store engravings and Apple products bought from third party sellers can not be engraved by Apple. If you take your device to an Apple store or third party seller for engraving later on you will be turned away. You also can not return the device to Apple for engraving. 

Apple iPad that can be engraved.Credit: By Encryptedruler (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Remember to carefully choose your engraving as once you engrave an Apple product, Apple will not take the product back. Additionally, a personalized engraving can greatly decrease the resale value of your iPod, iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch device.

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