How to buy a used/have an iPhone without checking the activation lock

Buying iPhone, used is always a dilemma. You never know what conditions were exploited by the smartphone and how gently he was treated by the previous owner. However, the assessment of the external condition of the gadget is just the tip of the iceberg of potential problems. It is equally important to make sure that buying almost new iPhone that hasty guy with a backpack, you don’t become a victim of fraud, and the new clothes one day does not turn into a brick. Without checking the activation lock to make it became more complex.

  • First, make sure that the built-in device scanner Touch ID knows its owner longer than you. To do this, ask the seller to turn on and unlock the gadget;
  • If necessary, break a few purchased between iPhone and Apple Watch seller in My watch tab of the relevant application;
  • Now go to Settings ā€” iCloud. Scroll down and click “Exit”. In iOS 7 or earlier, click the “Delete account”;

  • Confirm and exit by selecting “Delete from my iPhone”, ask the seller to enter the password for the account;
  • Repeat the same steps in the settings section of the iTunes Store and App Store.

  • Go back to Settings and navigate to General ā€” Reset ā€” “Erase all content and settings”. This action will return the smartphone to its factory configurations.

  • Finally, follow this link to iCloud and check the list of attached devices for the absence of the gadget. To decouple the smartphone or tablet in the Settings app.

This method was approved by the technical support of Apple in Russia. Resume check service activation lock to the near future is expected.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! Iā€™m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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