How to check activation lock before purchase used iPhone and iPad

For the function Find my iPhone Apple has provided the possibility of activation lock, which prevents the use of iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if its ever lost or stolen. Before buying a smartphone or tablet owner, you should make sure that the device is not locked to its former owners. If you update or factory reset on these gadgets will need to enter the account settings of its owner.

“Find my iPhone” in addition to detective to search for stolen devices is still personal and is an expert when buying an idevice. Knowing only the IMEI of the gadget, it is possible to avoid purchasing a stolen iPhone or iPad. To verify the binding to a specific account you do not need any accounts or passwords.

How to protect yourself from buying old owner locked iOS devices later in our instruction.

How to check lock status iPhone

Before buying a gadget over the Internet, ask the seller to provide the IMEI number of the device. For this you need to do the following:

Step 1: Open the mobile device Settings app.

Step 2: go to General ā€“> About device.

Step 3: Scroll down to the IMEI.

Step 3: Open this link in your browser

Step 4: Enter the IMEI of the gadget, to specify the code from the image and click “Continue”.

In that case, if the activation lock is active, a notification will appear. On the screen of the activation lock status of your Apple recommends to return the alien device to the rightful owner or to log out of iCloud and erase all data before selling iPhone or iPad. If you see the words “activation Lock: off.” ā€“ all right.

Before you buy an iPhone with the hands

If you personally buy an iPhone or iPad when meeting with the seller, you should disable activation lock. For this you need to do the following:

Step 1: Open your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Settings app.

Step 2: Go to “Settings” > iCloud ā€“> Find my iPhone.

Step 3: put the switch “Find my iPhone” to the Off position. The seller must enter the password from your account.

Better if the iPhone owner will completely lose information on ustroistve before handing it over to you. To do this, go to the menu “Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings”.

Read more about how how to correctly prepare for the sale of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can be found here.

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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