Do you want to buy a phone from a legal source? Good! Then, you must check the activation lock. It will help you to find out if the device which you want to buy isn't stolen or the previous owner has not forgotten to unlock the iPhone.
The Activation Lock makes iPhones less attractive to thieves. How does it protect your phone and what is it? Let's check!
Enter IMEI number in the field below and click Check iCloud Status:
Activation Lock is a feature of Find My iPhone that's designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone even if it's lost or stolen. When you turn on Find My iPhone automatically Activation Lock is enabled. Even if you remove the device remotely, the Activation Lock can still be working and deter users from reactivating the device without your permission. Before an iPhone can be activated with a new account, it needs to be removed from yours. All you have to do is turn on Find My iPhone. Don't forget about your Apple ID and password is necessary every time when you log into your Find My iPhone.
When Find My iPhone is turning on on your iPhone Apple registers your device by connecting your Apple ID with the device ID on its activation servers. Then your mobile phone is protected automatically. Just in case when you lose your device potential thief can do nothing. To unlock the device then, they need your Apple ID and password. Even if they reset your device, they still won't be able to reactivate and use your iPhone without removing the Activation Look.
All that you need to check Activation Lock is your IMEI number. If you're thinking of buying a new phone and you want to check Activation Lock you should ask the seller about this IMEI number. If he is honest, he will certainly doesn't have a problem to give you that. When you already have an IMEI you can check your status at our IMEI.info website!
You can watch the video below as well:
There are two ways to disable Activation Lock, which you would need to do before sending it in for service or selling it to someone who will need to reactivate it on another account.
In either case, you will be prompted to enter your iCloud password first - that's the key fact that a thief is unlikely to know.