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How to check an Activation Lock before buying an used iPhone?

Check if the phone you want to buy is safe!

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:

This IMEI number is invalid!

What is an Activation Lock?Lock Iphone

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.

How does Activation Lock work?

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.

 

How to check an Activation Lock?

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!

  1. In the first step enter your IMEI number to the empty bracket and click Check.
    Checking IMEI
     
  2. Or just enter IMEI number in the field below and click Check iCloud Status:

    This IMEI number is invalid!


     
  3. Now you can see the whole specification of your iPhone. If you want to check Activation Lock you should choose Find My iPhone & iCloud Status.
    Find My iPhone
     
  4. In the last step just click Make an order.
    Make an order
     
  5. You can get three results:

    355372086074xxx: FMI STATUS: LOST  (ON)
    it means that your device has an Activation Lock and was reported as lost or stolen

    or

    359166079843xxx: FMI STATUS: CLEAN (ON)
    it means that your device has an Activation Lock

    or

    359177070166xxx: FMI STATUS: OFF
    it means that your device hasn't Activation Lock

You can watch the video below as well:

How to remove Activation Lock?

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.

  • You can turn off Find My iPhone in Settings, here you can check how to do it,
  • You can erase the device entirely, check - here.

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.

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