Today, If you want to own a Apple product it’s really expensive and it is much more difficult to buy a new iPhone or iPad, so more and more people put off for later purchase, or acquire a second-hand model / refurbished one. However, when buying a second hand iPhone / iPad there is always a risk to buy a device tied to someone else’s account, or it can be stolen.
Even if the device is fully operational, sellers often leave the active lock activation. When buying a handheld device, be sure to take and install your account on your iPhone. When purchasing a used iPhone, or iPad necessarily make sure that the Find my iPhone has been turned off in the Settings > iCloud > “Find my iPhone. Otherwise, it may be subjected to remote lock. These simple steps will save you from mistakes and help find missing.
Technohacker publishes a guide on how to protect yourself from the purchase of the old owner of a locked iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Step 1: Find out the IMEI-identifier or serial number of your iPhone or iPad, by dailing *#06# or go to Settings > General > About > IMEI
Step 2: Open the page “Checking the activation”lock” on the site Apple.
Step 3: Enter the serial number or IMEI, as well as the verification code of safety (CAPTCHA), click continue to get the result.
Step 4: If the message appears in front of you with the content “lock activation: On.” This means that, for future u need the account information of the owner. Please former user and ask them to remove the device from your account. If the lock is activated off, you can safely install your Apple ID and free to use the gadget.
So if you have seen “activation lock” OFF, that means the handset is safe to purchase and just make sure the source from where you are buying is trust worthy and for just reference you can ask for purchase bill of the hanset.
By the way, if you are going to sell or give iOS-device, before sending the gadget to another user is required to turn off the “Find my iPhone” and remove all your data.
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