The current prices for Apple’s equipment make many look to the secondary market when buying an iPhone or iPad. There you can buy the coveted gadget at a more favorable price, but it’s worth to be very careful not to fall into the hands of scammers who can sell “bricks” to trustful customers.
About activation blocking
You probably know about Activation Lock, which appeared in iOS 7 (if not, then you better know about it now, and not after buying a locked iOS device). Its essence lies in the fact that when you turn on the “Find iPhone / iPad” function, the device is bound to the owner’s ID. In case of loss or theft of the gadget in order to start using it, you will need to enter the password from the Apple ID.
Here the most interesting begins. Cases when dishonest sellers sell blocked iPhones and iPads are very often. You buy a smartphone or tablet under the guise of a worker, and when you turn it on, you discover a lock screen and a request to enter the Apple ID password, which neither you nor the seller, of course, know. This is a dead end. You can not bypass the iCloud lock. No way. At all.
How to check
Fortunately, to protect yourself when buying an iPhone or iPad with your hands can. And for this you do not need to be a genius in the forehead.
- Ask the seller IMEI or the serial number of the iOS device (the refusal should become for you an occasion to reflect on its decency).
- Go to the Apple website and go to the activation lock check page.
- Enter the captcha and click the “Continue” button.
After that, the service will give an answer, and if it turns out that the device is still tied to an Apple ID, do not buy it until the seller discards the activation lock. How to verify this, you already know.