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Buying a i Device icloud questions ?

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So im interested in buying an i device and wished to know what is this icloud locked ive seen all over and how/what should i do in buying a second hand idevice ? Read More
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
So im interested in buying an i device and wished to know what is this icloud locked ive seen all over and how/what should i do in buying a second hand idevice ?
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Simple, go into the settings and see if it is logged into an iCloud account. If there is no account and it asks you to login in it is fine.
#2
Get the imei or serial and check here

https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/

Also worth getting a checkmend report for £2

https://www.checkmend.com/uk
#3
Ive just checked the serial number and its showing as locked is that because he hasn't reset the device yet ?
#4
If its an iPhone ;

a genuine seller won't mind you doing the following ;

reset to factory settings (settings-general-reset-erase all content and settings)

insert your own sim card

sign in to iTunes

send yourself a text message (this is testing the touchscreen and that its connecting to your network ok)

make a call to someone (this ensures the mic and speaker work)

ask the seller if you could connect to there wifi (this is to test the wifi antennae) remove your sim first


I'be bought several iPhones over the past couple of years and following the above have never had a problem.


I also ensure I go to the sellers address, if a seller refuses to give the address and insists on meeting or delivering I refuse to follow through with the purchase, a genuine seller won't mind you going to there address.

IF a seller was contemplating reporting the handset as stolen at a later date, then having there address at least gives you a point of contact, you've still got an iPhone paperweight but at least you could 'ask' for your money back.
#5
andynicol
If its an iPhone ;
a genuine seller won't mind you doing the following ;
reset to factory settings (settings-general-reset-erase all content and settings)
insert your own sim card
sign in to iTunes
send yourself a text message (this is testing the touchscreen and that its connecting to your network ok)
make a call to someone (this ensures the mic and speaker work)
ask the seller if you could connect to there wifi (this is to test the wifi antennae) remove your sim first
I'be bought several iPhones over the past couple of years and following the above have never had a problem.
I also ensure I go to the sellers address, if a seller refuses to give the address and insists on meeting or delivering I refuse to follow through with the purchase, a genuine seller won't mind you going to there address.
IF a seller was contemplating reporting the handset as stolen at a later date, then having there address at least gives you a point of contact, you've still got an iPhone paperweight but at least you could 'ask' for your money back.
Its an iPad so say i go there and set up and login to my iTunes account and password and that all works fine does that mean im good to go ?

Edited By: GQ Man on Jan 03, 2017 12:14
#6
GQ Man
andynicol
If its an iPhone ;
a genuine seller won't mind you doing the following ;
reset to factory settings (settings-general-reset-erase all content and settings)
insert your own sim card
sign in to iTunes
send yourself a text message (this is testing the touchscreen and that its connecting to your network ok)
make a call to someone (this ensures the mic and speaker work)
ask the seller if you could connect to there wifi (this is to test the wifi antennae) remove your sim first
I'be bought several iPhones over the past couple of years and following the above have never had a problem.
I also ensure I go to the sellers address, if a seller refuses to give the address and insists on meeting or delivering I refuse to follow through with the purchase, a genuine seller won't mind you going to there address.
IF a seller was contemplating reporting the handset as stolen at a later date, then having there address at least gives you a point of contact, you've still got an iPhone paperweight but at least you could 'ask' for your money back.
Its an iPad so say i go there and set up and login to my iTunes account and password and that all works fine does that mean im good to go ?


For an iPad I'd still do a factory reset, sign into iTunes and play about with the camera to ensure that was working.

Watch a video on YouTube or similar to ensure speakers were working, this would also test the wifi.
#7
You can't reset an iOS device without signing out of iCloud now anyway, short of doing it via DFU mode on a computer. *Might* be wrong but from what I recall, in order to erase all content and settings you need to enter your iCloud password - at that point it will sign out from Find My iPhone and Activation Lock. At that point you should be OK, aside from the potential issue of them blocking the phone a few days or weeks later - this has nothing to do with iOS devices themselves though. You used to be able to reset an iDevice without it prompting you to turn off Find My iPhone, but this led to Apple Stores (and other sellers) taking in returns that were permanently locked and unusable because, I guess, not every store assistant remembered to tell them to turn it off, whereas most people would instinctively wipe their phones before handing them over.

If you're buying something privately and you don't think the personal is trustworthy or have your doubts I would suggest that you buy from a high street store, online store or from someone you know and trust. I never buy phones off eBay or Gumtree anymore because the one time you get scammed is often more than the extra cost of multiple high street phone purchases.

Edited By: misterleoni on Jan 03, 2017 13:15: Error
#8
misterleoni
You can't reset an iOS device without signing out of iCloud now anyway, short of doing it via DFU mode on a computer. *Might* be wrong but from what I recall, in order to erase all content and settings you need to enter your iCloud password - at that point it will sign out from Find My iPhone and Activation Lock. At that point you should be OK, aside from the potential issue of them blocking the phone a few days or weeks later - this has nothing to do with iOS devices themselves though. You used to be able to reset an iDevice without it prompting you to turn off Find My iPhone, but this led to Apple Stores (and other sellers) taking in returns that were permanently locked and unusable because, I guess, not every store assistant remembered to tell them to turn it off, whereas most people would instinctively wipe their phones before handing them over.

If you're buying something privately and you don't think the personal is trustworthy or have your doubts I would suggest that you buy from a high street store, online store or from someone you know and trust. I never buy phones off eBay or Gumtree anymore because the one time you get scammed is often more than the extra cost of multiple high street phone purchases.


That's why I just go straight to a reset, as I'd be resetting to factory settings anyway, saves having to check iCloud is signed out then going to reset, straight to reset is slightly quicker.
#9
andynicol
If its an iPhone ;
a genuine seller won't mind you doing the following ;
reset to factory settings (settings-general-reset-erase all content and settings)
insert your own sim card
sign in to iTunes
send yourself a text message (this is testing the touchscreen and that its connecting to your network ok)
make a call to someone (this ensures the mic and speaker work)
ask the seller if you could connect to there wifi (this is to test the wifi antennae) remove your sim first
I'be bought several iPhones over the past couple of years and following the above have never had a problem.
I also ensure I go to the sellers address, if a seller refuses to give the address and insists on meeting or delivering I refuse to follow through with the purchase, a genuine seller won't mind you going to there address.
IF a seller was contemplating reporting the handset as stolen at a later date, then having there address at least gives you a point of contact, you've still got an iPhone paperweight but at least you could 'ask' for your money back.
I like your process of checking :D
#10
Lucky88
andynicol
If its an iPhone ;
a genuine seller won't mind you doing the following ;
reset to factory settings (settings-general-reset-erase all content and settings)
insert your own sim card
sign in to iTunes
send yourself a text message (this is testing the touchscreen and that its connecting to your network ok)
make a call to someone (this ensures the mic and speaker work)
ask the seller if you could connect to there wifi (this is to test the wifi antennae) remove your sim first
I'be bought several iPhones over the past couple of years and following the above have never had a problem.
I also ensure I go to the sellers address, if a seller refuses to give the address and insists on meeting or delivering I refuse to follow through with the purchase, a genuine seller won't mind you going to there address.
IF a seller was contemplating reporting the handset as stolen at a later date, then having there address at least gives you a point of contact, you've still got an iPhone paperweight but at least you could 'ask' for your money back.
I like your process of checking :D


The only thing I think I miss is checking the Bluetooth, think I'd test the sellers patience if I paired with a device to test that, luckily I've never had a problem in that respect.

I have though declined to meet several sellers as they wouldn't give me there address, so I narrow down the potential of buying a defective or dodgy handset.

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#11
THX for all the answers just got back all was legit the guy reset/deleted all account info infront of me then allowed me to setup my iTunes whilst in his house, now its time to sell my iPad 3.

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