iCloud Must be Turned Off when you purchase or sell a used iPhone
You could have avoided all the problems that come with getting stuck with an iCloud locked phone by simply making sure you have turned this option OFF when selling your iPhone and also making sure it is OFF when buying a second hand iPhone.
Follow the following steps to turn off the Activation lock:
- Tap Settings > [your name].
- croll down and tap Sign Out.
- Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.
What to do if you buy or find an iPhone that is Activation locked [iCloud locked]
Now let's imagine the seller genuinely forgot to sign out of iCloud and you forgot to check. Now you can't use the iPhone you bought and the seller is unresponsive to your messages. With the IMEI number you can also check the database using our IMEI CHECKER service to see if Find My iPhone feature is turned OFF or not. If it's on, that leaves you with only a few options.
Screen Prompts: If you can access some features of the iPhone, it is possible the previous owner had left a message with their phone number to contact them.
Bypass the iCloud Lock: if you end up buying an iOS device with the iCloud lock on and can’t contact the original owner of the device, you will have no other option but to pay to remove the Activation lock from the device. It will require you to wait several days [up to several weeks, sometimes] and also spend some serious money.
How can I remove or Bypass the iCloud Activation on an iPhone
There are many websites that claim to successfully fix Activation Locked phones however a majority of them are scams [really]. They will take your money and say that the phone was reported stolen and then show you their websites fine print that you are not eligible for a refund from them. Word of caution, read the fine print carefully when dealing with such companies. I can't mention there names here but they have the words imei and iphone or official in their website address. They have paid posts on blogs all over the internet [and come up first on Google], it's a shame that it's so hard to get genuine reviews with integrity from "sponsored bloggers" these days. Sometimes you can find some accurate feedback about a company on Reddit. That's where I read about
iCloud removal Scams
When it comes to removing Activation Lock from an iOS device, you shouldn’t trust everyone. Anyone claiming to be able to do it for only $20 or even $40 is almost definitely a scam. We are paying our trustworthy suppliers up to one or two hundred dollars to get it removed. If it was so cheap then we would buy the $20 service too and maybe resell it for $25, but unfortunately their services are just scams.
What is the difference between Blacklisted and iCloud Clean or Lost
Being reported as blacklisted or not blacklisted (clean) is not the same thing as iCloud Lost or Clean. The blacklist status has to do with your carrier. If you report the phone as lost to the carrier then it will be on the national blacklist and no other carrier will allow it on their network. Whereas iCloud Lost or Clean has nothing to do with your carrier. This status means it was reported to Apple as lost and in the iCloud account it is marked as lost. They are 2 different things.
If you want to remove the iCloud account some services require the phone not to be reported lost in iCloud. How to find out? You will need to call Apple and ask them directly, If you want to avoid this then you can order our fifty cent service called "Apple iPhone - iCloud clean/lost check."
We can tell you within a few seconds or a couple minutes whether it is iCloud lost or Clean.
How to Bypass iCloud Activation Lock on the iPhone [iOS 7 to 12 and later versions.]
Did you recently purchase a used iPhone and realized that the phone is locked to the previous iCloud account? If your iPhone has an iCloud lock on it, it means that regardless of how much you paid for your second-hand phone, the previous owner can still block you from using it. They can do this by keeping the device locked to their iCloud account and not allowing you to log into the phone.The only way around this is to get an iCloud unlocked. It frees your phone from the previous owner’s account and allows you to setup your own unlocked iCloud account on that phone, meaning you can start making calls, sending messages, and using apps.
At the start of 2014, Apple added a quirk to iOS7 that changed the way that iPhone accounts were made available. It was a little thing called iCloud Bypass Activation Lock. The change made to iOS 7 (and carried through to iOS10, iOS11 and iOS 12) is that your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch is now locked to your personal iCloud account.
This means when you restart your Apple device you have to enter your iCloud username and password to access the features, functions, and files.
It’s not a big problem when you’re just using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, but when you buy a second-hand device on eBay, and the seller doesn’t remove their iCloud details or give you his access details, the phone is useless. Literally, useless.
It doesn’t matter if you reset it, jailbreak it, allow the battery to run completely flat, or pay someone to hack into it, you couldn’t use the iPhone. That means your down $400 or more for a used iPhone that doesn't work. Ulitmately you are left with most expensive paperweight you’ve ever purchased.
In response to the massive demand that suddenly sprung up from disgruntled consumers who’d legitimately bought an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch and couldn’t use it, clever providers started investigating ways to bypass this barrier.
There were a lot of false starts and loopholes closed by Apple, but eventually, a fool-proof loophole emerged. And now, you can get the iCloud activation lock removed and use the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch you paid your hard earned money for.
Choosing the right iCloud Unlock Provider
With all the providers flooding the market, it became difficult to tell who could legitimately unlock your iCloud account and who was just a scam shopfront setup to rip you off.
After being scammed three times by ‘Official’ unlock solutions, I decided to test and review them to find out who was the most reliable.
Top iCloud Unlock Provider
As with anything in life, not all iCloud activation unlock providers are the same. Some have low prices but no customer support. Some will answer your email within five minutes, but take four weeks to unlock your iPhone.
After assessing 9 providers and testing them, we have found the cheapest, fastest and most reliable service providers for icloud removal.
Canada Unlocking – 9.5/10 (Best iCloud Unlock Provider)
CanadaUnlocking.com is the number 1 choice for iCloud unlocks. We’ve tested them based on the above four criteria and they came out top in all four.
First of all, they unlocked every device we sent them. They were assigned versions of iPads and iPhone models from 6 to XS to unlock and completed every single one of them (the only one to do so). That’s always a good place to start.
Secondly, they unlocked them all quickly. The total time for completing all twelve iPhones was only a TOTAL of 24 days. This is the breakdown:
- 1 x iPhone X – 2 days
- 1 x iPhone XS – 2 days
- 1 x iPhone XS Max – 2 days
- 1 x iPhone 8 – 3 days
- 1 x iPhone 7 – 2 days
- 1 x iPhone 7 Plus – 2 days
- 1 x iPhone 6 – 1 day
- 1 x iPhone 6 Plus – 2 days
- 1 x iPhone 6s – 2 days
- 1 x iPhone 6s Plus – 1 day
- 1 x iPad Pro 2018 – 3 days
- 1 x iPad Air – 2 days