Apple removes iCloud Activation Lock website for reasons unknown


Without further notice, Apples recently removed pulled down its iCloud Activation Lock website, the fastest way to check if an iPhone is stolen or not. At first glance, the move strikes a blow to those third-party retailers selling second hand iPhones, but also to those who want to buy used iPhones from other persons.

Apple also updated its support documentation to take into consideration the removal of the website, and now advises customers who want to purchase used iPhones to turn the device on and slide to unlock. If the passcode lock screen or the Homescreen appears, the device hasn't been erased.

Obviously, this procedure can only be applied when two people meet in person, not when you're buying an iPhone online. Apple now says that it's up to you to ensure that the device is erased and no longer lined to the previous owner's account, if you decide to buy an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch from someone other than Apple or an authorized reseller.

For those who don't know, in order to erase an iPhone, you must head to Settings / General / Reset / Erase All Content and Settings. After the device setup process beings and the you're asked for the previous owner's Apple ID and password, it means the phone is still linked to their account.

The removal of the iCloud Activation Lock website certainly makes things a bit harder for iPhone fans, but what are Apple's gains on this is still a mystery.

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16 Comments

1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

There is no mystery. Apple gains more people buying used iPhones through them in order to avoid potential activation lockouts.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Makes sense. I was about to wonder why Apple would remove it, but I can see where they are coming from. Too many horror stories of people getting icloud locked devices.

2. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Very smart move on Apple's part. They are always thinking ahead.

6. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Are you blind?

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't bother.

14. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

What are you babbling about?

3. mourassa

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 29, 2017

Apple want people to purchase their Overpriced GARBAGE from them only and not from 3rd parties,they will never find Smart people such as myself buying their OVERPRICED GARBAGE.

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Not sure why people settle for them.

4. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

She do that so people have pay for service. Apple sale decline she have to think way to make money. Now, for those fanboy think competition is bad, this is a example why it is alway good to have choice.

5. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Greedy move again

8. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Probably to boost sales.

9. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

Just another greedy move by Apple. Now Apple cheerleaders and loyalty thugs won't know if their used iPhone is iCloud locked. What a bunch of suckers. You deserve what you get.

10. iCloud

Posts: 125; Member since: May 15, 2014

I am so happy to move away from apple/iphone. Very satisfied with my moto x pure i got under $260 on amazon. Made some money selling my iphone too.

13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Tim Crook: $$$ is our main target.

15. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

thinking a-head?

16. thinhdd13

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

It's bad. However I believe Apple has good reason to do so. Do hope they will recover this tool soon. In the mean time we can follow the instruction post in Phone Doctor Pro in Facebook as alternative way. Sorry I don't have the right to post an URL.

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