How to check if an iPhone is iCloud locked or unlocked


Craigslist can be a tricky place if you are looking to buy a used iPhone: you simply often don't know much about the seller or the phone itself, and the biggest problem with devices that you know nothing about is that they could be stolen.

Luckily for most consumers, iPhone theft has decreased significantly since Apple introduced iCloud locking the devices that will basically render stolen iPhones useless. However, if you happen to buy a phone that is iCloud-locked, you are pretty much screwed.

So here is the first thing that you should do when buying a used iPhone: check whether it is iCloud locked or not. Luckily, it's all a very simple process, just follow these steps and make sure to buy unlocked devices that you can actually use.

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13 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Cool. Its like an unlocked bootloader for apple haha.

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Um, no not at all. It's a tool to use before you buy an iPhone to make sure you can get past the set-up. If an iPhone is iCloud locked it is a brick. Unless you can contact the original owner or provide Apple with a death certificate it will not be unlocked. There are countless 'methods' on YouTube to get around this, but NONE of them are viable.

3. discharge unregistered

This is such a stupid article anyone should know this?? You have to delete a iPhone out and before you can even do this I cloud has to be turned off!! Otherwise your information will still be on there, plus all you have to do is ask for the serial number and IMEI number and call the carrier aka t mobile, sprint, AT&T, or Verizon they will gladly let you know if it's stolen or has a balance on it!! If the seller refuses well obviously it's a fake or stolen or bad IMEI!!! I sell apple and android on eBay all day all year!! As for Craig's list haa that site is where all the scam artists sell there junk!! Common sense here

12. hawkant89

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 05, 2018

Okay so if you want to get technical it’s a proven fact that people get scammed 4 times more by people they never meet aka ebay/Amazon then people that actually get to meet the person they are buying stuff from like Craigslist,offer up, let go etc. you get the point

13. hawkant89

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 05, 2018

I love craigslist the best and smoothest way I have bought in a while eBay and Amazon I have always had some kind of issue with someone stealing my package or getting something completely different sent to me

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Smart thing to do is have the person meet you at a carrier store or an Apple Store in daylight, whichever is closes. If they don't want to, then don't deal with them. It's called common sense.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bingo!!

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Lol in my country we buy and sell icloud locked devices for parts.

6. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Funny how so many people who come to a phone site know this and mock it for being here. I'd rather send my friends or family a link they can follow rather than explain it 20 times. Thanks PA.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

People love negative......

10. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I love lazy.

8. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Buy phone on CL is no guarantee anything, even at the time you bought the phone everything work and seem to legit and can turn bad months later. Happen to me twice

9. aymnga

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

Nicee

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