Apple Creates Tool to Check Activation Lock Status on iOS Devices

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    Apple has released a new Activation Lock Status tool (via iDownloadBlog) that will make it easier for people buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to avoid getting a device that is locked to another user.

    Accessible via iCloud.com, the Activation Lock Status Checker allows users to enter a Device IMEI or Serial number to check whether a device has Activation Lock turned on.

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    Activation Lock was introduced alongside iOS 7 and is designed to prevent iPhones and iPads from being stolen. When Find My iPhone is enabled, it effectively locks an iOS device to a user's Apple ID account, and even when wiped, the device will require the original Apple ID and password.

    Activation Lock has cut down on iPhone-related thefts in major cities, but it has also affected users who purchase an iOS device used. If Activation Lock is enabled, a used iOS device will be entirely useless until unlocked by the original owner.

    If an iOS device does have Activation Lock enabled, Apple's tool will give users a clear warning that an Apple ID and password will be required before another user can activate the device. It also provides instructions on how to remove Activation Lock from a used device, which requires contacting the previous owner.

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    Anyone who is purchasing or selling a used iOS device should find Apple's new tool very useful, as it can be used before a transaction takes place to ensure the iOS device will be usable by the new owner.

    Article Link: Apple Creates Tool to Check Activation Lock Status on iOS Devices
     
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    Seems like a major score for Apple in the wake of all the -gates of the past few weeks. This will definitely help many people, the buyers to not get screwed over by buying a stolen phone and the sellers (to get screwed over for trying to sell stolen phones)
     
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    Very welcome addition.

    I get my iDevices new from my carrier or elsewhere, but it's nice to know there's this little wall of worry torn down in case I or someone I help with purchasing a device needs/wants to buy a used one.

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    It would be nice that if Apple allows us access this site using iOS Safari. Tried on iPhone, but would not work on iOS Safari
     
  7. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

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    Great. Now how to educate the people who need it most?
     
  8. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    Thats awesome Apple! Now I can buy used devices without being as worried as I have been. Now I just ask the seller for the serial or IMEI.
     
  9. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    How about they create a tool that checks for bugs in their software? Seems like they could use that.
     
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    Yeah, seriously. The people that are conned into buying a locked device won't be helped by this change.
     
  11. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

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    Good question
     
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    Regardless of this I'd always ask for the serial number AND IMEI before buying the device.

    And get it on paper/written in digital, protocoled form. (e.g. through eBay Messages)

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  13. randyj macrumors regular

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    Can't wait to check who is using my stolen ipad!!
    Apple last year said they could not give out who was using it without a court order. Didn't care about the iPad being stolen, just the 10k of camera equipment that went with it...
     
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    Eek that is one ugly page. Not very Apple. They must have had an intern whip that up very quickly.
     
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    Isn't this tool easy to abuse though? Someone could potentially give out a legit number, while selling a device with another...
     
  18. eww7633 macrumors regular

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    This won't help you with that. This will just confirm whether activation lock is on or off, not what Apple ID has activated the lock.
     
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Doesn't really seem that this would relate to that.
     
  20. Slix macrumors 65816

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    Glad to see this, gives us peace of mind when buying a used device online, for sure.
     
  21. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    A dead-simple yet very effective solution. If it works reliably as advertised, this is a great tool to take some of the risk out of buying used iDevices. Could avoid a potentially expensive mistake.
     
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    Excellent tool. I hope Apple also provide carrier "Locked" or "Unlocked" information.
     
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    Nice tools, this is good for checking a potential device purchase, as well as for selling you can show it to a buyer to prove you removed the activation lock on it.
     

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