Apple watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by alycoh, May 30, 2019.

  1. alycoh macrumors newbie


    May 30, 2019
    I just recently bought a series 3 Apple Watch from a mutual friend for $150. It is in great condition but the only problem is that I can’t get it to set up with my iPhone. The previous owner never removed it from their iCloud and she no longer will message me to help me get it to work. I want to know if there is a loop hole around this? I definitely don’t wanna believe that I wasted $150 on this watch for it not to work for me. People who sell things and don’t bother to remove it from their device first irritate me. I’ve sent her multiple messages and she only ignores me. Someone please help me!
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    As far as I know there is no way around this. Always confirm that “Find my iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch” is disabled before buying a used Apple device.
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Well, you should’ve asked her to remove activation lock from her sold Apple Watch before you gave the money. With that being said, you could see if it is possible to pair and use that Apple Watch, but I doubt you can.
    But, if she unpairs the watch before selling, the activation lock will be removed during the process.
  4. Banglazed macrumors demi-god


    Apr 17, 2017
    Cupertino, CA
    Tell her to sign into Find My iPhone and remove the watch from it so you will be able to activate it. If not, she is definitely not a good friend. It is definitely not that hard to do, unless it's not hers? if you can't unlink it, its basically useless and there is no way around it.
  5. snawaey macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2019
    This. Sold my Apple Watch and unpaired it from my phone. Was well on my way and buyer called me stating it’s locked to my iCloud. I wasn’t too excited about having to give him my password to unlock. So told him to give me a sec. Called Apple and confirmed if I can unlock remotely and not have to be present with the device. They confirmed I can by removing it by logging into my iCloud account and removing the device. Simple. Have her know about this way.
  6. Itinj24 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2017
    New York
    OP is saying that this mutual friend is non responsive
  7. rgyiv macrumors regular


    Jan 30, 2018
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    After you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone, you have to separately remove it from your iCloud account. That’s the mistake that most make when selling their Apple Watch online, and puts them in a situation where they get in trouble with eBay or any other selling site. It’s rudimentary, but something you have to remember.

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