Back from Aruba and my iPhone is unactivated.

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  1. lthompson macrumors member

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    Just got back from Aruba where I used my unlocked 5. Turned it on to get the photos off it and it is not activated and I have tried everything to do so. It says it is linked to an Apple ID but when I put it in i get the following message. I have tried restoring from iTunes but it says Find my Phone has to be turned off. I would call Apple but I had the phone unlocked by a third party. Any suggestions?
     

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  3. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    What happens when you connect it to the computer?
     
  4. photodesign macrumors member

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    That's what happens when you don't update the expired beta version of ios7.
     
  5. asleep macrumors 68040

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    Don't do that.
     
  6. lthompson thread starter macrumors member

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    Running IOS 7 Not sure if I upgraded to 7.0.2 before I left but I'm pretty sure I did. And when I hook it to the computer it says the IOS is update but when I try a restore it says to turn find my phone on the phone.
     
  7. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    Yep this happened to a lot of people right around this time and is yet another example of why you shouldn't mess with beta software unless you know what you are doing.
     
  8. photodesign macrumors member

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    Getting Activation Error? Here’s How to Fix it.
     
  9. NikFinn macrumors 6502a

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    Are you positive it's not running the iOS 7 Beta 6?

    If it is see this guide

    Basically you want to:
    - Download 7.0.2 IPSW
    - Option (mac)/Shift (pc) click 'check for update' on iTunes 11.1
    - Select 7.0.2 IPSW

    This should get your phone running with no loss of data if you were part of the expired beta.
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Did you have Photo Stream turned on? If so, you can try retrieving your photos from iPhoto (or through the iCloud Control Panel on a PC). If that works, then I'd suggest going into DFU restore mode to restore your iPhone. That will erase all your settings and data, and you'll need to resync or restore from an iCloud backup, but it should work. To DFU restore, connect your iPhone to iTunes and do the following:
    • Power down
    • Hold down the power button for 3 seconds
    • Continue to hold down the power button, and press the home button for 10 seconds
    • Release the power button
    • A graphic will come up telling you to connect to iTunes.
    • Select "Restore" from the iPhone summary menu in iTunes.
     
  11. lthompson thread starter macrumors member

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    I did the same with my 5S and have no problem with it. However, I was not running IOS 7 Beta on it.
     
  12. photodesign macrumors member

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    You are right. It has nothing to do with being unlocked and everything to do with running the beta after it expired.
     
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