Buying a used iPhone 5c. How to know it won't we iCloud locked.

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  1. jonawand macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I might be buying a used iPhone 5c for about half of the retail price.

    But I don't know how I could be 100% sure that the device won't be iCloud locked?

    I will be able to test the device before purshase. What should I asked the current owner to do so that I can set-up the iPhone like a new one?

    Thanks in advance

    Regards,

    Jon
     
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Attempt to set up the phone before buying. Be there in person when the seller wipes the phone. If it asks for a password to do so, and the seller cannot provide the password, it's locked and you should not buy it.
     
  3. jonawand thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!

    And what actions should he take to delete everything so I can set it up as new?
     
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    Settings, General, Reset, Erase All Content and Settings. That will wipe the phone.
     
  5. jonawand thread starter macrumors member

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    Once again, thanks!
     
  6. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    Erase all content and settings, not reset.

    Using the erase function will bring you to the setup screen, where, if you have a SIM card, you'll be able to confirm it's not activation locked.
     
  7. jonawand thread starter macrumors member

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    Is there any other way I can be sure there's no simlock on the device. I don't have a nano sim yet..
     
  8. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    No. Bring a nano sim or have the seller bring his or hers.
     
  9. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    I would meet the seller at the carrier (you have), iPhone is locked to so everything goes right.
     
  10. Bacong macrumors 68000

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    don't waste your time wiping it. Just have him go into his settings and turn off Find My iPhone.

    If he's worth his salt as a seller, he'll have the phone wiped with Find My iPhone already turned off.
     
  11. jonawand thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks all for the info.

    So the seller will be able so erase everything (especially find my phone) from the device itself.

    He doens't have to go online to icloud te erase it?
    Is there any way he could turn find my phone on back again by going online, even when the iphone is reset/erased to configure as new?

    Regards
     
  12. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    That's what I meant :cool:
     

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