Does Find My iPhone persist after a successful formatting?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nnauq, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. nnauq macrumors newbie


    Oct 7, 2016
    The Hague, Netherlands
    I'm looking into buying a second-hand iPhone, "without the box because I lost it", which sounds a bit suspicious. It isn't locked by Activation Lock, so either the seller is speaking the truth, or it is a lost/stolen phone, but the original owner isn't actively looking for it.

    If I were to buy the phone and fully restore it, and started to use it normally after setting it up completely, would a potential original owner be able to turn on Activation Lock on a later date, or does the tie to the original ID get lost after successfully linking it to a new one?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    That's been my experience, and until the recent problems (which sound to be on Apple's end), I haven't read any situation otherwise.

    The other situation you might want to consider is that the phone being sold was bought on a carrier payment plan, and all payments haven't been made. If the person making those payments to the carrier stops (even though the phone has since been sold to you), the carrier can blacklist the phone on their network.
  3. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Are you in the U.S.?
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If iCloud find my iPhone is not turned on then they cannot turn it on later.
    If it's already turned on under someone else's iCloud account you will not be able to remove it without the correct Apple ID and password.

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