How to avoid icloud lock after restore?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by the496rocket, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. the496rocket macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2016
    Okay heres the story of what happened to me. I have an iphone 6 and bought a 6s from someone. it was all unlocked and ready to go. I put my icloud credentials in and the phone was set up no problem and working, however I restored from the incorrect icloud backup. So i went into settings and reset the phone, all content and settings. upon setting up again, it is asking me for an icloud id and password that is NOT MINE....... ?????

    The phone i created the restore with, my iphone 6 is jailbroken, The only thing i can think of is that some of the apps on the restore are linked to someone elses ID, cause they were downloaded after jailbreak from a different app store. I still dont understand though as the main apple ID the phone was set up with was my own and said so in Icloud settings. I dont understand why its asking me for a different one upon resetting.

    Anyway I know the phone is useless now and I cant do anything about it, my question is HOW can I avoid this happening again and prevent bricking 1 $700 iphone?? in case i have to reset my iphone 6.

    When I reset the 6s I did not sign out of find my iphone or icloud or anything, didnt think I would have too as it was my account and I know the credentials. None of this makes sense and is very irritating.

    Ill take any help I can get :(
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Don't use any of those Chinese free app download programs and don't install cracked apps or jb tweaks. They could potentially install malicious code.
    Create a strong password with caps, numbers and special characters.
    Maybe someone hacked into your iCloud/Apple ID.
  3. cebixd macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2015
    Next time when youre buying an iphone, request the seller to disable icloud (enters his email and pass). And thats it. Now you can sell that iphone for parts or throw it.
  4. kevinoutdoors macrumors newbie


    Aug 11, 2016
    There's actually an article on apple's website on what you should do before you sell your iphone. Following these steps will prevent this from happening again.
  5. Totally macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2012
    West Coast = Best Coast
    I'm 99% sure this story is an impossible lie.

    You had the phone set up no problem with your iCloud information. Great. You restored from the incorrect iCloud backup - BUT STILL YOUR OWN ICLOUD BACKUP - NOT THE OLD OWNER'S. Great. So why didn't you just plug the phone into your computer, restore it to factory, and restore to the correct iCloud backup?

    Instead you are telling us a story about how after you did that to erase the phone settings, it's asking for a DIFFERENT iCloud login?

    How could this be? What aren't you telling us about this story? If you put in your correct iCloud information, there is no reason it would magically ask for a different iCloud information... I'm not normally wrong about this - but if I am, someone on the forums, please correct and inform me. OP I'm not asking you if I'm wrong cause you're the one with the sketchy story I think is ******** and impossible.

    OP - It doesn't help your case joined today and you are asking about defeating iCloud lock protection. You should return the stolen phone to the police department or turn it into an apple store and stop trying to use the jailbreak forum to do something that is impossible.
  6. Will22 macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2011
    I give the OP a 3 out of 10 for originality and a 1 out of 10 for presentation.

    Hand the phone into an apple store and they may be able to get it back to it rightful owner.
  7. Category 5 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    This isn't a scam but is a weird software issue happening since the release of IOS 10. Same thing happened to me, but the icloud shown looked to be my wife's actual account. Still, the phone would not unlock with her password. We had to take the phone to Apple to get unlocked after showing them the receipt.

    I have read of similar problems happening where the icloud account that came up wasn't the person's, or was obviously from a Chinese email address. Even new phones have had this happen.

    My guess is that there is some sort of scam where they are using new serial numbers to somehow unlock locked phones, and then the owners of the phones that actually have that serial number are eventually running into this issue. Short of going to apple with the receipt, Apple support is sympathetic but not very useful in solving the issue.
  8. Riley0818 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    Oddly enough, Apple was helping people circumvent the truly random iCloud lock (assuming it was actually random and not just a stolen device) by taking the device and proof of purchase to Apple stores.

    The fact remains, if you buy a used iPhone, there will always be risks. Even if the previous owner doesn't lock it via iCloud, they could report it stolen, or if they financed it they could stop paying and end up getting it blacklisted. Unfortunately there's no real way to protect yourself.

    So if you want ultimate safety: 1) Buy new (and if you can't afford to buy new, especially with the way iPhones hold their value, perhaps it isn't the right time financially for you to be buying a smartphone?) 2) Keep receipts for large purchases (not just for warranty but also for proof of ownership) and 3) Don't use an easy iCloud password or use sketchy programs when jailbroken.

    I've yet to meet anyone that does those 3 things that can't get their phone fixed by Apple in a matter of minutes.
  9. Danimal1313 macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2013

    I actually don't think this is that far fetched. I had an 6S+ I purchased brand new from Apple directly. I installed the iOS 10 beta before it was released. After upgrading I found out my work email program didn't work on the beta so I had to down grade back to iOS9. Shut off find my iPhone, and did restore from iTunes back to 9.x. When it was done installing and going through the setup it now asked me to put in the credentials for an apple ID I've never seen. This phone was purchased by me, brand new from Apple in October '15 right after they were launched. I went to the Apple store that night and showed them the receipt matching the IMEI on the phone and they bypassed the activation lock and then I was able to restore my backup. So I would say its plausible that a restore somehow makes someone elses apple ID show up...
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Users Report Some iPhone 7 and 6s Models Activation Locked With Wrong Apple IDs

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