iCloud Locked iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sparker781, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. sparker781 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2015
    So I have the opportunity to purchase an iPad that is iCloud locked by the previous owner. I've read that I can restore the device to factory settings thus allowing me to use the iPad. Is this true? If not I won't bother since I thought that if the device was iCloud locked its of no use to anyone else.

  2. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    Stay away from it, if you don't know his ID and password, you can forget it. All you will get is a brick.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    You can restore the device to factory settings, but then when you go to run it though the Setup Assistant, part of that process will check in with Apple's servers.

    If Apple's servers still denotes the iPad as being iCloud-locked, then the iPad will prompt you to enter the owners AppleID email and password.

    If you cannot provide that information, the iPad will not proceed past that screen.
  4. sparker781 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2015
    Thanks that's what I thought. I was reading some sites that said you can bypass the iCloud lock but I didn't think it was true.

    I appreciate it. I want an iPad mini. Got any places I can get them cheap? I know that's a near impossible request since anything Apple is expensive
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    Thanks for the information. I won't bother and tell them forget it
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Then you've read wrong. You'd be buying a brick, from someone likely selling stolen goods.
  6. sparker781 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2015
    Thanks alot all for the help. I'll make sure i stay away from it
  7. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    Try Swappa.com. I've bought and sold on there for years. Never a problem.
  8. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Some sellers lock the devices until "payment cleared"/"proof that you got it". Then remove the lock remotely, by removing the device from their accounts.

    He is either one of them or one who is selling a stolen device.
  9. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    That seems like a good idea, until you start thinking about what would happen if the buyer refuses to pay up, and refuses to return the device? The seller is still out a device with no money. The buyer has a doorstop or a bunch of scrap glass and metal for free.

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