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iPhone 'Find My Phone' ebay confusion

MrManwelo

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Oct 13, 2010
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I was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem I have after recently selling an iPhone 4s on ebay.

The buyer sent me this message this morning:

Hi i bought your iphone 4s on ebay and it came today although i cannot put my apple id in it as u have the find my iphone app on it so i need your apple id n password to Activate the phone and chAnge the detAils if u could get back to me asap that would be great thank you

Is there anything I can do other than giving my log in details (as this is something I don't want to do). I factory reset the phone before i sent it.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Vetvito

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Sep 30, 2012
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Did you turn off find my iPhone?

Tell him to ship it back if you don't want to give him the password and change it once he's removed your Apple ID.
 
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mcapanelli

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Aug 2, 2008
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I was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem I have after recently selling an iPhone 4s on ebay.

The buyer sent me this message this morning:



Is there anything I can do other than giving my log in details (as this is something I don't want to do). I factory reset the phone before i sent it.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Did you wipe the phone before you sold it?
 
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MrManwelo

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Did you turn off find my iPhone?

Tell him to ship it back if you don't want to give him the password and change it once he's removed your Apple ID.

Is this the only way? And yes, I did wipe the phone.
 
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Cojm

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Someone HAS to enter the details for THAT apple ID. no way around it.
 
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itjw

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Just give him the details, then change them after he unlocks the phone.

It's not difficult.

You also now have PROOF that he received the phone, so he won't be trying any "but all I got was a rock" scams going forward. If you ship it back to him unlocked he could always just claim that's what you did.

Just give him the password, then change it after he confirms the unlock and switches to his details.
 
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Primejimbo

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Even if you remove it from the website the device still is registered and locked to that Apple ID.
oh, ok thanks!
Just give him the details, then change them after he unlocks the phone.

It's not difficult.

You also now have PROOF that he received the phone, so he won't be trying any "but all I got was a rock" scams going forward. If you ship it back to him unlocked he could always just claim that's what you did.

Just give him the password, then change it after he confirms the unlock and switches to his details.

As long as you have 2 step verification on also, it's not like he can do any real damage
 
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MrManwelo

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Just give him the details, then change them after he unlocks the phone.

It's not difficult.

You also now have PROOF that he received the phone, so he won't be trying any "but all I got was a rock" scams going forward. If you ship it back to him unlocked he could always just claim that's what you did.

Just give him the password, then change it after he confirms the unlock and switches to his details.

ok, I'll go ahead and do that. Thanks for all the replies.
 
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BrettDS

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The password isn't stored on the device, so you can change your password, then give him the new password, then change it back (or change it to a new password). That way if you use the same or similar passwords for other things you won't be giving out that information.

I would also suggest doing it over the phone with him so your password is compromised for the least amount of time. Have him get the phone ready to enter the account email and password, give him the password, then as soon as he enters it and the phone moves on go ahead and change your password.
 
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ArtVandelay29

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Aug 12, 2014
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The password isn't stored on the device, so you can change your password, then give him the new password, then change it back (or change it to a new password). That way if you use the same or similar passwords for other things you won't be giving out that information.

I would also suggest doing it over the phone with him so your password is compromised for the least amount of time. Have him get the phone ready to enter the account email and password, give him the password, then as soon as he enters it and the phone moves on go ahead and change your password.

Both of these ideas are great advice. If I were in your position, OP, this is exactly how I'd handle it.
 
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