There is a major scam in second hand iPhones market that become a pandemic: Stolen iPhones! You are buying a used iPhone as unlocked from an online market (like Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, etc.) or a local store and when you get it, you discover that the iPhone was stolen! How? Because of the iCloud lock! And in most cases, this isn’t the only problem. Let’s find out how to Activate Stolen iPhone and when you are done with it how to check your stolen iPhone and unlock it permanently.
Intro: Activate Stolen iPhone
Needless to say that this article is not for the ones who steal iPhones but for people who were scammed into buying a stolen iPhone. So what can you do from now on?
A stolen iPhone can be as locked as a usual second hand iPhone:
- It can be SIM-Locked
- It can be iCloud Locked
- It can be Blacklisted
The SIM lock and the Blacklist status of a stolen iPhone can be easily handled with an IMEI Unlock Service! But the iCloud Lock might be tricky. So how can you activate stolen iPhone?
iCloud Lock and Activate Stolen iPhone
iCloud Lock and Find My iPhone features were introduced by Apple back in 2013 and with the release of iOS 7. When the original owner of the iPhone enables iCloud Lock, the iPhone needs his/her:
in order to get activated. If the original owner also turns on the Find My iPhone feature, he/she can even locate his/her iPhone if the iPhone is lost or stolen.
My point is that you need the original owner’s Apple ID and password to activate stolen iPhone.
Can I Activate Stolen iPhone without the original owner?
NO! And that’s the usefulness of iCloud Lock and Find My iPhone features: Only the original owner can Activate Stolen iPhone!
Many sites claim that they have a way to bypass the iCloud Lock. Every day I talk with many visitors who want to Activate Stolen iPhone and ALL of them agree in one thing: You can’t bypass the iCloud Activation Lock Screen!
So the only way to Activate Stolen iPhone is to find the original owner!
Info of iCloud Activation Screen
iCloud Activation Screen
In the iCloud Activation screen, you will see that the iPhone was STOLEN and maybe a message is placed there by the original owner with his/her contact info (phone number or email). If a message like this exists, then these are good news! You can reach the original owner, explain how you got his/her stolen iPhone and ask him for the iCloud Lock removal.
”Only the original owner can deactivate the iCloud Lock”
But what happens when you can’t find such a message? Who can tell you where to find the original owner?
- Contacting Apple won’t do you any good because the iPhone is STOLEN and they never share their customers’ personal data
- The Store didn’t know that the iPhone was stolen and the person who sold it through it is NOT the original owner
Find the original owner & activate the stolen iPhone
You can still find the original owner with the right original owner’s contact information service.
This IMEI service needs:
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Now that you found the original owner you can:
- Ask him/her to Activate your stolen iPhone
- Send a formal iCloud removal request to Apple with this info to Apple
- Arrange a price and sell the iPhone back to the original owner
How to Unlock a Stolen iPhone
As I said from the beginning the stolen iPhone can be also simlocked, blacklisted or both and they can both be treated with an IMEI Unlock Method. So now that you Activate the Stolen iPhone you can use this to unlock it permanently. The IMEI Unlock method needs:
- iPhone’s IMEI number
- iPhone’s model
- iPhone’s Blacklist status
- The Mobile Network that locks the iPhone
to find the iPhone inside Carriers’ and Apple’s servers and change its lock status from locked to UNLOCKED.
How can I find all the info to unlock the stolen iPhone?
An IMEI Check service can uncover ALL hidden issues of an iPhone!
As you see on your right an IMEI Check report is useful:
- BEFORE you buy an iPhone
- BEFORE you unlock an iPhone
In fact, it is the only way to buy a fully unlocked iPhone and to unlock an iPhone successfully!
Summary: Activate stolen iPhone & Unlock it
There is no reason to panic when you buy a stolen iPhone. The damage is done. 3 steps separate you from unlocking it:
- Find the original owner and ask him/her to remove the iCloud Lock
- Check the stolen iPhone with an IMEI Check service for ALL other problems and gather the necessary info to finally
- Unlock the stolen iPhone with an IMEI Unlock Method
I am always here for you to answer any questions about iPhone unlocking and to talk to me about your iPhone unlocking experience. Leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!