- 1 The problems with iCloud Activation Lock
- 2 How to check Activation Lock Status before buying a second-hand iPhone
- 3 Is Apple iCloud Check enough to fully test an iPhone?
- 4 How to iCloud Unlock an iPhone after the Apple iCloud Check
There is nothing worse than buying an iCloud Locked iPhone. Until 2017 there is used to be a free Apple iCloud Check Tool on iCloud.com but for unknown reasons, Apple decided to stop it.
Read this article and find out:
- Is there a way to check if an iPhone is iCloud Locked for free?
- What is the best way to determine if FMI is ON or OFF before buying a refurbished iPhone
- Is Find My iPhone the only issue an iCloud Locked iPhone might have?
- Can I disable iCloud Activation Lock?
The problems with iCloud Activation Lock
Find My iPhone Activation Lock is the best anti-theft security software ever made. FMI was introduced to Apple community with the release of iOS 4.2 and continue getting better with every firmware update.
When iCloud Activation Lock is enabled, you can’t activate the iPhone without original owner’s Apple ID and Password. Until you find them, you will just be able to see the iCloud Activation Lock Screen
Moreover, FMI Lock gives the opportunity to the original owner to locate the lost or stolen iPhone on a map.
So, the iPhone thief won’t be able to activate a stolen iPhone but it doesn’t stop him from selling the iPhone. Those of you who already bought an iCloud locked iPhone know exactly what I say.
How to check Activation Lock Status before buying a second-hand iPhone
It is extremely important to check a used iPhone for Find My iPhone Status because you won’t be able to use it at all. Of course, there are ways to disable FMI (and I will tell you about them) but it would be better to avoid purchasing an iCloud locked used iPhone from the beginning.
1. Free Apple iCloud Check with Apple iCloud Activation Lock Status site
Until 2017 you could visit iCloud.com/activationlock, enter the IMEI number of the iPhone you want to test and instantly find out if Find My iPhone Lock is ON.
On January 24, 2017, without any warning, Apple decided to pull icloud.com/activationlock from service and deleted all web page’s references from Apple Support documentation. (source: 9to5Mac)
So, free iCloud Check through Apple is not an option anymore.
2. Free Apple iCloud Status Check using via Apple Support pages
I found another loophole to free iCloud check an iPhone on iDB.
- Go to Apple’s Support website
- Select iPhone
- Choose any search hardware category (Battery, Repairs & Physical Damage, etc.)
- Select a specific issue
- Press on Send in for Repair.
- Enter the iPhone’s IMEI
If the iPhone is iCloud locked you will get the following message:
“Sorry but we can’t create a repair while Find my iPhone is active”
Unfortunately, I tested this just a few moments ago and it doesn’t work anymore. If you know any other way to work around this Apple IMEI Check Method, share it with us.
3. Third-party Apple iCloud Check Services
Sadly, there is no way to check if Find My iPhone is deactivated or not without using an iCloud IMEI Check 3rd-party tool and it is not free of charge.
You may found Free iCloud Lock Checkers online but none of them works because, in order to provide an accurate iCloud Activation Lock Status result, the IMEI Check company must have access to Apple’s GSX databases. And of course, Apple doesn’t provide access to their databases for free either.
Anyway, you can use an iCloud IMEI Check Service from a verified iPhone Check company and learn the true Find my iPhone Lock status of any iDevice.
The only thing required is the IMEI number of the iPhone.
Consider spending a few bucks more before you buy a second-hand iPhone and iCloud Check it in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Is Apple iCloud Check enough to fully test an iPhone?
iCloud Activation Lock is only one of the issues an iPhone might have. Before you buy or unlock any iPhone you must have a clear picture of all the issues below:
- SIM Lock Status & which Wireless Network is locking the iPhone
- Blacklist Status
- iCloud Activation Lock Status
- Contract Status and pending bills
- Apple Warranty Status
- Replacement Status
Instead of using the IMEI number and determine if an iPhone is iCloud Locked or not, use it and get a Full IMEI Check Report.
Don’t forget that an iCloud Locked iPhone will be also blacklisted and simlocked most of the times.
How to iCloud Unlock an iPhone after the Apple iCloud Check
Buying an iCloud Locked is a huge mistake but it can happen to anyone. I already show you how to avoid iCloud Locked iPhones.
Trying to disable Find my iPhone Lock with an iCloud Remover Software will be an even bigger mistake. These iCloud Hacks are totally useless. Most of them cost between 20 and 60 USD and you won’t get your money back when they fail because a refund is not an option.
Some iCloud Activation Lock Bypass Tools are free but these ones are more dangerous because they may contain Malware or Spyware in order to access your personal data.
For example, I don’t know if this free iCloud Unlocking Software is just a click bait or contains Adware but I strongly advise you not to fall for any of these scams.
I hope you found this article helpful. Leave a comment below with your thoughts and questions. Until next time, take care!