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:
- Can you still make a free iPhone iCloud Check?
- What is the best way to check iCloud before buying a refurbished iPhone
- Is Activation Lock 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, Find My iPhone 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 am talking about.
How to check iCloud before buying a second-hand iPhone
It is extremely important to check iCloud Status of a used iPhone 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 pre-owned iPhone from the beginning.
1. Free iPhone iCloud Check with Apple iCloud.com
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 the plug from icloud.com/activationlock 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. Check iCloud Free using Apple Support pages
I found another loophole to perform a free iPhone iCloud check 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 iCloud IMEI Check Method, share it with us in the comment sector.
3. Third-party Apple iCloud IMEI Check Services
Sadly, there is no way to check Activation Lock status without using an iCloud IMEI Check 3rd-party tool and it is not free of charge.
You may found countless Free iPhone iCloud Check Companies online but none of them is for real because, in order to provide an accurate iCloud 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 iCloud 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 a refurbished 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 Status
- Contract Status and pending bills
- Apple Warranty Status
- Replacement Status
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 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 (like iCloud Lock Removal US Tool) 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 the 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.
I hope you found this article helpful. Leave a comment below with your thoughts and questions. Until next time, take care!