- 1 Why & How to Sell Locked iPhone
- 2 Can you sell Locked iPhone?
- 3 Sell Locked iPhone or Fix it?
After so many years spent on helping people with iPhone Unlocking, iCloud Activation Lock remains the hottest topic among Apple Community and iPhone Unlockers! You need to Sell Locked iPhone only when that iPhone is not usable by you.
A Locked iPhone is not only “one thing”. The lock can be a SIM-Lock, iCloud Lock, Blacklist Lock or Financial Lock.
iPhone that have “difficult locks” (More will be explained below) can be easily sold to a store, a shop or an online store.
Why & How to Sell Locked iPhone
Some locked iPhones are either very hard to unlock OR impossible to unlock.
But, iPhones that might be useless to you, might be useful to other. This is a very good reason to sell your Locked iPhone, not only you will get rid of a non-useful iPhone, but you will earn some money in the process 😀
For instance, an iCloud Locked iPhone cannot be used, unless the Original Owner OR Apple unlocks it. This is a tricky procedure and the chances for a rejection are high.
An iCloud Locked iPhone is one of the most common sale on Online stores.
The best way to Sell a Locked iPhone is either through a local repair shop (Some of them also buy them) or through an online store, such as eBay, Amazon or Craigslist.
Always have in mind that you need to state the Lock status of that iPhone!
What is iCloud Activation Lock?
iPhone users can lock their iPhone with iCloud Activation Lock. When iCloud Lock is ON, the iPhone requires the original owner’s Apple ID and Password in order to get activated. if someone steals an iCloud Locked iPhone it will be impossible to use it unless the iCloud Lock is disabled. On top of that, iCloud Activation Lock includes ”Find My iPhone”, a special feature that permits the original owner to locate the stolen or lost iPhone.
Of course, there are ways to iCloud unlock an iPhone (and I will tell you more about them in a while) but iPhone thieves don’t care about that. Instead, they prefer to sell the iCloud Locked iPhones to innocent victims.
How someone buys a Locked iPhone
There are three ways to purchase a refurbished iPhone:
- via an online market like eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc.
- from a local store like Walmart or a pawn shop
- through a personal transaction with someone you know… or not (really bad choice)
What you need to understand that the iPhone selling source is irrelevant. Online Markets don’t know if an iPhone that is being sold through them is iCloud Locked, local stores and pawn shops don’t care who will buy the problematic iDevice and this is exactly what iPhone thieves and scammers exploit.
But there is a way to avoid buying a Locked iPhone the next time.
How to check if an iPhone is Locked
If you can hold the iPhone in your hands before you buy it, you can easily tell if iCloud Activation Lock is enabled because you will get stuck on the iCloud Activation Lock Screen as soon as you turn it on.
But what can you do when you buy a second-hand iPhone from an online market?
The only thing you need to use the IMEI GSX Check Service is the IMEI number of the iPhone (click here to find out more)
But even now that you already bought a Locked iPhone, the IMEI Check Results will show you how to proceed.
Can you sell Locked iPhone?
You already bought one, so yes you can. But you don’t have to become a scammer like the individual who sold you the iPhone. Most people will sell locked iPhone for spare parts or get rid of them at pawn shops. But you won’t cover your loss this way. There are other ways to deal with iCloud Locked iPhone.
How to deactivate iCloud Activation Lock
Why selling the iCloud locked iPhone when you can remove iCloud Activation Lock?
There are two iCloud Unlocking Options at your disposal.
1. iCloud Bypass Tools
You can find many iCloud Unlock Hacks online but almost none of them work. After searching, testing and checking almost every single one of them, I came across iCloud Account Unlock Online. This iCloud Unlocking software will turn off iCloud Activation Lock and you will be able to activate the iPhone at last. Of course, from now on you will have to deal with SIM Lock, Blacklist Status and many other iPhone Hidden Issues and this is why IMEI Check Service is so important before you try to iCloud unlock your iPhone.
Unfortunately, this iCloud Unlock Method doesn’t always work but there is another way to remove iCloud Activation Lock.
2. Finding the iCloud Locked iPhone’s original owner
When everything else fails, the only thing left to do is the most honorable of all: Contact the original owner and explain the situation!
You are not a thief but most probably you were both deceived by the very same person. Most times, the original owner will gladly accept to deactivate iCloud Activation Lock.
If you take a closer look the iCloud Activation Lock Screen you will see that the original owner has left a phone number or an email address. But even if you can’t see such a message, you can easily track down iPhone’s original owner from Apple’s iCloud Database with iCloud ID Finder.
Ask a question if you still wonder if you should sell your iCloud Locked iPhone or simply unlock it. We will email you ASAP and advise you how to proceed. Untin next time, take care iPhone Unlockers!
Sell Locked iPhone or Fix it?
Your final choice should take into account the financial cost of each choice.
If fixing a Locked iPhone costs around 50%-60% of a brand new one, then my personal opinion is to fix it (Learn more here).
If the cost of fixing it, is more than the above price, then I suggest to sell it and get a small profit out of it.
A general rule to Sell Locked iPhone, is that old iPhone models might worth more when you sell them as spare parts, but this you need to investigate more. If it is a simple SIM-Lock to a popular Carrier, you might fix it with only a few $$. If it is Blacklisted, then you should sell this locked iPhone and purchase a new one (Just check it before buying it!).