Many people, frustrated after buying an iCloud Locked iPhone, hurry to sell this iPhone with iCloud Activation Lock to a pawn shop or for spare parts. Instead of panicking, take a breath and consider your options.
Get cash for iCloud Locked iPhone
There are many advertisements online, trying to convince you to sell your iPhone with iCloud Activation Lock for a few dollars because there is nothing more you can do. Right?
This should be your last move because there are iCloud Unlock alternatives! But let’s take things from the start!
What is iCloud Activation Lock?
Since iOS 9, iCloud Activation Lock is merged with Find My iPhone (an app that helps you locate an iCloud Locked iPhone among other features).
As long the iCloud Lock is active, you will need original owner’s Apple ID and password in order to activate the iPhone.
Why someone buys an iCloud Locked iPhone
It’s not a matter of choice in most cases unless you are so sure that you will be able to turn off iCloud Activation Lock. When you buy a refurbished iPhone
- From an online market (Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, etc.)
- From a pawn shop
- From a local store
- Through personal transaction
there is always the danger of purchasing an iCloud Locked or problematic iPhone (SIM Locked, Blacklisted, Under Contract, Replaced, …)
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
How to check a used iPhone
An iPhone IMEI Check Service will reveal everything about an iPhone by using only its IMEI Number (click here if you don’t know how to find the IMEI Number of an iPhone)
Then the IMEI Check Provider will access Apple’s GSX Database and get you everything you need to know.
- iCloud Lock Status
- SIM Lock Status
- Blacklist Status
- Locking Mobile Network Identification
- Contract Status
- Financial Balance Status
- Warranty Status
- Replaced IMEI/Serial Number Status
- iPhone Specs
Next time, before you buy a second-hand iPhone, make the seller show you the IMEI number in every possible way. But even now that you already bought the iCloud locked iPhone, you still need the IMEI Check Service.
iCloud Lock is only one of the problems your iPhone has but it must be removed before dealing with anything else. In the overwhelming majority, the iPhone will be also blacklisted and simlocked.
How to unlock an iPhone protected by iCloud Activation Lock
It’s not easy to bypass iCloud Lock. You can find many iCloud Unlock tools online but almost none of them works. For the last 2 years, I’ve been searching and testing numerous Unlocking iCloud Software. Thankfully, I discovered iCloud Account Unlock Online. This iCloud Bypass Tool will remove iCloud Activation Lock from your iPhone.
Unfortunately, there is a small chance of iCloud Unlock failure. But this is not the end.
There is another iCloud Unlock alternative which in my opinion is the best thing to do from the start. Contact the iPhone’s original owner and ask him/her to deactivate iCloud Activation Lock. From my experience and our visitor reports, in most cases, the original owner will agree. After all, both of you were scammed by the same iPhone thief.
If you take a closer look on the iCloud Activation Lock screen, you will see that the original owner has left a message with personal info (email address, phone number, etc.)
But sometimes people forget to enable this feature.
Gladly, there’s still a way to find the original owner with iCloud ID Finder. This service requires:
- The iPhone’s IMEI Number
- The iPhone’s UDID Number
Then you will get all the info you see below, straight from Apple’s iCloud Database!
iCloud ID Finder gives you another opportunity. You can use the info you got and make a Formal iCloud Lock Removal Request to Apple.
We did everything we could to remove iCloud Lock. If iCloud Account Unlock Online failed and the original owner refuses to comply, then and only then is the right time to sell your iCloud Locked iPhone.
Ask a question if you have issues with iPhone Unlocking and we will email you ASAP with the best possible solution. Until next time, take care iPhone Unlockers!
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