On the way to get yourself a pre-loved Apple device? Apple has just released a tool that will make it easier to check if the device you are about to purchase is locked to another user. Users can visit https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/ and check the activation lock status of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to know if it is ready for use.
Simply enter the IMEI in the blank field as seen in the screenshot below, enter the captcha code and click “˜continue’.
After entering the IMEI or Serial Number, you will be notified if the device is locked or not. If the device is locked, you will see this on your screen:
On the other hand, if the device is unlocked:
This tool will definitely make it easier for buyers and sellers of Apple devices. As we all know, Apple devices usually command one of the highest reselling rates among other gadgets.
With Find My iPhone Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password will be required before anyone can either turn off “œFind My iPhone” on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device
To make sure your device is “œlocked”, simply follow these steps:
1) Tap Settings.
2) Tap iCloud.
3) Sign in with your Apple ID, if necessary.
4) Turn on Find My iPhone.
If ever you lost your device, place it into “œlost mode” immediately by signing in to http://www.icloud.com/find from a Mac or PC or use the Find My iPhone iOS app.
Don’t forget to do your due diligence when purchasing pre-owned devices.
Here’s the link again: https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/