So after buying an iPhone 5 on EBay. I get the device in and the device is in dfu mode. So I plug it into iTunes and am forced to update to IOS 7. After the restore I go to activate the phone and all looks to be going just fine. Then I get to a screen that says that the device is linked to an apple id and I need the apple id that the phone was purchased under. So with that being said I don’t have that information seeing i bought the device used and not new.
The best way to not be scammed and to stop this from happening to you is to make sure when you buy the device to ask them to take it off their icloud account. Or even ask them to follow the steps below.
- Back up your device.
- Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
- This will completely erase your device and turn off icloud, iMessage, FaceTime, Game Center, and other services.
- If you are using iOS 7 and have Find My iPhone turned on, your Apple ID and password will be required. After you provide your password, the device will be erased and removed from your account so that the next owner can activate it.
- Contact your carrier for guidance on transferring service to the new owner.
This article is not to knock the Find My iPhone feature or IOS 7. It is just to warn people that you should take extra steps before you buy a used apple device.
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