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What to Know When Buying a Second Hand iPhone


iPhone is one of the most popular and desirable handsets regardless of model, but there are few who can afford to buy a new one. In such a situation, the solution is buying a used iPhone, that is in good condition and at a reasonable price.

It’s best to buy a second-hand iPhone from a friend or even from a known person who can be trusted. If you do not have such acquaintances, you can turn to the many advertisements on the internet, but you must have an extra dose of attention to avoid being screwed over.

However, if you follow a few simple steps, you’re likely to own a quality iPhone at a good price. Here’s what to do.

Find the iPhone’s IMEI

The first step is identifying the IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity), unique to each phone.

IMEI code is engraved on the phone box and, in some models, even behind the phone and the SIM card tray. Alternatively, you can find it in the menu Settings – General – About or by dialing short code *#06#.

Check if your iPhone is locked in iCloud

Apple introduced a very useful security function where the phone can be locked in iCloud. Basically, if your phone has actively Lock Activation and/or is associated with an iCloud account, the iPhone can be used only after a factory reset by entering logging owner’s iCloud account.

Therefore, when you want to buy a second hand iPhone, the phone must not have activated Activation Cloud and Find My iPhone functions, and is not associated with any iCloud account. If these requirements are not met and if the seller cannot log into iCloud account means that the phone is stolen and is not recommended buying it, since you will not be able to use it.

Check if your phone is locked to a certain network
An iPhone purchased without a carrier contract is also known as the “neverlock” but there may be situations in which this phone was bought encoded and decoded by the carrier later. Whatever the situation, it is important to check if the phone you want to buy is or not encoded, especially if you use the services of a carrier other than the seller’s.

The easiest way to find out whether or not a phone is encoded in a particular network is to insert SIM cards from at least two different carriers. If the iPhone works with SIM cards from at least two carriers, it means that it is not encoded.

These are only the first steps you need to have in mind when buying a second-hand iPhone. Our main advice is to check it yourself before your purchase, to meet personally with the seller to avoid situations where you get a flawed phone by courier.