When you are looking at buying a second-hand iPhone, there is a lot of things to look for, but these top three options will help you to see just how you can keep yourself safe, inform yourself on the used phone that you are purchasing, and make sure that you are making a wise investment. Always do the checks on a used iPhone and seriously take into consideration what these changes tell you. If anything doesn’t check out, walk away. If it all checks out, but it’s got a few cosmetic dings on it, you can trust that you are getting a good quality phone that its healthy underneath the hood. Then it becomes a choice as to whether or not you can live with these little bumps and bruises. These three criteria will help you make the right choice when looking to buy a used iPhone.
The main thing to remember, here, is that people are horrible. Sometimes they’ll offer a seemingly great deal on something as expensive as an iPhone and then it turns out that after you give them your money, you find out there is something seriously wrong with the phone, making it essentially unusable, or even dangerous in some cases. If you are looking around online and think that there are a few iPhones you can look at purchases, here are three things you need to take very seriously and verify before giving any money to the potential seller.
Check Activation Lock Status
When you wipe an iPhone and set it up for a new user, you have to set it up like it is brand new and activate it with the new user’s account, so this means that you are going to need to check the lock status.Check Activation Lock Status
Simply put, it is the seller’s job to wipe it clean and reset it to factory settings so that all traits and data are deleted. If the phone is turned on and unlocked onto to see that there is still a passcode, or personalized photos on the lock screen, then it tells you that it hasn’t be deactivated on their account.
It’s important to remember that you must make sure when buying a second-hand iPhone to verify that it’s been deactivated as someone else’s phone, because if you can’t get into the phone because you don’t know the passcode, then you can’t use it as your own phone, and the seller still has all of the control over it.
If you are in a buying situation and want to check this, just turn the phone on and see if it comes to the “set up” page (which it should) or the “slide to unlock” page (which could mean that it is still hooked up to someone else’s account.
Check IMEI Blacklisting
If everything is clear with the activation lock, now you have to check the IMEI. This is a serial code connected to that particular iPhone and it will tell you all of the details about the iPhone that makes it a valid option. This serial code, when punched into a website, will tell you whether or not the phone has been blacklisted. This blacklisting could come from it being financed, under contract, or barred for a variety of reasons. You can determine whether or not it is blacklisted by dialing #06# on the keypad (this will give you the IMEI) or by looking in the battery compartment.
If this phone flags with the IMEI for any reasons – as harmless as it may seem – it’s a sign to leave it. Always check a used iPhone and its IMEI status before exchanging any money, because as soon as it becomes your phone, it becomes your responsibility. Don’t buy a used iPhone that has an IMEI blacklisting, as it means that either this person is doing some shady with the phone, or it means that the iPhone is being moved around illegally. It’s best to steer clear and find yourself a legal and clean one for your life.
Check Warranty Status
Last but not least, warranty. If you are buying a relatively new model of iPhone, you’re going to want to change the warranty information on it. There are different kinds of warranties that will cover different things, so knowing what the warranty status on the iPhone itself is definitely a good idea.
Checking the warranty status is done as easily as putting the hardware serial number into the Apple website, and you’ll see exactly what you’re looking at. This will also tell you whether the iPhone has voided their warranty for any reason, which could be a flag for you if you want to make sure that the iPhone is under warranty. Most of the options with an iPhone warranty are standard manufacturer problems, but there are extended warranties that you can look at for keeping your phone safe from water damage, etc, which – if transferable – can give you a lot of freedom and piece of mind when spending some money on it.
Checking the warranty status will also tell you whether or not the previous owner had used to use the warranty for any reason, telling you whether the phone is considered to be a good one, or potentially a “lemon”. This will help you determine whether or not you are going to want to be making a sale.
With everything as expensive as it is today in our world, it only makes sense that when you’re looking at taking on a new iPhone, you’re going to be looking at used ones, right? After all, just because they have a few dings on them doesn’t mean that they aren’t still great phone models!