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Apple's Activation Lock Status Checker Tool is No Longer Available

If you've been thinking about getting a secondhand iPhone, it may not be a wise move anymore. Over the past few days, Apple quietly removed a tool called the Activation Lock status checker from iCloud.com. Through this tool, users would have been able to check if an Apple device is secured with Activation Lock. This way, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch buyers don't end up buying a device that has already been locked to another user.

The tool would have allowed individuals to check whether an Apple device they planned to purchase was still locked or not. All they needed was to get hold of the serial number of the device before using the Check Activation Lock tool available on iCloud.com. Once the result shows that the device was still locked, it would likely mean that it was stolen or lost. At the same time, sellers who refused to give out the serial number of the Apple product they were selling could lead to speculation.

When you visit the iCloud page where the tool is available, your browser will redirect you to a 404 error or a "Not Found" page; rendering it unusable. Other users were able to notice that Apple had earlier removed its reference to the tool found on a Find My iPhone support document.

Apple's decision to remove the tool comes as a surprise to everyone in the community, especially since a lot of people relied on it as protection for their device in the event that it gets lost or stolen. Since Activation Lock automatically gets enabled upon turning on Find My iPhone, Apple users did not have to worry about adding the security themselves. With the Activation Lock enabled, an Apple device cannot be used without the right owner's Apple ID and password; even if the device has already been erased or reactivated.

When asked to leave a comment about deactivating the tool, Apple did not respond right away. Currently, we're still waiting until Apple lets us know the reason why the Activation Lock status checker tool is no longer available. 


Source: MacRumors

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  1. LIKELY REASON - The reason for the tool’s removal from the internet – attempts to visit the site return an error – is not immediately obvious. However, the reason may be related to a hack which allowed the use of an unlocked device’s serial number to be used in order to fool Apple’s own systems into allowing a previously locked device to be activated.

    The hack simply required that an invalid serial number have a digit or two changed in order to discover a valid serial number. This was then used to unlock a previously locked device, allowing it to be registered as if nothing was wrong.

    This may also explain what was previously thought to be a bug which saw some users inexplicably have their devices locked with unknown PINs and account credentials. Those situations required Apple’s input to correct. It’s possible that, if related, this may explain the tool’s removal.

    Whatever the reason, we can only hope that a replacement system will arrive soon, allowing used device buyers to have the peace of mind they require when making such a purchase. Source: Redmond Pie

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  2. I'm not sure that this is such a big deal...
    When you look at a phone that you may be buying all you have to do is make sure it's not signed in to anyones iCloud account.
    Which of course you can't do until you have the device in hand. I don't think just having it "registered" makes it un-useable to the buyer.


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    1. "I don't think just having it "registered" makes it un-useable to the buyer."

      Well, it severely hampers the user experience if you can't use FaceTime, iMessage, etc. And unless you're willing to jailbreak and install apps from god-knows-where, App Store is not an option either.

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  3. I never purchased secondhand phones.

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  4. I have bought dozens of used iPhones from Swappa, Glyde, JemJem and reputable eBay dealers and have never received one that was iCloud locked. If I had, I could have relied on their return policies, or eBay or PayPal buyer protection to get a full refund plus free return shipping.

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  5. Cook said they would soon return to "growth". Perhaps restricting the market for used phones is a tactic to sell more new phones.

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    1. Good point. Maybe they'll be the only sellers for their overpriced phones, along with the rest of their overpriced crap.

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  6. Apple find way to make people buy their new phone instead used one.

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  7. why did you take down my post from yesterday? www.iphoneox.com has icloud checker and it works fine. Its free and Im just trying to help general public and save them from buying icloud locked devices. Im not trying to promote any sites

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    1. I never even saw your post yesterday, maybe a glitch ate it.

      Does iphoneox still work for checking iCloud lock status? I don't know how a 3rd party service could check it without querying Apple's own, now shut down, service.

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