How to check if an iPhone is stolen

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Buying a used smartphone is often a crapshoot because you don’t know its history. A new tool introduced by Apple on Thursday will make buying iPhones easier by allowing users to check on the web whether a device has Apple’s remote lock feature turned on. You can find the tool here.

Using the Activation Lock lock status tool is straightforward. It’s on iCloud.com, and asks for a device’s IMEI unique identifier. If the device in question has Apple’s Activation Lock feature on, it will provide a message confirming that Find My iPhone is activated as well as instructions for wiping the device for sale. It is standard operating procedure for trade-in companies to confirm that Activation Lock is off before purchasing used iPhones.

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Apple’s new tool does not check whether the device is carrier locked or whether it has been reported stolen to a police department.

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I recently had a iPhone stolen, and although Activation Lock was unable to return the device back to me, I took some solace in the fact that it was bricked for whoever nabbed it. Apple’s new tool will ensure that the thief has a harder time unloading that stolen phone, and you should check it every time before buying a secondhand iPhone.

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It doesn’t work in Mobile Safari. Using “Request Desktop Site” simply centers the page off-axis, rendering the entry box unusable.

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