How to Check if iOS 7 Find My iPhone is Switched On or Active?

Do you plan to buy a used iPhone? Before buying it, please be sure to check if Find My iPhone is switched off first to avoid any problem arising later on.

If you’re planning to buy a used iPhone from eBay or Craigslist, you should read this post I wrote last year on 5 Tips on Buying Used iPhone on eBay or Craigslist to Avoid Scam. The article has useful pointers for you and may save you a lot of money and headache later on. Aside from that, since the launch of iOS 7, Apple has added a new layer of security feature called the iOS 7 Activation Lock which is related to iOS 7 Find My iPhone.

Why do you need to check whether iOS 7 Find My iPhone is switched on or not? Well, firstly you need to understand how Find My iPhone works.

How Does iOS 7 Find My iPhone Activation Lock Work?

When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7, the Apple ID and password you use for iCloud is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device. From that point on, your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.

Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone in iOS 7, or when you upgrade to iOS 7 from a previous version of iOS that has Find My iPhone already turned on.

If you lost your device, turning on Find My iPhone on your iCloud account will enable the Activation Lock. Once this is enabled, the person who has your device will not be able to activate your device in any way and it will be stuck on the screen shown in the image above; rendering the device useless.

Therefore if you’re buying a used device, it’s extremely important to check whether it’s active or not. The most straightforward way to check it would be asking the seller directly.

If the seller is from the same city, ideally you might want to deal with him or her face to face. Bring your laptop and restore the device using iTunes on your computer (or the seller’s computer).  Go through the activation steps and make sure that it doesn’t get stuck on the activation screen. If it does, please ask the seller to disable Find My iPhone before completing the deal. Be sure that you have the seller’s contact details in case you run into issues. For those who are already stuck in this situation and have no way of contacting the seller, this service will remove the password remotely.

What if you run a store or business and you trade plenty of iPhones or iPads? We can help you check the status using this service here. The result is fast and it will potentially save you from any loss when you bought a device that you’re not able to activate. All you need is to submit the 15-digit IMEI and we will let you know whether it’s enabled or disabled.

I’d like to Check if iOS 7 Find My iPhone is Activated!

Easy Fix for iPhone 5s Not Asking for Fingerprint when Downloading or Buying Apps

Loving your iPhone 5s but it’s not asking for your fingerprint when purchasing apps at the App Store? These incredibly easy fixes may help.

If you already own the iPhone 5s, you must be enjoying the Touch ID scanner to unlock your iPhone. It does provide extended convenience especially if you need to access your iPhone. You no longer need to manually type in your 4 digit PIN. If you’ve also been using it for purchasing apps on the App Store, it must be really convenient without having to enter your Apple ID password. However, if you notice that it’s no longer working as it should, you can try some of the following quick fixes.

1. First of all, check the very basic. Go to Settings and check the under Fingerprints if iTunes & App Store is switched on as shown in the screenshot above. If that’s set but still getting the same problem, see number 2.

2. Check that Require Password in Settings > General > Restrictions is set to off instead of Immediately. Some people reported that it will fix the problem. Still doesn’t work?

3. Try to quit or exit all opened apps, go to the  App Store, try to pick any free app and try again. If it works, then great! If not, try the next step.

4. If all fails then probably this is related on how your credit card information is handled by your iPhone.  Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > View Apple ID > Payment Information > Security Code. Try to input your Security Code here. This is not automatically filled out when you have performed any data restoration from a backup before.

All the above possible fixes should help, if not you can always get in touch with Apple tech support and they will be able to identify if there’s an issue with the phone, your iCloud settings etc.

AT&T has Blocked Server API Access that May End Cheap AT&T iPhone Unlock

If you’ve been enjoying cheap AT&T iPhone unlock over the past year, that may change soon because AT&T has started blocking access to their servers.

UPDATE: Read this article from WSJ. Our AT&T unlocking service still works great!


When AT&T iPhones were made available to public, officially unlocking them was impossible so the only way to unlock them was to jailbreak first. This is why hackers were inspired to develop iOS jailbreak and a software unlock called ultrasn0w that allows iPhones to be unlocked to be used on another carrier.

Later on, AT&T started to provide official unlock for off contract iPhones and eligible customers and military personnel. The process was quite easy and straightforward but this was probably one of the reasons why AT&T changed their policy after that due to abuse. Next, smartphone unlocking suppliers started to get direct access to AT&T servers (API access) that allows them to  automate the unlock process without having to go through AT&T staff.

Many of our customers have enjoyed the fast AT&T iPhone unlock we offered for under $5. Unfortunately, since AT&T started updating their servers and blocked access to suppliers early this month, prices have gone up and down and many worldwide suppliers were affected. Some companies such as Applenberry who used to do it for $20, can no longer take orders as the item is now shown as ‘out of stock.’  Meanwhile one company won’t be taking new orders with the statement below:

“We have too many pending orders and will not process new unlocks this week. Sorry for any inconvenience.” 

It’s pretty obvious that no one can do it at the moment. Customers who have ordered from us earlier this week will start getting refund over the next few days. Those who ordered on the updated price will be processed normally and get done.

We understand a lot of resellers and smartphone shops have been using our excellent AT&T iPhone unlock service but due to the change with AT&T’s iPhone unlocking policy, we can no longer provide cheap and fast unlock for AT&T iPhones, it’s still possible but it won’t be cheap. We would suggest that you avoid using any other third party unlocking service who claims that they can do it, because 99% of them won’t be able to deliver as promised. This is also the time when scammers will start operating again and deceiving people about other ways of unlocking iPhones.

The good news is that other services are still working great such as our extremely popular Verizon ESN cleaning service, IMEI fix for UK T-Mobile/Orange/EE, blacklist checks and unlocks for other worldwide network. If you own a store or would like to earn money unlocking people’s phone, be sure to join our reseller program.

I’m personally monitoring the situation and to make sure that you get the most accurate update on AT&T iPhone unlocking service, please join our Facebook page or you can email us directly on help@beijingiphonerepair.com.

What to do if You Forget or Wish to Change Your Apple ID for iOS 7 Activation?

Stuck on the iOS 7 activation screen because you forgot your Apple ID? These simple tips may help.

UPDATE: We can now remove iOS 7 iCloud password.

We’re only humans and sometimes we forget. Now with iOS 7′s new security feature called Activation Lock, your iPhone is now added with an additional layer of security to prevent unauthorized activation of your iOS device.

This becomes a problem for original owners if they forget or do not have access to their iCloud account anymore. If your Apple ID is an old email address which you can no longer access, you will find out that you can’t change the Apple ID on your device until you view the terms and conditions of the updated iCloud.

The next issue that makes you stuck on this activation process is when you get the ‘cannot connect to server’ error. Every time when you try to delete the iCloud account, you are not able to do it because ‘Find My iPhone’ is enabled and you need to enter your password associated with your Apple ID. Even if you know your old password, it will still not work because it says that the ID or password is incorrect. All of these are caused by iOS 7 Activation Lock.

How do you fix this?

1. Assuming that you still have access to your old email address, go to the link below

https://appleid.apple.com

2. Click Manage my Apple ID and sign in with your current iCloud ID.

3. Tap edit next to the primary email account, tap Edit, change it back to your old email account and verify it.

4. Edit the name of the account to change it back to your old email address. You can now use your current password to turn off Find My iPhone on your device.

5. Go to Settings>iCloud, tap Delete Account and choose Delete from My iDevice when asked (your iCloud data will still be in iCloud).

6. Next, go back to https://appleid.apple.com and change your primary email address and iCloud ID name back to the way it was.

7. You can now go to Settings > iCloud and sign in with your correct iCloud ID and password.

Or if you no longer have access to your old email address, you will have to contact Apple to have them reset the password so you can disable Find My iPhone and sign into your iCloud account.

Another possible way if you still have access to Settings is here.

You can either go to https://expresslane.apple.com, select “More Products and Services”, then “Apple ID”, then on the next page select “Other Apple ID Topics”, then “Lost or forgotten Apple ID password” and click “Continue”; or you can contact Apple Support here: http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/contact/.

The worst case is that you probably have to make an appointment with the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple store, or contact support directly.

If your device is new or you paid for AppleCare there would normally be no charge to contact support. In case they’re charging you, plead your case and see if they would waive the charge.

It’s a bit of pain, but this makes sure that your device stays secure and away from the wrong hands.

Be Sure to Turn Off ‘Find My iPhone’ Activation Lock Before Buying or Selling an iPhone

iOS 7 is now equipped with additional security feature that prevents unauthorized activation of iPhone. This is important for you to know if you plan to buy a used iPhone.

UPDATE: If you have no way of getting the Apple ID, consider removing it here.

iPhone is a popular device and thousands of them go missing or get stolen worldwide each year. In recent times, carriers or service providers are able to blacklist iPhone’s IMEI to prevent them for being used. However, that doesn’t prevent the iPhone from being restored and used as an iPod or exported to another country. Even if the IMEI is blacklisted in USA for example, the iPhone can still be used in another country’s network as the blacklist is only localized.

Apple recently added another security feature in iOS 7 which is called the Find My iPhone’s Activation Lock. If this is enabled, the iPhone can only be activated by the original owner who has the username and password for his/her iCloud account. For example, if the iPhone is stolen, once a full iTunes restore is done, if Activation Lock is enabled, iTunes will not allow the iPhone to be activated. This means you cannot even get to the Home screen to use it as an iPod; truly making the iPhone as a “brick.” I’ve written this article when iOS 7 was just released.

There are two ways of turning on/off activation lock:

1. How to Turn On/Off Find My iPhone Activation Lock on iPhone

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the iCloud section
  • Scroll down until you see a Find My iPhone, then toggle the turn on/off button
  • When you turn it off, iOS will ask you for your iCloud password. After entering, tap “Turn Off” and you should have both Find My iPhone as well as Activation Lock turned off.
  • If you have no access to the password or forgot the password, see here.

2. How to Turn On/Off Find My iPhone Activation Lock on iCloud

  • Go to iCloud.com and login with your username and password.
  • Open “Find my iPhone”, and click on the “Devices” then you will find a list of all devices tied to your Apple ID.
  • Select the device which you want to enable/disable Find My iPhone, and click the ‘x’ button next to it to remove the association with your Apple ID. Click “Remove” to confirm.

Before selling or getting a used iPhone, do everyone a favor by turning this feature off. This would make sure that your buyer will not have any issue activating the iPhone later on. Trade-in shops will not accept iPhones if this feature is on. If you are buying a used iPhone, it is also important that you check with the seller that this has been switched off.

If your iPhone is stolen or missing, you might want to turn this on via iCloud as it may help you relocate your missing iPhone. This will also wreck havoc to whoever has your iPhone as he/she may not able to use your iPhone. If you’re buying a used iPhone from a third party seller, you can use this service to check whether Activation Lock is turned on or off. If you already bought it and stuck on the activation screen, you can remove the password here.

Share these tips with your friends who intend to sell or buy iPhones, I’m sure they will appreciate it.