13 Things You Can Do with a Blacklisted or Stolen iPhone

Bought a really cheap iPhone recently but later found out that it’s stolen or blacklisted? Don’t worry, one of these 13 tips may be able to help you.

The first thing you found out when you got your iPhone is that it’s not getting any signal from your carrier, or that probably happened a few days after your purchase.

You’re pretty sure that there’s no hardware issue but after spending hours online looking for a solution or explanation, you finally found out that it’s been blacklisted by your network provider.

A few years back, I wrote a blog post about ‘What Ever Happens to IMEI Blacklisted iPhones or Other Popular Smartphones?

This will help you understand more on why your iPhone got blacklisted in the first place.

It may feel that it’s the end of the world. Don’t worry because someone out there had gone through what you’re feeling right now.

Let’s get things straight and check out these helpful tips. Do note that some of the advice below are only valid if the iPhone is not stuck on the iCloud activation screen.

1. Ask for a refund from your seller

This may be a long shot, but if you bought it used on eBay, you can ask for a refund from the seller by following the refund procedures set by eBay. You will have to arrange to have it shipped back to the seller, once he or she confirms that the iPhone is in order, eBay will release the funds back to your account.

The case may be different if you got your blacklisted iPhone over on Craigslist or on the street.

It may be difficult to get your money back because these types of sellers probably won’t entertain your calls at all. They may use a temporary email address and will no longer respond to your email.

2. Use it as a glorified iPod or games console

Since you can’t make calls with your iPhone, just use it as an iPod or install as many games as you can to keep you entertained for hours.

You can also download movies and TV series on it which you can watch while on the subway or hanging out in the park.

3. Get the ESN or IMEI Cleaned

There’s a bit of a good news if you have a blacklisted iPhone that’s locked to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile (UK), Orange (UK) and EE (UK).

It’s possible to remove them from blacklist (fix for blacklisted iPhone).

Unfortunately, many other network are still not supported.

The services we provided are highly reliable and have helped many people to use their iPhone again. You might also want to know that these services are not limited for iPhone only, any device such as iPad or Android smartphone can only also be removed from network blacklist.

Click on the link below to learn more:

If the device – iPhone, iPad WiFi, Apple Watch (iWatch), iPod has iCloud lock on it, you can also remove it by one of the method below:

4. Swap the Logic Board

Since IMEI blacklist is usually localized to a country’s particular service provider, that means your iPhone’s IMEI is not blacklisted in other countries.

For instance, if you have a factory unlocked AT&T iPhone that’s blacklisted in the USA, if you travel to Australia it will work perfectly on any network there.

There isn’t a way to change the IMEI of an iPhone except by physically replacing the baseband and CPU chips; and this is only possible on iPhone 4 and earlier models.

Attempting to change the chips on the latest models of iPhones will only cause damage to your iPhone. This is the reason why swapping the logic board is quite a practical solution.

5. Get it officially unlocked and sell it

There’s still a market for your blacklisted iPhone.

If you live in the USA, you know that there are millions of foreigners coming to your country especially students. When they finish their studies, mostly would return to their home countries.

This is where your iPhone becomes valuable. If you have an AT&T iPhone that’s already officially unlocked but blacklisted, you can sell it off to them.

They always want to find good deals while they’re there and even though it’s blacklisted in the USA, it can still be used in other countries.

A lot of people get good deals when buying AT&T or T-Mobile iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus online, but they ended up buying blacklisted iPhones.

However, AT&TT-Mobile or Sprint iPhone 6/6+ and later models that are blacklisted can still be unlocked. Please be sure to tell them the whole truth about the history of the phone to avoid any complication later.

Remember that honesty is the best policy. So do explain to your potential buyer that the iPhone is blacklisted in your current location but will work fine in his or her country. Don’t forget to checkout other network that we can officially unlock.

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6. Sell it as spare parts

If all fails, your last resort would be taking it apart and cannibalize it for parts.

The screen, logic board, back casing, dock connector can all be sold separately. It may help someone with a broken iPhone and one of the parts may help revive his or her iPhone again.

It’s not the most ideal but you might doing other people a big favor while getting back some of your hard earned cash.

Consider yourself lucky if you bumped into this post while trying to find a used iPhone. The blog post I wrote about 5 Tips on Buying Used iPhone Online on eBay or Craigslist to Avoid Scam will help you prevent all these from happening.

7. Donate it to Charity

Some charities recycle old electronics and may offer cash.

Consider Googling for it and do something nice for someone out there.

8. Sell it on eBay internationally

eBay is a huge global marketplace and someone out there will want to buy your iPhone despite the condition it’s in now.

Please do mention in the eBay ad of the real situation to avoid the buyer from creating a dispute which may cost you even more.

9. Start your own iPhone repair business

Wait, what?

Yup! This is how most mobile phone stores started. They take it apart, learn how to put them together and offer the services to people.

Get an eBook here on how to start your own iPhone repair business.

10. Contact the Owner, Carrier or Authority

Some stolen or missing iPhone will have the original owner’s number shown on the activation screen. It may be worthwhile to contact the owner and have it returned. You never know how thankful he or she might be.

Calling a carrier is also possible to track down the original owner. They may need the 15-digit IMEI of the device.

Reporting to authority may help too.

11. Get the iCloud Email

If the phone is stuck on activation, it will hint the email address on the screen. Although it’s not always possible to guess the correct email, you can use this service to get the full email address.

Once you get the full email address, then refer to point #10.

12. Make a YouTube video of smashing it to pieces

Shooting a YouTube video of smashing the phone can make someone really famous.

Checkout on YouTube to get some inspiration.

13. Keep It

If none of the above fancies you, just keep the phone as a remembrance.

Somehow it can be an expensive lesson. Perhaps one day you may want to revisit one of the solutions above and may even work for you!

I hope this article is useful for you. Do you have anything else to add? Otherwise, please do help share this with your friends!

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5 Things You Can Do If You Bought an iCloud Locked Apple Watch

Did you get a good deal buying an Apple Watch but later found out that it’s iCloud locked? Don’t worry, one of these 5 tips may be able to help you.

Since iOS 6, Apple added the iCloud Activation Lock on all Apple devices, including the Apple Watch. The iOS 10 iCloud Activation Lock is usually activated if the device is lost or stolen. It can be due to any reason at all.

It’s generally easy to identify devices that are iCloud locked if they’re sold online. If the seller is honest, he or she would have added it in the description. They are usually sold cheaper than the market price.

It may be the worst feeling in the world, but maybe one of these tips will help you get this issue sorted. Let’s get things straight and check out these helpful tips.

1. Ask for a refund from your seller

If you bought it used on eBay, you can ask for a refund from the seller by following the refund procedures set by eBay. You will have to arrange to have it shipped back to the seller, once he or she confirms that the Apple Watch is in order, eBay will release the funds back to your account.

The case may be different if you got your iCloud locked Apple Watch from Craigslist or on the street. It may be difficult to get your money back because these types of sellers probably won’t entertain your calls at all.

They may use a temporary email address and will no longer respond to your email.

2. Sell it as spare parts

Some of the parts are still usable such as  the screen, strap, back casing and all other parts.

It may help someone with a broken Apple Watch and one of the parts may help revive his or her Watch again. It’s not the most ideal but you might doing other people a big favor while getting back some of your hard earned cash.

Check out ifixit.com’s tutorial on how to take it apart.

3. Swap the Logic Board

Once again, refer to ifixit.com’s tutorial as there may be a way to get the logic board replaced, if you can find one that’s still working. The work may be complicated, but there’s always a chance to save your Apple Watch.

You may need to find a proper repair shop which can do this for you if you don’t fancy tinkering with a delicate device such as the Apple Watch.

4. Re-sell it

There’s still a market for your iCloud locked Apple Watch. You can do it on any auction site that can handle international transaction.

It’s probably the only way to minimize your lost as much as possible.

5. Remove the iCloud Lock via iCloud Removal Service for Apple Watch

Don’t wish to try any of the above? Why don’t you try to remove the iCloud activation remotely via its serial number?

Simply by sending the serial number, we can remove the iCloud lock. This can be verified by entering the 12-digit alphanumeric on the iCloud.com website here:

https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/

The link to the service can be found here: Apple Watch (iWatch) iCloud Lock Removal/Fix using serial number

This service also supports for any Apple device including iPad, iPod and Macbook with no SIM card slot (non cellular model).

Consider yourself lucky if you bumped into this post while trying to find a used Apple Watch.

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How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 10

The latest version of iOS is here. If you encounter iTunes error 3194 when trying to update to iOS 10, try one of these fixes.

You’re probably trying to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 10 using iTunes but kept getting error 3194. If you’re new to using iPhone, one of the most important things you need to know is you can never downgrade your iOS. This is by designed, and of course, how Apple wants it to be.

One of the main reasons is that Apple doesn’t want you to jailbreak your iPhone. For example, iOS 9.3 and below have exploits that can jailbreak iPhone most iPhone models.

Since Apple can no longer patch or fix previous iOS which version which has been released to public, they can only fix those issues in the next release.

Now let’s go back to your iTunes restore error 3194. This is a very common error if you’re trying to restore your iPhone. Error 3194 is a response from iTunes telling you that your iPhone is not eligible to be restored to a particular iOS version.

Apple will only allow you install the latest iOS, but why are you still getting this error if the iOS version you’re trying to restore to is already the latest?

Well, the problem lies with your computer’s hosts file.

iTunes uses your computer’s hosts file to “communicate” with Apple’s activation server. It exists in both Mac and PC. If your hosts file is modified, you will definitely get this error message when updating to iOS 10 using iTunes.

So, how did your hosts file got modified in the first place? Jailbreaking software such as TinyUmbrella and redsn0w are the culprits. If you’ve used one of these programs before, they will modify your hosts file to trick iTunes to NOT connect to Apple’s iOS restore verification server.

Why you may ask? On older devices, it IS possible to restore to an older iOS for as long as you have the SHSH saved. This is a separate topic but is related so let’s discuss about this another day while we work on fixing this issue.

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 10

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Well, remember to close iTunes or reboot your computer after modifying your hosts file.

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How to Hard Reset or Reboot iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus if Frozen

Apple has changed the way you need to reset or hard reboot your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus if it’s frozen or not responding. Check it out here on how to do it.

Since iPhone was released many years ago, the way you reset the iPhone is pretty much the same way – pressing the home button and sleep/wake button simultaneously.

You need to reset or hard reset if your iPhone is frozen or is not responsive at all. It’s also used during the early days when you need to jailbreak your iPhone.

However, beginning iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the way you reset will be slightly different, although it is still requires you to press some buttons.

How to Reset or Reboot iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

1. Press and hold both the volume down button and sleep/wake button for about 10 seconds.

2. Your device will reboot and you will see the Apple logo.

The photo below shows how it is done.

iphone_7_reset_reboot

What’s the rationale for Apple doing this? It may have something to do with the rumour that Apple will remove the physical home button altogether in the next version of iPhone.

Changing the way to reset it on this model will give some Apple some data and feedback.

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iCloud Removal for iPad WiFi, iWatch (Apple Watch) and iPod

Did you purchase an iPad WiFi, Apple Watch or iPod with iCloud activation lock enabled? Here are some ways to remove it.

A large amount of users report that they can’t activate their device such as iPad WiFi, Apple Watch or iPod touch after upgrading to the latest iOS. The devices are stuck on the iCloud activation.

If you are stuck on such situation, here are some possible solutions you can try out:

Possible Workarounds if You Can’t Activate After iOS Update

If you see the message “cannot activate because activation server is temporarily not available”, you need to try again later. It may be that the Apple’s activation server has shut down due to high demand or high load. This usually happens during the day of the release of an iOS update.

You can also try to restart your iDevice: Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

Alternatively, try to connect your device to computer and try connecting to iTunes.

Step-by-Step Solution if You Can’t Activate iPhone After iOS Update

If the suggested workaround above doesn’t work, you may need to try below.

Firstly, make a full backup of your iPhone or iPad before performing a restore.

1. Turn off your iDevice firstly. By Pressing and holding the power and home buttons for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

2. Visit iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID and password.

3. Select Find iPhone > Input the password of your Apple ID to confirm > Click All Devices on the top > Select the Device which can’t be activated > Click Remove from Account > Click Remove again when note window pops up (for iPhone).

4. Switch off and turn on your device, and then activate try to activate again.

Most people said that the steps above helped to activate their device normally. However, if you see something like shown in the image above, it’s likely that you need to remove the iCloud activation lock removal service.

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