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

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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.

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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:


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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