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Apple Store / Apple news / How to check if you have used an iPhone before?
04 April 2021

How to check if you have used an iPhone before?

Methods to help buy a new iPhone. Why you should check your smartphone before buying

Катерина Антонюк

The question of how to check whether a used iPhone is of interest to many future owners of this smartphone. Given the fact that gadgets from Apple are not cheap, it is worth taking a responsible approach to the purchase of such equipment, so as not to overpay.

First of all, it should be noted that the new device needs to be activated. Therefore, if you do not need to activate the purchased device, then this is the first sign that the smartphone is not new. However, this is one of the obvious signals that can be easily noticed. Inventive sellers know how to sell a used iPhone, even with this feature.

Apple is known for caring about consumers, so it has created a more effective method that will help solve this problem. Therefore, before buying a new iPhone, do not worry, today we already know several methods that help to check whether the smartphone is used.

What does an inactivated iPhone look like?

It is possible to fully use the phone only after activating it. If the store offers a smartphone in which you can see the desktop on the screen, then this iPhone has already been activated.

IPhone not activated

The user in the new phone chooses the language, creates an iCloud account. However, as mentioned above, an inactive iPhone is no guarantee that it is new. The welcome screen may appear after the smartphone has been reset to factory settings, or iOS has been restored using a PC.

Thus, even a securely packed box containing the so-called "new" device does not say that this is indeed the case.

How to determine the new iPhone or not?

On the official website of the manufacturer you can find the section "Checking the right to service and support". This is where the user can determine if the phone has been in use before. And to do this you just need to know the serial number of the device. To do this, you need to find it on the box.

IPhone check

The check is performed as follows:

  1. You need to go to the official website of Apple.
  2. Find the section "Verification of rights".
  3. After that, enter the serial number of the device in a special field.
  4. Click "Continue" in the last step.

It is worth noting that the serial number of the device can not be the letter "o", instead the company uses the number "0".

If the "Continue" key was pressed and information appeared on the screen stating that the device had not been used before and that it needed to be activated, it did not belong to anyone before.

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