Steps to check if a second-hand iPhone was stolen

If you want to enter the market for old iPhone models, asking the owner to turn off Find My iPhone is never a bad idea. This act will automatically disable the theft-deterring Activation Lock of Apple.

If you are planning to buy a second-hand iPhone and you want to check if your iPhone is stolen or lost, CTIA’s Stolen Phone Checker service serves as the best tool to make that happen.

For some background, the Stolen Phone Checker tool serves as an online service to help consumers, businesses and law enforcement agencies to make wise decisions in purchasing an old iPhone and prevent lost and stolen mobile devices from being sold. Besides, the checker also allows you to verify all phone models on the market, thus helping you buy a used device without worrying about losing money and time.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to check if the iPhone you are about to buy was stolen. Before we proceed, please note that this is a service applied for United States only, so the below instructions may work for international readers.

Steps to check if the phone you’re buying was stolen

Step 1: First off, you need to visit site on your device

Step 2: Provide  the IMEI number of the iPhone you tend to buy. On  an iPhone, you can access this information by going to SettingsGeneralAbout

Step 3: Once you are done, solve the captcha and click on the Submit button.

After that, if the iPhone isn’t stolen, you will see the message “Not reported lost or stolen” and other useful information such as the model, manufacturer and more next to Device Status.

Also read: Here is how you can find your parked car with Apple Maps on iPhone

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