1. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Hi guys, Ed here, fellow ambassador over at Windows Central.

    Here's my question, as I haven't used iTunes or an iPhone in a few years, obviously things have changed quite a bit.

    I bought an iPhone 4S from this girl at work who recently bought it from someone else. The phone is evidently tied to the original owners "find my iphone/icloud/whatever account". I tried restoring the phone with iTunes, but upon initail setup, it still needs the original owner's username and password (for the sim card I guess??) to proceed. We contacted the original owner.. and he doesn't know the password (or has forgotten it?).

    So my question is, is there any hope that this iPhone 4S will be anything more than a paperweight? I only paid $50 for it, so it's really no big loss. I was just going to use it as an ipod/wifi only device.. Y'know, an iOS device to check out all the apps we're missing on the other side of the tracks..

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance...

    Ed
    12-20-2014 01:45 PM
  2. acerace113's Avatar
    If it's activation locked you can't bypass it without the original owners login.


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    12-20-2014 01:58 PM
  3. Ed Boland's Avatar
    If it's activation locked you can't bypass it without the original owners login.


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    Yep, it's activation locked.. and the original owner was contacted, but has no idea what his password was...

    So, what about jailbreaking this thing?
    12-20-2014 02:25 PM
  4. acerace113's Avatar
    Yep, it's activation locked.. and the original owner was contacted, but has no idea what his password was...

    So, what about jailbreaking this thing?
    A jailbreak won't bypass it plus it would have to be activated so you can jailbreak it


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    12-20-2014 02:29 PM
  5. Ed Boland's Avatar
    A jailbreak won't bypass it plus it would have to be activated so you can jailbreak it


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    Dang.. so there's nothing that can be done? Not even by taking it to an apple store?
    12-20-2014 02:35 PM
  6. iEd's Avatar
    Dang.. so there's nothing that can be done? Not even by taking it to an apple store?
    Unfortunately it's bricked without the code.


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    12-20-2014 02:38 PM
  7. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Hmm, well.. I can appreciate the security thing, but this is ridiculous lol

    Guess I'll make the girl give me my money back.. She said she would, but I told her to wait and let me see what I could do.
    12-20-2014 02:42 PM
  8. iEd's Avatar
    Cool. Yup get your loot back.


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    12-20-2014 02:54 PM
  9. Ed Boland's Avatar
    No problem. I told the girl she should get her money back from the guy she bought it from.. and I told her I bet when she asks for her money back, the guy might suddenly "remember " how to log into his itunes/icloud account. If he forgot his password, isn't it as simple as clicking on "forgot my password" and getting a password reset via email?
    12-20-2014 04:07 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    It is possible to recover an AppleID/Password - but it's a little more involved that getting an email... especially if they had 2-factor authentication enabled.
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    12-20-2014 04:11 PM

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