How to Change Apple ID on Second Hand iPhone

iPhone is one of the greatest devices, with the best services and performance in its class, with more that one million applications that you can find in the App Store. iPhone also has a great operating system, iOS, which can run on the minimum hardware though (except for iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 seems run slow at this moment). This thing made iPhone hunters or iPhone fans who have a minimum budget or users who just want to own the old iPhone model, to search for a second hand iPhone on Market or e-bay or to buy directly from the iPhone owner.

There’re many things you need to pay attention to when buying a second-hand iPhone, but here we’re not going to discuss that. In this article we will talk about an important thing, you should pay attention to, before you buy a device, and that is: “Is iCloud and Find My iPhone still connected to iCloud account of the previous owner or not?”

Here, we are going to share how to change the Apple ID on the second hand iPhone or iPad.


Steps to Change Apple ID on Second-hand iPhone?

We’re gonna discuss two common scenarios related to this topic.

The First Scenario:

You are going to buy a second-hand iPhone.

  • Go to Settings >> iCloud

Check if it’s still signed in by someone’s iCloud account or not? If yes, then ask the seller to sign out from that iCloud account.

Read also–How to Change Apple ID iPhone or iPad (Seller Guide)

  • If the user successfully signed out from the iCloud account, follow the steps below.

Notice: Please do not attempt these steps if the user didn’t sign out from the iCloud account.

The Second Scenario:

You have bought a second-hand iPhone, let say on the online shopping site such e-Bay, for example. Once you check the iPhone, its iCloud and Find My iPhone is still connected to someone else’s iCloud account. Here is what you can do: ask the owner to remove a device from his/her Find My iPhone. If you don’t have the seller’s contact information: Go to Settings >> iCloud


how to change Apple ID on second-hand iPhone

Look at the email address on iCloud, so you can contact the previous owner by using that email, and ask him/her to remove the iPhone device from his Find My iPhone.

Another option, just in case a person refuses to remove a device from: Find My iPhone, no matter what the reason is, you can ask for the original iPhone purchase invoice, and ask Apple Authorized Service Provider or Applecare to remove that device from the old iCloud account. They will only need the original purchase invoice and 2 -3 working days to process.

In case you own an iPad, the steps are exactly the same.

  1. I buy second hand iPhone when i format the iphone after that he want apple id and password but iPhone owner forget apple id and password then how can i open iPhone ?
    help me please how we gonna fix it after wasting so much effort of buying

  2. i can’t activate my new phone which was bought second hand off a friend i restored it and it says the other owner didn’t sign out of his/hers iCloud account so i can’t activate my phone and can contact the last owner as the person moved back over sea’s
    please help me!!!??

  3. I buy second hand iphone 7 plus when i formate iphone after that he want apple id and pasword but iphone owner forget apple id and pasword then how can i open iphone ?

    help me pls

  4. I buy second hand iphone when i formate iphone after that he want apple id and pasword but iphone owner forget apple id and pasword then how can i open iphone ?

    help me pls


    1. i got a second-hand iphone 5s from a relation
      i manage to take the phone off his apple id
      but it wont work even though its not connected to icloud
      any possible solutions?
      what can be the possible seasons why it wont accept my id?
      it also refused to pick the owners id and has become a white elephant.
      any solutions please?

  6. i have i phone 5s but it was for my sister but she passe a way in case i want to use it it ask me to put i cloude and password but i don’t know that ,how can i change the icloude and password in other to use the phone or how can i remove the icloude and set up mine in case i dont know the previous icloude
    i need help

  7. I have iPhone 6 I know Apple ID and password but I don’t know how to delet this I’d nd add my new I’d of iCloud can u help m plzzzzzz it’s a 2nd hand phone

    1. Hi Vicky…you can try these steps: Settings >> Touch ID & Passcode >> tap all fingerprints list >> tap Delete to confirm. Then, create the new fingerprints ID.

  8. the error msg was the maximam number of free account activated in ur iphone
    plzz any one can halp to login inti icloud

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