Now iPhone is almost a reference device for communication, but not everyone can afford to buy a fresh model. That is why people resort to buying an iPhone from their hands through acquaintances or special sites. This allows you to save a lot and get into your use a gadget that will easily serve you for more than one year.
But in order not to fall for various tricks of scammers selling supported iPhones, it is worth knowing a few simple rules. Nowadays there is a widespread practice of deceiving buyers, especially those who do not understand what they are buying.
So, first, you need to check the authenticity and functionality of the device. A fraudster is quite capable of putting a copy of the phone in a box or even a broken device. There are several ways to verify the authenticity. The most common one is reconciliation IMEI on the box, phone cover, and device settings.
You can find this set of characters in your phone by following the path: Settings => General => About device. At the very bottom of the page there will be this treasured one IMEI.
IMEI on the cover iPhone
IMEI on the phone
If they are the same, you can check the information about the gadget through official support Apple, thereby finding out what kind of phone it is, in which country it was bought and whether it is blocked.
Next you need to turn on the phone. A real and efficient iPhone displays a black apple on a white background on the loading screen, or vice versa. After that, the system interface should appear iOS. If there is something else there, you should refuse to purchase.
This is how the interfaces of the original apple device look like
Second, you need to make sure that the previous owner unlinked the phone from their iCloud profile. There are two ways to do this: reset the phone to factory settings, or simply log out of your account. Otherwise, it will be problematic to fully use the iPhone, and the seller will be able to lock the device at any time and demand money to unlock it, which is also a common practice among scammers.
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Unlinking from iCloud by logging out
Reset settings to iPhone
If all of the above steps were successful, it is worth checking the status of the phone. Try to choose a device on which the minimum amount of external damage – this increases the chance of getting a fully functional iPhone. Chips, dents and scratches indicate that the device has been dropped, and this easily leads to functional failure. It is advisable to go to the application with a white background to look at the damage to the display. But even a completely new-looking phone does not guarantee the operation of all components.
Now let's move on to checking the performance of individual components of the gadget. First of all, you need to find out if it is charging or not. It is advisable to do this with your own cord and adapter so that the seller cannot get out.
The next most important option is the ability to use the phone specifically for communication. Insert a SIM card and make a test call to a friend or relative's number to make sure the earpiece and microphone are working. After that, check the ability to work with 3G and LTE networks, and with Wi-Fi.
After these steps, you can proceed to multimedia. Here, both cameras, bottom speaker, microphone for video recording, headphone jack are checked. It is worth paying attention to the sensors: accelerometer, turning off the display during a call and the performance of auto brightness.
Last but not least, functions are checked that do not particularly affect the comfortable use of the phone. This is Touch ID, if it is supposed to, and the button for activating the Silent mode.