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I bought a used iPhone 4 from a mobile shop in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was in good condition but there was a Find my iPhone lock. I thought this is a normal thing, and can bypass it if I restore the phone - that's why I bought it.

I used the iPhone for one week, then tried to restore it with iOS 7.0.3 but after the restore, the activation screen showed "This iPhone is locked with an apple id s.....@gmail.com". Then I tried my Apple ID instead, but was unable to use another id.

I went back to the mobile shop for help. He tried for one day but with no success. He said he bought it from Dubai from a person he doesn't have contact address or number.

How do I get the iPhone unlocked and can use my Apple ID with it?

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It may not be your fault, but s...@gmail may be missing photos of his family and other stuff important to him. Maybe not. At least, send him an email explaining what happened. Maybe he will be ok with this, maybe he will thank you, it's just the right thing to do..

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Since iOS 7 all iDevices now are equipped with Activation Lock, triggered by Find My iPhone.

Once locked, only the original owner, or Apple themselves can bypass it.

When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, your Apple ID is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device. From that point on, your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.

When purchasing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from someone other than Apple or an authorized Apple reseller, it is up to you to ensure that the device has been erased and is no longer linked to the previous owner’s account.

You can check the current Activation Lock status of a device by visiting https://icloud.com/activationlock from any Mac or PC.

Source : Find My iPhone Activation Lock

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You won't be able to do nothing for the moment.

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