I got an iPhone 5c off of eBay and I can't tell if it's iCloud locked (Activation Lock) or not because I don't have a SIM card for it yet. It was restored by iTunes with no problems. The phone asks me for my language, country, WiFi, then tells me to insert a SIM. Is it going to tell me I need the previous owners password after I get the SIM card and insert it?

  • is the WiFi working? if yes use it to access iCloud.
    – Ruskes
    Sep 16, 2014 at 18:06
  • @Buscar Could you expand what you mean? OP does not have a SIM card to 'access iCloud'…?
    – grg
    Sep 16, 2014 at 20:52

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If you are referring to "Find my iPhone" with "if it's icloud locked":

No, "Find my iPhone" must be turned off on your new iPhone. iTunes doesn't let you restore an iDevice with turned on "Find my iPhone" (on iOS 7 and greater)


Yes, Apple has a very easy page that lets you look up devices by IMEI or Serial Number:

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