I bought a used iPhone 4 with iOS 7 from a local shop. I am not sure as to how to be sure if it is not stolen. I was able to do a factory reset on the phone and use my own Apple ID to use the phone.

I tried going to iCloud to check if Find My iPhone was active on the device and I found out that it is activated but using my Apple ID only.

I know that I should do a proper verification before I bought it but I think it is too late now and nothing can be done about it other than checking next time I buy a used phone.

As proof of purchase the store owner wrote the Price on a Plain paper with his name and phone number and handed it to me.

  • If it allowed to factory restore and use your AppleID, it is not stolen.
    – Ruskes
    Feb 8 '15 at 19:41
  • Welcome to Ask Different! I've made a pretty substantial edit to your question to narrow the scope down to the essence of what you are asking. If you feel I have lost crucial information, feel free to edit further.
    – grg
    Feb 8 '15 at 19:42
  • @Buscar Just because Activation Lock was not active does not mean that the device is not stolen—the previous user may not have set it up.
    – grg
    Feb 8 '15 at 19:42
  • @grgarside then there is no registered previous owner, is there ? and there is no way to find that out now.
    – Ruskes
    Feb 8 '15 at 19:44
  • @Buscar That is the purpose of this question.
    – grg
    Feb 8 '15 at 19:46

Restoring an iOS device will remove any record of a previous owner on the device.

If the device was purchased from an Apple Store, then Apple may have record of it being set up even if Find My iPhone. This also applies to other retailers, however I am not certain if this is possible.

  • The restoring is only possible if it was not activated before by the previous owner, or with owners permission. In any case it is a hypothetical debate if was stolen or legitimately restored with permission from previous owner. "second hand phone"
    – Ruskes
    Feb 8 '15 at 19:55
  • @Buscar Could you clarify what exactly is incorrect about my answer?
    – grg
    Feb 8 '15 at 19:58
  • the question: How to find if a second-hand iPhone is stolen after purchase? was not answered. It was not purchased from Apple store but from second hand shop. It was not locked (activated) by previous owner or unlocked with owners permission.
    – Ruskes
    Feb 8 '15 at 20:24
  • @Buscar I am talking about the original owner purchasing it from an Apple Store. The Apple Store or other retailer may have record of the person who purchased the device.
    – grg
    Feb 8 '15 at 20:45
  • That is correct, but has nothing to do with the question. Possibly the original owner sold it to the store and gave its permission to unlock it so it can be restored and the store owner issued a new proof of purchase. So how is it stolen?
    – Ruskes
    Feb 8 '15 at 20:54

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