I was searching through the Lost And Found in my local school and found an unclaimed iPhone. I tried to turn it on but i got this message saying that it cannot be activated when I tried to connect to my local network. I already tried to restore and trying to update the device but I got this error messageenter image description here.These solutions all came up inconclusive. I'd highly appreciate a solution.


P.S. I assume that the device is not bound to a Canadian carrier. The device also did not have a sim card present in the device.

  • This might be a stolen phone. The best action you can take is drop it off at your local police station or constabulary and be done with it.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 22:14

1 Answer 1


Give it to the Police. iPhone 📱 is in ‘Lost Mode”. Owner is searching for it.

  • I appreciate your response but...The problem is that the iPhone was the in Lost And Found for several months at this point. I would also assume that the student would have found out and contacted the office. Secondly, I asked the office if any student was looking for an iPhone 5s and they said no. So i assume the student gave up on it. Also when an iPhone is in 'Lost Mode' it directs you to the lock screen, in my case I can't even get past the iPhone setup screen before an error message shows up.
    – micmicc
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 20:03
  • The only way i could see it not being able to activate the device is that if the owner contacted the carrier and disabled the device, but as I stated previously I highly doubt that it is bound to a carrier.
    – micmicc
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 20:09
  • IMO Apple products should be faced as Rolex watches. The owner & only him/ her should be able to have this iPhone. So. Because this iPhone is not yours- you should not claim it. In any case just think of that. Even if ya get your hands to this device you will not n
    – user312912
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 20:21
  • Be able to make it work.
    – user312912
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 20:22
  • Alright! Thanks so much for your help! l'll drop it off at my police station asap :)
    – micmicc
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 20:30

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