What you need to know when buying a used iPad?

Overheating of an Android smartphone or tablet can be due to several reasons. How to check a used iPad before buying?

  • Get acquainted with the appearance of the new device
  • External inspection of device defects
  • Viewing the device screen
  • Checking Cameras
  • Sound check
  • Checking communication modules

What you need to know when buying an iPad hand-held?

Once the tablet is in your hands, you will need to check the status of your iCloud account. You can do this in the “Settings” section of “iCloud”. Knowing the IMEI or serial number, you can check the device lock status on the “Check Activation Lock Status” page.

How to check original iPad or not?

Find Serial Number or IMEI on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  • Go to the “Settings” “General” and click “About this device”.
  • Try to find the serial number. You may need to scroll down to find the IMEI / MEID and ICCID number.
  • To paste this information into the registration or contact form in Support Apple, press and hold the number to copy it.

How to find out the originality by the serial number of the iPhone?

It can be found at the bottom of the original packaging, on the phone itself on the SIM card tray, or viewed through the phone menu. Tap Settings on the iPhone home screen, then select General. About this device. Scroll down the screen and find and write down the serial number. Make sure all three numbers match.

How to find out the IMEI of an iPad?

In order to find out the IMEI through iTunes without connecting devices, go to the settings of this application (in the menu “iTunes”. “Settings”). In the window that opens, select “Devices”. You will be presented with a list of backups from previously synced devices. Hover the mouse over the desired one and hold the cursor.

How to check iPad by serial number?

How to check iPhone by serial number

  • Open “Settings” and select “General”.
  • Find and open the “About device” menu.
  • Copy information from the “Serial number” field.

How to check by iPhone serial number?

  • Go to the menu “Settings” → “General”.
  • Select “About device”.
  • Find the line “Serial number”.
  • You are convinced that the iPhone is truly original.
  • The exact iPhone model is determined.
  • The status of the guarantee is being clarified.

What you need to know when buying an iPad?

Be sure to pay attention to the geometry of the case. iPad should be flat, without bends. Check the edging of the display module around the entire perimeter. if you notice that the glass bulges a little, then you must definitely ask the owner about the service history.

How to test your iPhone or iPad before hand-buying

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Apple devices are very easy to buy and sell on the secondary market. This is primarily due to the fact that the company provides its gadgets with the longest possible support. for example, the iPhone 5s, which was released in 2013, stopped receiving major iOS updates only at the end of 2019, but security updates continue to come to it. even in 2020. over, Apple mobile gadgets are always (well, almost) made of quality materials and using the most modern hardware, so they look good and work quickly even after years.

Some people think that buying Apple devices off-hand is a sign of bad taste. This is wrong. However, you can really run into a gadget that is better to bypass. The market has enough reassembled devices in the basement, as well as drowned and devices after an unsuccessful basement repair. The “oldies” may have a dead battery, sticky buttons and loudspeakers clogged with dirt. over, you can also run into a typical divorce with linking an iPhone or iPad to an Apple ID. Actually, this article is just intended so that you do not screw up so much when buying a used (used) iPhone or iPad. it will talk about how to check the iPhone for originality.

This gadget was drowning or did not even have time to get wet

Unfortunately, the iPad does not have an obvious indicator that determines the ingress of moisture into the case, but Apple smartphones have one. In the iPhone 5 and above, it is located in the SIM card tray. previously, Apple engineers installed two at once: in the charging port and 3.5 mm audio output. You need to look inside: if a red dot is clearly visible there, then there was water inside. if not, it did not get there. This must be done even with models that are protected from moisture according to IP67 or IP68 standards, since over time, special gaskets that provide it lose their effectiveness.

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By the way, this is especially important with iPhone models that are protected from moisture. When such people first appeared, users, with joy, began to dive with them, take pictures under water and just take smartphones with them into the bathtub to “swim” and watch TV shows. Today hysteria about moisture protection is not so widespread, but drowned people still appear. They are often reanimated and even start working. However, it is important to understand that corrosion can still take its toll, so after a few months there is a chance to actually end up with a brick that will not be suitable for repair.

It’s important to try setting up Touch ID and Face ID

During the check, I also recommend trying to configure the Touch ID fingerprint sensor or the Face ID face scanner. this can be done using the Settings menu “Touch ID and passcode” or “Face ID and passcode”, respectively. If you manage to activate the protection, and it works during unlocking, you can move on. It is very important to validate biometric authentication sensors on Apple mobile devices because they cannot be replaced. They are tied to the motherboard they come with and may not work either after severe physical damage or after a failed repair.

You need to make sure that the physical buttons are working

The volume rocker, the power button, and Home, if any, should all work flawlessly. It happens that the buttons located on the side edges become clogged with dust and begin to be pressed extremely indistinctly. Yes, they can also be cleaned from dirt and dust. Nevertheless, given the “microscopic” gaps between the case and the buttons, it is not so easy for dirt to get into them. Therefore, such questions can arise only after extremely careless use of the gadget, which can become a stop factor for buying a device on the secondary market.

How to Check App Store Purchase History on iPhone or iPad

First you need to identify the gadget externally

At this point, I see no reason to talk about possible bruises, scuffs and chips on the front or rear panels. This is on the surface, and whether to put up with them or not. everyone decides for himself. However, serious damage is a sign of carelessness that does not lead to anything good. For example, if the angle of the case is obviously flattened, this suggests that the device was falling. apart from external damage, this could also lead to internal damage, which can show itself over time. A microcrack may form on the motherboard, which will increase over time.

  • iPhone 5s and iPhone SE: the latter has a [SE] badge on the bottom of the back panel. just below the “iPhone” sign;
  • iPhone 6 (Plus) and iPhone 6s (Plus): the latter has an [S] icon on the bottom of the back panel. just below the “iPhone” sign;
  • iPhone 7 (Plus) and iPhone 8 (Plus): the former has a metal back panel, while the latter is made of glass for wireless charging;
  • iPhone X and iPhone XS: the latter can be recognized by the number of holes for the spoken microphone to the left of the Lightning port. it has only three of them instead of six in its predecessor;
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone SE 2020: the Apple logo on the back of the latter is in the center. in the former it is closer to the top edge.

It’s easier with the iPad. there is a model number on the back of Apple tablets, which you can type into a search engine and immediately see the name of the gadget in front of you. Model numbers usually start with the letter “A” and consist of four digits. in this regard, iPads are very similar to MacBooks and other Apple computers.

The device must be unlinked from the Apple ID account

If the device is configured. You need to open “Settings” and look at the Apple ID item at the top of the list. If there is an account there and, even better, the Find iPhone or Find iPad function is active in the Find My menu, you need to get rid of all this. You need to ask the owner to turn off the search for the gadget and log out of the account. Apple ID will not allow you to reset the device to factory settings and re-configure it without knowing the username and password. And “Locator” will allow you to remotely block the device and demand additional money for the data to unlock. this is a common method of fraud.

If the device is not configured. In this case, you need to enable it and go through the initial setup procedure. at least without creating or using an existing Apple ID. If during this the gadget asks to enter the account information of the previous owner, it means that he did not leave it before the full reset. In this case, you need to ask him to enter the necessary data, and after setting up, check their presence in the “Settings”. You won’t be able to bypass this request even if you really want to, so you won’t be able to use the device either.

It will not hurt to open any site via the Internet

This can be done both using the mobile Internet and via Wi-Fi. This will help ensure that the communication modules are working fine. What’s more, it’s a great excuse to test cellular connectivity on your iPad if it needs to support it. The fact is that Apple tablets are sometimes hacked in order to untie the Apple ID. In this case, the cellular communication module usually falls off, so the tablet with its support turns into a version with only Wi-Fi. I would not say that this is a critical procedure in itself, but an iPad with LTE support and without it costs different money.

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How to check a used iPad before buying

With a long history of support and service, Apple devices have become some of the most popular in the world. Of course, the convenience of use, the quality of workmanship and the filling of the gadget, in particular, the mobile operating system iOS, which is one of the main reasons for buying apple devices, deserves attention. And more often not new, namely used ones, because the price of gadgets decreases significantly over time and you can get the coveted iPad for reading, playing, surfing or watching movies much cheaper. In this article, we will give some advice from UiPservice engineers to those who are going to buy a used iPad, but do not know what to look for when buying and what pitfalls may await it.

The main rule in buying used gadgets is not to rush. A quick inspection of devices and a quick purchase can not only ruin the overall impression of the device, but also force you to spend extra money on repairs or replacement parts. Taking a used iPad in hand, the first step is to conduct an external examination for chips and scratches. Be sure to pay attention to the geometry of the case. iPad should be flat, without bends. Check the edging of the display module around the entire perimeter. if you notice that the glass bulges a little, then you must definitely ask the owner about the service history.

Pay attention immediately to the package bundle. the absence of a box and original accessories should alert you. Most often, such devices turn out to be stolen, and the charger and headphones in most cases are cheap fakes. If the box is still there, then be sure to compare the serial number pasted on it with the same number in the iPad settings (or on the back of the tablet). the 16-digit code must match.

Unfortunately, the iPad (except for the first generation) does not have moisture sensors, as in the iPhone and iPod, so it is possible to determine whether the tablet was “heated” or not only upon opening and careful examination. However, an initial inspection and check of the operation of all external connectors in this case will help identify problem areas. To do this, we recommend that you take your headphones with you and, if possible, meet with the seller in the room to check the charging from the outlet (while checking the operation of both the complete accessories and the 30-pin / Lightning connector). But you can also do with an external battery, the main thing is that the power of the given current exceeds or is equal to 1A, because you cannot charge the iPad from the laptop (the standard USB output of the computer gives.0.5A).

Next in line is the touchscreen. The easiest and most effective way to test the sensor’s performance is to hold down the icon on the display to bring up the “shake” menu and slowly slide it across the entire display area. If the shortcut moves without problems, then everything is in order with the touchscreen. Otherwise, on the non-working area, the icon will simply come off the finger. Such a scenario is also possible after installing a low-quality display module, so once again carefully inspect the places where the display is connected to the case, compare the color of the frames and buttons. they should match and not differ in shade. If the seller claims that the display is still changed to “original”. then we advise you to read our article on the “originality” of displays for the iPhone, which is also relevant for the iPad.

After inspection, it is imperative to test the operation of all mechanical elements of the device, and this is the Home key (combined with the Touch ID sensor in Air 2 and earlier), the volume buttons and the mode switch (since iPad Air 2 it is absent). If the tablet is equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, then you need to check its performance by saving your own fingerprint in the settings.

After that, it is imperative to test the operation of wireless modules: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G (if the model is equipped), as well as the iPad camera. Prepare in advance for such a check and take with you a suitable size SIM card.

One of the most important procedures is to unlink the accounts of the previous owner in Settings → iCloud and → App Store. It is better to additionally go to the Apple website and check the activation lock, because in one of the iOS versions the iCloud field can be completely hidden.

Let us remind you that in UiPservice workshops you can use the pre-sale diagnostics service from both the buyer and the seller. All you need is to contact one of our offices in Kiev.

How to identify a fake

In this case, checking the iPad begins with inspecting its appearance. The assembly of Apple devices of the highest quality, if somewhere there are roughnesses, oblique joints or buttons of a strange shape, then this is a fake.

The next point is that Apple has always used its own connectors for charging and syncing. In older models this is a wide option, in modern models it is the so-called Lighting, a narrow connector similar to microUSB, but with the ability to insert the plug either side. Apple has never had any USB or microUSB, if something like this is in a device that is given for little money or simply sold by hand, then this device is clearly not licensed.

Important! Pay attention to the SIM card slot. Apple only supports one SIM, and if the user finds a slot for two SIM cards or a memory card, then this is a clear sign of a fake. In this case, you can no longer inspect the equipment and do not check it by IMEI. The device is guaranteed not to pass the check.

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If a visual inspection showed that everything is in order, you should not stop there. Ahead is verification of iPad by serial number or by name, which gives a 100% guarantee of its authenticity.

Serial number

To check the iPad by serial number, the user needs to go to the manufacturer’s official website at the link https://checkcoverage.Apple.com/ru/ru/. In a special line, you must enter the serial number of the device. it is written on the lid, on the back of the device or, if the tablet supports the SIM card, on the tray, it will have to be removed. Entering the serial number on the official website allows you not only to check the iPad for authenticity, but also to obtain information about the warranty: whether it is valid or not, whether the device has already been repaired, and how many days are left until the end of the warranty. If the serial number of the iPad has not passed the verification, then the device is not licensed.

It is best to enter the serial number on the site directly from the device, since fraudsters often use boxes from real tablets and put counterfeit products in them. An inattentive user may not pay attention to the fact that the serial number on the device and the box is different and enter the version from the box, which is real.

It is important to know that it is very easy to punch an iPad by serial number, and this is the most reliable way to establish its authenticity. Currently, the serial number of the iPad cannot be faked.

Disable Find My iPhone

When buying a tablet hand-held, it is important to make sure that the Find iPhone feature is disabled on the device. The fact is that if it is activated, the device can be blocked remotely, and it will be impossible to reset it to the factory state so that the new owner can use it. Sometimes fraudsters sell a genuine device, but leave the function on, after which they remotely lock the tablet and demand an additional unlock fee from the new owner. In order not to get into such a situation, you need to check with the seller if the function is enabled, and if so, then ask to disable it.

This can be done from a laptop or directly from a device, but since the new buyer has an iPad in his hands, it would be logical to do it from him. There are two options for disabling: through the settings or in the application itself.

  • To disconnect through the settings, you need to go to the device settings, find the iCloud item, enter it and switch the slider opposite “find iPhone” to an inactive state, it should turn gray. To save this action, the device will ask the user to log into the iCloud account, and then a message will be sent to the linked mail that the function is disabled.
  • The second way is to enter the “Find iPhone” application, if the account is used on several devices, then they will all be listed. Find the device you are looking for and press the “delete” button. Now the device can be safely reset to zero and delete the old user account.

How to check the serial number of iPad?

Depending on the product, the serial number may be listed:

  • on the device case;
  • On a Mac, from the Apple menu About This Mac.
  • on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPod, or Apple Watch, in Settings General About This Device;
  • in Finder or iTunes if the product syncs with your computer.

How to Check if iPad is Refurbished or New?

How to check iPhone purchase date?

How to find out the date of the first activation of the iPhone and the remaining warranty period

  • Go to the Apple website section to check your service and support entitlements (link);
  • Enter the serial number of the iPhone, which can be found on the box, case or in the menu Settings → General → About this device;

How to check iPhone when it was activated?

So, to check your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Check Service and Support Eligibility section of the Apple website.
  • Enter the serial number of the iPhone in the appropriate field (how to find the serial number), enter the code shown in the picture and click Continue.

How to find out what generation iPad?

You can easily find out the exact model of your iPad through the official Apple website. To do this, go to the settings of your iPad → General → About this device and look at the Serial number item. Also, the serial number is always indicated on the back cover of each iPad.

Things to check when buying a used iPad?

If the tablet is equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, then you need to check its performance by saving your own fingerprint in the settings. After that, it is imperative to test the operation of wireless modules: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G (if the model is equipped), as well as the iPad camera.

How to find out the release date of your tablet?

Using the serial number, which is located under the battery and in the device settings, you can find out the release date. 6 and 7 digits of the serial number indicate the month and year.

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