Things to check before buying a used iPhone in Nigeria, Buying tricks & guides. Looking for a used iPhone? read this post before you buy one. Buying a second-hand iPhone is risky. But you can reduce the risk by checking these things before paying.
There are so many things you must check before buying a used iPhone. For example, you have to check if the phone is a stolen phone or not, you must also check to know if the phone is locked or not, and you must check to know if the mobile phone battery is still in good condition among other things.
The phone market is full of a lot of fake iPhone models out there on market either banex plaza, emab plaza, or even computer village Ikeja which is the most popular phone market in Nigeria or any other mobile phone market around and sometimes it becomes really difficult to spot the fake iPhone.
Buying a used iPhone can be hectic and tricky. The tips below will help you to buy a good and healthy iPhone in Nigeria.
- Decide the type of iPhone you want that matches your budget
- Is the dealer legitimate?
- Verify the IMEI number of the iPhone
- Check if the iPhone is locked with iCloud
- Will the iPhone work with your carrier?
- Inspect the iPhone for damage and test it before purchasing
Decide the type of iPhone you want that matches your budget
Your budget is the first thing to put into consideration. Your budget determines the models of the iPhone you will purchase
Is the dealer legitimate?
Buying a used iPhone can save money but can also be frustrating especially if the iPhone you are buying was stolen since the owner of the phone can block it which will make it unusable.
It is good to find out whether the phone is not stolen. To tell if the seller is offering you a stolen phone or not check the next tip.
Proof of Purchase
Ask the seller to provide a soft or hard copy of the original receipt. The receipt will be able to tell you two important things: the previous ownership and warranty status. Once you have the iPhone receipt, check if the seller’s name or ID matches the recipient and the purchase date.
This allows you to identify if the seller was the first owner and if the iPhone is still under warranty. If the seller can’t provide a receipt, decide whether you are okay with not being able to trace device ownership. While some phones can still be in good condition after several owners, the security risks and chances of misuse are definitely higher.
When checking for authenticity, ask the seller if there have been any previous repairs on the device and whether they were completed by an Apple-authorized service provider. Repairs in unauthorized centers can mean that the parts of the device may no longer be authentic.
Low-quality parts, such as the LCD, not only affect the visual experience of using the iPhone but also tend to affect battery life, speed, and backlights. While it is much easier to check this in person, as an online buyer, you can still ask the seller questions about this.
Verify the IMEI number of the iPhone
The IMEI of a device is a number that uniquely identifies it. Different phones have different IMEI numbers. You can find it on the outer part of the phone or the place where the battery is placed.
Once you find the IMEI, you can use some online IMEI checkers to know if the iPhone has been reported stolen. The first thing you need to do is to ensure the seller gives you the real IMEI of the iPhone then compare it with what you will get when you dial *#06#.
When buying a used iPhone, you don’t want to buy a stolen phone. Apple prevents stolen iPhones from being activated by new users with Activation Lock. But you’ll only know if a phone is Activation Locked after you buy it when it’s too late. That said, it’s possible to find out if an iPhone is stolen before buying. You need the phone’s IMEI or MEID number (depending on the carrier). Ask the seller for it or follow these steps to get it:
- Tap the Settings app on the iPhone.
- Tap General.
- Tap About.
- Scroll down and look next to IMEI (or MEID) for the number. It is usually a 15-digit number.
- When you have the number, go to the CTIA Stolen Phone Checker website and enter the number into the field provided.
- Check the box next to I’m not a robot and click Submit.
- The website returns a green Not reported lost or stolen or a red notice that the phone has been reported as lost or stolen.
If the report contains anything other than the green notice, it’s better to look elsewhere for a new iPhone.
Check if the iPhone is locked with iCloud
This is a very important thing to check. If your mobile phone is locked, be rest assured that you have been duped or scammed. You cannot unlock the device. Even if you succeed, know fully well that you are just using a stolen mobile phone.
Because of this, Apple incorporation built a website that contains all data about the iPhone. The website is https://www.icloud.com/. You can check the IMEI of any iPhone on this website. To check if the iPhone is locked, copy the IMEI number and head over to the website, paste it and you will get full details of the iPhone.
Will the iPhone work with your carrier?
It doesn’t matter how and where you will buy the iPhone but what matters is whether it can work with your network carrier – Glo, MTN, Airtel, and 9Mobile. There are phones that are locked to a specific carrier so; purchasing such a phone can be frustrating.
Locked phones are sometimes difficult to switch between carriers. For instance, if your carrier is T-Mobile and the phone you are purchasing is locked to AT&T, you must get it unlocked so that you can use it on your carrier.
Note that you may be lucky to get an unlocked used iPhone. Unlocked phones can work with any network so you will have saved the unlocking hassles.
Inspect the iPhone for damage and test it before purchasing
Seems obvious, right? But its importance cannot be ignored. If you can get the phone physically before you purchase it, you can check for:
- Minor damages like scratches.
- Speaker issues- Try to play some music and pay attention to the speakers.
- Spills- check the SIM card slot if it contains some red or pink colors as this could mean it was rained on or it has suffered water damage.
If you have done all the necessary checks and you are sure the iPhone is not blacklisted or locked, it could mean that the phone is safe to buy. Now you need to test its main functions.
Since users can’t replace the iPhone’s battery, be sure that any used iPhone you buy has a strong battery. A lightly used iPhone should have decent battery life, but anything more than a year old should be checked. Check the health of the battery on phones running iOS 12 and up using the Battery Health feature:
Now test all the main functions including the screen, cameras, connectivity, buttons, speakers and microphones, ports, and others.