How to check if the phone you’re buying was stolen

If you’re in the market for a used iPhone, it’s always a good idea to ask the owner to disable Find My iPhone, which automatically turns off Apple’s theft-deterring Activation Lock feature.

But what if you’re buying a non-Apple smartphone? Can you still check if it was stolen? As it turns out, that’s exactly what CTIA’s Stolen Phone Checker service does for you.

Powered by the GSMA Device Check service, which provides up to 10 years’ of a device’s history as well as the device model information and capabilities, the free Stolen Phone Checker tool is an online service designed to help consumers, businesses and law enforcement agencies make informed purchasing decisions and limit the resale of lost and stolen mobile devices.

TUTORIAL: How to find your iPhone’s IMEI number

This is a US-only service so this tutorial may not apply to international readers.

How to check if the phone you’re buying was stolen

1) Visit stolenphonechecker.org/spc/consumer on your device.

2) Enter the IMEI, MEID or ESN of the phone you’re about to purchase. If you’re buying an iPhone, you can find this information in Settings → General → About. If you’re buying a non-Apple smartphone, ask the owner to provide the IMEI number.

3) Solve the captcha and click the Submit button.

If the phone isn’t stolen,“Not reported lost or stolen” should appear next to Device Status along with some useful information, including the device model, manufacturer and more.

Regular consumers are allowed to check up to find phones per day. Again, this service is limited solely to consumers in the United States.

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Tip: have iPhone’s LED flash light up when pinging it from your Apple Watch

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Owners of the Apple Watch can easily find their misplaced iPhone by tapping a dedicated icon on the Settings glance, which will cause the connected iPhone to emit a high pitched sound. I’ve been using this trick since the Apple Watch came out to locate my iPhone, which shows an unnerving tendency to disappear under a pile of laundry or slide sneakily between the couch cushions.

But as mentioned by Mac Kung Fu’s Keir Thomas, via The Loop, you can find your iPhone even more quickly by having its LED flash illuminate a few times when you ping it from your wrist, here’s how…. Read the rest of this post here



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‘IfFound 3’ makes it easier for good Samaritans to return your lost iOS device

iffound 3 helps people return a lost iPhone to the owner

Nothing gives you a lower-sinking gut feeling than when you accidentally leave your $650+ iPhone sitting somewhere and forget about it, or when it ends up stolen.

Fortunately, good Samaritans now have an easier way to get in touch with you if your device is ever found thanks to a recent Cydia release called IfFound 3.

Indeed this jailbreak tweak is a new iteration of a tweak that has existed for ages, but it’s back and it’s ready for iOS 9, and in this review, we’ll show you exactly how it works…. Read the rest of this post here



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