So, you’ve decided it was time to upgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod to a different device. The question is what do you do with your old one? That is where Trade4Cash.com is here to help.
Trading in your device for an extra bit of spending money is easy. However, there are some things that need to be done first to prep your device for trade in. This series of articles will help you get your device ready for trade in, including cleaning it, making sure its functional and how to reset it in order to protect your privacy. Once you’ve gone through each of the steps listed, you’re ready to trade in your device, getting the most money possible!
Important: Be sure follow these instructions carefully, as failure to do so correctly will result in disqualifying your device for a trade-in, which will result in a $0.00 credit for your device.
Deactivating “Find My…”
What is the “Find My…” feature?
With iOS 7, Find My iPhone includes a new feature called Activation Lock that makes it more difficult for anyone else to use or sell your iOS device if ever stolen or you ever lose it. When you enable Find My iPhone on your iOS device running iOS 7, the Apple ID and password you use for iCloud is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device.
Find My iPhone Activation Lock MUST be removed from an iOS device before an exchange or trade-in.
Any operating system other than iOS7:
Your home screen will look similar to the image below. You will see the Unlock Slider Bar and Clock:
Good news! You do not have to take any additional steps beyond resetting your phone and can answer “Yes” when prompted during your trade-in process.
If your device is using iOS7:
If your Apple device has the iOS7 operating system. Your home screen will look similar to the screenshot below.
If any of your devices are running this iOS, you also need to make sure that Activation lock is turned off.
Remove a device from “Find My…” by turning off “Find My…” on the device:
- On an iOS device, go to Settings > iCloud, then tap to turn off Find My device.
- Note: You can also remove your device by turning off iCloud completely on that device. Turning off iCloud turns off all iCloud features on the device.
Remove an iOS device on which you can’t turn off “Find My…”:
If you can’t turn off Find My iPhone on the device, turn off the device so it goes offline, then remove it from Find My iPhone on iCloud.com.
- Turn off the device.
- Sign in to icloud.com/#find on another computer with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).If you’re using another iCloud app, click the app’s name at the top of the iCloud.com window, then click Find My iPhone.
- Click All Devices, select the offline device, then click Remove from Account. If you don’t see Remove from Account, click All Devices again, then click the Delete (x) button next to the device. If the device comes online again, it will reappear in Find My iPhone. To make sure your device doesn’t reappear, turn off Find My iPhone on the device (follow the instructions above to remove an iOS device or Mac), or if you have an iOS device, you can erase it, then remove it (follow the instructions below to remove an iOS device you no longer have).
Remove an iOS device you no longer have
If you no longer have the iOS device because you have already sent it in, you need to remotely erase it before you can remove it.
- Sign in to icloud.com/#find with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).If you’re using another iCloud app, click the app’s name at the top of the iCloud.com window, then click Find My iPhone.
- Click All Devices, then select the device.
- Click Erase device, then enter your Apple ID password. Because the device isn’t lost, don’t enter a phone number or message. If the device is offline, the remote erase begins the next time it’s online. You’ll receive an email when the device is erased.
- When the device is erased, click Remove from Account. All your content is erased and someone else can now activate the device.