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What You Need To Remember Before Buying A Second-hand iPad

Should you really buy used iPad? If you are short on cash, you would really resort to buying used iPad. Why the hell not? A new iPad costs a fortune. Plus, there are a growing number of older iPads floating around online stores and you can easily find a seller that lives nearby.


If you need an iPad that you won’t really be using too often, buying a second-hand could be your best option. But there are some things that you need to know before you buy a used iPad. Do not simply hand over your cold hard-earned cash to the seller. You have to be careful when you come across a second-hand iPad, let alone a cheap one.

Buy A Used iPad The Right Way

If you are not yet aware of, Apple sell refurbished iPads. If you cannot afford brand-new iPad, you can purchase a refurbished iPad instead. All refurbished iPad models come with a new battery, new outer shell, are backed by a one-year warranty, have free delivery and returns, and also include:

  • Full functional testing, genuine Apple part replacements (if necessary), and a thorough cleaning
  • The original Operating System or a more recent version (If your device is shipped with the original Operating System, the most recent version can be downloaded for free from the App Store.)
  • All refurbished devices are repackaged in a brand new box with all accessories and cables (Supply is limited and availability is guaranteed once we receive your full payment.)

Take Note Of The Seller’s Information

If you prefer to buy used iPad from an online seller, pay attention to the latter’s information. Make sure you take note of important information such as the seller name, primary and alternate contact number, and address.

It is imperative that you get these information to ensure that you can get back to the seller in case a problem arises.

Always Meet In Public Place

For your security, meet with the seller in a public place. This is common sense. You need to ensure your safety when meeting with an online seller. In addition, you also need to be mindful of your surroundings.

Do not walk around with money in your pocket. You can also pick a location near a bank so you have quick access to cash.

If the seller disagrees with your choice of location, do not continue with the transaction. You are probably better off paying a bit more than a used iPad.

Check The Activation Lock Status

Make sure you check if the iPad is locked to its previous owner. Here are the steps to follow to check activation lock. Make sure you do these steps in front of the seller.

  1. Turn on the device and slide to unlock.
  2. If the passcode lock screen or the Home screen appears, the device hasn't been erased. Ask the seller to completely erase the device by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Don't take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it's been erased.
  3. Begin the device setup process.
  4. If you're asked for the previous owner’s Apple ID and password, the device is still linked to their account. Hand the device back to the seller and ask them to enter their password. If the previous owner isn't present, they can remove the device from their account by signing in to Don't take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it has been removed from the previous owner’s account.

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Have The Seller Reset The iPad In Front Of You

Have the seller reset the iPad in front of you. This way, you can be certain that there is nothing about the iPad that you should worry about. If the seller is the actual owner of the iPad, he should not have a problem resetting the device.

If you fail to do this and came home with an iPad that is still linked to its previous owner and you don’t have the iCloud username and password, then there would be nothing else that you can with the tablet. It will be useless.

Have you ever bought a used iPad? What are some of the things that you watch out for? Let us know in the comments below.

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