How to check if your iPhone is clean or blocked / blacklisted / reported lost or stolen?
Are you considering to buy a second hand iPhone off Amazon or eBay? You then must be interested in knowing the phone’s blacklist status before handing over your money.
What does blacklist mean and how can an iPhone be blocked or blacklisted?
Phone stealing is so prevalent now that the developers and carriers have started to block and blacklist stolen phones, in order to prevent them to be used by illegal new owners. So when a rightful owner gets in contact with their service providers by providing them their phones’ IMEI, the latter will then have the phone blacklisted, and it can’t be used on that particular carrier or even the entire country.
Other than being blacklisted, an iPhone can also be barred or blocked by the carrier. This may happen due to the owner not fulfilling the contract. It can also be blocked because of some other reasons.
To sum up, an iPhone can be blocked or blacklisted due to the following reasons:
- Reported lost or stolen by its rightful owner.
- Contract not fulfilled.
- Bills unpaid.
- Insurance claimed.
What happens if an iPhone is blocked or blacklisted?
As aforementioned, if an iPhone is blocked or blacklisted, you will not be able to use the phone with that particular service provider that blocks or blacklists it. For some of the countries, you won’t be able to use it even with the other local service providers. So technically, the phone can only be used as an iPod since you won’t be able to use it with any SIM card.
So how do I check if an iPhone’s block or blacklist status?
First of all, you will need the 15-digit IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of the phone you wanted checked. If you haven’t already got the phone in hand, you can obtain the IMEI from whoever has it.
To obtain the IMEI, simply do the steps below:
- Dial *#06# on the dialpad.
- Go to Settings > General > About > IMEI.
- It is normally printed either on the back of the phone or on the box it was sold on. Use this only as your final resort because it may be different from its actual IMEI, especially for older phones.
There are a few sites that provide this IMEI blacklist checking service and most reliable one would be Checkmend. Unlike most of the free sites, a checkmend report provides you a much detailed information and history of the phone. It will tell you whether the iPhone is blocked, has had multiple registered owners, has been reported stolen, has previously been refurbished, has been filed as part of an insurance claim or has outstanding finance on it, and much more.
Due to the very detailed information, it charges a premium fee of £1.99.
You can view a sample Checkmend report here.
- Obtain the 15-digit IMEI.
- Visit Checkmend.
- Click on Create a single CheckMend history report.
- Fill up all the details, such as your email address, the phone’s IMEI and model.
- Make the payment.
- You will obtain the Checkmend ID and report will be download directly from your browser.
If you are purchasing a second hand phone and the seller provides you the Checkmend ID without having you to pay for it, you can then verify here.
If you are not interested in that much details and you just want to know if it is blacklisted, then you can try the follow site that provide you its status for free.
- Obtain the 15-digit IMEI.
- Visit imeipro.info
- Enter the IMEI and press check.
- You will get the result almost instantly.
There is however a catch to these checking services.
All these reports and results reflect the status of the phone at that point of time when you check it. They do not guarantee you that the phone will not be blocked or blacklisted in the future.
So if you are considering buying a second hand iPhone, make sure that you have the owner’s contact details!