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I bought a iPad 3 (A1403) from a person on FaceBook.... checked it out... everything is good... but now Im locked out of it - I tried to do a recovery thru my iTunes... finally downloaded and updated the firmware. and now I can't use it... says I have to log into the iCloud - which its still on the person I bought it from... anything I can do??? I tried to do what you said on some of the other titles i found and I can't figure it out.. please help
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The person who sold it to you should have disabled "Find my iPhone (Ipad)" before they sold it to you to disassociate the iPad from their account.  Otherwise, you'll never be able to use it.  Contact the seller, and have them take care of the problem.
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by:Heith Burrows
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I have tried that - no response.... I'm screwed then hug
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***huh
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by:akahan
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You could check with Apple, perhaps if you could prove in some way that you bought the iPad fair and square they might be able to do something for you but... in general, yes, starting with IOS8, the seller needs to disassociate the device from their account.  It's an "anti-theft" measure.
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by:strung
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If the seller is dodging you, there is a possibility you have a stolen iPad.
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by:Paul Sauvé
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I think you can reinstall IOS on the iPad and sign in with your own account!

When I bought a new iPad 2, I set it up with my account, then reinstalled IOS and set it up with new account.
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by:akahan
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Not  if it has IOS8.
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by:Heith Burrows
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I have downloaded new ISPW firmware, reinstalled - and nothing....
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by:akahan
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Is the Apple ID it's mated with the same ID as the seller's?   It may still be mates to whoever it was stolen from, if it was stolen.  You might want to try emailing them.
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by:Heith Burrows
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i can't - i don't even know the email address... - it shows the first letter ********* @ gmail
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by:Heith Burrows
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it was working fine... I got it - was using it - I went to do a reset when i got home - reset it - now I'm locked out cause the iCloud is still on it
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by:akahan
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Right, exactly.  It's happy as long as it's connected to its "owner's" account; when you try to change that, it'll lock up, until/unless it gets disassociated with the owner's account via find my iphone.

The problem doesn't occur if the owner doesn't associate it with find my iPhone in the first place.
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This is the "feature" called Activation Lock, and it appears to be working exactly as designed.

There's no way around it except to have the password entered associated with that AppleID.  In my own dealings with the Apple B2B team, they say they (Apple) can bypass it, but only in extreme circumstances, and they require proof of purchase.
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Any status update on this?
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