Turn off Activation Lock Before Selling your AirPods_TechnoidHost
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It is important to turn off activation local before selling your AirPods as it is locked to the user’s Apple ID. Find My feature was added to AirPods in 2021, which can be because of concern for resellers of these wireless headphones. Hence it is vital you turn off Activation Lock on your AirPods. 

In this guide, we will explain how to turn off the Activation Lock on your AirPods.

Activation Lock on Your AirPods is it Good or Bad
Find My tracking feature can be located by users even while the wireless earbuds are not connected to another Apple device. 

While the Activation Lock that comes with Find My support ensures that a stolen pair of AirPods cannot be used by anyone but the owner/buyer of the device. 

Many people are ignoring this aspect and selling the AirPods while still locked to their Apple ID and making them useless. According to a BusinessInsider report, there are around 30,000 unusable AirPods with a refurbishing company as they are locked to the original owners. 

It is important you turn off Activation Lock before you sell. Expect an irritating call from the potential buyer of your AirPods saying they can’t use it. Selling your AirPods without unlocking them, it is most likely the headphones will end up in the trash and contribute to the e-waste problem.Turn off Activation Lock Before Selling your AirPods-1What to Do Before Selling Your AirPods?
Instead of dealing with the Activation Lock and Find My separately, simply deactivating Find My will disable both.

This is how you can do it:

  • Put your AirPods in their case so they are inactive.
  • Open Apple’s Find My application on your iPhone
  • Tap on the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen. This will open a list with your iPhone, Mac, etc.
  • Tap on the AirPods you’re getting rid of. This opens the Find My configuration screen for the headphones.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on Remove This Device.
  • On the next screen, tap on the Remove button to confirm that you want Activation Lock and Find My disabled for these AirPods.

Easy peasy! Now you can sell or give away wireless headphones. The potential owner of these AirPods can now use them hassle-free. For more information, you can check Apple’s instructions from its support site.

Do I need to remove Activation Lock on other Apple devices?
The answer is yes, you need to deactivate it on all of them when you decide to sell or give to someone else in the family or friend so they can use a different Apple ID. This is important as AirPods are not the only Apple device that uses Activation Lock.

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