4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2014 3:35 PM by existentialise.jason
rafetsucu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

This question might have been asked and answered before. But I searched and found nothing that fits to my case. So if I missed a similar question among the hundreds of AppleID change related results please do not jump on that.

 

I am planning to buy my friend's recently purchased iPhone 4S. Since he was using it with his own AppleID for a month only, this 90 day limitation makes me wonder f I but it right now whether I could use it freely with my AppleID to be created new. I guess resetting it to factory settings and setting up as a new phone with a brand new AppleID should not cause any harm but I wanted to get expert opinion. I don't want to buy a phone and wait two more months to use it.

 

Please tell me if this 90-day limitation goes away when I reset the device fully and set it up with new AppleID. I would expect no problem as none of the  purchased apps/songs could be transferred from old account but still I am not sure and I need help. Unfortunately Apple support options are not user friendly or explanatory unlike the devices they produce.


iPhone 4S
  • 1. Re: AppleID 90 Days Limit
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    Once a device or computer is associated with an Apple ID, it cannot be associated  with another Apple ID for 90 days. AFAIK, there is no way to override this requirement.

     

    Removing a device from an Apple ID does not override the 90 day timer.

  • 2. Re: AppleID 90 Days Limit
    rafetsucu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so what you are saying is that if I buy a second hand iphone it might be useless to me because of this weird 90-day limitation as I cannot register it to my account even if I apply full restore/reset. Then I should not buy it.

    I always thought this limitation is to prevent exploiting purchase rights, but what you are saying is far beyond reasonable. Apple is one of the least customer oriented companies, this shouldn't be a surpsise though.

  • 3. Re: AppleID 90 Days Limit
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,755 points)

    "so what you are saying is that if I buy a second hand iphone it might be useless to me because of this weird 90-day limitation"

     

    No.  You can associate another iphone to the same account.  You just cannot associate ONE DEVICE to another account until 90 days after you associated it with the first account.

     

    It has NOTHING to do with the number of devices associated with one account.

     

    "I always thought this limitation is to prevent exploiting purchase rights,"

     

    You were right.

     

    You seem to misunderstand completely now.

     

    You can assoiciate up to ten devices with one itunes account.  Once you associate a device to an itunes account, you cannot associate it with another itunes account for 90 days.

  • 4. Re: AppleID 90 Days Limit
    existentialise.jason Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think you actually completely misunderstood what this guy is asking.

     

    He could not actually associate this device with his account because it is a second-hand phone, not a second iPhone for the same account. He was correct in what he said because it's already associated to his friend's account.

     

    Maybe try not to be so rude in help forums.