Unable to Activate after replacing battery
She dropped it into water last April, and it stopped working normally. She said that the battery was not charging at all. She had it “inspected” by a non-accredited service shop and she told me that she didn’t ask to replace any of the components.
However, prior to replacing the battery I noticed that the battery connector bracket and front panel assembly bracket was missing. So I’m not 100% sure if this could mean parts were exchanged during the “inspection”
Before I replaced the battery, I tried turning the iPhone again. When that didn’t work, I plugged it in and turned it on. This time it showed the Apple Logo, then the red low battery charge icon. I left it for 15-20 minutes but the charge didn’t increase and then I decided to change the battery.
After the replacement, I turned on the iPhone and got an Apple Logo, then a blank screen, I knew the LED screen was on because of the soft light around the edges of the screen. I then connected it to my Mac and iTunes, which prompted me to do a Restore or an Update. This was the message that iTunes was showing me:
So I went through with the update but it still gave me the same message. I tried a restore as well, no luck. I figured there was some kind of activation lock going on or something.
What is puzzling to me is my sister said she didn’t erase the phone, so I was expecting the phone to go into the lock screen asking for a passcode. I was wondering why it suddenly wanted me to do a restore/update? Could I have broken something inside while replacing the battery?
Steps I already tried:
- Restarting/Shutting down the iPhone before re-trying the activation
- Did a restore & update in iTunes while in recovery mode
- Inserted my own SIM from my iPhone X into the iPhone 6
At the moment, our remaining option is to get my sister’s SIM card into this phone hoping that would activate it.
In case that still fails, is there a way to activate this iPhone without paying for service at an authorized service center?