Find My iPhone features “Activation Lock” which has been specifically developed to safeguard your iOS device and Apple Watch. Once it's enabled, it doesn't allow anyone else to use your device. One must enter your Apple ID and passwords to reactivate your device, erase contents or turn off Find My iPhone. But what if you have found someone else' lost iPhone or bought a used iOS device from an online portal and discover that Find My iPhone is enabled on the device. In such cases, you may want to know how to bypass iCloud activation lock in iOS 11 or earlier on your iPhone or iPad.
Though unlocking iCloud activation from your iOS device is complex, you can get through it with the help of third party bypass iCloud activation lock tool. More after the jump:
How to Bypass iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11, 10, 9, 8 or Earlier
Which iPhone and iPad Support Activation Lock?
Following hundreds of reports of iPhone theft, Apple introduced “Activation Lock” with iOS 7. So, any device running iOS 7 or later support this theft deterrent featuring. For instance, you can Bypass or Unlock iCloud Activation Lock from your iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X along with pretty much any iPad.
Can You Remove iCloud Lock By Jailbreaking It?
Some sources claim that iCloud lock can be removed by jailbreaking it. However, it's completely false, and you must not give ears to such claims.
At best, jailbreak allows you to tweak some functionalities of your device or customize it. By the way, it's no longer as relevant today as it used to before.
You have two options when you find an iPhone or iPad with Activation Lock On:
If you find any iOS device with iCloud Lock on, you have two options:
Bypass Activation Lock: If you bypass the iCloud Lock of any iPhone or iPad, you will be able to access only certain features of the device. It might help you access some personal information of the owner of the iPhone so that you can contact them to return the device.
Remove iCloud Lock: But if you end up buying an iOS device with the iCloud lock on and can't contact the seller of the device, you will have the option to remove the Activation lock from the device. It will require you to wait for a few days and also spend some money.
How to Use Bypass iCloud Activation Lock Tool
Though there are various websites that claim to successfully unlock Activation Lock of iPhone or iPad, there are two sites iPhoneIMEI.net and Official iPhoneUnlock that have a fairly reliable record. Besides, they don't take much time to get the job done.
When it comes to removing Activation Lock from an iOS device, you shouldn't trust everyone. Besides, make sure not to be trapped by scammers who try to lure people with a lot of freebies.
Why do we recommend these two sites? We suggest these two sites purely based on their track record and customers' feedback. If we find any other sites doing a reliable work, we would recommend them as well.
Remove Activation Unlock Using Official iPhoneUnlock on iPhone and iPad
Official iPhoneUnlock takes 1 to 3 days and charges £19.99 (about $27 USD) to unlock iOS devices.
Step #1. First off, visit OfficialiPhoneUnlock.co.uk.
Step #2. Next up, click on “iCloud Unlock” from the Sidebar menu.
Step #3. Up next, enter the iPhone model, IMEI number of the iPhone you want to unlock the iCloud account. If you don't know how to get it, then dial *#06# to get the IMEI number.
In case, the iPhone is locked, and you aren't able to use the dialer, then you need to tap on the “i” on the device screen to get the IMEI number. (If nothing works, eject the sim tray on your iPhone. The IMEI will be printed on the sim tray – be careful as sim trays are sometimes changed.)
Step #4. Now, make payment and wait for 1-3 days to get your iCloud account unlocked.
For more information visit OfficialiPhoneUnlock.co.uk.
Remove iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone Using iPhoneIMEI.net
iPhoneIMEI.net is considered to be one of the most trusted services that unlock iCloud activation lock. It charges £39.99 (approximately $50 USD) per unlock. You will have to wait up to 3 days to get the lock removed.
Step #1. Head over to iPhoneIMEI.net website, select the model of your device and provide its IMEI number. There are three ways you can get the IMEI code.
- To get IMEI code, dial *#06#
- On iPhone 5 or newer, the IMEI is printed on the back of the device.
- If your device is not activated, you will see “i” button on the screen, tap it. Now, you should see the IMEI code.
Step #2. You have to give the model of the device you wish to unlock. Head over to iPhoneIMEI.net and pick the iPhone model and provide the IMEI number.
Step #3. Next, click on the Unlock now! button.
Step #4. Now, you can pay the fee using either Visa or Mastercard. Make sure to enter your email address to remain up-to-date about the unlock process.
Step #5. Next up, click on “Buy now!” button and offer your payment details.
Now, you will have to wait for 1-3 days.
Bypass iCloud Activation Without Lock Removal Tool
If you don't want to use the bypass tool, there is a way to remove the iCloud activation lock. However, the trick is not so reliable as it may not function consistently.
Step #1. First off, you need to reboot your iPhone on which you want to bypass Activation Lock.
Step #2. Next, kickstart the setup process and then you have to select your country and language.
Step #3. On the “Choose a Wi-Fi Network” screen, you need to tap on the “i” button next to the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to.
Step #4. Next, you have to scroll down to “DNS.” Then type in one of the following.
- USA/North America:154.51.7
- In the rest of the world:109.17.60
Step #4. Now, tap “Back >” at the top left-hand corner of the screen and then click on your Wi-Fi network.
Step #5. Next up, you will have to enter your Wi-Fi password and tap on “Join” at the top right corner.
Step #6. Tap on the back button at the top right corner to get back to the Wi-Fi page and Now, your iOS device will try to activate by going to a new screen. Don't let it do so. Tap on the back button at the top right corner to get back to the Wi-Fi page.
Now, you should see “iCloudDNSBypass.net” at the top. Scroll and tap on the menu in order to access apps and several features. Choose the app, which you think, can provide the right information about the owner of the iPhone.
For instance, you can open FaceTime and look for the email address that would help you find out the information of the user.
Check Out Below Videos to Bypass Activation Lock on iPhone/iPad
So far we have focused on removing or bypassing Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad. Now, we would like to talk about some of the other crucial aspects, which you need to remember before buying or selling your iOS device.
Check for Activation Lock Before Buying the iPhone From Someone Else
Roundabout 50% of iOS devices are legally sold with Activation Lock on. In some cases, the seller doesn't remove iCloud lock intentionally to ask for more money later, and in other cases, it happens accidentally. To avoid being trapped, you should check whether the device is locked or not before buying it.
Before buying an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch from an authorized Apple reseller, you must ensure that the device is erased and isn't linked to the previous owner's account. Besides, you need to ask the seller whether or not they've removed Activation Lock.
Turn on the device. If the passcode lock screen or the Home screen appears, that means it hasn't been erased. Then, ask the seller to completely erase the device. Settings → General → Reset → Erase All Content and Settings. If you're requested for the previous owner's Apple ID and password, that means that the device is still associated with their account.
In case the previous owner isn't present, you can ask them to remove the device from their account by signing in to icloud.com. When you are prompted to “Set up your iPhone/iPad” the first time you turn it on, it means Activation Lock is disabled on it.
Check the Status of iPhone or iPad Before Buying
Another important thing you need to keep in mind before buying an iPhone from an unknown seller is to ensure that the device is not stolen. Earlier Apple allowed viewing the status of any iOS device using Activation Lock tool. But now it has removed the option in the wake of some reports that Chinese hackers were taking the undue advantage of it. However, you can still check the status of any device.
Head over to stolenphonechecker.org site and enter the IMEI of the device you want to purchase. The tool will compare the IMEI against several source databases and deliver the quick result. The IMEI number is generally printed on the back of devices. But if it's not printed there, you can check it from the Settings app.
If you are still reading this post, I think you know the pain when someone finds his/her iPhone with iCloud lock enabled. Hence, it'd be better if you unlock iCloud lock before selling it.
Important things you need to do before selling or giving away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
There are certain things you need to do before selling or giving away your device. First and foremost, you must remove your personal information. Make sure not to manually delete your contacts, calendars, reminders, documents, photos as well as any other iCloud information if you are signed in to iCloud on your device. It will wipe out your content from the iCloud servers and any of your devices which are signed in to iCloud.
If you have paired your Apple Watch with iPhone, unpair them.
Make sure to back up your device. Connect your device to the computer and open iTunes. Then, select your device from the top left menu. Next, click on Back Up Now.
Sign out of iCloud and the iTunes & App Store
On your device running iOS 10.3 or later, tap Settings → [your name]. Then, you need to scroll down and tap Sign Out. Next, you have to enter your Apple ID password and then tap Turn Off.
If your device is running iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings → iCloud → Sign Out. Next, you have to tap Sign Out again, then tap Delete from My [device] and enter your Apple ID password.
Next up, you need to tap on Settings → iTunes & App Store → Apple ID → Sign Out.
Erase All Content and Settings
Then, head over to Settings and tap General → Reset → Erase All Content and Settings. If you have enabled Find My iPhone, you might be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.
If prompted to enter your device passcode or Restrictions passcode, do it. Then tap Erase [device].
What if you don't have your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch anymore?
Just as you haven't followed the steps above before selling or giving away your iOS device.
Tell the new owner to erase all content and settings. Settings app → General → Reset → Erase Content and Settings.
In case, you are using iCloud and Find My iPhone on the device, head over to icloud.com. Then sign in using your Apple ID and passwords. Next, click on Find My iPhone → All Devices → select the device, and click Erase. After you have erased your device, click Remove from Account.
Note: Just in case you are unable to follow either of the above steps, change your Apple ID password. Though it won't remove your personal information stored on your old device, it will stop the new owner from removing your information from iCloud.
In case you are using Apple Pay, you have the option to remove your credit or debit cards at iCloud.com.
Go to Settings to check out which devices are using Apple Pay. Next, click the device which is next to Apple Pay → click on Remove.
What if you find yourself in a situation when you have forgotten your Apple ID passwords? Will you straightaway go for the removal of Activation Lock from your iOS device? No.
Things you need to do if you forget your Apple ID or password:
Apple can help you find your Apple ID if you happen to forget it. You have the option to reset your password from your device or your Apple ID account page.
One of the simple ways to never forget Apple ID is to use password managers. We have compiled a long list of the best password manager apps for iOS. Besides, iOS 11 has got a built-in password manager to let you easily manage your account and password.
Hopefully, you would be able to bypass the Activation Lock of your device using the solutions mentioned above. I would recommend you to first unlock the Activation Lock by yourself. Just in case, it doesn't work, then use “iPhoneIMEI.net” or “Official iPhoneUnlock” as both are very reliable and user-friendly. Besides, they don't charge much and successfully remove the Activation Lock within 1-3 working days.
Besides, follow the ways mentioned above to manage your Apple ID passwords or use Find My iPhone smartly so that you never run into the mess.
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