bypass activation lock: I noticed a while ago, while restoring an old iPhone, that it was locked via the iPhone/iCloud activation lock to someone else’s Apple ID. I will explain in this article how to get past the error message, “Apple ID can not be used to unlock this iPhone.” I would also discuss situations that can prohibit the iCloud activation lock status from going past you. Bear in mind, however, that the iCloud activation lock was introduced by Apple for a reason. That is, if it is ever lost or stolen, to prevent someone else from using your Apple computer (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Apple Watch.
When buying a used iPhone or iPad that’s locked to the iCloud account of the previous owner, most users run into iCloud activation lock problems. You will not be able to unlock and use it when you buy a locked iPhone until the iCloud lock is disabled by either Apple or the previous owner.
What many people don’t know is that even though you were the sole owner of the smartphone, Apple might unintentionally lock your iPhone with someone else’s Apple ID. In my situation, this is what happened when I attempted to trigger a phone I had recently removed because I wanted to sell it.
Bypass iCloud Activation Lock- Three Methods
The steps to circumvent your iOS device’s activation lock, such as an iPhone or iPad, depend on a few variables, such as:
- Gain access to the Apple ID to which the computer is locked.
- Get Purchasing Proof
- Paid Services
It also affects the Apple Watch and newer Macs that have a T2 protection chip, such as the iMac Pro I own. Note that the iCloud activation lock is not exclusive to iOS devices.
Use Apple ID Delete iCloud Lock
Removing the iCloud activation lock is just a matter of inserting certain keys in the iOS Configuration Wizard or using the Find My software to remove the device if you have access to the Apple ID that has activated the device. For more info, see “How to Disable Activation Lock.”
Get Purchasing Proof
If you land on this tab, you do not have access to the Apple ID that locks your phone. That’s either because, as in my case, the phone was mysteriously encrypted, or because you bought the iPhone/iPad from someone who did not uninstall the activation lock before selling the product to you.
If that is the case, I will first attempt to contact the seller and either make that person uninstall the sold gadget from his or her Apple ID (via https://www.icloud.com/find/) or give you proof of payment that you can use to have the activation lock removed from Apple.
You need to start thinking outside of the box by using an unlocking program or using other (more technically advanced) bypassing strategies if you can’t get a hold of the seller, or whether you believe the computer was robbed but can’t get your money back.
Paid Services (BigB033, ikeytools, sbypasser)
Personally, I’ve never tried a removal service for iCloud locks, but other people swear by them. https://www.officialroms.com/iphonepay tends to be among the better choices, based on comments and ratings.
The specifics of how such unlocking services work are not completely clear to me. But on a high level, using your device’s Serial No number, they can have your iPhone or iPad removed from Apple’s lock list. They charge a fee of about $15 to do so & indian Services 650rs.
Assuming the unlock is successful, compared to having a bricked phone on which you wasted hundreds of dollars but can’t use, it’s a small price bypass activation lock.
How to Use an Activation Lock Removal Service
The only two pieces of information you need to use an activation lock removal service are:
- Device model (i.e., iPhone X)
- Serial number
You probably already know what phone model you’ve got. But if you don’t, you can help define it with this Apple Knowledge Base post.
You can find the IMEI number of your smartphone written on the back of your device (on some older iPhone versions, including iPhone 5) or on the activation screen by pressing the details button
Go to https://www.officialroms.com/iphonepay/* once you have both your Serial number and phone model, pick your computer, and enter your Serial number.
Continue to the checkout page and type your information for payment. On average, it takes up to 24 Hours to complete the unlock (or to alert you if the unlock attempt was not successful) for certain businesses.
Selling Your Old iPhone? Disable Activation Lock
Follow these steps to disable Activation Lock:
- In Settings, tap your name at the top of the list.
- Tap “iCloud,” and then tap “Find My iPhone.”
- Toggle off “Find My iPhone,” and then type your Apple ID password.
You can now follow these steps to reset your device:
- Go to Settings > General > Reset.
- Tap “Erase all Content and Settings,” confirm your decision, and then wait for the procedure to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
it depends on the particular icloud unlock service. Each one makes a differnet Set of claims about it ios version compatibility. What i will say that newer versions of the IOS tend to be more secure than older versions, which people have had more time to dissect acecdotally, bypassing icloud lock would thus be easier on an apple devcies that hasn’t updated recently.