The iPhone brings in excitement whether bought brand-new or as a used one. The features that iPhone holds are unique, consistent, and meant to ensure safety and security for their users but sometimes features that are meant to help burden us with problems!
When dealing with a used phone, one of the common problems faced is its activation. One must always check ‘activation lock status’ before buying a used iPhone to prevent future issues. The general steps to activate the old iPhone are simple if the previous owner has logged out of the iCloud account, if not then check out the steps to solve your issue.
To activate a used iPhone, it must be free from the old device’s activation. To check this slide to unlock, and if it asks for Apple ID and Passcode instead of ‘Set up your iPhone’ then don’t accept it. This means that the phone is still linked with the previous owner’s account or the device isn’t erased.
Check out the steps to follow after contacting the previous owner.
If the previous owner can be contacted then ask for the – Apple ID, Password to remove the device from their account, by:
Open iCloud and iTunes > Settings > Sign out > Delete from My iPhone by entering your ID.
Open iCloud and iTunes > Settings > Sign out > Enter ID and Password > Turn off
Settings > Reset > Type passcode (If Find My iPhone is turned on) > Erase
Another method is to ask the previous owner to remove the iPhone from their iCloud account in the phone to be used by you as the new owner. For removing a device from a previous owner’s account stick to the following steps:
Want to activate a used iPhone but a screen asking for ‘Apple ID’ and ‘Password’ and cannot contact the previous owner? Do not worry, here are a few suggestions for you on how to remove the activation lock without a previous owner.
There are a few methods that help us to remove activation lock without a previous owner for free of cost whereas some are paid services. However, all these methods wouldn’t be as easy as getting the information directly from the previous owner.
This is a paid solution to jailbreak into your iPhone (from iPhone 5s to iPhone X) to bypass or overrule the locking system of the iCloud account. You can try the free trial version of Tenorshare 4MeKey but ultimately to unlock your iPhone you require the paid features.
Using this you can temporarily remove the activation lock without the previous owner as the factory setting after successful lock removal will lock the device again.
This is a simple and effective solution to remove all types of iPhone lock screen, by-pass iCloud for all iOS 14 compatible or earlier versioned devices.
Unlike the previously mentioned solutions, Apple iPhone Unlock is a service provider who can unlock your devices in a short period of 24 hours itself.
The most likeable feature is that you can have your device to yourself during the entire process while several Apple product experts would be working on removing the activation lock!
Apart from the assured paid services or software as mentioned above, there are a few other methods by which you can bypass the activation lock of the iPhone without the previous owner, for free!
It is a technical method of by-passing the activation lock which involves changing the DNS (Domain Name System) settings of your Wi-Fi network. In this, the activation path is changed and the authentication is sent from the original Apple server to the iCloud bypass DNS server.
Note: This method neither assures unlocking for every device and applies to iOS 8 to 10 only.
Hope this article was useful to understand the various methods used to activate a used iPhone even at a time of crisis where you have to deal with a locked iPhone and no credentials from the previous owner!