Many iPhone users have to face the issue of removing the activation lock. The activation lock in iPhone is specifically designed for keeping the information on your iDevice safe, in case it has been stolen or misplaced. In case you decide to sell your iPhone and the activation lock is not removed, your buyer can also face this problem. The process of setting up an iPhone is associated with an iCloud ID. Thus, if someone steals it, they can not set it up or use it without removing the Activation Lock.
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Activation Lock is a security feature that is closely tied to ‘Find My iPhone’, which helps you locate your missing device. If you are unable to activate ‘Find My on iPhone’ on your device, you can instead enable the ‘Activation Lock’. Both are enabled on all iPhones, by default. On first activating your iPhone, Apple makes a note of your device’s unique identifier and the Apple ID. Then, it ties your iPhone’s unique identifier to the Apple ID so as to prevent any other Apple ID from using your device. The advantage provided is- without the username and password combination for your Apple ID, no one can reset and use your phone.
However, you would not notice the presence of an ‘Activation Lock’ until you reset your iPhone or install an iOS upgrade after which you will have to sign in with your Apple ID to verify your identity and activate the device.
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If you want to check whether the ‘Find My iPhone’ (and Activation Lock) is enabled:
Step 1: You first need to go to Settings
Step 2: Next you need to click on ‘Your Name’
Step 3: Now you need to click on the option of ‘iCloud’
Step 4: Now you need to select the option of ‘Find My iPhone’
You can log in to ‘icloud.com/find’ to check your device’s current location.
Apart from iPhones, the Activation Lock is also used on iPads and Apple Watches to lock it to the Apple ID used for setting it up.
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There are many third-party applications that will help to unlock your device. Most come in the paid form while a few are available for free.
Some third-party applications separate your device from Apple to get around the ‘Activation Lock’. This will allow you to access the iPhone, but Apple will likely blacklist your device, which means that your device would not receive any future iOS updates, nor will you be able to use iMessage, FaceTime, or App Store.
Below we will discuss two legitimate and trustworthy methods to unlock your iPhone and remove the activation lock.
Step 1: Firstly, you need to download the ‘PassFab Activation Unlocker’ software (for free) on your computer.
Step 2: After downloading the software, you will need to run the file to start the installation process.
Step 3: After the installation process is over, you need to launch the program so that the activation lock removal procedure can be carried out next.
Step 4: Now you will see the main interface of the program and an option of ‘Start’ below. You need to click on the ‘Start’ option for the startup process.
Step 5: After you click on the ‘Start’ option, you will be presented with an agreement on the screen which you need to read thoroughly before using the program.
Step 6: Once you are done reading it, you will need to click on the ‘Next’ option displayed below.
Step 7: Now, you need to connect your iDevice to your computer by using a ‘USB cable’.
Step 8: Once it is connected, you will notice that the installed program will detect it automatically..
Step 9: Once the program will automatically download the ‘jailbreak tool’ after your device is connected, you will need to wait for a while.
Step 10: After the ‘jailbreak tool’ is downloaded effectively, you need to click on the ‘Start Jailbreak.’ option
Step 11: Now you need to follow all the rules and steps given by the jailbreak program to start jailbreaking your iDevice.
Step 12: Once the process of jailbreaking your iDevice gets completed, the program will remove the iCloud activation lock from your device and you just need to click on the ‘Start remove’ option and wait for a while.
Step 13: After this, the iCloud activation lock will finally be removed from your iDevice and you will need to click on the ‘Done’ option to finalize the procedure.
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Please Note: This method is reliable especially if you have purchased a second hand (used) iPhone.
Step 1: First, you need to download and install the software on your computer system.
Step 2: Once installed, you need to run this tool on your system and choose the option of ‘Remove Apple ID’ in order to delete the previous ‘Apple ID’ from your iOS device.
Step 3: Now you will need to connect your device to your computer system with the help of a USB data cable.
Step 4: After your iPhone is connected to your computer system, you will need to click on the ‘Start’ option to delete the ‘Apple ID/iCloud account’ from your device.
If ‘Find My iPhone’ feature is disabled on your device, the software will remove your ‘Apple ID/iCloud’ immediately. But in case the feature is enabled, then, prior to the unlocking process, you will need to go to the ‘Reset All Settings’ option by:
Step 5: The previous Apple ID and iCloud account will easily be removed from your device and a message will be displayed on your device- “Removed Apple ID Successfully”. After that, you can create a new Apple ID or use a different one to access all the features on your iPhone.
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If you still can’t remove the activation lock on your iPhone, there is one more way you can try out- visit your nearest Apple store. They will remove the Activation Lock from your device. Just make sure that you carry a valid proof of purchase of your device along with you.
You can call ‘Apple Support’ and explain your situation and ask them to remove the ‘Activation Lock’ from your device remotely.
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