The iCloud activation lock was designed to prevent anyone other than the owner of the phone himself, from going through someone else's phone. Now, while it may sound like an ideal security tactic, it is in fact nothing more than a hassle. If the iCloud has an activation lock, you are barred from using the iPhone i.e. no phone calls, no texts, no web surfing etc.
If the lock is lost, your phone is practically useless. Similarly, if you buy the phone off of a third party and they've introduced an activation lock then it's highly unlikely that the previous owner won’t give you their iCloud password since it means access to their private information.
There are quite a few methods to unlock activation lock or to bypass it. Bear in mind that not all of these methods are necessarily free. There will be numerous spammers out there claiming that they can bypass the activation lock for said amount, however, it is better to go to a trusted service.
Part 1. Unlock Activation Lock by Removing iPhone from The List
Step 1. Go to iCloud.com and enter your Apple ID and password.
Step 2. Select the find my iPhone feature to search for your iPhone on the given list of Apple devices linked to that iCloud account.
Step 3. This is one method on how to remove activation lock from your iPhone for e.g. this is how to remove activation lock from your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. In order to proceed, you would have to erase all the data on your iPhone. Practically, factory resetting it.
Step 4. Once you've erased all iCloud backed up data from your iPhone, the next step is all that is needed in how to remove the activation lock from your iPhone such as a 6 or a 6s. All you have to do now is select it from the list and click 'Remove Device'.
Another method would be by removing it through the device itself. This is only applicable if you have iOS 11 or subsequent models:
1.Your device uses Touch ID, and your account is protected with two-factor authentication, you can turn off Activation Lock with your device Passcode.
2.Tap Unlock with Passcode.
3.Tap Use Device Passcode.
Unlock Activation Lock on iPhone through DNS Method
DNS method is basically an online server or HTML method through which you may reclaim some of the features of you iPhone. Primarily, websurfing and galleries. This method is completely free of cost.
Step 1. Enter the new DNS server as 188.8.131.52.
Step 2. Select back, done and then activation help.
Step 3. A pop up message will appear saying that you have now connected to the server.
Step 4. Tap on the "Menu" on the top right.
Step 5. Scroll through a number of applications available for use such as YouTube, Mail, Maps, Games, Social, User chat, Video, Audio and more.
Step 6. Select the appropriate application which you think will salvage your iPhone.
Unlock Activation Lock iPhone through Online Methods
Now we're moving on to the methods which would allow you to bypass the activation lock after you pay a specified amount. Since there are a number of scammers out there, please make sure to only use a trusted service such as iPhoneIMEI.net or Official iPhone unlock. They charge no more than $50 which is about the amount you would normally require for their service.
Step 1. Go to their website and select their iCloud unlock option from their navigation tab
Step 2. Enter details of your device: model and IMEI code.
Step 3. Make your payment.
Step 4. You will have to wait for about 2-3 days before they notify you that your device has been unlocked.
Useful Tip: Erase iOS Data Permanently to Avoid Privacy Leak
We install countless applications on iPhone, some of which require bank information that we are obligated to enter. You cannot skip a step here and there, you need to give up valuable information whilst always being alert on where your phone could be. Even if you reset your iPhone to its factory settings, you're still at risk of hackers accessing sensitive information.
In this case, iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac seems to be the only viable solution. Not only is this technology easy to use, it is also 100% efficient. This technology will wipe your phone completely clean, more than what a factory reset claims to do.
- Your iOS data once removed, is 100% untraceable and unrecoverable.
- It can erase any sort of data from your phone be it contacts, photos, videos, images, call history etc.
- Previously deleted data can also be completely erased.
- Allows you to preview and selectively mass delete all unwnated Apps.
- Third-party Apps are also supported: WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Viber, Snapchat, Facebook etc.
- Fully compatible with iOS 11 and receive lots of positive reviews from macworld.co.uk, Makeuseof.com , Cultofmac.com etc.
The main drawback to a factory reset is that there are backup files still stored somewhere. Most people are unaware of such files. However, hackers usually attack these files. Similarly, for numerous applications, you're required to enter data which is still stored somewhere on your phone.
Steps to Erase Private iOS Data Using Umate Pro
Step 1. Buy the software online and connect it to your device.
Step 2. Once connected, click on the device and select the erase mode you wish to opt for. Bear in mind that there are numerous erase modes which free up as much data as you require or completely wipe it clean. Here we take “Erase Private Data” as example.
Step 3. Scan your iPhone and you can preview your iOS data, then you can select some unwanted data to be erased.
Step 4. Click “Erase Now” and you're basically finished.