Perhaps, you were confused when you first heard about iCloud activation lock. If so, you were not alone. Many new buyers of iPhone are usually confronted with one feature or the other that they need to get right. So, what is iCloud activation lock?
What is the iCloud Activation Lock?
The activation lock is a feature designed by Apple to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone in case it gets lost or stolen. The first time you switch on your iPhone after purchase, the activation lock will be enabled automatically.
Part 1: How to Remove iCloud Accout without Password
If your iPhone or iPad is linked to an iCloud account but you don’t have the password, you can consider iMyFone LockWiper to solve your issue. LockWiper is a computer-based Apple ID bypass software and lock screen removal tool.
Like a Pro to Remove iCloud Account with LockWiper
- Instantly remove iCloud account & Apple ID from activated iOS devices, without password.
- You can do the removal by yourself in just a few minutes.
- After removal, you get full control over your device.
- For your second-hand iPhone,it won’t be visible on the previous account settings, or remotely blocked by the previous Apple ID user.
Step By Step guide for Removing iCloud Account without Password
Step 1. Download and install LockWiper on your computer. Then, launch LockWiper and connect your device to your computer.
Step 2. Choose the mode “Unlock Apple ID”, and click “Start to Unlock" button to begin.
Step 3. Follow the onscreen steps to reset all settings on iPhone before LockWiper can start the unlocking process.
When it's done, the previous Apple ID and iCloud account will be removed from iPhone. You can now use new Apple ID and enjoy all the features on iPhone.
Note: iCloud account and Apple ID is removed from iPhone but not from Apple server. In case your device will be permanently blocked to the previous account, do not erase all content and settings on your device, do not restore or update your device via iTunes.
Part 2: How to Remotely Remove iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone
Have you ever purchased a second-hand iPhone only to find that it's locked with iCloud account. The recommended method is to ask the previous owner to remove iCloud activation lock by deleting the iPhone from the current iCloud account.
Contact the previous owner and ask he/she to follow these steps:
Step 1: Start by going to icloud.com.
Step 2: Sign in to the site with your Apple ID and passcode.
Step 3: Click "Find iPhone".
Step 3: Tap "All Devices" located at the top.
Step 4: Choose which device you want to remove from the iCloud account.
Step 5: If necessary, tap "Erase iPhone".
Step 6: Once the device has been deleted, click on "Remove from Account".
Part 3: How to Bypass or Remove iCloud Lock Using DNS
You may not always need to bypass or remove iCloud , but there will be a time you need to bypass or remove it and knowing how to do that will help. The following steps may help.
Step 1: Turn on or restart your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2: Complete the Setup process until you get to the "Choose Wi-Fi network".
Step 3: Press the Home button. Click "More Wifi Settings".
Step 4: Tap on the "i" symbol next to the WiFi network.
Step 5: Tap "Configure DNS". Tap "Manual".
Step 6: Click "+Add Server" and a blank will come up.
Step 7: Enter the server address of your location. Here are some of the exmaples:
- USA: 126.96.36.199
- Europe: 188.8.131.52
- Asia: 184.108.40.206
- Africa, Australia, and other locations: 220.127.116.11
Step 8: Click "Save".
Step 9: Click on the back option and click "Join this Network".
Step 10: If it requires, enter the network password and tao "Join".
Step 11: When the iPhone tries to activate, click on the back button.
Step 12: You can now continue setting up your iPhone or iPad as normal.
Note: This method is not always working especially for those new iOS versions, like iOS 10 and later.
Part 4: Ask Apple to Help Remove iCloud Activation Lock
Apple will help unlock iPhone from iCloud account under some specific circumstances:
- Show your proof to Apple that you are the owner of the iPhone. You can show your receipt.
- Show your proof to Apple that the ownership has been transferred from the previous owner to you.
During the checks, Apple will also see if the iPhone has been reported as stolen or missing. If it has, Apple won't help. If you cannot prove you are the rightful owner, Apple will also refuse to unlock it. Therefore, as possible as you can, show all the proof that you are the owner and have the full right of the iPhone.
Part 5: How to Unlock iCloud Account with Paid Service
If the previous ways don't work for you, you can unlock your iPhone from iCloud activation with paid service. But it comes with limits:
- It only supports all iOS versions up to iOS 11.3.1. Future release iOS 11.4 and higher is not supported.
- The iPhone should be connected to either GSM or Wi-Fi.
- It doesn't work for iPhone that is reported as lost or stolen.
- You should have full access to your iPhone settings. That means, it doesn't work if your iPhone is stuck at the iCloud activation lock screen.
If you ensure the above requirements are well satisfied, you can use iRemove Tools:
Step 1: Download the latest version of iRemove and install it on your computer.
Step 2: Launch iRemove software and connect your iPhone to it. It will verify whether your iPhone is eligible to bypass Apple ID or not.
Step 3: Place the order and pay for it.
Step 4: After payment, just follow the onscreen instructions on iRemove. When it finish, you can set up your iPhone as normal.
Attention: There are some paid services which are proven to be ineffective, like OfficialiPhoneUnlock, etc.
We’ve succeeded in discussing what iCloud Activation Lock is, and ways to remove or bypass it. We also pointed out that iMyFone LockWiper is the best tool for removing iCloud/Apple account from any iOS device. So, if you have an iPhone that needs to be erased but you can’t remember the Apple ID or passcode you used, then you can remove the iCloud account from your iPhone using LockWiper, and set up a new one.