Did you buy a new phone, but the previous owner didn’t delete their iCloud account from it? Are you trying to restore your own iPhone, but you forgot your iCloud password and don’t want to go through the usual methods to recover it? How do you remove the iPhone/iPad activation lock, then? We’ll explain this in detail below:
3 Ways to Perform iPhone/iPad Activation Lock Removal
1. How to Use iPhone/iPad Activation Lock Removal Service Online
If you don’t want to bypass the activation lock using the above method, then you might be able to see some results by employing a special service. You can go online and get your iCloud activation lock removed like this:
Step 1. Go to https://www.officialiphoneunlock.co.uk/ and you will see a page with different services listed.
Step 2. Click where it says iCloud unlock.
Step 3. Now you just choose what model of phone you have, input your IMEI or serial number, and then pay the small fee to get your phone unlocked. In a few days, your iCloud account will be unlocked.
It’s not free, you need to pay for it first.
2. How to Perform iPhone/iPad Activation Lock Removal with Bypass Tool
You can also use a dedicated iPhone activation lock remover if you don’t want to pay for the service. There are a few different applications out there that can do this. They basically work like this, though:
Step 1. Download the lock remover on your computer and install it. (iCloud activation bypass tool version 1.4 is a good one to try.)
Step 2. Plug your iPhone into your computer and open up the program.
Step 3. The software will scan for your IMEI number automatically.
Step 4. In the case of iCloud activation bypass tool version 1.4, you just click Bypass Activation Lock and then the tool will connect to Apple’s servers and attempt to delete the device’s association with the iCloud account.
Step 5. Just wait until it is done and don’t unplug your phone. Reboot your phone once it is done.
3. How to Bypass iPhone/iPad Activation Lock Through DNS Method
You can also bypass the activation lock by pointing your device to a different DNS server. This will allow you to temporarily bypass the iCloud activation lock. Here’s how you do it:
Step 1. When you’re on the activation screen, press on the Home button.
Step 2. Go into the WIFI settings, then tap the little “i” with a circle around it.
Step 3. Input the address of a new DNS server, one that will allow you to bypass iCloud. (You can look online for a good and safe DNS to connect to.)
Step 4. Now tap Back > Done > Activation help.
Step 5. You should see a message that says you have connected to the server. Tap the Menu icon at the top of the screen. Now you should have access to some of the apps on the phone.
These are all viable methods for getting past the iCloud activation lock. Each one works well for a particular situation, so make sure that you use them accordingly.
Bonus Tip. How to Completely Erase/Reset iPhone for Privacy Protection
You can completely reset your iPhone with the iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser or Mac version, this software allows you to permanently remove data from your iOS devices, making the information 100% unrecoverable. Unlike factory resetting iPhone directly, which only locks your data and the data may been unlocked by hackers, Umate Pro will completely overwrite and destroy your data to ensure that no one (even the FBIs) can retrieve them.
Steps to Permanently Reset/Erase iPhone without 0% Recovery
Note: To permanently reset your iPhone and iPad, firstly make sure that Find My iPhone is disabled on your device.
Step 1. Download and install iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser to your computer. Plug your device into your PC or Mac and then open up Umate Pro.
Step 2. Click where it says Erase All Data in the left sidebar. Click where it says Erase in the main part of the screen. If you don't want to erase all data, please choose other modes of erasure.
Step 3. Now choose your security level. The security level means the degree that your data will be scrambled. For example, on the lowest setting, a hacker may not be able to recovery your data, but he may be able to see the fact that you wiped it. The higher security levels will load up scrambled data to hide the fact that you used a data removal tool.
Step 4. Type “delete” into the text box to confirm. Click Erase Now. Wait until your data is done being wiped.
Key Features of Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser:
- You can erase your private data and make it 100% unrecoverable. This means that hackers will be unable to use special software to recover your personal details if your phone is ever lost or stolen. When you manually delete data, it is often recoverable—Umate Pro protects you from this.
- Permanently erase private fragments that third-party apps (WhatsApp/WeChat/Kik/Viber/Snapchat etc.) leave behind on your iPhone.
- You can find and permanently remove files that you deleted—or thought you deleted—manually, but that are still present in your device’s storage without your knowledge.
- You can search for and remove hidden junk files and temporary files that are taking up a lot of space on your device.