Have the Annoying “This iPhone is Linked to an Apple ID” Problem? Fix It Now!

If you purchased a used (second-hand) iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that came with an iCloud lock on it, you won’t have access to log into the device. When you tried setting up your newly purchased secondhand iDevice, and you’ll see the following message- “Activate iPhone (or iPad). This iPhone is linked to an Apple ID (d……@gmail.com). Enter the Apple ID and password that were used to set up this iPhone.”

Regardless of the amount you paid to get this phone, you have to deactivate the previous owner’s account (Apple ID) and set up yours on it, before you can be able to use it at all.

Activation Lock “This iPhone Is Linked to an Apple ID” Solutions

How to Easily Remove Apple ID from iPhone without Password

You may be able to access your iPhone settings but some features are limited, like you’re asked to enter Apple ID password when you try to download or update apps, you may find your iPhone is logged in with an iCloud account but you don’t have the password, etc. Actually, if you can access your iPhone, you can use iPhone Apple ID unlocking program - iMyFone LockWiper - to remove Apple ID and iCloud account without password.

Irrespective of whether the device whose Apple ID you are trying to remove has the Find My iPhone feature on or off, LockWiper will still help you remove the Apple ID. LockWiper is very easy to use. Also, it does its job very quickly.

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Remove Apple ID without Password with LockWiper:

  • Hassle-free way to remove Apple ID without password in a few minutes
  • Turn off “Find My iPhone” without password
  • Successfully change to a different Apple ID or create a new one after remova
  • Enjoy all the iCloud services and iOS features after removal
  • Device will be safe after removal, because it won’t be remotely erased or blocked by the previous Apple ID owner

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Steps to Solve When iPhone is Linked to an Apple ID

Please note that LockWiper only supports to remove Apple ID from activated iPhone, which means you should have full access to your iPhone settings.

Step 1: Download, install and launch the tool and connect your iPhone to the computer. Trust the connection.

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Step 2: On LockWiper, Select Unlock Apple ID and then tap Start to Unlock.

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Step 3: Then follow the steps to reset all settings on your iPhone. When your iPhone restarts, it will try to remove Apple ID from iPhone.

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It may take a moment when it’s stuck at 0%. Don’t worry, just wait for it to finish. When it’s done, you can set up a new Apple ID on your iPhone.

Note: As soon as your iPhone has “Find My iPhone” enabled, LockWiper only removes Apple ID from device running on iOS 11.3 or previous version.

Reach Out to the Previous Owner and Remove Apple ID Remotely

This iCloud Activation Lock was introduced from iOS 7 and through to subsequent versions as a security measure to protect against unauthorized access to Apple users’ ID and data, especially in cases of theft or loss, thereby making it difficult for someone else other than the owner to use the device. When you see “This iPhone is linked to an Apple ID...” messages, there’s no other way to bypass this lock than to contact the previous owner to remove it, as ONLY he/she can remove it. Let him/her remove the lock remotely in the following steps.

Step 1: Sign into iCloud with their Apple ID.

Step 2: Go to Find iPhone, then select the device.


Step 3: Click on Remove from Account.


What You Should Do before Purchasing a Second Hand iPhone

Before collecting the device from the seller, make sure to check if the Activation Lock is disabled or not. If the lock is on, ask the seller to erase the device (this would also help you to know if it’s a stolen phone). He/she can erase the device by going to Settings>> General>> Reset>> Erase All Content and Settings. The previous owner’s Apple ID may be requested, so ask the owner to enter the details. (If the owner isn’t present physically, you can ask him/her to remove the lock using the steps above.


After these steps are taken, you can then create your own iCloud account and start using your newly purchased device.

If Your’re the Previous Owner, Change the Password

In the event that you are the owner of the iPhone/iPad/iPod, there are certain situations that can require you to remove the Find My iPhone Activation Lock. For example, in a case whereby you forget your Apple ID, or your children tampered with your phone and playfully/mistakenly enter a wrong password repeatedly, and as a result, your device gets locked or disabled, and neither you nor they know the ‘new’ password. In such cases, here are some things you can do.

Step 1: Open your Apple ID account page and select Forgot Apple ID or password.

Forgot Apple ID or password

Step 2: Enter your account ID.

Step 3: Select the option you want to use to reset your password-

  • For security questions:  Click on Answer Security questions and then follow the steps.
  • To use email: Choose the Get an email option, and use the email received to reset your password.
  • If you are asked for a Recovery Key, use the Two-factor authentication or two-step verification method instead).


Step 4: Choose Continue.  Your password will reset, and you will be asked to log in with your new password.

Wrap Up

If you are dealing with an iOS device that has an iCloud Activation Lock on it, use the solutions described in this article to remove the lock. Before purchasing a secondhand iPhone, it is important you ensure that it does not have the iCloud Activation Lock. This will help you avoid having to deal with annoying issues later. It is possible to remove an Apple ID without a password. All you need is iMyFone LockWiper which is both easy and quick to use.

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