5 Ways to Remove Activation Lock on iPhone

Nicole Campbell
September 24, 2020

    It is necessary to remove Activation Lock on the iPhone, particularly if you forget the Apple ID or purchased a second-hand device.

    In this article, we share with you the various ways you can remove Activation Lock on your iPhone.

    Let’s begin with the easiest solution.

    Remove Activation Lock on iPhone from Settings

    If you already have access to the device, then you can remove Activation Lock from the device by disabling the “Find my iPhone” feature on the device. You can do that from the device’s settings using these simple steps:

    Step 1: Open the Settings app on your device.

    Step 2: Tap on your name at the top and select “iCloud”.

    Step 3: Scroll down to tap on “Find my” and turn off the toggle to disable the feature.

    Step 4: When prompted, enter your Apple ID password and then tap “Turn Off” to confirm that you want to turn off Find my iPhone.

    Remove Activation Lock on iPhone from Settings

    Use UnlockGo to Remove Activation Lock without Password

    If you don’t have the password, you don’t have proof of purchase and you can’t reach the seller to have them remove the activation lock, then your only choice would be to use iToolab UnlockGo. This program is one of the best solutions when it comes to removing iCloud Lock Activation easily and quickly. Some of the features that make it the most suitable solution include the following:

    • It allows you to remove iCloud Activation Lock in just a few simple steps, giving you access to all the features on the device.
    • It can remove all types of screen passcode from the device including Touch ID and Face ID.
    • It is easy to use. Tech expertise is not needed, making it the best solution even for beginners.

    Follow these simple steps to use UnlockGo to remove iCloud Activation Lock without the password:

    Step 1: Download and install UnlockGo on to your computer and then run the program after successful installation.

    In the main window, select “Remove iCloud Activation Lock” and then click “Start”. Connect the device to the computer.

    Connect the device to the computer

    Step 2: UnlockGo will need to jailbreak the device in order to unlock it. There is nothing that you need to do here, the program will begin downloading the jailbreak package that you need. As soon as the download is complete, click “Jailbreak” and then follow the on-screen instructions to put the device in DFU mode.

    jailbreak the device

    Step 3: UnlockGo will begin jailbreaking the device. When the jailbreak is complete, click “Remove” and UnlockGo will begin removing the iCloud Activation Lock.

    removing the iCloud Activation Lock

    Ask Apple to Remove Activation Lock for You

    If you have proof of purchase for the iPhone, you can ask Apple to remove the Activation Lock. There are two ways to do this;

    • You can make an appointment at the local Apple store and bring the device along with the proof of purchase.
    • You can also call customer support: explain the situation and they can unlock the device for you remotely.

    Ask Apple to Remove Activation Lock for You

    Please note that you will not need Apple Care for either of these services since they are free services. There is also a very good chance that you will lose al the data on your iPhone once it is unlocked. But Apple will not make you sign any waivers to unlock the device.

    Ask a Seller to Disable Activation Lock Remotely

    If you purchased the device only to find out it is locked, it is possible that the seller simply forgot to unlock the device before selling it to you. In this case, all you have to do is contact the seller and ask them to disable the Activation lock. The good news is that they can do the remotely, they just need to follow these simple steps:

    Step 1: Go to https://www.icloud.com/find and log in with their Apple ID and password.

    Step 2: Select the iPhone from the “All Devices” section.

    Step 3: If “Remove from Account” is available, they should click on it.

    Step 4: If not, they should click “Erase iPhone” and then “Remove from Account”.

    Remove from Account

    Use Online 3rd-Party Activation Lock Removal Services

    There are a lot of third-party activation lock removal services online. Usually, these services will unlock the device for a small fee. But you should be skeptical of these services because many of them are only out to scam you.

    For example, one of these tools asked us to pay a $30 fee to remove the Activation Lock. We paid this amount, but a few days later we received an email saying that the device needed “premium” treatment to successfully unlock it. This went on a few times before they finally said that the device could not be unlocked and they offered a partial refund in the form of a voucher for their service.

    Even if the service has great reviews, don’t use the service unless you can find a person who has used the service to unlock their device successfully before you pay for the service.

    Use Online 3rd-Party Activation Lock Removal Services

    Nicole Campbell
    Nicole is the chief editor of itoolab.com. She has been writing about Apple, software, and computer for over 10 years.

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