How to Remove Find My iPad Activation Lock without Previous Owner

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    If you purchased a second-hand iPad and you find that the Activation lock is enabled on the iPad, you will not able to access or use any of the apps and features of the iPad. In most cases, the best solution is just to contact the previous owner and ask them to remove the iCloud Activation lock.

    If this is not an option for you, the following solutions will help you remove Activation Lock from the iPad without contacting the previous owner. Let’s begin by defining exactly what activation lock is.

    What is Activation Lock?

    Activation Lock is a security measure introduced by Apple to discourage the theft of devices. It is often automatically enabled when you enable the “Find my” feature on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, AirPods, and Macs with the T2 security chip.

    When the Activation lock is enabled on the iPad, no one will be able to set up the iPad without the iCloud password. In this way, if the iPad is stolen, the thief will be unable to use the iPad. When they try to set up the iPad, they will be asked to enter the Apple ID details of the connected account. Apple will not show the full email address of the connected account, but the iPad owner will get an automated email saying Activation Lock is still enabled.

    What is Activation Lock

    If the previous owner of the iPad you purchased didn’t give you their password and you are not able to contact them, the following are some of the options you have:

    About 3rd-Party Online Activation Lock Removal Services

    There are a lot of iCloud Activation removal tools that you could use online. These tools typically require that you provide the iPad’s IMEI number and pay a small fee for the service.

    But you should be very cautious when using these tools as many of them are scams, only out to get the $30 and may not be able to unlock the iPad at all. Many will even claim the service is just $30, only for them to contact you a few days later asking for more money. They will do this a few times, before sending you an email saying it is impossible to unlock the iPad with a refund in the form of a voucher for their service.

    Even if an online iCloud Activation tool has wonderful reviews, treat it with suspicion, and only use it if you are certain that it can help you.

    The Tool that Truly Works

    The best tool to use to remove iCloud Activation from your device when you can’t reach the previous owner is iToolab UnlockGo. This tool is easy to use and highly effective, allowing you to unlock the iPad and get access to the iPad in a matter of minutes.

    But before, we take a look at how you can use UnlockGo to remove iCloud activation, let’s first of all stake a look at some of its most useful features. They include:

    • You can use it to very easily remove the iCloud Activation Lock without the password.
    • You can log into the iTunes store with a new Apple ID, and enjoy all functions except for calls, iCloud, and cellular, once the iCloud lock is unlocked.
    • Sign out the iCloud account on your iPad without password.
    • It is useful when you want to remove the iPad’s passcode whether the iPad’s passcode is a 4-digit/6-digit passcode or Face ID and Touch ID.
    • It is very easy to use, allowing you to unlock the iPad in a matter of minutes.

    To use this program to remove the Activation lock from your iPad, download and install the program onto your computer, and then follow these simple steps:

    Step 1: Open the program and in the main window, select “Remove iCloud Activation Lock”.

    Remove iCloud Activation Lock UnlockGo

    Step 2: Click “Start” to begin. Connect the iPad to the computer using USB devices.

    Connect the iPad to the computer

    Step 3: The program will need to jailbreak the iPad in order to unlock it. The jailbreak package that is ideal for the iPad will be downloaded immediately. Once the download is complete, click on “Jailbreak” and then follow the instructions to put the iPad in DFU mode.

    Start Jailbreak

    Step 4: Once the iPad has been jailbroken, click on “Remove” and UnlockGo will begin removing the iCloud Activation Lock from the iPad.

    removing the iCloud Activation Lock

    When the process is complete, you will be able to set up the iPad and continue using it.

    Ask Apple to Remove Activation Lock from the iPad

    You can also ask Apple to remove the iCloud Activation Lock for you. But you will need to provide proof of purchase or proof that you inherited the iPad.

    If you purchased the iPad, then Apple will need you to provide proof of purchase that includes your name and the iPad’s serial number. If the iPad’s serial number was changed or replaced at the Genius bar, then you will need to provide the Service Confirmation including the old and the new serial number.

    If you inherited the iPad, Apple may require that you provide Apple with a Certificate of Death, proof of your relationship with the previous owner. You may also need to provide proof of purchase.

    Once you have all the details you need, go to https://support.apple.com/ and ask Apple to remove the activation lock from the iPad.

    Ask Apple to Remove Activation Lock from the iPad

    Bypass Activation Lock with DNS

    You may also be able to temporarily remove the iCloud Activation Lock using the iCloud DNS method. Here’s how to do it:

    Step 1: Follow the on-screen instructions until you get the Wi-Fi page.

    Step 2: Select the Wi-Fi network and then tap on the “I” icon.

    Step 3: Then change the DNS servers to one of the following, depending on your location:

    • North America: 104.154.51.7
    • South America: 35.199.88.219
    • Europe: 104.155.28.90
    • Asia: 104.155.220.58
    • Australia and Oceania: 35.189.47.23

    Step 4: Finish setting up the iPad and it should be temporarily unlocked.

    Bypass Activation Lock with DNS

    Frequency Asked Questions

    These are some of the most common questions we get about iCloud Activation Lock:

    Can I use a free iCloud Activation lock removal tool or service?

    While there are very many activation lock removal tools in the market that may claim to be free and effective, it is a good idea to steer clear of them. Most free tools often come with viruses and other threats that can seriously harm the iPad.

    One of the telltale signs that an online iCloud Activation tool is not effective is that you may not be able to see a download link for the tool on their website. If the website is crude and hard to navigate, the tool may also not be safe to use.

    Can I remove an iCloud account with a restore?

    No. You will not be able to remove an iCloud account from the iPad by restoring the iPad. A restore will only upgrade the iPad to the latest version of iOS and erase all data from the iPad. But it will not remove iCloud Activation from the iPad.

    This is because Activation Lock is designed to prevent anyone else from using the iPad without the password and if they could just restore the iPad, then it defeats the purpose. It is also impossible to remove the password by erasing it since it is not on the iPad but on Apple servers.

    Conclusion

    That’s how to remove find my ipad activation lock without previous owner. Find a way to start now! We recommend you the powerful tool-iToolab UnlockGo, which is the best iOS unloker tool for you. If this article is helpful, do comment below to let us know!

    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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