Is It Possible to Unlock an iCloud Locked iPhone?

Nicole Campbell
September 23, 2020
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    You may wonder if it is possible to unlock an iCloud locked iPhone? The answer is YES.

    In this article, we take a look at some of the options you have with an iCloud locked iPhone. These options are meant to help you easily unlock an iCloud locked iPhone particularly if you purchased a second-hand device.

    Let’s get started.

    an iCloud locked iPhone

    If the owner is physically near you

    Usually, unlocking an iCloud Locked iPhone is very easy. Once you get to the Activation Lock screen, all you have to do is enter the Apple ID username and password and the device will be opened. It gets complicated when you purchased a second-hand device and you done have the username and password.

    If the previous owner of the device is physically near you, you can ask them to enter the Apple ID username and password on the activation screen to unlock the device. Once the device is unlocked, ask them to sign out of iCloud using these steps:

    Step 1: On iOS 10.2 and earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Sign Out. On iOS 10.3, go to Settings > [Your Name] > Sign Out.

    Step 2: Ask them to enter the Apple ID username and password to confirm.

    Step 3: They should then remove the Apple ID from the iPhone. For iOS 10.2 and earlier, tap “Sign Out” and then “Delete from my iPhone”. For iOS 10.3, tap “Turn Off.”

    Sign Out icloud

    Step 4: Then go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and when the device restarts, you will not see the Activation Lock Screen.

    Erase All Content and Settings

    If the owner isn’t physically near you

    If the previous owner of the device is not physically near you, you can ask them to remove the lock using iCloud remotely. Follow these simple steps:

    Step 1: Ask the previous owner to go to https://icloud.com/ and sign in with their Apple ID.

    Step 2: Select “Find iPhone” and then select the iPhone under “All Devices”.

    Step 3: Click “Erase” and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

    Erase iphone

    When they let you know that they have removed the iPhone from their account restart the iPhone and you shouldn’t see the Activation Lock Screen.

    If you can’t get the owner’s help

    If the previous owner is not near you and you are not able to contact them, the following are some of the options you have.

    Use UnlockGo to remove the lock

    UnlockGo is an app that will allow you to unlock iCloud Activation Lock screen on the device in just 3 steps. You can download the complimentary free trial version of UnlockGo. This trial version may not be able to unlock the device, but it will allow you to test if your iPhone model can be unlocked. Only when you are certain you can unlock the device can you then go ahead and purchase the full version.

    It is also quite easy to use. You will not need to be a tech expert to use it and the whole unlocking process will take just a few minutes.

    Here’s how to use UnlockGo to unlock the iPhone:

    Step 1: Download and install UnlockGo on to your computer.

    Step 2: Open the program after successful installation and then select “Remove iCloud Activation Lock” in the main window.

    Remove iCloud Activation Lock

    Step 3: Click the “Start” button and connect your iPhone to the computer.

    connect your iPhone to the computer

    Step 4: To bypass the iCloud Activation, UnlockGo will need to jailbreak your iPhone and then begin downloading the jailbreak tool for your iPhone. When the download is complete, click on the “Jailbreak” button and then follow the on-screen instructions to proceed.

    jailbreak your iPhone

    Step 5: Once the jailbreak process is complete, click on the “Remove” button and UnlockGo will start to remove the iCloud Activation Lock on the device.

    removing the iCloud Activation Lock

    Contact Apple for tech support

    If you have proof of purchase for the device, you can contact Apple support to get them to unlock the device for you. You can bring the device to the local Apple Store along with the proof of purchase or you can call or email tech support and have them unlock the device for you remotely.

    Contact Apple for tech support

    None of these solutions are suitable?

    The above solutions are all the methods you can use to effectively unlock the device. It is possible to find a lot of solutions that claim to effectively unlock the device for free online, but we would strongly advise against using these methods.

    The only thing these solutions will do is trick you into clicking on ads that can infect the computer with viruses, not to mention how annoying popup ads can use.

    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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