What is the iCloud activation lock?
So you just bought a used iPhone but when you try to set it up it keeps on asking for the iCloud login details of the previous owner. You have no idea what they are and you can’t contact them to find out. Even if you can track them down they are unlikely to give you their iCloud password as it gives you access to their private stuff. This makes your iPhone an unusable brick.
You have just encountered the iCloud activation lock.
If you want to check the status of the device then you need to go here and type in the IMEI code. It will tell you if it is a stolen iPhone that has been locked:
In future it is best to request this number from the seller before you buy it to make sure the item has not been stolen and locked by the previous owner.
How does iCloud lock work?
If the original owner of your iPhone turned on a feature called ‘Find My iPhone‘ then it will automatically link their iCloud account to the iPhone. The idea is to help them find their device if it is lost or stolen. If the worst comes to the worst and they can’t get their iPhone back then they can use ‘Find My iPhone’ to erase the contents of the phone and lock it permanently.
Obviously the idea behind this is to deter theft which is a great idea. However, if you buy a used iPhone, iPad or even Apple Watch and the previous owner forgot to remove it from their ‘Find My iPhone’ account then it is locked to the old owners iCloud account. This means you can’t use it. So the security on iCloud may disable the iPhone you bought in good faith.
There is an iCloud bypass. Contact iPhone IMEI today.
How to bypass iCloud
There are 2 options available to you if you end up with an iCloud lock.
- Bypass iCloud and get limited functionality back for free
- Remove the iCloud lock completely and get full functionality back for a fee
The option you should select depends on your budget, and how much functionality you want.
1. Bypass iCloud
If you bypass iCloud then you can use your iPhone to do a variety of things but not using the standard apps you would expect from an iPhone. Instead you are bypassing the iPhone software and using a different interface to allow you to do a variety of things such as watch video, send SMS, login to social media. Unfortunately you can’t use the device as a standard phone. However this option is free, with no fee involved.
2. Remove iCloud Lock
If you remove the iCloud lock completely then you can setup the iPhone or iPad as if it were a brand new device and use it properly. However an iCloud unlock costs money and there are many dubious websites that run scams offering this type of service. You need to make sure you pick the right one so you don’t get scammed.
Bypass or remove iCloud?
Pick the option you would like to try to get instructions on what to do:
This is a very clever hack that allows you to get round the iCloud activation lock by setting up your iPhone to use different software on it using a thing called “DNS bypass”.
It is a little fiddly but isn’t that difficult to do if you follow the video or written instructions below.
- Reboot your iPhone ready to set it up as a new device.
- Start the setup process and select your country and language
- On the “Choose a Wi-Fi Network” screen press the “i” next to Wi-Fi symbol for the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.
- Scroll down to where it says ‘DNS’ and type in one of the following
- USA/North America: 188.8.131.52
- Europe: 184.108.40.206
- Asia: 220.127.116.11
- In rest of the world: 18.104.22.168
- Tap “Back >” at the top left of the screen.
- Click your Wi-Fi network
- Type in the Wi-Fi password and click “Join” at the top right
- The iPhone will try to activate by going to a new screen. Don’t let it, hit the Back button at the top right to return to the WiFi page where you will be logged in.
- Once logged in you will see a screen which will say something like “iCloudDNSBypass.net” at the top.
- Scroll down and click Menu to access the various iPhone features like User Chat, Social, Internet, Mail, Maps, YouTube, Video, Audio, Games and more.
If you do a quick Google search for “iCloud unlock” or something similar you will see loads of websites that claim to unlock your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Trouble is, how do you know which are scammers that will take your money and disappear and which are genuine companies providing a good service?
This is where I can help.
There is an iCloud bypass. Contact iPhone IMEI today.
iCloud unlock review
I decided to review as many iCloud unlock providers possible to see who was best.
Firstly, I did a Google search to find as many iCloud removal companies as possible. I reviewed each of their websites carefully and tried to get in touch with them and verify there was someone actually in control. This reduced my list down to 9.
Next I checked each of the top 9 in RipoffReport, TrustPilot, and TrustmarkReviews to check their feedback. I removed the 6 lowest scoring services to give me a list of 3 that I wanted to thoroughly check.
I reached out to my community here at iChimp to track down people who wanted to unlock iCloud on their iPhone. I picked a wide sample of iPhone models located worldwide to test each service and get ‘real’ feedback from real people.
I ended up with 18 community members with the following types of iPhone:
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
Each individual emailed me their iPhone model and IMEI code so I could place orders with each of the top 3 suppliers.
I judged each supplier based on the following:
- Customer Service
- Did it work?
The prices ranged from $15 right up to $149.
I wanted to feel comfortable that when the payment was made that I would know what was going on at each stage of the unlock process. I was also keen that each service would have customer support so that I could contact them, if I wished.
I wanted to feel confident and comfortable with what was going on.
I wanted each of the iPhones unlocked as quickly as possible. Waiting 14 days isn’t good enough, I wanted it done in 2 or 3 days.
Did it work?
Did they actually manage to unlock iCloud, yes or no. Simple.
The 3 Best iCloud Unlock Companies
1st place: iPhoneIMEI.net
iPhoneIMEI.net are the best of the bunch They managed to unlock every iPhone I sent them. They were the only ones in my shortlist that managed to do so.
They also unlocked them faster than anyone else with each one taking 1 or 2 day to do.
There customer support was great with replies coming back from my queries in under an hour.
They are also good value for money charging only £39.99 per unlock, which is far cheaper than buying a replacement phone.
If you’re iPhone is locked to an iCloud account and you need to get it unlocked, you should use iPhoneIMEI.net.
2nd place: Official iPhone Unlock
Official iPhone Unlock managed to unlock 5 out of 6 Phones, so they couldn’t quite manage them all. The iPhone SE couldn’t be unlocked. They refunded my money for the unsuccessful unlock quickly and without a fuss.
They unlocked phone fairly quickly between 1-3 days which is pretty good, but not as fast as iPhoneIMEI.
There customer support was fairly responsive but could take up to a day to respond. They were direct and weren’t quite as warm and friendly as they could be.
They were less expensive at only £19.99.
Overall this is a good supplier but not quite up to the standard of the best. The fact that they couldn’t unlock everything and were a little less friendly puts them in 2nd place.
If you are on a tight budget they might be worth a try.
Use Official iPhone Unlock to unlock your iPhone, iPad or apple Watch from iCloud.
3rd place: IMEICodes (they have since retired from iCloud unlocking)
IMEICodes were my 3rd choice, but no longer do iCloud unlocks. They were only able to unlock 2 out of the 6 iCloud accounts. It took a couple of weeks to get a refund for the unsuccessful attempts.
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