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All our iCloud guides include how to set up and use iCloud properly,  unlock iCloud, and reset an iCloud password if you forgot it. Also detailed information on the iCloud infrastructure.

Of course, iCloud is managed by your Apple account so we explain how it works. In addition, we say what to do to unlock the Activation Lock from your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch.

Our guides help explain the link between iCloud, Find My, the Activation Lock, and your Apple ID.

For more help with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod Touch, or Mac, see Apple troubleshooting & how-to guides.

Bypass Activation Lock On iPad Mini

How To Effortlessly Bypass Activation Lock On iPad Mini

The latest iPad mini was released in 2021 and, like all the previous incarnations, had a feature called iCloud Activation Lock. The lock is part of the tablet’s security system which Apple calls Find My. While bypassing iCloud Activation Lock is awkward, it is possible. This easy-to-follow guide will explain how to bypass Activation Lock, …

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How To Bypass iCloud Activation Lock On iPhone 5, 5c and 5s

The iPhone 5 was released by Apple in 2012 with iOS 6, which didn’t have the iCloud Activation Lock feature. Instead, it relied on the owner paying for MobileMe which had basic device tracking functionality. However, in 2013 iOS 7 was delivered which included a free version of Find My iPhone and introduced the Activation …

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iPhone 12 activation lock bypass

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Max iCloud Activation Lock Bypass Guide

The iPhone 12 models were released in 2020 with a feature called iCloud Activation Lock, which is part of the phone’s security system that Apple calls Find My. This easy-to-follow guide will explain how to bypass Activation Lock, also known as iCloud lock, on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 …

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iCloud and iMessage accounts do not match

Fix iCloud And iMessage Accounts Are Different And Do Not Match Error

The iCloud and iMessage accounts do not match error can appear on your device if you use multiple Apple IDs on it. Also, the Apple developer forum has multiple users saying they got an iMessage account issue when using beta versions of iOS or iPadOS. Network and WiFi issues can also cause iCloud and iMessage …

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Turn Off Activation Lock

How To Turn Off Activation Lock (On Any Apple Device)

This guide will help you remove the Activation Lock warning message using the official method endorsed by Apple. These methods work on any Apple device, including: iPhone iPad iPod Touch Apple Watch Mac I have been helping readers to successfully unlock the Activation Lock screen using the methods in this guide for many years. It …

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Activation Lock on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, and other Mac computers

Activation Lock for Mac computers is part of Find My – a feature created by Apple to stop anyone else from using your MacBook, iMac, or other Mac computer if it is ever stolen or lost. Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you configure Find My on your computer. Or when you sign in to …

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iPhone Activation Lock

Activation Lock on iPhone

The iPhone Activation Lock is a security feature of Apple’s iOS operating system. Activation lock is designed to protect your iPhone, and its data if it is stolen or lost. It works by preventing your iPhone from being reset and reused until the owner’s Apple ID and password are typed into the device. The iPhone Activation …

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Apple Watch

Activation Lock on Apple Watch

Apple says, “Find My includes a feature called Activation Lock that’s designed to prevent anyone else from using your Apple Watch if it’s ever lost or stolen.“ This feature is actually a complex security system that protects your Apple Watch and helps stop thieves from using or selling it. Activation Lock is enabled on your iWatch …

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Apple ID locked

How To Unlock An Apple ID Locked For Security Reasons And Regain Access

If Apple suspects your Apple ID or Apple account has been hacked it will suspend it If you receive an email or see an on-screen prompt on your Apple device which says: “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons” “You can’t sign in because your account has been disabled due to security reasons” …

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iPad showing Activation Lock message

How To Fix “This iPad is linked to an Apple ID” iCloud Activation Lock Message

This simple guide shows several ways to get rid of the annoying “This iPad is linked to an Apple ID” Message. Follow the steps to get your iPad unlocked and working properly… This guide is written for the iPad, but the information also applies to iPod Touch and iPhone devices. Advertisement What causes this issue? …

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iCloud activation lock

How To Remove and Bypass iCloud Activation Lock (Includes Using Tools)

If you buy a used Apple product and it asks for the previous owner’s iCloud account details when you try to use it, your device is activation locked. You need to bypass Activation Lock on the device before you can use it. The obvious solution is to ask the previous owner to supply their Apple …

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remove iCloud without the previous owner

How To Remove ‘Find My iPhone’ Activation Lock Without Previous Owner

Since the iCloud lock was introduced in 2013 I have guided hundreds of clients who wanted to know how to remove Activation Lock without previous owner helping them. Most clients had no idea that the used iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch they bought was Activation Locked until they tried to set it up and they …

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is iCloud safe?

Is iCloud Safe? All You Need To Know About iCloud Security

Like all computing environments iCloud has its flaws, but it is regarded as highly secure making it very safe to use. iCloud is secured with 2-step verification and an Apple ID so secure even Apple claims it can’t hack it. However, there have been leaks of personal information taken from iCloud that was claimed to …

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how to sign in to iCloud

How To Sign In To iCloud

Over the last decade, I have been asked about Apple’s iCloud and iCloud+ online storage service numerous times. Even now many people are confused about the basics of iCloud, such as how to sign in. This article will provide some simple tools to help you to login and to logout of iCloud. Specifically, this guide …

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iCloud setup guide

iCloud Setup Guide: How to Activate And Use It On All Your Apple Devices

iCloud is a completely free software tool that is pre-installed on all Apple devices – from Mac computers through to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. There are a number of things iCloud allows you to do such as backup your device’s data and secure it if lost or stolen. Best of all it does these …

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