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How to bypass, remove, or unlock Activation Lock on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch. Disable Find My iPhone to prevent it from blocking you from using your device.

Guides to turn off Activation Lock without asking the previous owner, knowing the Apple ID, or the iCloud account ID and password.

To find out more, see our other iCloud guides.

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

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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 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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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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How To Remove iCloud Activation Lock: An Ultimate Guide (Includes Using Tools)

When you buy a used iPad, iPod Touch, Mac Computer, Apple Watch, or iPhone you may find it asks for the previous owner’s iCloud account details before you are allowed to use it. This means your device is activation locked, and you need to remove it to get it working. This is awkward if you …

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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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