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Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod Touch, and Mac computers can all be locked. Once locked, they can become unusable so it is important to know how the unlock them safely.

Unfortunately, you can get locked out of your device through no fault of your own. Some frequent causes of accidental locks include children randomly pressing the screen, buying a used device, or inheriting a device.

The types of locks that can be removed include:

  • iCloud Activation Lock. A security system designed to prevent activation of used devices without the previous owner’s consent.
  • Passcode Lock. Stops access to a device by means of a 4 or 6 digit code.
  • Factory, SIM, Network, or Carrier Lock. Prevents you from swapping different carriers’ SIM cards between devices on different cellular networks.

The following guides will explain important tasks, such as:

  • Unlocking iPhone. Apple’s cellular telephone.
  • Unlocking iPad. Tablet computer by Apple.
  • Unlocking Apple Watch. Electronic timepiece and fitness tool.
  • Unlocking iPod Touch. Mobile music player that can be unlocked in the same way as iPhone.
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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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Turn Off Find My Device

How To Turn Off Find My Device From Computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, iCloud, Or Apple Watch

Find My Device, formerly known as Find My iPhone, is the security system that makes sure your device and its data are secure if it is ever lost or stolen. In normal circumstances, you should always keep Find My switched on. There are only a couple of reasons that you would turn off Find My: …

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How To Get Apple ID Verification Code Without Phone

How To Get Apple ID Verification Code Without Phone Number

The introduction of two-factor authentication for access to Apple accounts improved security.  But the improvement made it awkward because you need to provide a valid verification code to sign in. The code is normally sent to your phone. Even if you provide the correct account details, you will not be able to log in with …

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iPhone Pattern Unlock

iPhone Pattern Unlock Guide

Pattern unlocking is popular on Android mobile phones, and many iPhone users would love to see it introduced by Apple. This unlocking method is simple to use and easy to remember. In this guide you will find out: How to add pattern unlock to iPhone. If you should use pattern unlock on Apple devices. If …

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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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How To Unlock iPhone Without The Passcode: Detailed Guide

As an Apple Certified Independent Technician with over 10 years of hands-on experience with mobile technology, I have been asked countless times how to unlock an iPhone without knowing the passcode. Don’t panic if you have forgotten your iPhone passcode, or a naughty child accidentally locked your device, you will be able to unlock it …

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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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