Many years ago, after a great deal of research and testing, I found you can unlock the iCloud activation lock using an iCloud bypass tool. However, most tools do not work and are scams.
If you do a google search you will find dozens of iCloud bypass tools advertised on the web – but which of them should you use?
Many clients, and readers of this website, wanted a solution so I tried as many of these bypass tools as I could to find out which worked, which were scams, and which was best. The results of my efforts over many years supporting Apple products are contained in this article.
So if you want to know which iCloud bypass tool you should use to unlock the activation lock on your Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple Watch read on…
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Top iCloud Activation Lock Bypass Services
If you don’t have a computer and want the simplest unlocking method possible then you should try an online iCloud activation lock removal service. You simply provide the IMEI or serial number together with the type of device you want to bypass and they do the rest.
Normally you pay a small deposit, with the remainder of the fee paid to finalize the removal. If you are in a hurry you can normally request a 24-hour turnaround for an additional fee. In some territories, a sales tax is added to the fee.
All of these services successfully bypassed the iCloud activation lock although some had a higher success rate than others.
In our extensive testing where readers supplied us with their device details, IMEIdoctor bypassed the iCloud activation lock 100% of the time. They were the only service to do so.
They also completed the iCloud activation lock removal faster with a 3-day turnaround on average.
Costs were broadly in line with the industry-standard although the charging structure, with a deposit and final payment, was annoying.
We found them helpful, efficient, and effective making them our top recommendation.
- 100% success rate.
- Responsive and helpful support.
- Wide variety of payment methods.
- Money-back guarantee.
- Works on all Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch.
- It’s easy – no special technical skills are required.
- Payment made in 2 stages giving the impression it’s cheaper than it really is.
- 90% success rate.
- Adequate support.
- Payment using Visa and Mastercard.
- Works on all Apple devices.
- 10% failure rate.
- Disingenuous 2-stage payment method.
- Didn’t unlock all the devices.
- The refund policy could be better.
In many ways, DirectUnlocks and iPhoneIMEI were almost identical in terms of success, speed, and cost. Overall, there is very little between them.
Like PhoneIMEI they managed to bypass iCloud on 90% of the devices. They were a little slower though, with a 5-7 day turnaround on completing iCloud activation lock bypasses.
As with the other services listed they use the same annoying 2-stage payment system.
DirectUnlocks only really begins to fall behind in the quality and ease of use of their website.
They don’t offer a poor service but they are a little behind the higher-rated companies listed.
- 24-hour FastTrack service (for a small fee)
- 80% success rate
- Payment using Visa and Mastercard.
- Works on iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch
- 20% failure rate.
- Slow support.
- Slow to finalize.
- 2-stage payment method.
- Didn’t unlock all the devices.
- Refunds took ages.
- Some complaints have surfaced online about their quality of service.
When we first started investigating iCloud activation removal services back in 2017 AppleiPhoneUnlock was rated the best. But time has moved on and they have dropped behind their competitors.
Firstly, their iCloud activation lock removal rate is the lowest at 80% meaning 1 in 5 devices fail. This isn’t too bad but when coupled with their poor refund policy that makes it awkward to get your money back it hits their rating hard.
It’s a pity as they do the core things right – their website is good, the support is fine, and they can actually unlock most devices.
Costs are also similar to the others too, although the industry-wide 2-tier payment system is used by them too.
It’s just the unreliability and slow and difficult refund policy when an unlock fails that makes them less desirable. It’s a shame as when it works, it works well.
Top iCloud Activation Lock Bypass Software
A specialized software iCloud bypass tool is one of the best methods of bypassing the activation lock on your Apple device. However, be aware that you need a computer to download, install, and use these software tools. The most popular tools are listed below.
|Software||Success Rate||Supported Platform||Free Trial||Price|
|iBypasser||High||Mac and Windows||Yes||$$|
|4MeKey||High||Mac and Windows||Yes||$$$|
iBypasser is an excellent software tool that can bypass iCloud activation lock with its Windows and Mac versions. It has a slick, easy to use interface and works on most Apple devices.
iBypasser offer a free trial so it is worth downloading it and trying it out on your device. If it looks like it will work then you can pay for a license to finalize the bypass and get your device unlocked.
iBypasser uses a simple 3 step process to perform the bypass:
- Connect your device to your Mac
- Jailbreak the device
- Remove iCloud activation lock
I found the support first class so don’t panic if you get lost.
Once unlocked you will be able to use most, but not all, of the functionality. Apps should work but you won’t be able to login to your Apple iCloud account via the device. In addition, cellular functionality will be disabled so you won’t be able to make old school phone calls.
Using iBypasser to Bypass iCloud Activation Lock
- Download and install iBypasser on your computer
- Connect your device to your computer using an appropriate cable
- Open the software and click Start to begin.
- The tool will automatically download jailbreak software to your computer.
- Click Next and your device will be jailbroken.
- Confirm your device information and click Start Bypass to begin the bypass process.
- After a few minutes, the software will bypass the Apple iCloud activation lock screen.
- You can now set up and use your device.
4MeKey works using a similar technique to iBypasser – it jailbreaks your device in order to unlock it. It also has Windows and Mac versions that you download and install on your computer.
The user interface is just as nice as iBypasser and it is logically laid out and easy to use making 4MeKey a breeze to use.
4MeKey is a free download but you need to buy a license before you can use it properly. However, we make 4MeKey our second choice as it is more expensive than the other iCloud activation lock tool we recommend.
The activation bypass process is a simple 3 step process
- Connect your device to your computer
- Jailbreak your device
- Unlock the iCloud activation lock
However, what 4MeKey loses with the higher cost it makes up for with top-quality support.
Once you. bypass the lock on your device you are able to use most of the features. Some no longer work, such as iCloud and Find My, but you still have a usable product that is no longer activation locked.
Using 4MeKey to Bypass iCloud Activation Lock
- Download and install the software on your computer.
- Run the downloaded software and click Start to begin.
- Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
- The latest firmware for your device will be automatically downloaded to your computer.
- Once downloaded you will then click Start Jailbreak to begin bypassing the lock.
- Follow the onscreen steps to jailbreak your device and bypass the lock.
- Once complete the iCloud activation lock will have been removed.
Types of iCloud bypass tool tested
iCloud activation lock bypass tools advertised online can be broken down into the following categories:
- Online tools.
- Downloadable manuals.
Within these categories some of the tools are free, and others you have to buy.
Many of these tools have very similar names and it is very easy to pick the wrong one. I advise you to use the links provided in this article to select my top solutions to avoid accidentally picking the wrong one.
Initially, I tried all of the free tools I could find. The only cost was time. None of the free iCloud activation lock removal tools worked.
If you have no money I have another article that lists 5 things you should do to try to unlock the iCloud activation lock for free as described in this guide. It includes common-sense things to try such as asking the original owner to turn off Find My iPhone. These are worth a try.
If you are hoping for a good, free tool that works there isn’t one I can recommend. All of the free tools I tried failed to unlock the iCloud activation lock.
Most software tools I tried were packed with hidden viruses or ransomware that attempted to infect and lock my computer. With a little help from my antivirus software, I was able to remove the threat and delete the software. Others made major changes to the operating system of my Apple device that could potentially destroy it and make it unusable.
These tools are not recommended and should be avoided at all costs as they are dangerous:
- iCloud Unlock Buddy
- iRemove Tools
- ITPC Expert
- Remove iCloud lock
- iCloud Unlock Deluxe
- Official iCloud Unlocker
Many of the services I tried were scams. I had all sorts of issues trying to get money back from dodgy companies that were unable to bypass the activation lock and refused to give a refund.
Frustratingly, some companies that initially provided a good service became complacent and could no longer be recommended. The iCloud bypass service sector changes rapidly and I have to regularly switch suppliers to find the top performers.
In 2021, these service providers should be avoided:
- Unlock Instantly
- iPhone Approved Unlock
- iCloud Remover
Not one of the online tools I tried was able to bypass the iCloud activation lock. None are recommended. Most seem to exists to force visitors to click ads in order to keep the unlock process running.
Some of the online tools tested included:
- i Cloud Unlock Bypass
- Remove iCloud
- How to iCloud Unlock
- Server Apple
- i Cloud Unlock
- i Cloud Unlocker Online
- i Cloud Bypass
There are quite a number of hackers found online that claim to be able to bypass iCloud. All of the ones I spoke to wanted an upfront payment which had my alarm bells ringing. If I suggested payment after a successful unlock they disappeared. As a result, I can’t recommend using a hacker, specifically avoid:
- Apple Hacker Pro
- Apple Watch iCloud lock removal Pro
- Unlock Activation Lock Hack Pro
- Remove iCloud Activation Lock Now!
I also found some PDF manuals for sale which claimed to contain the secret of how to do an iCloud bypass. They didn’t.
As a result, I can’t recommend that you pay to download an iCloud activation lock PDF instruction manual as they don’t work.
Other How-To Guides
Browse our other guides & solutions on iCloud unlocking, recovery, and cleanup for iOS, iPadOS, and, Mac plus tips and tricks for iTunes, Finder, and iCloud. You will also find how-to guides on other aspects of setting up, using, and repairing Apple devices.
The iCloud activation lock is designed to prevent someone from stealing your iPhone and gaining access to the contents, wiping it, or selling it. It is a good idea as it reduces theft and protects your data. However, it can lead to innocent buyers purchasing activation locked phones through no fault of their own.
The way Apple has implemented this security system means you are stuck at the activation lock screen and can’t enable your device which seems harsh.
The same Apple ID security system is in place with all iOS-based devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and some Mac computers.
If you want to understand more about what iCloud is, how to set it up, how safe it is, or how to use it in conjunction with Find My iPhone you will find more guides elsewhere on this website to help you.
iCloud bypass tools FAQ’s
Do iCloud bypass services work?
Some iCloud removal services do work, but many are scams so you need to be careful and use a trustworthy company. If you pick a random supplier then you are likely to be scammed. If you use one of my recommended services it is possible to bypass iCloud.
Which iCloud unlockers should I avoid?
I have an extensive list of unlockers you should avoid. This list was created by trying out all of the online tools & software to see if they worked.
I began by trying out all of the software, online tools, and services I could find listed in Google. I emailed the suppliers offering this type of service to find out more. If I heard nothing back then I regarded them as scams. If they can’t answer a pre-sales question they are unlikely to be responsive to any questions.
Is carrying out an iCloud bypass procedure legal?
Unlocking your own device from iCloud is completely legal as long as you actually own it.
If a device is reported stolen and you find it and request an iCloud bypass then what you are doing is illegal because the device does not belong to you.
Also, if you purchase a used Apple device that the previous owner forgot to sign out of their iCloud account you are legally allowed to use an iCloud bypassing service. This is because you bought the item in good faith from the original owner. However, you do need to make some effort to find out if the item purchased is stolen goods. Most services do this type of check as part of the process.
Similarly, you may have bought the device from an auction ran by carriers selling off upgraded inventory. Again, this is fine and indeed you can get used or refurbished iPhones from Apple themselves showing that reselling their devices is not illegal.
Some of the links in this article are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.