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Bypass Activation Lock: iPhone 6 and 6s

If you’re stuck on the iCloud activation lock and are looking for a fix to bypass iPhone 6 activation lock, then you’ve come to the right article.

As an Apple Certified Independent Technician with over a decade of experience, I have found many methods to bypass the iCloud Activation Lock on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

The easy-to-follow instructions will help you to remove the iCloud Activation Lock on your iPhone 6 quickly and easily.

Specifically, the guide will help you:

  • Turn off the iCloud lock – from the iPhone or online.
  • Bypass the Activation Lock – using the DNS technique.
  • Get rid of the Activation Lock – by using a service and tools.
  • Give the advantages of unlocking Activation Lock.
  • Tips to avoid buying a locked iPhone 6.

Bypassing the Activation Lock is not that hard, so read on and find out what to do…

How to unlock iPhone 6 and 6s


How to bypass Activation Lock on iPhone 6 and 6S

These methods are specially designed for the Apple iPhone 6 and 6s range of smartphones:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s Plus

They won’t work on other devices.

If you want to remove iCloud Activation Lock on a different iPhone model, see iPhone Activation Lock removal.

Method 1: Bypass iCloud Activation Lock with the emergency dial pad

This is a hack that gets around the iCloud Activation Lock screen by exploiting a bug in the emergency call dial pad.

It only works on an iPhone 6 or 6s running iOS 12.1.4, although it is always worth a try if you have exhausted all other methods.

This method is completely free and only takes a few minutes to do.

To bypass Activation Lock, follow these steps:

  1. Power on your device and begin the setup process.
    iPhone hello screen
  2. Select your language and region on the setup screens.
  3. Click the Home button 3 times, when you see the Activation Lock screen. This will turn voice commands on.
  4. Click the Home button 3 more times to turn off voice commands.
  5. Click Back to return to the Start screen.
  6. Then, tap the Home button once. Choose Start Over on the pop-up window.
    iPhone emergency call
  7. Click the Home button again and in the pop-up window click Emergency Call.
    iPhone emergency call
  8. On the dial pad type in the following number: #96274825*0000*1#.
  9. Click the Call button 10 -15 times.
    iPhone emergency dial pad call
  10. Replace the 1 at the end of the number with a 2 and click the Call button 10 -15 times.
  11. Repeat step 10, changing the last number to 2, then 3, then 4, then 5, then 6, then 7, then 8, then 9, and finally 0.
  12. On the dial pad, tap the Back button to go back to the setup screen.
  13. Once again, select your language and region.
  14. Instead of the Activation Lock, your iPhone 6 or 6s will allow you to set up the device normally.
  15. Choose the passcode and then follow on-screen instructions to finish bypassing Activation Lock.

Method 2: Bypass Activation Lock using the DNS method

Find My iPhone and the Activation Lock work by linking your iPhone 6 to your Apple ID. This link is checked by the phone when it is powered on.

If you could prevent the check from occurring you may be able to fool your device into thinking the Activation Lock is not enabled and allow you to use it normally.

For this to work, you would need to send a spoofed response to trick your phone. Unfortunately, nobody has managed to get this hack to work but a similar method has been created using DNS.

The DNS server method changes the standard servers used by your iPhone 6 to different ones. This redirects your phone to an online portal that allows you to:

  • Watch video
  • Browse websites
  • Play games
  • Listen to music or radio
  • Chat with friends
  • Get expert help


To bypass iPhone 6 Activation Lock using the DNS method, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your iPhone 6 or 6s.
  2. Select your language and region in the setup process.
  3. Click on the “i” symbol next to your WiFi name, when prompted to join a network.
    iPhone 6 choose network
  4. Click Configure DNS.
    iPhone 6 configure DNS
  5. Tap Manual and enter the DNS address nearest your location:
    • USA:
    • Europe:
    • Asia:
    • South America:
    • Australia and Oceania:
      iPhone 6 configure DNS manualiPhone 6 add DNS server
  6. Return to the WiFi screen and tap your network.
  7. On the iCloud Activation screen., tap Back.
  8. Your device will redirect you to the iCloud bypass site.

Please note that this method only works on iPhones running iOS 10, or earlier. It also doesn’t remove Activation Lock – it bypasses it allowing you to run some apps via a web interface.

If you want to know more, see iCloud bypass methods.

Method 3: Bypass iCloud activation using iBypasser

After a thorough review, we found iBypasser to be the best tool to remove Activation Lock. It makes bypassing and unlocking any Apple device easy.

Some of the things that made iBypasser the top tool are:

  • Free trial
  • Easy to use
  • Fast and responsive support
  • Free upgrades for life
  • Regular updates
  • Positive customer feedback

Pricing is as follows:

  • 1 month plan, for 1 device: $39.95 USD
  • 1 year plan, for 1 device: $49.95 USD
  • Lifetime plan, for 5 devices: $69.95 USD

To remove the Activation Lock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using iBypasser use these instructions:

  1. Follow this link: Use iBypasser tool to get rid of Activation Lock.
  2. To download the tool, scroll down a little then click the red button that says Get free iBypasser trial.
    iBypasser website
  3. On the iBypasser website, click Free Download. There is a PC and Mac version.
  4. Once downloaded, install the tool on your computer.
  5. Connect your iPhone 6 to your computer using a USB cable.
  6. Launch iBypasser.
  7. Select Bypass iCloud Activation Lock Screen.
    iBypasser - 3 options
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to jailbreak your iPhone.
  9. If the iPhone Activation Lock can be removed, your device will be unlocked (but only on the paid version).
    iBypasser - successfully removed activation lock
  10. Once complete, disconnect your device from your computer.
  11. You can now set it up and you will no longer see the lock screen.

Method 4: Bypass iCloud activation with IMEInow

The easiest way to remove the iCloud Activation Lock screen is to use an unlocking service. They do all the work for you and let you know when your iPhone is unlocked and ready to use.

We reviewed a huge number of companies to find the top iCloud unlock services and found IMEInow best.

We appreciated its fast service, good customer support, and high success rate. We also rated the money-back guarantee as it meant customers wouldn’t be out-of-pocket if the unlock fails.

We also noted that they successfully unlocked all Apple devices we gave them including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac Computers.

To unlock your device using this service:

  1. Follow this link: Use IMEInow service to unlock the iCloud lock.
  2. Scroll down a little then click the red button that says Go to IMEInow.IMEInow website
  3. On the IMEInow website, type in your iPhone 6 serial number, or IMEI. For help finding these, see find the serial number or IMEI on your iPhone.
  4. Tick the box if you want the fast-track 24-hour service for an extra fee.
  5. Click the Unlock iCloud button.
  6. On the order confirmation page, type in your email address.
    IMEInow iPhone checkout
  7. Tick the terms of service box and click Pay.
  8. An order email will be sent to you with further instructions.
  9. Shortly, you will receive an email confirming the iCloud unlock has been done.

Advantages of iPhone 6 and 6s iCloud Removal

When you get rid of or bypass iCloud Activation Lock you will be able to use the iPhone 6 normally. This means:

  • Setup the iPhone 6 as your own.
  • Make and answer calls.
  • Send text messages.
  • Browse the web.
  • Install, and launch iOS apps.
  • Use your iCloud account normally.

Tips when buying a used iPhone that avoids Activation Lock

Although you can bypass Activation Lock, it is far better to avoid the issue in the first place. This has several advantages:

  • Saves time
  • Don’t have to rely on third-party tools
  • It’s easier.

So if you are buying a used iPhone 6 there are a number of things you can do to ensure it’s unlocked before you hand over your cash:

  • Check Find My iPhone is switched off.
  • Make sure the phone is not stolen goods

Check Find My iPhone is turned off

If you are meeting the seller in person do the following:

  1. Power on the iPhone 6
  2. Go through the setup process and choose your language and region.
  3. If you are asked for an Apple ID and password then Activation Lock on the iPhone is turned on.
  4. Hand the phone back to the seller and ask them to enter their Apple ID and password.
  5. Continue through the setup process following the on-screen instructions.
  6. Once complete, ask the owner to tap Settings > [owners name] > Find My > Find My iPhone > And toggle it off.
  7. They will be asked for their Apple ID password.
  8. Once entered Find My iPhone and the Activation Lock will be turned off.

For more information, see How to turn off Find My.

Ensure the device is not stolen

Ask the seller for the IMEI or serial number, preferably with photographic proof that shows the code. If they don’t know where to look for these codes, you can help them find the serial number or IMEI.

If you are in the USA you can use the Stolen Phone Checker website to see if the iPhone 6 you plan to buy is stolen goods.

This is a website that lets U.S. consumers check the status of any iPhone model by typing in its MEID/ESN/IMEI number.

If you are elsewhere in the world you should use IMEI.info instead. This website only allows you to check the status by using the IMEI number, not the serial number.

IMEI.info works in English-speaking countries – including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.

Getting rid of Activation Lock on other iPhone models

If you want to bypass iCloud on a different iPhone model see:

If you want to switch off the lock and know the Apple ID, then see How to switch off Activation Lock.

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