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5 Proven Ways To Reliably Bypass Activation Lock

In this in-depth article, I give 5 different methods 2,356 website visitors have used to easily bypass iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

You will learn:

  • 3 easy methods of bypassing the iCloud Activation Lock that anyone can do.
  • An iCloud bypass method that can remove Activation Lock from your iPadOS or iOS device.
  • A trusted service that can get rid of the iCloud Activation Lock.
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The iCloud Activation Lock is a security feature of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS which are Apple’s operating systems for Mac, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad. It is designed to protect your data if your Apple device is stolen or lost.

For example, it protects a stolen iPad by preventing it from being set up until the owner’s Apple ID password, is typed into the device. Without these security details, the iPad can’t be used by anyone but the original owner.

iPad activation lock removal

When the iCloud Activation Lock has been enabled you will see a message that says:

“This device is linked to an Apple ID. Enter the Apple ID and password that were used to set up this device”.


If you factory reset or erase iPhone (or any other Apple iOS devices) data and settings this message will still appear during the setup process.

The iCloud Activation Lock is enabled during iPadOS and iOS device activation and works in tandem with the Find My app.

To fnd out more about getting past Activation Lock on an Apple tablet, see How to bypass Activation Lock on iPad.

activation lock screen on an iPhone
iPhone iCloud Activation Lock screen

Find My is a free App that helps you locate missing devices. It helps find Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other Apple iOS devices products registered to your iCloud ID.

You can download Find My iPhone from the Apple App store on your device.

When you use Find My iPhone the location of your device is shown on a map so you can easily find it.

Find My lost mode

Both Find My iPhone and the iCloud Activation Lock are automatically enabled when a new Apple product is set up.

setup Apple ID
find my iphone

This is perfect if you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and want to keep the contents secure. It deters theft but can prevent legitimate buyers from setting up pre-owned devices. This has left many buyers frustrated, with some even throwing away the iOS devices they bought, because they don’t know how to bypass iCloud Activation Lock screen.

Other iCloud Activation Lock guides… See our guide on permanently doing away with the lock forever, or how to remove Activation Lock without previous owner, or how to open an activation barred iPhone for free, or our reviews of the best iCloud bypass tools.

How to fix this issue (on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

You may think the easiest way to bypass iCloud Activation Lock is to erase iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch contents and set it up again from scratch. This won’t work.

There are only 5 ways to bypass Activation Lock on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other Apple devices:

  1. Removing Activation Lock with a service (Reliable, fast, and easy)
  2. Use a trial version of iBypasser to remove Activation Lock (DIY unlocking tool)
  3. Ask the original owner to remove Activation Lock (Requires co-operation from the original owner)
  4. Ask Apple for iCloud Activation Lock removal (You need the original purchase receipt)
  5. Removing Activation Lock using iCloud DNS bypass (Good last resort as it gets around Activation Lock. iPhone bypass that also works on iPad.)

1. Use a trustworthy service

bypass iCloud activation

Using a service to bypass iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch is the easiest method because they unlock your device remotely for you.


You simply provide the details of your iPadOS or iOS device and the iCloud bypass service provider will remove Activation Lock.

There are many companies online that claim to help you bypass iCloud Activation Lock. Unfortunately, most of them are scams so be careful when it comes to trying these on your iPadOS or iOS device.

Of all the companies available I would recommend the IMEInow unlocking service.

IMEInow finished top in my latest review of suppliers conducted this year. Unlike most of the others that try to lure unsuspecting visitors with lies, they actually can get rid of iCloud Activation Lock from your device.

Customer testimonial

How to use the IMEInow service

IMEInow only takes between 1 – 24 hours to complete an iCloud unlock bypass, which is much faster than any other online service around.

The fee is only £19.99 (around $25 USD) which is charged in British pounds as they are a UK based business.

The process to unlock iCloud Activation Lock permanently is really easy and requires no technical skills. You provide them with the device details such as the IMEI number and a few days later it is unlocked. This makes it the best iCloud bypass tool if you just want the Apple ID removed from your iPadOS or iOS device without any involvement.

2: Use a reliable software tool


The best of the downloadable iCloud bypass tools is iBypasser because it is able to iCloud unlock most iPadOS or iOS devices.

iBypasser offer a trial version of their software that you can try out before buying. You buy a license to ‘finalize’ the bypass once you are confident it will work.

Once downloaded and installed to your computer you go through the step-by-step iCloud bypass process. This involves connecting your device to your computer using a USB cable. Once completed you will be able to see if the tool will bypass iCloud Activation Lock on your device.

iBypasser also has a 30-day money-back guarantee. So if you are unhappy for whatever reason after your purchase it is straightforward to request a refund.


This bypass lock tool is safe, legal, and fully guaranteed. Overall it is effective, easy to use, and packed with amazing features. Currently, it is the only software tool I recommend to remove Activation Lock and the Apple ID.

Are there any drawbacks?

  1. You need some basic computer skills to download, install, and run the tool. It isn’t complex but it isn’t as simple as using an unlocking service where they do it all for you.
  2. The tool will jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Apple does not support a device that had been jailbroken as it violated their terms and conditions. Having said that Apple won’t support a device that has an iCloud lock enabled on it so this isn’t relevant.

3: Ask the original owner

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If you have purchased a used Apple product that has a locked iCloud account you should ask the original owner to remove their Apple ID.

The removal can be done remotely so they don’t need your device to do it. Instead, they can log in to their iCloud account using a web browser and remove the device without having it in their possession. This is the ideal solution if you bought the Apple product from someone on the other side of the country.

This will disable both the Find My iPhone and the iCloud Activation Lock security systems.

This is a good choice if you want to open activation sealed devices for free.

The previous owner needs to follow this procedure to remove the device from the iCloud account:

sign in to iCloud website

1. Go to https://appleid.apple.com/

2. Enter their Apple ID (email address) and account password

3. Scroll down to the Devices section.

4. Choose the iPadOS or iOS device you want to remove.

5. Click ‘Remove from account’.

remove device from Apple account

6. You will be asked to confirm the removal. Click Remove.

7. All done!

Once you remove Activation Lock you will be able to go through the setup process on your used iPhone or iPad normally. You will never be asked for the Apple ID of the original owner again.

Following this process make removing the iCloud Activation Lock easy for the original owner.

4: Ask Apple support

Apple support will remove iCloud Activation Lock in some circumstances. This will unlock Apple ID password on the device. To do so, you need to prove:

  1. You are the owner of the device – by showing your proof of purchase.
  2. Ownership has been transferred to you.

Apple support will then check if the device has been reported stolen. If the checks show it has, they will not help you.

Apple support rates security and privacy very highly so unless they are 100% sure the device is yours they will not unlock the iCloud locked iOS device.

5: Use secret DNS servers

icloud bypass

You can bypass iCloud Activation Lock and regain some functionality of your iPhone or iPad by using this DNS server method. This is not the same as removing the iCloud activation.

This technique works by using your WiFi to get around the Apple security system. So you won’t need a SIM card in your iPhone or iPad to get this to work.

You won’t be using the operating system (iOS) on your iPhone or iPad. Instead, you use a server to provide all the smart features such as Facebook and Instagram, as shown in the video below.

Video guide

After you bypass iCloud activation using this DNS technique you will be able to:

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

It’s not a perfect solution as the DNS method doesn’t unlock Apple ID – but you do get some good features for free. And considering the alternative – a blocked iPhone or iPad – then it is better than nothing.

How to setup the DNS bypass

  1. Turn on your device
  2. Go through the setup process until you get to the ‘Choose WiFi Network’ screen
  3. Click the small ‘i’ next to your WiFi local name
  4. Tap “Configure DNS”.
  5. Tap “Manual”.
  6. Tap “+Add Server” and type in one of the following
    • USA:
    • Europe:
    • Asia:
  7. Tap “Back >” at the top left of the screen.
  8. Click your Wi-Fi network
  9. Type in the Wi-Fi password and click “Join” at the top right
  10. The phone will try to activate by going to a new screen. Don’t let it, hit the Back button at the top right to return to the WiFi page where you will be logged in.
  11. Once logged in you will see the iCloud bypass screen that will say something like “iCloudDNSBypass.net” at the top.
  12. All done – you have managed to do an iCloud unlock bypass!


Can you remove the Apple ID Activation Lock?

It is possible to remove the Apple ID that causes the iCloud Activation Lock to be enabled. You can ask the original owner, ask Apple Support, use a DNS bypass, pay for an unlocking service like IMEInow, or use a software tool such iBypasser.

For more information, see iCloud Activation Lock removal.

Can you bypass the iPad iCloud lock?

Although the iPad has a different OS (called iPadOS) from the iPhone the security system used on both is the same. They both link the device to the owners’ Apple ID accounts. This means the instructions described above apply to all models of the Apple iPad too.

For detailed instructions, see How To Bypass iPad Activation Lock.

Can you circumvent iCloud on an iPhone?

You can bypass iPhone Activation Lock screen using the guide above.

All iPhone devices use iOS – which is secured with Find My iPhone and the iCloud Activation Lock. These can be bypassed on iPhone devices by following the steps given above carefully. This will allow you to bypass, or remove iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone.

To find out more, see Remove ‘Find My iPhone’ Activation Lock Without Previous Owner.

What’s the difference between activation and SIM locks?

The iCloud Activation Lock is the security element of iOS. It is designed to deter thieves by making it hard to activate stolen devices.

The SIM lock ties your device to a specific carrier so you can’t swap the SIM from another carrier from one iPhone to another as it won’t work. You will be unable to send messages or make calls.

For more details, see How To Unlock iPhone To Use Any SIM.

I live in a country without an Apple Store. What should I do?

Go to to Apple Support and they will give you the support option in your country.

What does iCloud bypass mean?

An iCloud bypass is a method of getting around the iCloud Activation Lock and Find My iPhone security systems built into Apple devices. An iPhone and iPad Activation Lock removal bypasses the security and allows the owner to properly go through the setup process and use the device.

Is the DNS server safe?

Yes, the iCloud DNS bypass method is perfectly safe. Any changes made to your iPadOS or iOS device is reversible and it doesn’t void the warranty.

Is the getting around the iCloud lock safe, secure and legal?

All of the advice given in this guide is safe, secure, and legal but some are not without risk. Where there are any potential risks they are highlighted and explained so that you are well informed before you decide to proceed. The aim is to get your iDevice working properly without any security issues hampering your efforts.

What problem does bypassing solve?

An iCloud Activation Lock bypass allows you to setup and use your Apple device normally. For example, if you buy a second-hand iPad that has the iCloud Activation Lock message on-screen you can get past it so you can use the device. This helps people who, through no fault of their own, mistakenly buy a locked device by allowing them to use their purchases.

For more general information on the lock, see iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone.

Wrap up

There are a number of free and paid options  – such as the iCloud activation bypass tools – you can choose when removing Activation Lock.

I would suggest you first try to get the previous owner or Apple to bypass iCloud Activation Lock on your device first – as they are the cheapest and most reliable options.

It is also worth giving the iBypasser the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone bypass iCloud lock tool a try. The free trial means you can see if it will work for you before you purchase a license. The paid version is cheaper than most unlocking services making it great value – although it doesn’t work for everyone.

If these fail to remove the Apple ID, I suggest you get in touch with IMEInow and ask them to bypass iCloud activation on your device using their service. They are reliable and respond to questions quickly.

If you want to bypass iPhone Activation Lock on a different model of phone, then find out more in these guides:

I also have other related articles:

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