How to Bypass Activation Lock : 5 Simple Fixes (For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Or Apple Watch)

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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

What is the iCloud activation lock?

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 iPadOD and iOS device activation and works in tandem with the Find My app.

activation lock screen on an iPhone
iPhone 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 devices products registered to your iCloud ID.

You can download Apps 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 and the iCloud Activation Lock are automatically enabled when a new Apple product is set up.

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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 devices they bought, because they don’t know how to bypass iCloud activation lock screen.find my iphone

Other activation lock guides… See our guide on removing iCloud activation lock, or removing activation lock without the previous owner, or how to unlock iCloud locked iPhone for free, or our reviews of the best iCloud bypass tools.

How to bypass activation lock

You may think the easiest way to remove the 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 the iCloud activation lock on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and other Apple devices:

  1. Removing activation lock with a service (reliable, fast, and easy)
  2. Use a trial version of iBypasser toremove 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 partially unlocks iPhone and iPad)

1. Use an iCloud activation lock bypass service

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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 remove 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 IMEIdoctor unlocking service. They 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 do remove the iCloud activation lock.

How to bypass iCloud activation lock feature using IMEIdoctor

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IMEIDoctor home pageIMEIdoctor normally takes 5 days to complete an iCloud unlock, but you can pay an extra fee of around $10 USD for a 24-hour turnaround.

They charge around$40 USD or £35.99 GBP but the price varies with the model you want to be unlocked.

This permanent unlock process 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 method if you just want the Apple ID removed from your iPadOS or iOS device without any involvement.

2: Use iCloud bypass tool to remove iCloud activation lock

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The best iCloud bypass software tool 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 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.

iBypasser webpage

Features

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 to remove iCloud activation lock

 

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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 activation lock security systems.

This is a good choice if you want to unlock iCloud locked devices for free.

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

1. Go to https://appleid.apple.com/
sign in to iCloud website

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

3. Scroll down to the Devices section.

4. Choose the iPadOD 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 activation lock easy for the original owner.

4: Ask Apple support to remove iCloud activation lock

Apple support will remove activation lock in some circumstances. This will unlock Apple ID 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: Activation lock bypass using DNS server

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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.

DNS iCloud bypass video guide

After an iCloud DNS bypass 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 iCloud 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: 104.154.51.7
    • Europe: 104.155.28.90
    • Asia: 104.155.220.58
  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 set up the DNS bypass!

iCloud bypass FAQ’s

How do you bypass Apple ID activation lock?

It is possible to remove activation lock by asking the seller, asking Apple, using a DNS bypass, paying an unlock service like IMEdoctor, or by using software tool such iBypasser.

How do you bypass iCloud activation lock on iPad?

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 account. This means the instructions described above apply to all models of the Apple iPad too. If you have an iPad simply follow the steps in the guide above.

How do you bypass iCloud activation lock on iPhone?

You can bypass iPhone activation screen using the guide above. All iPhone devices use iOS – which is secured with Find My iPhone and the activation lock. These can be bypassed on iPhone devices by following the steps given above carefully. This will allow you to bypass, or remove activation lock on iPhone.

What’s the difference between the iCloud activation lock and the SIM lock?

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.

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

Go to to Apple Support found at support.apple.com and contact them. 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 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 iCloud DNS Bypass 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 bypass process 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 a bypass solve?

A bypass allows you to unlock iCloud activation lock on Apple devices. For example, if you buy a second-hand iPad that has the 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.

Wrap up

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

I would suggest you first try to get the previous owner or Apple to remove iCloud lock from 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 IMEIdoctor and ask them to bypass iCloud activation on your device using their service. They are reliable and respond to questions quickly.

If you need more help on setting up, fixing, or using your Apple device click here to browse our library of how-to guides and solutions. It includes background information on iCloud and activation lock unlocking such as:

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