Having an iPhone you can’t setup because it asks for the previous owners Apple ID and password is incredibly annoying.
It makes your iPhone unusable.
However, there is something you can do to unlock an iCloud locked iPhone – try using a trustworthy company to perform the unlocking procedure for you.
After reading this you are probably asking yourself a few questions such as:
- Do iCloud unlockers actually work?
- How much does it cost to do an iPhone iCloud unlock (or is it free)?
- How long will it take to unlock iCloud?
- Which companies provide a trustworthy iCloud unlock service?
Read on to find out the answers to these questions.
Like you, I ended up being unable to setup my second hand iPhone (mine was from eBay) due to it asking for the previous owners Apple ID and password.
I was desperate to get my iPhone iCloud unlocked quickly and cheaply. I checked out the options online and locally in my city but I had no idea who to trust.
This set me on a quest to get my iPhone iCloud unlocked in the quickest and cheapest way possible.
I am ashamed to tell you that I spent a fortune with different suppliers trying to get the lock removed. Without fail none of them worked.
I had given up hope and came to the conclusion that I’d never be able to use my iPhone. I had a choice. Give up tor carry on trying to find a solution.
I decide to carry on.
Eventually, after trying dozens of methods I found a couple of suppliers that actually delivered and managed to remove the lock.
I decided that I needed to write an article so that other wouldn’t have to go through the same frustrating journey as me.
So yes, it is possible to unlock iCloud…
…but be very careful who you use as most companies are scammers.
There are a bunch of websites that claim to do this for free.
Sounds almost too good to be true…
…unfortunately, it is.
The free options I tried were confusing. They were inaccurate. All were scams of one type or another. Some were actually dangerous and ended up infecting my computer with a virus.
Don’t make the same mistakes as me – avoid the free iCloud unlock services.
Unbelievably, many of the paid options were scams too.
Companies advertised fees of up to $250 USD (£200 GBP) with no service actually provided.
Oddly, the price had no relation to the quality service offered with the best companies charging around $65 USD (£50 GBP).
Some of the paid companies I suggest you avoid include:
- i-Cloud unlock buddy
- Unlock instantly
- iPhone approved unlock
- iRemove Tools
- i-Cloud remover
Some companies will never manage to do it. They will take your money then stop all communication leaving you out of pocket and angry.
This happened to me with several iCloud unlockers.
However, if you use a decent service the unlock process works like this:
Step 1: See what model iPhone you have
Step 2: Get the IMEI number from your iPhone
On these devices, you’ll find the IMEI on the SIM tray.
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 3G
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4 (GSM model)
- iPhone 4s
On these devices, you’ll find the IMEI on the back.
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
Step 3: Pick an iCloud unlocker
You need to careful choose a supplier that will do what they promise. I suggest you pick one I have reviewed.
Step 4: Ask them to unlock iCloud on your iPhone
All of the suppliers I recommend have an easy to use website.
You simply let them know your iPhone IMEI and model, then pay for the service. You will get an order confirmation letting you know the order has been placed.
If you have any questions you can get in touch with them via each companies responsive help desk.
Step 5: iCloud lock is unlocked
Normally less than 3 or 4 days later your iPhone will be unlocked. Some unlocking services are quicker than others but normally it is done within a week.
The actual speed depends on the supplier you choose.
Once completed you will be able to setup your iPhone properly without being asked for the previous owners Apple ID or password.
After an extensive search, I had a huge list of companies that claimed to offer unlocking services.
I went through them all one-by-one carefully examining their websites. Most looked impressive and made bold claims. Many had customer testimonials and some had very persuasive videos showing how their methods worked.
It was tough to decide who was a scammer.
I decided to checkout if they had contact details or an ‘about’ page that provided more details on who the owners were. After all if they did a good job they would have nothing to hide.
Many didn’t have this basic information so I decided not to trust them. After all how was I meant to contact them if I had an issue?
If there was a way to contact them I wrote them an email to ask them about there service. If I got no response I removed them from my shortlist. If a company doesn’t respond to pre-sales questions how would they answer any post-sales ones after I had paid? I decide I didn’t want to find out.
If the service included downloadable software or online tool I tried it out to see if it worked. If it didn’t then it was cut from my list.
I then checked each of the remaining candidates in some of the online review sites such as TrustReview to evaluate real customer feedback.
If they were poorly regarded then they were removed from my list.
I then tried out the remaining suppliers by paying them money to unlock my iPhone.
This resulted in the following shortlist…
- Price: deposit of $20 USD (£19 GBP)
- Speed: around 2 days
- Customer Services: Quick and helpful
iPhoneIMEI.net have been unlocking iCloud accounts for many years now and their experience really shows with the quality of their service.
They have a well established helpdesk team that answered my questions in a friendly manor within an hour or two.
I tried unlocking a variety of iPhone models from an older iPhone 4 through to a newer iPhone X. All of them had the iCloud locks removed quickly without a hitch.
The only negative is the recent changes to their charging structure. It isn’t very clear on their website but the payment you make initially is simply a deposit for the service. The remainder of the fee is payable before the unlock is completed.
I found this a bit inconvenient as the website makes it look like the lower price is for the complete service. It isn’t.
Having said this, every single iCloud unlocking service I tried did the exact same thing. So they were not doing something unusual for this market segment but I’d prefer more upfront pricing.
Overall, I found that I actually ended up paying nearer $50 USD (£39.99 GBP) for the unlock. I believe this is still value for money considering the alternative is to buy a replacement iPhone for several hundred dollars.
They accept a wide range of payment methods including Mastercard, Amex, Visa, Maestro and Nochex giving lots of flexibility on how to pay. Of course their website is highly secure.
They also offer a 100% money back guarantee if they can’t deliver the service – although I didn’t have to try this out as all my devices were unlocked.
If your device is locked and you need to get it unlocked, you should use iPhoneIMEI.
Runner up iCloud unlock service: Cellunlocker
- Price: deposit of $20 USD (£19 GBP)
- Speed: between 2 to 5 days
- Customer Services: 24 hour response time
Cellunlockers only started unlocking iCloud accounts in 2018 making them newcomers. Having said that they have rocketed up to 2nd place in my list because they prove a great service.
They respond quickly to queries and appear to offer a great service but they are ‘too new’ to be my top pick. They need a longer track record to gain my endorsement as the best.
They also failed to unlock an iPhone 5 when I was carrying out the testing. However they refunded me in vouchers quickly and without a fuss.
Unlock speed was a little slower than my top pick but still a very acceptable 2-5 days to complete. I know speed may be important for some of you so this is another reason why it was the runner up. Cellunlocker tell me this is something they are working hard to improve so I’ll keep an eye on this.
They use the same charging structure as iPhoneIMEI meaning the ask for an initial deposit followed by a second payment to complete the unlock. They say this is because the final price depends on a number of factors such as the iPhone model, it’s location and age. These other factors are taken into account once the unlock has been purchased to give a final fee.
This means they have the ability to unlock devices from anywhere in the world.
Cellunlocker accepts a wider variety of payment methods including American Express.
Overall cellunlockers is a good supplier but not yet quite up to the standard of the best. They are gaining on top spot rapidly and iPhone IMEI need to stay on their toes or they may well be replaced as the best iCloud unlock service.
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