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iPhone X Activation Lock Removal Guide

This guide will help you to remove or bypass iCloud Activation Lock on your iPhone X quickly and easily.

With over 10 years of experience supporting Apple products, I have unlocked dozens of iPhone X devices.

This short guide will help you:

  • Turn off the iCloud lock – from the iPhone or online.
  • Get rid of the Activation Lock – by using a reputable service.
  • Remove Activation Lock – with a service.
  • Bypass Activation Lock – using DNS.

Easy-to-follow instructions are provided so you can remove the iCloud lock quickly and easily.

Following these tried and tested instructions will help you to do the same.

Activation Locked iPhone X

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To find out more about bypassing, or turning off the Activation Lock even without the original owner helping, see How to get rid of iCloud Activation Lock without previous owner.

If you want to know about iPhone X carrier unlocking, see How to unlock iPhone 13, 12, 11, SE, XS, XR, X models.

How to turn off iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone X

Removing Activation Lock from your iPhone

The easiest way to remove the Activation Lock is to switch off Find My on your iPhone X.

  1. On your iPhone X, tap Settings.
    tap settings
  2. Tap [Your Name].
    Apple ID settings screen
  3. Tap Find My.
  4. To turn it off, toggle Find My iPhone (if the toggle is green it is turned on).
    find my iPhone toggle
  5. When asked for your Apple ID password, enter your password. If you can’t remember your password, see How to reset your Apple ID password if you forget it.
    confirm apple id password
  6. Find My and the lock will be turned off when you provide the correct password.

Remove Activation Lock via the web

If your iPhone X is offline or is not in your possession you can still turn off the lock.

  1. On a web browser on your computer or a friend’s device go to appleid.apple.com.
  2. When prompted, sign in with your Apple ID and password.
    apple ID signin
  3. Select Devices.
    apple ID devices
  4. Choose your iPhone X.
  5. Scroll down, then click Remove from account.
    apple ID remove from account

Your iPhone X will no longer be associated with your Apple ID. This will turn off the lock on your device.

How to bypass iCloud Activation Lock Screen on iPhone X – with a service

There are dozens of services that claim to be able to help remove the lock screen from your iPhone X.

Over the years I have reviewed most of the iCloud lock removal services to find the best ones. I found most didn’t work so it is vital you use a trustworthy company.

I found the best service was offered by IMEInow. Although not perfect, I found them to be the best of the bunch.

They successfully unlocked iPhone X smartphones for me and most of my readers. Although occasionally some readers claim the process fails. The good thing is that they got a refund when it didn’t work on their iPhone X.

Steps for bypassing the iPhone Activation Lock screen

To unlock your device using a service:

  1. Follow this link: Recommended Activation Lock removal service.
  2. Scroll down and click the button that says Go to IMEInow.
  3. Click Unlock iCloud on the menu.
  4. In the box, type in your iPhone X IMEI number. You can find the IMEI on your phone’s SIM tray.
    iphoneimei web page
  5. The model of the iPhone should be automatically found and shown on the screen.
  6. Click Unlock iCloud!
  7. On the checkout page, provide your email address and agree to the terms of service.
    iphoneimei checkout page
  8. Choose the payment method, then when prompted pay.
    iphoneimei worldpay
  9. A confirmation email will be sent with further instructions to complete the unlock.

For more details, see How to Bypass Activation Lock.

How to remove iPhone X Activation Lock – using an app

The iCloud lock can also be removed using an app, or software tool.

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I have spent a great deal of time trying out a wide variety of apps with mixed results. Most are dangerous and can cause untold damage to your computer and iPhone – so choose wisely.

They all work in a similar way:

  1. Download the app and install it on your computer.
  2. Connect the computer to your iPhone X.
  3. Run to app and follow the jailbreak process.
  4. Once your iPhone X is jailbroken, run the unlock app.

Our recent review found the best Activation Lock removal app was iBypasser. It had a high unlock rate combined with a competitive price.

Some of the things that made iBypasser the best software tool included:

  • Free trial
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Easy to install and use
  • Excellent support
  • Wide compatibility
  • Regularly updated
  • Many positive reviews
  • Beautiful design

Steps to get rid of iCloud Activation Lock

To remove the iCloud lock your iPhoneX with iBypasser:

  1. Click this link: Use iBypasser to remove Activation Lock. To download the tool, click the button that says Get free iBypasser trial.
  2. On the website, select to download the software for free
  3. After downloading, install and launch the tool.
  4. Choose Bypass iCloud Activation Lock Screen.
    Select the bypass option
  5. On the Bypass iCloud Activation Lock Screen, click Start.
    Start the unlocking process
  6. Connect your locked iPhone X to the computer using a Lightning cable. For more information, see connect iPhone to your computer with a cable.
    Connect your device to your computer
  7. To jailbreak your iPhone X ready for unlocking, follow the on-screen prompts.
    • To jailbreak using a Mac computer:
        1. A Mac-compatible jailbreak package for your iOS device will be automatically downloaded.
          iPhone activation lock jailbreak
        2. To begin the jailbreak, click Start Jailbreak.
          Begin iPhone activation lock jailbreak
        3. To jailbreak your iPhone X, click Next.
          Apple devices need a jailbreak
      • There is no automatic method to jailbreak iPhone X on Windows. To find out how to jailbreak iPhone X manually using a Windows PC, follow these instructions.
    1.  
  8. The iPhone X devices details appear on the app. Check they are accurate and match your device, then click Start BypassConfirm device's IMEI number , iOS version, IMEI number and more
  9. The iBypasser bypass app will remove iCloud Activation Lock in less than a minute.
    iBypasser unlocking device
  10. Once you have removed the Apple ID from your iPhone X, you can set up your device normally.
    Successful removal of the activation lock
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How to bypass iCloud lock on iPhone X – via DNS

The DNS method switches your iPhone X from Apple’s DNS servers to get around the Activation Lock.

This allows you to use some of the features on your device, even though it remains locked.

Some readers have reported that this fix does not work with the latest versions of iOS, but it is still worth trying if you want a free bypass.

Steps to unlock iCloud Activation Lock

Part 1: Reset Your iPhone

  1. Turn off your iPhone X
  2. Open iTunes, or Finder on your computer and connect the iPhone X using a USB cable.
    connect iPhone to computer
  3. When you connect the device, the Apple logo will appear on your phone, screen.
  4. Press and hold the volume down and power button at the same time for about 10 seconds.
    restart iPhone without home button
  5. Release the power button but keep pressing the volume down button. After 30 seconds the computer will recognize the iPhone and an on-screen message will appear. You can now release the volume button.
  6. In iTunes or Finder, Select Restore.
  7. If required, the latest iOS software will be downloaded and installed on your iPhone X.
  8. The iPhone will restart and the setup process will begin on the iPhone.

Part 2: Change DNS Server Address

  1. Select your language and country from the iPhone X setup screen.
  2. Select Set Up Manually and then connect to your Wi-Fi.
  3. Press Return on your keypad and go back to the Wi-Fi screen.
  4. Long press the power button, and when the menu comes up, select Wi-Fi Settings.
  5. Next, click i (symbol) > Configure DNS > Manual > Add Server.
  6. Select the DNS server closest to your current location:
    • USA: 104.154.51.7
    • Europe: 104.155.28.90
    • Asia: 104.155.220.58
    • Rest of the world: 78.100.17.60
  7. At the top right, Tap Save.
  8. Return to the Wi-Fi screen and select Next.

Part 3: Bypass Activation Lock

  1. On the Activation Lock screen, type your iPhone’s IMEI in the Apple ID field.
  2. In the password field, type in 15 zeros.
  3. Click Next.
  4. You will get a message saying Incorrect Apple ID or Password.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 until the message no longer appears.
  6. Let the iPhone load. It may take a while.
  7. Once loaded, you will see a Data & Privacy screen. This means you have bypassed the activation lock.
  8. Proceed to set up your iPhone normally.

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 turn off Activation Lock.

FAQ

What about getting rid of Activation Lock on a Mac computer?

Activation Lock can be found on Mac computers with Apple silicon or that use the Apple T2 Security Chip. This means almost all Apple Mac computers released since 2020 now have Activation Lock.

You can use a removal service to get rid of the lock from a MacBook, or other Mac computer. For more information, see Activation Lock on Mac computers.

Can you remove the iCloud Lock from iPod Touch?

It is possible to perform an Activation Lock bypass on an iPod. The iPod Touch runs the same operating system as an iPhone so the processes that unlock an iPhone will work on an iPod.

To find out more, see iPod Touch Activation Lock.

Is it possible to do an iCloud bypass on Apple Watch?

Yes, you can do a bypass on an Apple Watch using an unlocking service. However, it is far easier if you unpair the watch properly by using the Watch app. Or you can get rid of the lock by removing the Watch from the Apple account.

To find out more, see How to remove Activation Lock from Apple Watch.

Wrap up

This guide will help you Bypass iCloud lock, and remove iPhone X Activation Lock. The iCloud account will be removed from the device and you will be able to use it.

If you have an iCloud locked iPhone X it will be unlocked.

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