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How To Bypass Activation Lock On iPhone 7 / 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released in 2016 by Apple, and both models included the iCloud Activation Lock feature.

Activation Lock was designed by Apple as part of the phone’s security system. The lock was originally managed using the Find My iPhone app, but this was replaced by Find My in 2019.

This in-depth guide shows all the ways you can bypass the Activation Lock (also known as the iCloud Lock) on the iPhone 7.

Specifically, this article explains how to bypass iCloud as follows:

  • On your own phone.
  • On a used iPhone 7 you bought or were given.
  • Free unlocking methods.
  • Paid methods to unlock iCloud.
  • Unlocking with tools.
  • Online unlocking techniques.

The above methods will work even if the iPhone you are trying to bypass belongs to someone else, without the previous owners’ help, or without knowing the Apple ID password for the device.

To find out how to bypass the iCloud lock on iPhone 7 phones, read on…

Bypass Activation Lock On iPhone 7
Above: iPhone 7 Plus

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Firstly, some background information to help put things in context.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus had iOS 10 pre-installed at launch and caused controversy by removing the headphone jack. Like the iPhone 6 models that came before it, it could be locked using Touch ID, a passcode, or via Find My app. 

The iPhone 7 range was retired in 2019 and replaced with the iPhone 8.

Find My is a bundled app that helps owners find lost or stolen devices. It helps protect the iPhones from theft by allowing owners to remotely lock and erase the contents of the smartphone when they go missing.

When the owner enables Find My, Activation Lock is automatically switched on too. 

Apple claims Activation Lock prevents anyone from using your phone without the owner’s permission. If you lose your iPhone, the person that finds it needs to know the owner’s Apple ID and password to bypass the Activation Lock.

To find out more about how the iCloud Lock works, see the guide on the Activation Lock for iPhone.

iPhone 7 / 7 Plus iCloud bypass methods

Activation Lock bypassing can be used to remove an iPhone 7 from the Apple account that it is tethered to.

Although very similar to the iPhone 6 range they replaced, there are some key differences that make the iPhone 7 unique including the change from a physical home button to a capacitive mechanism, a new Apple A10 chipset, and IP67 water resistance.

 This is why we produced this dedicated guide for iCloud unlocking this range of phones.

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The iCloud bypass methods in this guide work on the following smartphones:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus

There are many ways to bypass iCloud lock on an iPhone 7, which are quite straightforward.

Bypass iCloud lock screen when locked out of your phone

The iPhone 7 was a decent but unspectacular device, but could still frustrate owners’ by locking them out via the Find My tool.

If you have forgotten your Apple ID or password or are unable to remember the answer to your security question, then you will need to bypass the Activation Lock screen.

There are a few ways that you can bypass the Activation Lock on an iPhone 7, such as:

  • Using a Windows or Mac computer and a 3rd party unlocking tool.
  • Using an online service, such IMEInow.

These options allow you to bypass the iCloud Lock screen, wipe the device, reset the password, and set it up again on a second-hand device.

On a used device

If you bought or were given a pre-owned iPhone 7, then you should talk to the previous owner and ask them to remove the iCloud Activation Lock.

This can be done in person, or remotely with their Apple account details.

If this slipped their mind before they sold their device to you, this request shouldn’t cause a problem. However, if they got their hands on the device using illegal means, they probably don’t know the Apple ID or password. This means they won’t be able to turn off Find My and bypass the iCloud lock.

Assuming your iPhone 7 isn’t stolen goods, the previous owner can unlock it for you by removing the Apple ID remotely as follows: 

  1. Go to this website: appleid.apple.com.
  2. Sign in with the Apple ID and password.
    apple ID signin
  3. On the menu, click Devices.
    apple ID devices
  4. Over on the right, click the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
  5. Then, click Remove from account.
    apple ID remove from account

On your own device

If the iCloud Activation Lock prevents you from setting up or using your own iPhone 7, the official fix is to unlock it using your Apple ID password. Or you can go to Settings > [your name] > Find My > Find My iPhone and toggle Find My iPhone off.

If you can’t recall your Apple ID or password, you can go to iForgot to recover your account. Simply click the preceding link and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your password and access your account.

Once you’ve gained access to your Apple account you can turn off Find My and the iCloud lock. 

If you can’t remember your Apple ID, you can find it by doing the following:

  • On another Apple product you own, go to iCloud or Media and purchases.
  • If you own an Apple Mac, look at System preferences > Apple ID.
  • On Apple TV, you will find your Apple ID under the Settings.
  • On the iForgot website, click the link that says If you have forgotten your Apple ID, you can look it up. Enter your name and email address when prompted to see your Apple ID.

To find out more about account recovery, see how to reset your Apple ID or password.

Bypass iCloud Activation Lock yourself

If you can’t get in touch with the previous owner, or they are unable to unlock your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus you can bypass the Activation Lock yourself using an activation lock bypass tool or service.

However, you need to use a reputable company and avoid scammers.

There are many companies online that claim to be able to help you bypass Activation Lock. Yet, my testing has shown the iCloud unlocking advice they provide is incorrect.

Types of scams to watch out for

  • Software downloads and hacks that damage your iPhone or computer.
  • Online tools that claim to ‘interface‘ with Apple servers but just ask you to fill in quizzes or click ads.
  • Paid PDF downloads with instructions that don’t work.

For more information, see the iCloud Activation Lock bypassing guide for iPhone.

Prices for unlocking iCloud on iPhone 7

When you look into iPhone 7 and 7 Plus iCloud unlock prices you will notice they go from $10 USD to $50 USD. However, you need to be careful as most suppliers break their fees down into 2 parts:

  • A deposit
  • A final fee

The headline fee advertised on most websites is just for the deposit. Be prepared to pay a second fee to finalize the unlock process. 

Suppliers keep the deposit price low to give the impression that they are cheap. Instead, they are hiding the true cost to persuade you to use them.

When we reviewed iCloud bypass suppliers, we took this odd payment structure into account to make it easier to compare services. We also noticed that prices fluctuate by as much as $10 USD.

Pros and cons of paying to unlock an iPhone 7

Pros

  • You can use your device normally.
  • All functions and features on your iPhone work normally.
  • It is permanent – you only need to do it once.
  • It’s easy – no skills are required.

Cons

  • The market is packed with scammers.
  • Services are not free.
  • The two-part payment structure.
  • It can take a few days to do.

Free iCloud bypass

Bypassing the Activation Lock on an iPhone 7 for free can be achieved by entering the Apple ID and password on the device when prompted.

If you don’t know the Apple account credentials of the previous owner, then an alternative free option is to use a DNS bypass. To do a DNS bypass you do the following:

  1. On your iPhone 7, go through the setup process until you see Choose WiFi Network.
  2. Click the i beside your WiFi network.
  3. Tap Configure DNS > Manual > Add Server and type in the IP address that is nearest to you from this list:
    • USA: 104.154.51.7
    • South America: 35.199.88.219
    • Europe: 104.155.28.90
    • Asia: 104.155.220.58
    • Australia and Oceania: 35.189.47.23
    • other continents: 78.100.17.60
  4. Next, tap Back.
  5. Then, select your Wi-Fi network.
  6. Provide your Wi-Fi password, then click Join.
  7. Your iPhone will try to activate on a new screen. Don’t let it, hit the Back button to go back tothe WiFi page and you will be signed in to the DNS server.
  8. Once logged in you will see the iCloud bypass screen that says at the top iCloudDNSBypass.net.

For more information, see the free iPhone iCloud lock guide.

Remove Activation Lock online

Recently, I tested many tools to find the best online iCloud bypass service that removes the Activation Lock. I concluded the best service was provided by IMEInow.

To find out more, see Bypass iCloud Lock.

To unlock your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus using IMEInow, do the following:

  1. Go here: Activation Lock removal service.
  2. Scroll down, then click the Go to IMEInow button.
    IMEInow website
  3. You will be sent to the IMEInow website where you can enter the device serial number or IMEI.
  4. Your IMEI will be checked and verified it’s for a valid Phone 7.
  5. After verification, click Unlock iCloud!
  6. Supply your email address and agree to the terms and conditions.
    IMEInow pay
  7. Then, pick your payment method and pay for the iCloud account to be removed.
  8. A confirmation email will be sent to you. When unlocked, you will be emailed.

Hacking Activation Lock on iPhone 7 using a tool

There are many software tools that can be used to hack the Activation Lock. They vary in quality from good to poor. If you install the wrong tool you can permanently damage your iPhone 7 or infect your computer with a virus. 

However, there are some tools available that work well, with our tests showing iBypasser as one of the best options.

In our tests, some of the things that made iBypasser the best included:

  • Free trial.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Easy to install
  • Excellent user interface.
  • Brilliant support.
  • Regular updates to the tool.
  • Positive client feedback.

What is iCloud Activation Lock on Apple iPhone 7?

Activation Lock is a security feature used in many Apple products, including the iPhone 7. When you activate your iPhone it is added to your Apple account preventing another Apple ID from activating the same device.

This means your iPhone cannot be wiped, reset, and reactivated without permission from your Apple ID.

Activation Lock is part of Find My, the security app for all Apple devices.

Find My iPhone is a free service that helps you locate your lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. It uses GPS and Wi-Fi to show the location of your device on a map.

You can also remotely lock your device so someone can’t use it, play a sound, show an alert on the screen, and erase all the data on it.

Getting rid of Activation Lock on other iPhone models

If you want to bypass iCloud on a different model of iPhone model, you can find out how below:

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

Wrap up

Even though it is an aging design, there is still demand to bypass iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone 7 phones. This demand has resulted in a whole host of scammers appearing. They are happy to take your money without even attempting to bypass the iCloud lock, so be careful.

It’s best to use Apple’s official method to get rid of the iCloud Activation Lock on your phone.

If the official method doesn’t work, try one of the suggested techniques in this guide. Otherwise, you may get ripped off.

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