The 5th generation iPad Pro was released in 2021 which included a 12.9-inch display. And like the previous models in the range, it included the iCloud Activation Lock.
The iCloud lock is part of Apple’s security system called Find My found on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices.
This easy-to-follow guide will explain how to bypass Activation Lock on any model of iPad Pro.
The subjects this guide covers bypassing:
- A used iPad Pro you purchased or were given.
- An iPad Pro you bought new.
- With free techniques.
- Online services.
- Using tools, hacks, and jailbreak techniques.
The methods given in this guide will also let you remove the iCloud lock on someone else iPad Pro.
To get your iPad Air unlocked – even without the previous owner, or if you don’t know the Apple ID and password – keep reading…
Let’s start with some background details.
The iPad Pro was first released in 2015 as a premium professional sub-lineup of the iPad tablet computer. Originally released in 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch variants, the iPad Pro was marketed as a PC replacement. It was pre-installed with iOS 9 but now runs iPadOS, an operating system specifically designed by Apple for its tablet computers.
Although it is part of the iPad tablet range, there are many differences that make the iPad Pro unique including a desktop-class SoC Apple silicon M1 chip, USB compatibility, and a Liquid Retina display. Security measures implemented on the current models included Face ID, the passcode, and the Find My app.
Find My, formerly known as Find My iPhone, is a free app that helps find lost or stolen Apple devices. It also protects the iPad Pro from theft by allowing remote locking and remote data removal.
When you enable Find My on your device, the Activation Lock is automatically turned on. So if you lose your iPad Air, it will be almost impossible for anyone else to use it unless they find out your Apple ID and password.
For more information, see the iPad Activation Lock overview.
How to remove the iCloud Activation Lock from iPad Pro
An iCloud bypass is used to unlock an iPad Pro from its linked Apple ID. It is easy to bypass the iCloud lock by following this guide.
The bypass techniques given are specific to the following iPad Pro models:
- iPad Pro (5th generation) – 12.9-inch and 11-inch versions.
- iPad Pro (4th generation) – 12.9-inch and 11-inch versions.
- iPad Pro (3rd generation) – 12.9-inch and 11-inch versions.
- iPad Pro (2nd generation) – 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch versions.
- iPad Pro (1st generation) – 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch versions.
Bypass iPad Pro iCloud Lock screen
The iPad Pro is a well-reviewed device, with support for Thunderbolt 3 and USB4, and a new mini LED Liquid Retina XDR display. However, like its predecessors, the iPad Pro can still lock you out via Activation Lock.
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 to set up and use your device.
There are many ways that you can bypass the Activation Lock on your iPad Pro. One way is to use a 3rd-party unlocking tool. Another is to go online and try an unlocking service, such IMEInow.
The best method is dependent on your specific circumstances, which are laid out below.
On a used device
If you bought or inherited a second-hand iPad Pro, then you should talk to the previous owner and ask them to remove the iCloud Activation Lock for you.
The Activation Lock can be turned off remotely, so they don’t need the device in hand.
It is actually quite common for sellers to forget to turn off Find My, so don’t be alarmed if you find the Activation Lock enabled. The previous owner can do this for you easily. However, if they have sold you stolen goods or don’t know the Apple account credentials then this method would not be possible.
Assuming the iPad Pro is not stolen, and they know the Apple ID password for the device they just need to do the following:
- Go to appleid.apple.com, then Sign in.
- On the menu, pick Devices.
- Next, pick the iPad Pro from the device list.
- To finalize the bypass, click the Remove from account button.
On your own device
If the iCloud Activation Lock prevents you from using your own iPad Pro, the official solution is to unlock it using your Apple ID and password. This turns off Find My.
If you can’t remember your Apple ID or password, you can use iForgot to reset them. You will be able to recover your account by following the on-screen instructions.
If you don’t even recall your Apple ID, you can find it in the following ways:
- On another Apple product you own, go to iCloud or Media and purchases.
- On Apple Mac you own, look at System preferences. > Apple ID.
- On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Apple ID
- On your Apple ID recovery page, click If you have forgotten your Apple ID, you can look it up.
For more information, see Apple ID password reset.
Bypass Activation Lock on iPad Pro without the previous owner
If you can’t get in touch with the previous owner, or they are unable to unlock the iPad Pro you can remove the Activation Lock yourself using an activation lock bypass tool or service.
There are many companies online that claim they are able to bypass Activation Lock but my testing has shown most of them don’t work. You need to use a reputable company to avoid being ripped off.
Scams to watch out for:
- Tools that don’t work.
- Fake online services.
- PDF downloads with fake instructions.
iPad Pro iCloud unlock prices
Prices range from $10 USD to $50 USD to unlock iCloud on an iPad Pro.
One technique we noticed was the tendency for suppliers to break their fees into 2 parts:
- An up-front deposit.
- A final payment.
It is in the supplier’s interest to look inexpensive, so they tend to keep the deposit low. However, they increase the price by charging a much larger final fee which brings the overall cost up.
When we looked for the best iCloud tools and services, we took this into account.
Pros and cons of paying for an iCloud unlock
- Once completed, you can use your iPad normally.
- All functions and features work.
- The fix is permanent – you only ever need to do it once.
- It’s easy – no special technical skills are required.
- Many services simply don’t work.
- It is not free, so you are charged an unlocking fee.
- It can take anything from 24 hours to a few days to complete.
Free iCloud bypass
If you don’t know the Apple credentials of the previous owner, then the best free method is to use a DNS bypass as follows:
- Turn on your iPad Pro.
- Go through the iPhone setup process until you see the Choose WiFi Network screen.
- Click the small i next to your WiFi network.
- Tap Configure DNS.
- Then, tap Manual.
- Next, tap Add Server and type in the IP address that is nearest to you from the list below:
- USA: 220.127.116.11
- South America: 18.104.22.168
- Europe: 22.214.171.124
- Asia: 126.96.36.199
- Australia and Oceania: 188.8.131.52
- Other continents: 184.108.40.206
- At the top of the screen, tap Back.
- Tap your Wi-Fi network.
- Enter your Wi-Fi password and click Join.
- The iPad will try to activate and go to a new screen. Don’t let it, hit the Back button repeatedly to return to the WiFi page.
- You will be logged in to the DNS server and you will see the iCloud bypass screen showing iCloudDNSBypass.net.
Remove Activation Lock online
In a recent review, I tested a range of tools to find the best online iCloud bypass service that can remove the Activation Lock. I concluded the best service at this time was provided by IMEInow.
At the time of writing, the unlock fee was £19.00 GBP, which is around $25 USD.
To find out more, see iCloud Activation Lock bypass methods.
To unlock your iPad Pro using this service:
- Click here: iCloud removal service, scroll down then click the Go to IMEInow button to go to the right website.
- Provide the iPad Pro serial number (or the IMEI if it has one).
- After your tablets details have been checked and verified, click Unlock iCloud!
- To continue, enter your email address and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Wait for an email confirming the unlock has been completed.
Activation Lock bypass tools for the iPad Pro
There are many tools that claim to hack the Activation Lock so it is disabled or removed. They vary in quality from excellent to dangerous. If you pick the wrong one you can break your iPadOS device and infect your computer with viruses and open yourself up to fraud.
In our tests, we found iBypasser can hack the iCloud lock on the iPad Pro by jailbreaking it, then running a bypass process.
Some of the reasons we thought iBypasser was the best tool included:
- Free trial.
- 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Simple to install and use.
- Good support.
- Regular software updates.
- Positive feedback from customers.
Remove Activation Lock on iPad Pro without the Apple ID
Activation Lock is a security feature used in many Apple products, including the iPad Pro. When you activate your iPad it is added to your Apple account preventing any other Apple ID from activating the same device.
This means your iPad cannot be wiped, reset, and reactivated without your permission.
Activation Lock is part of Find My, the security app for Apple devices.
Find My is a free service that helps you find 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 and erase all the data on it.
To find out more, see Bypass Activation Lock without the Apple ID password.
Activation Lock bypass code for iPad
Apple tries to make it easy for businesses and schools to manage their stock of Apple products, such as iPads. They include a management suite that allows the organization to remotely control the devices given to their students or employees.
If you have a managed iPad Pro for example, then it can be controlled by the organization that gave it to you. Among other things, this allows organizations to remove the Activation Lock from supervised devices prior to device activation without knowing the userʼs personal Apple ID and password.
This is done by using an Activation Lock bypass code.
The bypass code does not work for all Apple devices, only for those controlled by an organization like a business or school. So if you have a standard iPad Pro you use at home, then you won’t be able to get rid of the Activation Lock using a bypass code as it is not a supervised device.
Getting rid of Activation Lock on other iPad models
If you want to bypass iCloud on a different iPad model see:
If you want to turn off the lock and know the Apple ID, then see How to switch off the Activation Lock.
Due to the popularity of the iPad Pro, many scammers have appeared on the market ready to rip people off.
If you want to be 100% safe from scams, only use the official Apple methods to turn off Find My and bypass iCloud Activation Lock. However, to do this successfully you need to know the correct Apple ID and password.
If you don’t know the Apple ID password, or can’t get in touch with the previous owner then try the DNS bypass or use one of the recommended suppliers in this guide to avoid being scammed.