Although Activation Lock is meant to protect your device and the data on it from unauthorized access, it can become a problem if you forget the Apple ID and password associated with the device.
It is also a very big problem for second-hand device owners whose devices are still connected to the old Apple ID.
In this case, the only way you can get back into your device is to remove the activation lock from the device.
And there are a lot of tools that can help you remove the Activation Lock. One such tool is DoctorUnlock, an online solution that claims to easily remove iCloud Activation Lock from any device.
Here, we take an in-depth look at this tool to see how it works and if it can be effective.
DoctorUnlock.net (now iphoneimei.net) is an IMEI-based website that has gone by numerous names in the past.
This service claims to be able to bypass iCloud Activation Lock on all iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and iPod.
Since it is an IMEI service, you only need to provide the device’s IMEI number and DoctorUnlock will remove the activation lock.
According to the website, this service supports a wide range of iPhone models from iPhone 4 to iPhone 11, although they do not specify the versions of iOS that they support.
If the device is successfully unlocked using DoctorUnlock, you will be able to use it and there is no chance that it will get locked again.
Like most online tools of a similar nature, you have to pay to get your device unlocked and all payment is made in advance. The price to unlock a single device using DoctorUnlock is $31.98.
This amount must be paid before the service and although they offer a refund if the unlocking process is not successful, most users say they never get a refund.
This iCloud removal service is very easy to use. Follow these steps to put in a request to DoctorUnlock:
Step 1: Go to https://doctorunlock.net. Don’t worry if the website jumps to https://iphoneimei.net/ it is still the same service.
Step 2: Provide the details that the program will request, including the IMEI number and the device model.
Step 3: Ensure that the details you have provided are correct and then click “Unlock Now” to initiate the process. You will then be redirected to the payment page where you can complete your purchase.
This website claims that it will easily and permanently unlock an iOS device, but we tested it and our results found quite a few problems with this service, which include the following:
If you want a solution that guarantees you will unlock your device quickly and in your own time, then choose Unlockit.
This is a desktop tool that puts the entire process of unlocking your device entirely in your own hands.
You are the one who controls the process and since Unlockit is so easy to use, you can easily and quickly unlock your device.
The following is a simple step by step guide to help you unlock your iOS device using Unlockit:
Step 1: Download Unlockit from its main website and then follow the installation wizard to install it on your computer.
Run the program and choose “Remove iCloud Activation Lock” from the options on the main screen. Click “Start” and then use USB cables to connect your iOS device to the computer.
Step 2: As soon as the program detects the connected device, it will begin downloading a jailbreak package ideal for your device.
Step 3: Once the device has been successfully jailbroken, click “Remove” and Unlockit will start unlocking the device immediately.
The whole process will take only a few minutes and when it is done, you should be able to get access to your iOS device again.
Activation Lock can often mean that you are unable to use your device and tools like DoctorUnlock that claim to help but fail to unlock the device only exacerbate the problem.
You may want to choose a desktop tool like Unlockit that allows you to dictate when and where you can unlock your device.
Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.