(Answered) Is It Possible to Unlock an iCloud Locked iPhone?

  1. Published on Jan 19, 2022
  2. Updated on Jan 23, 2022
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In this article, we share with you what you can do when you have an iCloud-locked iPhone. This type of lock may also be referred to as Activation Lock.

It is a security measure that is meant to protect your iPhone and the data on it but may keep you locked out of your own device if you forget the Apple ID and password.

Quick Tips to Unlock an iCloud Locked iPhone

You may be able to remove the iCloud Activation lock on your device instantly if you know the Apple ID or use a third-party removal software or tool.

Here are a few quick tips to help you unlock your iOS device:

  • If you want a faster way to unlock your device, you can use a software tool. These tools often require that you install them onto your computer and although they are premium tools, many of them come with a money-back guarantee.
  • You can also use an Activation Lock Removal service to unlock your device. Many of these services work in much the same way: you provide basic information they request, pay the free, and your device is unlocked in 24 hours. Pay attention to the scammers.
  • The cheapest solution is using DNS to unlock your device. This is however an incomplete solution in the sense that it will not unlock all features, giving you only basic functionality on the device.
  • If you know the Apple ID and password that you used to set up the device, you can use them to very easily unlock the device. Just enter the ID and password on the Activation Lock screen and then follow the instructions to unlock the device.

Never use a free online tool to unlock your device. Not only are these tools unreliable and inefficient, but they may also cause permanent damage to the device.

Unlock an iCloud Locked iPhone with Password

If the device belongs to you, you can easily input the correct password to unlock the iCloud Activation lock.

Here’s what to do:

  • Step 1: Look for the Activation Lock screen to determine if the device is iCloud-locked.
  • Step 2: Enter your Apple ID and password in the field provided to activate the device.

Unlock an iCloud Locked iPhone with Password

Your iPhone will open. If you have forgotten your password, there are various options to reset your Apple ID password.

Unlock the iCloud Locked iPhone with Previous Owner

If the Previous Owner is Nearby

If you bought the iPhone as a second-hand device or if someone gave it to you as a gift and it is still locked to the previous owner’s iCloud account, here’s what you can do:

You can ask them to enter their Apple ID and password onto the activation screen of the iPhone.

Then, complete the activation process and once it gets to the home screen, ask them to sign out of iCloud. Here’s how they can do that:

  • Step 1. Go Settings > [Your Name] > Sign Out.
  • Step 2. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

sign out of iCloud

When you restore or reset the device, the Activation Lock Screen should not appear.

If the Previous Owner isn’t Nearby

If the device’s previous owner is not near you physically, they can still help you remove the iCloud lock using these steps:

Step 1: Ask them to go to https://icloud.com/ on any browser and sign in with their Apple ID.

Step 2: Select “Find iPhone.”

Step 3: Click on “All Devices” and then select the iPhone that they want to unlock.

select the iPhone

Step 4: Select “Erase” and then follow the onscreen instructions to erase the device.

select Erase

Once they have completed the steps, restart the iPhone and you shouldn’t see the Activation lock screen.

follow the onscreen instructions

Unlock the iCloud Locked iPhone without Password or Previous Owner

Quick Way: Using Activation Lock Removal Tool

Unlockit is a third-party iCloud Bypass tool that can help you unlock your iPhone in minutes.

Once it is installed on your computer, you can connect your locked device to the computer and use Unlockit to unlock it.

It has a lot of great features that are meant to make the unlocking process as convenient as possible. These include:

  • It easily bypasses iCloud Activation Lock even if you don’t have the Apple ID and password.
  • It supports all iPhone and iPad devices, running iOS 12 or later
  • Once the device is unlocked, the old iCloud cannot be used to track or erase the device remotely.
  • It comes with a free trial version

Here’s how to use Unlockit to bypass iCloud Activation Lock on your iPhone or iPad:

Step 1: Download and then run the program on your computer. Click “Start” on the main screen.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone or iPad to the computer using a lightning cable.

Step 3: You will be required to jailbreak the device. You can click on “Jailbreak Tutorial” to get detailed instructions on how you can do that.

Step 4: With the device successfully jailbroken, confirm that the information on the screen refers to your device and then click “Start Bypass” to start unlocking the device.

In a few seconds, the device will be unlocked. Click “Done” and then disconnect the device from the computer.

Try a DNS Bypass

A DNS bypass will allow you to get around the security of the device if it is still connected to someone else’s iCloud account.

It works by using a DNS server that doesn’t require the iOS security system. It uses Wi-Fi connectivity, so you don’t need a SIM card to do it.

Here are the steps to use:

Step 1: Reboot the device to go back to the setup screen and then start the setup process by choosing your country and language.

Step 2: On the “Choose Wi-Fi Network” screen, click on the “I” next to the Wi-Fi network that you would like to connect to.

Step 3: Scroll down to “DNS” and type in the server address from one of the following, depending on where you are in the world:

  • USA: 104.154.51.7
  • Europe: 104.155.28.90
  • Asia: 104.155.220.58

Step 3: Tap on the back button and then choose the Wi-Fi network to connect to

Step 4: Enter the Wi-Fi password and tap “Join.”

Step 5: Do not let the iPhone go to a new screen. Tap the “Back” button to return to the Wi-Fi page and log in.

Step 6: Once logged in, you should see “iCloudDNSBYpass.net” at the top and you will have bypassed the activation process.

Wrap Up

It can be frustrating to be stuck on the iCloud Activation Lock screen since it often means that you can’t use the device in any way.

This article has exhausted all the methods that you can use to unlock the device although you may find it very hard to do it if you don’t have the Apple ID or you can’t communicate with the previous owner.

In this case, your best option is Unlockit as it will unlock the device without the Apple ID or password.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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