How to Remove Certificate from iPhone: the Ultimate Guide

  1. Published on Feb 28, 2022
  2. Updated on Mar 9, 2022
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Usually, when you want to install an app on your iPhone, you go to the App Store and download it.

But the Apple Developer Enterprise Program can allow certain companies to distribute unreviewed apps to certain groups of people by having them sign certificates.

From the viewpoint of a business that is looking for ways to safely test its apps before launching, this is a very good thing.

But recently there have been some businesses that have abused this privilege and used it to trick customers into installing various apps this way.

This can lead to all sorts of data security and privacy issues. Yet, removing these certificates from your iPhone has proven to be quite hard.

Here, you will learn the best ways that you can remove these certificates from your iPhone.

Pay Attention When Installing Some Profiles and Certificates

There are plenty of reasons why you should think twice before installing these profiles and certificates onto your device. The following are just some of them:

  • An app that requires profile or CA certificates during installation can get a lot of information from your device. Some may ask for your payment information or other details such as passwords which they can then use at will.
  • Hackers can also use these profiles and certificates to gain complete access to your device and data on it.
  • The companies or businesses that install these certificates can also use the data on your device to serve popup ads or even collect various types of information and complete certain tasks such as using your information to create new email accounts.

But it is also worth noting that not all profiles and certificates are bad. For example, Apple does use them to distribute beta iOS software to beta testers and developers.

Companies and schools can also use these profiles and certificates to manage numerous devices that they own.

You can also set up your own Apple Configurator 2 Utility that allows you to create your own profile that you can use for numerous functions such as customizing app icons on your iPhone.

How to Check the iPhone Root Certificates

It is possible to have a root certificate on your iPhone and be completely unaware of its presence since some developers will install these on your device without your permission.

But there is an easy way to check if your iPhone has some root certificates installed on them. To do that, you can just go to Settings > General > About > Certificate > Certificate Trust Settings.

If there are any certificates, they will appear under “Trust Store Version” and the ones that are currently active will be in green.

Any certificates that were developed using the Apple Configurator or Mobile Device Management will be automatically trusted.

How to Check Other iPhone Profiles & Other Certificates

You can also easily check for any profiles and other certificates that may be installed on your iPhone. To do that, use these simple steps;

Step 1: Open the Settings application on your device and then tap on “General.”

Step 2: Scroll down to find the “Profiles” section. If it is not available, then there aren’t any profiles installed on your device.

Step 3: If you see the “Profiles” option, tap on it to see the different profiles that may be installed on your device.

How to Remove Profiles & Certificates

Once you are inside the “Profiles” section, you will see all the details regarding the profile, which usually includes a “signing certificate.”

You can tap on the individual certificates to see more information about them.

To delete the profile, simply go back to the Profile view and tap “Remove Profile.”

Enter your passcode when prompted and then tap on “Remove” to permanently remove the profile from your device.

This will also remove all the permissions that you may have granted the profile in the first place and stop all apps connected to it from working.

How to Remove Password-Required Certificate from iPhone

If you don’t know the password required to remove the certificate from the iPhone, you may need a more advanced solution.

Unlockit is an iPhone screen unlocker that comes in handy in this regard.

It will help you remove the profile immediately and lift any restrictions that may have been associated with it.

  • You don’t need the password to remove the profile or certificate
  • It works on all iOS models and all versions of iOS
  • It is fast, effective, and safe for both your iOS device and your computer
  • It has a simple user interface aimed at making the process easy even for the beginner user  

Follow these simple steps to use Unlockit to remove profiles and certificates from your iPhone even if you don’t have the password;

Step 1: Download Unlockit from its main website and install it on your computer.

Step 2: Connect the iOS device to the computer using a USB cable.

connect your device to your computer

Step 3: Now open Unlockit and choose “Bypass MDM Lock” from the options on the main screen.

 Unlockit iPhone Screen Unlocker

Step 4: Ensure that your device has a profile connected to it and then click “Start” to begin removing it.

start to bypass the MDM lock

When the removal process begins, keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

MDM lock bypassed

Wrap Up

Profiles and Certificates can restrict the function of a device and when installed without your knowledge may even prove to be harmful to the device, not to mention that they may be used for nefarious purposes.

The solutions above should help you find and remove these profiles. Unlockit is particularly useful if the profile cannot be removed without a password.

Aaron Roussey

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