Have you ever found yourself completely locked out of iCloud on your phone? Maybe you purchased an iOS device that was already locked out, or perhaps you’ve accidentally locked yourself out of a phone you’ve owned for months. Alternately, you may have found someone’s missing device and need to get around iCloud activation so you can find the owner’s details and return it to them. In any case, you’ll need to know how to bypass and unlock iCloud. Here’s how:
There is one easy way to bypass and unlock iCloud, but it is also temporary. You can use this method to check on a found phone and see who the owner is.
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Once you have finished the above steps, you should get a message telling you that you have successfully connected to your server. You should now be able to access most of the features on the device in question—certainly enough to see who it belongs to and return it to that party.
In some cases, you will need to bypass the iCloud activation on a device permanently. If you have purchased a phone that is locked out of iCloud and want to use it normally, follow these additional steps:
You can use the tricks listed above to access a lost device and return it, but if you have purchased a stolen phone you will find that going through this process every time you want to call someone is labor-intensive. Instead, make sure that any used device you purchase has been tested and certified safe by a company like PhoneCheck before you purchase it. Doing so will provide you with greater security when buying second hand mobile devices, and save you from having to “hack” an iOS device just to use essential features.
It is possible to circumvent, bypass and unlock iCloud on a locked iOS device by using some clever tricks, but these should only be attempted to help identify the owner of a lost phone or as a last resort. Protect your purchases by looking for reputable used devices, encourage your friends to take good care of their devices, and you will hopefully be able to avoid the need to use these tactics.