What to do if You Forget or Wish to Change Your Apple ID for iOS 7 Activation?

Stuck on the iOS 7 activation screen because you forgot your Apple ID? These simple tips may help.

UPDATE: We can now remove iOS 7 iCloud password.

We’re only humans and sometimes we forget. Now with iOS 7′s new security feature called Activation Lock, your iPhone is now added with an additional layer of security to prevent unauthorized activation of your iOS device.

This becomes a problem for original owners if they forget or do not have access to their iCloud account anymore. If your Apple ID is an old email address which you can no longer access, you will find out that you can’t change the Apple ID on your device until you view the terms and conditions of the updated iCloud.

The next issue that makes you stuck on this activation process is when you get the ‘cannot connect to server’ error. Every time when you try to delete the iCloud account, you are not able to do it because ‘Find My iPhone’ is enabled and you need to enter your password associated with your Apple ID. Even if you know your old password, it will still not work because it says that the ID or password is incorrect. All of these are caused by iOS 7 Activation Lock.

How do you fix this?

1. Assuming that you still have access to your old email address, go to the link below

https://appleid.apple.com

2. Click Manage my Apple ID and sign in with your current iCloud ID.

3. Tap edit next to the primary email account, tap Edit, change it back to your old email account and verify it.

4. Edit the name of the account to change it back to your old email address. You can now use your current password to turn off Find My iPhone on your device.

5. Go to Settings>iCloud, tap Delete Account and choose Delete from My iDevice when asked (your iCloud data will still be in iCloud).

6. Next, go back to https://appleid.apple.com and change your primary email address and iCloud ID name back to the way it was.

7. You can now go to Settings > iCloud and sign in with your correct iCloud ID and password.

Or if you no longer have access to your old email address, you will have to contact Apple to have them reset the password so you can disable Find My iPhone and sign into your iCloud account.

Another possible way if you still have access to Settings is here.

You can either go to https://expresslane.apple.com, select “More Products and Services”, then “Apple ID”, then on the next page select “Other Apple ID Topics”, then “Lost or forgotten Apple ID password” and click “Continue”; or you can contact Apple Support here: http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/contact/.

The worst case is that you probably have to make an appointment with the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple store, or contact support directly.

If your device is new or you paid for AppleCare there would normally be no charge to contact support. In case they’re charging you, plead your case and see if they would waive the charge.

It’s a bit of pain, but this makes sure that your device stays secure and away from the wrong hands.

Be Sure to Turn Off ‘Find My iPhone’ Activation Lock Before Buying or Selling an iPhone

iOS 7 is now equipped with additional security feature that prevents unauthorized activation of iPhone. This is important for you to know if you plan to buy a used iPhone.

UPDATE: If you have no way of getting the Apple ID, consider removing it here.

iPhone is a popular device and thousands of them go missing or get stolen worldwide each year. In recent times, carriers or service providers are able to blacklist iPhone’s IMEI to prevent them for being used. However, that doesn’t prevent the iPhone from being restored and used as an iPod or exported to another country. Even if the IMEI is blacklisted in USA for example, the iPhone can still be used in another country’s network as the blacklist is only localized.

Apple recently added another security feature in iOS 7 which is called the Find My iPhone’s Activation Lock. If this is enabled, the iPhone can only be activated by the original owner who has the username and password for his/her iCloud account. For example, if the iPhone is stolen, once a full iTunes restore is done, if Activation Lock is enabled, iTunes will not allow the iPhone to be activated. This means you cannot even get to the Home screen to use it as an iPod; truly making the iPhone as a “brick.” I’ve written this article when iOS 7 was just released.

There are two ways of turning on/off activation lock:

1. How to Turn On/Off Find My iPhone Activation Lock on iPhone

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the iCloud section
  • Scroll down until you see a Find My iPhone, then toggle the turn on/off button
  • When you turn it off, iOS will ask you for your iCloud password. After entering, tap “Turn Off” and you should have both Find My iPhone as well as Activation Lock turned off.
  • If you have no access to the password or forgot the password, see here.

2. How to Turn On/Off Find My iPhone Activation Lock on iCloud

  • Go to iCloud.com and login with your username and password.
  • Open “Find my iPhone”, and click on the “Devices” then you will find a list of all devices tied to your Apple ID.
  • Select the device which you want to enable/disable Find My iPhone, and click the ‘x’ button next to it to remove the association with your Apple ID. Click “Remove” to confirm.

Before selling or getting a used iPhone, do everyone a favor by turning this feature off. This would make sure that your buyer will not have any issue activating the iPhone later on. Trade-in shops will not accept iPhones if this feature is on. If you are buying a used iPhone, it is also important that you check with the seller that this has been switched off.

If your iPhone is stolen or missing, you might want to turn this on via iCloud as it may help you relocate your missing iPhone. This will also wreck havoc to whoever has your iPhone as he/she may not able to use your iPhone. If you’re buying a used iPhone from a third party seller, you can use this service to check whether Activation Lock is turned on or off. If you already bought it and stuck on the activation screen, you can remove the password here.

Share these tips with your friends who intend to sell or buy iPhones, I’m sure they will appreciate it.

How to Factory IMEI Unlock Canada Bell iPhone for $50

Are you already a customer with Canada Bell and need to unlock your iPhone? Try these free tips to unlock it for $50.

You’ve probably spent ages to find a way to unlock your iPhone locked to Canada’s Bell network. Bell has always been strict with their unlocking policy. There has never been a way to unlock it if you purchased an iPhone from Bell. However, based on the recent discussion here, Bell has updated their policy and now allow unlocking under certain terms and conditions as highlighted below:

  • If you own a subsidized Bell phone, it must be 90 days into term to unlock and pay $50
  • If you own a phone on prepaid, outright, or have a Bell employee account you can unlock immediately for $50
  • If you have a credit limit or restriction on your account (i.e. paid a deposit or have an existing spending cap), you wait 90 days and pay $150 to unlock, regardless of how you purchased your phone
  • Applies to all Bell phones, iPhone, turbo sticks, hubs and iPads. Tablets and hotspots can’t be unlocked.
This policy has gone into effect since September 16, 2013. Simply contact Bell customer service if you fulfilled the criteria mentioned above.

Alternatively, we also offer factory unlocking service for Canada Bell iPhone but it must not be blacklisted, which means it’s not reported stolen, missing or has unpaid bills. The unlock can be done within 2-7 business days.

This is ideal if you don’t have an account with Canada Bell. Unlike most carriers, there’s no additional requirement to use our unlock service. You just need to be sure that your iPhone has been activated via iTunes (you can get to the Home screen) and all models are supported including the latest iPhone 5s and 5c.

We also provide the same unlocking service for Fido/Rogers Canada iPhone.

How to Factory Unlock or Downgrade iPhone 4 iOS 7 Baseband 4.12.09

You’ve just updated to iOS 7 and spent countless hours online to find a solution to unlock your iPhone 4 baseband 4.12.09 but to no avail. Here are some solutions.


If your iPhone 4 was unlocked either via jailbreak using ultrasn0w or Gevey SIM, updating to iOS 7 without preserving the baseband is a grave mistake. Don’t blame yourself because if you bought this used, the seller probably didn’t tell you not to update the iOS.

Apple’s engineers designed the iPhone so that you can never downgrade the software (iOS) or baseband after you updated it.  This is to make sure that hackers cannot use the exploits they found for something else that may be damaging to your device and even to yourself.

When iPhone 4 was first released, hackers were able to find a way to unlock the iPhone 4 on baseband 1.59.00. The unlock was done via ultrasn0w, which you have to install once you’ve jailbroken your device. However, Apple was quick to patch the exploit and there’s never been a software unlock available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 to date.

Unlocking via jailbreak is becoming a thing of the past because it seems hackers are no longer motivated or interested to find exploits with iPhone’s hardware or it’s probably because the hardware used in iPhones is so secure that exploits can never be found.

The only possible and most viable way to unlock your iPhone is to get your iPhone factory unlocked. This means you’re officially unlocking your iPhone which makes your iPhone marked as ‘unlocked’ in Apple database.

What are the steps to factory unlock your iPhone?

1. Please be sure that your iPhone is operating normally and has been activated.

2. Check which network it is locked to. This is important to make your unlock successful.

3. If you’re not the first owner of the iPhone:

  • Check that it’s not blacklisted. A blacklisted device can usually be unlocked, but if it’s blacklisted by your carriers in your country, you won’t be able to use it.
  • Make sure that Find My iPhone has been turned off by the previous owner, this is a new feature in iOS 7. Read more here.

4. Purchase a factory unlocked service for your iPhone.

Once your iPhone is factory unlocked, you can use it on any worldwide network. The next time there’s a software update from Apple, you won’t even have to worry about it getting locked ever again.

Please take a look at what our online Store has to offer for your locked iPhone. We also offer chips replacement for those who can’t unlocked their device using factory unlocking service as some network don’t allow factory unlocking at all.

For our 5,500+ customers who have unlocked their iPhones with us, thank you very much for using our service!