Easy Hack to Bypass iOS iCloud Activation Lock Password

(Last Updated On: August 24, 2020)

Hackers have found a way to bypass iOS Activation Lock (Find My iPhone) using very simple method. Read here for more.

History of iCloud Activation Lock

Apple has quietly introduced a security feature called Activation Lock in iOS 7 in 2013 that made your device more secure.

This is probably one of the most important security features added in iOS, thus prompting why iPhone users are encouraged by police to update to the latest iOS version.

If this is applicable to you, I would suggest that you read through this blog post because it may be useful for you if you decide to sell your device in the future, or if you plan to buy a used iPhone.

How does Activation Lock work?

When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the Apple ID and password you use for iCloud is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device.

From that point on, your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.

Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone, or when you upgrade to the latest iOS from a previous version of iOS that has Find My iPhone already turned on.

If you lost your device, turning on Find My iPhone on your iCloud account will enable the Activation Lock.

Once this is enabled, the person who has your device will not be able to activate your device in any way (except for older device such as iPhone 4, in which you can use redsn0w to hacktivate it).

If you have synced your iPhone using iCloud at any point in time and if so happen that you lost your iPhone, turning on Find My iPhone will prevent the person who has your iPhone to use it once a full iTunes restore has been done.

How to Check if iOS Find My iPhone Activation Lock is Switched On or Active?

Before buying it, please be sure to check if Find My iPhone is switched off first to avoid any problem arising later on.

If you’re planning to buy a used iPhone from eBay or Craigslist, you should read this post I wrote last year on 5 Tips on Buying Used iPhone on eBay or Craigslist to Avoid Scam.

The article has useful pointers for you and may save you a lot of money and headache later on.

Why do you need to check whether iOS 7 Find My iPhone is switched on or not? Well, firstly you need to understand how Find My iPhone works.

How Does iOS Find My iPhone iCloud Activation Lock Work?

When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7, the Apple ID and password you use for iCloud is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device.

From that point on, your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.

Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone in iOS 7, or when you upgrade to iOS 7 from a previous version of iOS that has Find My iPhone already turned on.

If you lost your device, turning on Find My iPhone on your iCloud account will enable the Activation Lock.

Once this is enabled, the person who has your device will not be able to activate your device in any way and it will be stuck on the screen shown in the image above; rendering the device useless.

Therefore if you’re buying a used device, it’s extremely important to check whether it’s active or not.

The most straightforward way to check it would be asking the seller directly.

If the seller is from the same city, ideally you might want to deal with him or her face to face.

Bring your laptop and restore the device using iTunes on your computer (or the seller’s computer).

Go through the activation steps and make sure that it doesn’t get stuck on the activation screen.

If it does, please ask the seller to disable Find My iPhone before completing the deal.

Be sure that you have the seller’s contact details in case you run into issues.

For those who are already stuck in this situation and have no way of contacting the seller, this service will remove the password remotely.

What if you run a store or business and you trade plenty of iPhones or iPads? We can help you check the status using this service here.

The result is fast and it will potentially save you from any loss when you bought a device that you’re not able to activate.

All you need is to submit the 15-digit IMEI and we will let you know whether it’s enabled or disabled.

How to Turn On Find My iPhone on your iPhone

Go to Settings. Tap iCloud. Sign in with your Apple ID, if necessary. Turn on Find My iPhone.

Prior to unlocking a phone, make sure the previous owner of the unit has turned off Find My Phone and erased all contents & settings.

If you lost your device, turning on Find My iPhone on your iCloud account will enable the Activation Lock.

Once this is enabled, the person who has your device will not be able to activate your device in any way and it will be stuck on the screen shown in the image above; rendering the device useless.

Although there’s a service to remove it on the Apple database, but most people would prefer if there’s a free tool available.

Thankfully a group of hackers developed a method called DoulCi. They described on their website:

To use doulCi is very simple. Just Add the “MAGIC LINE” to you “hosts” file on any operating system you are using, and then after just one step you will have your device bypassed. All you need to do is open the famous software developed by Apple Inc. and plug your device in the USB port on your machine and it will be done in seconds.

The Magic Line described above is a spoof IP address of Apple’s activation server.

The method is done by tricking iTunes to connect to their server, instead of Apple’s activation server to bypass activation on your iPhone.

See this post on how to edit your hosts file on your computer, and add the following IP address to your hosts file:

188.226.251.76 albert.apple.com

If that doesn’t work, try the following:

107.170.72.61 albert.apple.com

or this:

197.153.9.35 albert.apple.com

Once you’re done, do a full restore again on iTunes, and it should activate your device without the need to enter any password.

NOTES: The servers above may be busy or down for maintenance since the service is still in Beta.

So proceed with caution and check their website for updates.

They also have this support site which you can refer to.

The hackers mentioned that cell service may not work, that means if you have an iPhone there’s a high chance that you won’t get any carrier signal.

If you have an iPad or iPod touch, this won’t be a problem at all.

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

We’re only humans and sometimes we forget. Now with iOS 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 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://www.icloud.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 icloud.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.

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.

How to Remove iCloud for iPod, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch (WiFi models)

Did you purchase an iPad WiFi, Apple Watch or iPod with iCloud activation lock enabled? Here are some ways to remove it.

A large amount of users report that they can’t activate their device such as iPad WiFi, Apple Watch or iPod touch after upgrading to the latest iOS. The devices are stuck on the iCloud activation.

If you are stuck on such situation, here are some possible solutions you can try on our Store.

Possible Workarounds if You Can’t Activate After iOS Update

If you see the message “cannot activate because activation server is temporarily not available”, you need to try again later.

It may be that the Apple’s activation server has shut down due to high demand or high load. This usually happens during the day of the release of an iOS update.

You can also try to restart your iDevice: Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

Alternatively, try to connect your device to computer and try connecting to iTunes.

Step-by-Step Solution if You Can’t Activate iPhone After iOS Update

If the suggested workaround above doesn’t work, you may need to try below.

Firstly, make a full backup of your iPhone or iPad before performing a restore.

1. Turn off your iDevice firstly. By Pressing and holding the power and home buttons for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

2. Visit iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID and password.

3. Select Find iPhone > Input the password of your Apple ID to confirm > Click All Devices on the top > Select the Device which can’t be activated > Click Remove from Account > Click Remove again when note window pops up (for iPhone).

4. Switch off and turn on your device, and then activate try to activate again.

Most people said that the steps above helped to activate their device normally.

However, if you see something like shown in the image above, it’s likely that you need to remove the iCloud activation lock removal service.

We offer the following services through our UK-based partner DirectUnlocks:

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

iOS that is now equipped with additional security feature that prevents unauthorized activation of iPhone.

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 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.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

×
Order Completed