(Last Updated On: August 23, 2020)
Excited or disappointed with iOS 7? Well, Apple has quietly introduced a security feature called Activation Lock that will make your device more secure. You must read this now.
UPDATE: We can now remove iOS 7 iCloud password.
This is probably one of the most important security features added in iOS 7, 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 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 (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 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. If you don’t remember the password, see here.
Prior to unlocking a phone, make sure the previous owner of the unit has turned off Find My Phone and erased all contents & settings.
You should head out to Apple’s website right here to read on the following topics related to Activation Lock:
- What steps should I take if I misplace my device?
- Do I need to turn off Find My iPhone before giving away my device?
- Do I need to turn off Find My iPhone before having my device serviced?
- What if I forget my Apple ID password?
- What if I purchase a device that is still linked to the previous owner’s account?
- How do I check for Activation Lock before purchasing a used device?
- Does Find My Mac include Activation Lock?
In short, do not buy a used iPhone if Find My iPhone is still turned on because you can’t activate it without knowing the original owner’s Apple ID password. If you intend to sell yours just make sure Activation Lock is turned off so that your buyer won’t have problems activating it in the future.