We sometimes have to bypass the activation lock on an iPhone or iPad to use the device. For example, you find the activation lock is still on when you purchased a second-hand iPhone/iPad online. Or you are activating a deceased loved one's iPhone or iPad after restoring it with iTunes. In such cases, you will see a screen with the text "Activation Lock" or "iPhone Locked to Owner." You need to get pass the screen if you want to use the iPhone or iPad.

Read the content below and find the solution to bypass the activation lock without the previous owner.

Part 1. Bypass Activation Lock Without Previous Owner via Activation Lock Removal Tools

There is a way to bypass the activation lock for the two mentioned conditions. No matter it is a second-hand iPhone/iPad or a decreased one's iPhone/iPad, you can always use an activation lock removal tool to bypass the screen without the previous owner.

EaseUS MobiUnlock is one reliable and effective tool that bypasses activation lock on supported devices easily. With it, you can skip this activation lock screen and activate an iPhone or iPad successfully, even without an Apple ID password or device passcode. And the tool can also give you a hand on other issues you may have with your iPhone or iPad. For instance, your friend messes up your iPhone password without remembering it. Or you forgot Screen Time password and can't remember it. EaseUS MobiUnlock can help you resolve these trouble and get everything back to normal.

Features EaseUS MobiUnlock:

  • Unlock the iPhone screen with a forgotten password;
  • Delete Apple ID from iPhone without password;
  • Bypass activation lock on specified iOS models and versions;
  • Disable screen time without a password
  • Turn off encryption on iPhone
  • Find saved passwords on an iOS device 
  • Remove SIM Lock

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiUnlock on your computer and connect your iPhone or iPad to the PC. Click "Bypass Activation Lock." Check out the "Term of Use" and click "I Agree" to proceed if you agree with all content.

Remove Activation Lock - Step 1

Step 2. Click "Start" to move to the next step - jailbreack your iPhone or iPad. Click "Jailbreak Tutorial" to see how to jailbreak your Apple device. If you already jailbroke your device, click "Jailbreak Completed" to proceed.

Remove Activation Lock - Step 2

Step 3. Click "Bypass Now," and EaseUS MobiUnlock will start removing Activation Lock from your iPhone or iPad.Remove Activation Lock - Step 3

Step 4. Wait for the process to complete. After the process, click "OK" to confirm, and you can set up your iPhone or iPad without obstacles. 

Remove Activation Lock - Step 4

If you have the device password of the iPhone or iPad, you can fix the issue using the "Unlock Apple ID" feature, which works on almost all popular models of iPhone and iPad.

Part 2. Bypass Activation Lock Without Previous Owner via Apple Support

Apple support is the second option you can rely on to bypass the activation lock without the previous owner. If you can prove that you are the legitimate owner of the second-hand iPhone or have the requested legal document to access the decedent's Apple ID account. 

If you have the purchase record to show you are the current owner of the iPhone, contact Apple support.

If you are trying to access the Apple ID account of a deceased family member, go to Apple service center for more information.

Apple Support

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I delete Apple ID from an iPhone without the previous owner?

If you own the iPhone, you can use EaseUS MobiUnlock's Unlock Apple ID to help you remove the Apple ID from the iPhone. But you need to know the device passcode to set up the iPhone.

2. Can the previous owner help me remove the activation lock page on the iPad?

Yes, you can ask the previous owner to provide you with the device passcode, which can be used to get pass the Activation Lock page. You can also ask the previous owner to remove the device from the Apple ID.

3. Can Apple Support unlock a locked iPhone without data loss?

No. If you can provide purchase proof, you can contact Apple Support to remove the device passcode. But this will erase data on the iPhone. 


The two ways demonstrated in the article are to bypass activation without the previous owner. If you can get in touch with the previous owner, you can contact them for help. You can ask them to remove the device from the previous owner's account to eliminate the activation lock. You can refer to the third method we introduce in the guide - How to Bypass Activation Lock on iPad.

If you want to fix other issues, you can browse more related tutorials.  

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Jean has been working as a professional website editor for quite a long time. Her articles focus on topics of computer backup, data security tips, data recovery, and disk partitioning. Also, she writes many guides and tutorials on PC hardware & software troubleshooting. She keeps two lovely parrots and likes making vlogs of pets. With experience in video recording and video editing, she starts writing blogs on multimedia topics now.

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Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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