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How to Remove iPhone Activation Lock from Previous Owner's Account

sofia albert
Sofia Albert updated on Feb 03, 2023 | Home > iPhone Unlocking Tips

"Hey everyone, I got a used iPhone and can't reach the previous owner. is there any way to get around this and remove its Activation lock from the previous owner's account? I would really appreciate any insight."

- Question from Reddit

If you're in a similar situation as introduced above, how do you handle it? It doesn't matter if that is your case. This guide will list all possible solutions to remove the iPhone Activation Lock from the previous owner's account based on your specific situation. Before getting started, you can learn about what is Activation Lock, if needed. 

Remove iPhone Activation Lock from the Previous Owner's Account 

If you can't contact the previous owner, you can't remove the Activation Lock with the Apple ID password. Thus, you can utilize this all-in-one iPhone unlocker - EaseUS MobiUnlock, to bypass the Activation Lock from the previous owner's account. Thus, you can access your locked device easily and quickly. 

In addition to Activation Lock removal, it also supports screen passcode unlock, Apple ID removal, screen time passcode removal, and more. Check some of its main features below. 

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Steps to remove Activation Lock from iPhone or iPad:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch EaseUS MobiUnlock. Select "Bypass Activation Lock" to proceed.

Remove Activation Lock - Step 1

Step 2. Once your device is connected, click "Start." This will bring our Terms of Use, explaining the conditions that apply to your use of the service. Click "I Agree" and "Start" again to move to the next step.

Remove Activation Lock - Step 2

Step 3. Then, you'll need to jailbreak your device by following the Jailbreak tutorial given on the screen. Or you can jailbreak your device with other jailbreak tools instead.

Remove Activation Lock - Step 3

Step 4. After a successful jailbreak, click "Bypass" to start bypassing iCloud Activation Lock.

Remove Activation Lock - Step 4

Step 5. Once done, your iCloud Activation Lock of your iPhone or iPad will be successfully bypassed. 

Remove Activation Lock - Step 5

Pro Tips: The iPhone unlocker tool is not the only option for Activation Lock removal. In addition to that, you can also use some online unlocking services for the same purpose. Check some of the best iCloud unlock services to select your desired online services. 

Get Rid of the Previous Owner's iPhone Activation Lock 

If you can contact the previous owner, then you can ask him to log into his iCloud account on a browser and remove your device from his account with ease. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Open on the browser and sign in to your iCloud account.

Step 2. Click "Find iPhone" from the main page.

Step 3. Click on the "All Devices" option at the top of your screen.

Step 4. Click "Erase [device]." Then, click "Remove from account."

Remove from account

Remove iPhone Activation Lock from a Deceased Family Member's Account

If, unfortunately, your family member passes away and leaves his iPhone or iPad with many important files on their Apple devices, you can erase all information from the device by removing his Apple ID without a password or bypassing the Activation Lock with his Apple ID.

If you don't know the Apple ID password, you can bring a court order or death certificate to Apple Store to ask for an unlock. But note that Apple can't help remove the passcode lock without erasing the device. So, you'd better ensure that you know the iPhone screen passcode. Check Apple's official guide on requesting access to a deceased family member's Apple account for more details. 

In Conclusion

We hope our guide is helpful to you. As you can see, you can remove the Activation Lock from the previous owner's account in different ways. Which way to choose depends on whether you can contact the previous owner.

Considering that most of you might not contact the previous owner, we advise you to have EaseUS MobiUnlock installed on your computer. Thus, you can access your device when you forget your iPhone screen passcode, can't sign in to Apple ID, or can't remove your iCloud account. Now, just give it a try!


Below are some frequently asked questions about removing the Activation Lock from iPhone. Check these questions and answers to dive into more details. 

How do I remove Apple Watch Activation Lock from the previous owner?

You can remove Apple Watch Activation Lock from the previous owner's account by taking its receipt and other proof of ownership to the Apple Store and asking the technician to remove the Activation for you. 

Can an Apple Store remove the Activation Lock?

Of course, they can as long as you can provide proof of ownership, which might include a receipt, the product serial number, IMEI, or MEID. If you can provide these materials, then you have the chance to remove the Activation Lock with the help of the Apple Store. 

Can I jailbreak an iPhone with an Activation Lock?

Yes, you can jailbreak an iCloud-locked iPhone or iPad, but this will only help you gain more control over your iPhone's operating system instead of removing the Activation Lock. If you want to achieve the goal of removing the Activation Lock, you'd better utilize the solutions introduced above.



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