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2023 Guide for Everything You Want to Know about Activation Lock

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

Activation is not a stranger to Apple users. But actually, very few users know exactly what it is, how it works, and how to get it off. If you want to know more about Activation Lock, this informative guide will explain everything you want to know about Activation Lock, which includes:

What Is Activation Lock on iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch?

Simply say, Activation Lock is Apple's security feature brought by iOS 7, aiming to prevent your device from unauthorized entry without your permission. That means if your device gets stolen or lost, someone else can't activate your device unless entering the correct Apple ID and password. Even if they erase your device remotely, the Activation Lock can continue to deter anyone from reactivating it. 

The Activation Lock is connected to the "Find My" feature. Once you enable the "Find My" feature, your Activation Lock will turn on automatically. Therefore, if you wish to get the Activation Lock off on your iPhone or iPad, you only need to disable the "Find My" feature. 

Activation Lock Screen

Can an Activation Lock be Removed?

As mentioned above, you can remove an Activation Lock by disabling the "Find My" feature or remotely removing your device from your iCloud account via the iCloud page. But before proceeding, make sure you can remember the Apple ID and password you use to set up your device. 

Quick tips: If you see the "Activation Lock" screen, you'll need to enter your Apple ID and password to set up your device and use either of the following methods to disable the Activation Lock.

Disable the "Find My" feature on your device:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. 

Step 2. Tap [your name] > iCloud > Find My iPhone, turn off the toggle. 

Step 3. Enter your Apple ID password, and tap on the "Turn Off" button to disable the "Find My" feature. 

Disable the Find My iPhone feature

Disable the "Find My" feature remotely:

Step 1. Open on your computer and sign in with your iCloud account.

Step 2. Click on "Find My iPhone" from the main screen.

Step 3. Click "All Devices" and select the device you wish to turn off the Activation Lock.

Step 4. Click "Erase [device name]."

Step 5. Click "Remove from Account" to remove your device from your iCloud account.

Remove the Find My iPhone feature remotely

How to Remove Activation Lock from iPhone/iPad Without Apple ID and Password?

Removing the Activation Lock from iPhone or iPad without Apple ID and password can be tricky for some second-hand iPhone or iPad users. But this problem can be easily solved with this iPhone unlocker - EaseUS MobiUnlock installed on your computer. This program helps to remove the activation lock from your iPhone or iPad without Apple ID or password within minutes. If you're locked out of your device, it can also help you get into a locked iPhone without a passcode.

Currently, it offers two ways to remove the Activation Lock. If you can access your iPhone, you can achieve your goal by removing Apple ID without a passcode. While if you don't have access to your device, then you have to follow these steps to remove the iCloud Activation Lock:

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

How to Check iCloud Activation Lock Status?

For some users who don't remember whether they enable the iCloud Activation Lock on their device, the most straightforward way is to check the "Find My" feature. If enabled, the Activation Lock is turned on by default and vice versa. 

To check the iCloud Activation Lock status, you can go to Settings on your iPhone, select [your name], and then select iCloud. Finally, check the "Find My iPhone" option from the list. 

How to Find Out What Email is Linked to the iCloud Activation Lock?

Usually, people use their Apple ID to access their iCloud account, so this question can also be translated to how to find the Apple ID email. That can be quickly done by following these steps. 

Step 1. Open the Apple ID website on your computer. 

Step 2. Click "Forgot Apple ID or password?" to proceed.

Step 3. Click "look it up" next to "If you forgot your Apple ID, you can."

Step 4. Enter your information like "first name," "last name," and "email address." Then, type the characters in the image and click "Continue."

Step 5. Next, you can follow the on-screen instruction to finish the rest of the steps. 

The Bottom Line

Those are all about iCloud Activation Lock. As you can see, our guide has clarified what Activation Lock is and how to bypass it. If your device is unfortunately locked to the previous owner, then you can use methods introduced in this guide to regain access to your device. 

If you have more questions about this topic, don't hesitate to share them with us. 


Perhaps knowing what the Activation Lock is can't satisfy your curiosity about the Activation Lock. If you want to know more about this topic, you can refer to the following frequently asked questions. 

How to get Activation Lock off from your iPhone?

Whether you remember your Apple ID or not, you can get the Activation Lock off from your iPhone or iPad by following the steps introduced in our guide. If you have any problems while doing so, you can contact us to help you out.

How do I find what user name is linked to my Activation Lock?

You can easily find the user name linked to your Activation Lock. It is your Apple ID email, so you just need to go to Settings > [your name], and then you will see your email account, which is also your Apple ID.

How to activate a locked iPhone?

Likewise, you can activate a locked iPhone with EaseUS MobiUnlock, one of the best iPhone unlockers that can help you remove various locks from your device.



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