You cannot do anything technically to get past it. Your only method is to get back to the seller. If they have disappeared, then perhaps you might want to entertain the possibility that you have been sold a stolen iPhone.
In this instance, then rather than have a very expensive paperweight, you might want to report it to the Police. There is a slim chance ...
You can't just bypass it.
The very nature of Activation Lock is that it is impassible so that the device can still be tracked by the owner if it is lost/stolen. You can't bypass it — the only way to remove it is by deleting the device from Find my iPhone on iCloud.com or logging in using the Apple ID that was used to set up Find my iPhone.
You can read ...
Any method to restore a device, bypassing iTunes restrictions either by using DFU/Recovery or by not using iTunes, would still require that the device go through the setup process. It is during this process that the device is connected to Wi-Fi and verified with Apple servers. This checks the database of Find my iPhone devices, making sure that the device is ...
Apple has closed this tool. It is no longer available without being an employee of Apple or being a member of Apple's Authorised Service Provider Program.
As for why, Apple hasn't publicly given a reason, but I speculate that it is due to the ability to find serial numbers of devices which have not been registered with Find My iPhone.
Per Apple, you will need to use your Apple ID to login on that screen, and then you will be able to remove the device from your account.
If that doesn't work, continue setting up the device using your account. Once it's set up, enable Find My iPad, make sure it shows back up in your iCloud account, then disable it again. Ensure it no longer shows up in your ...
It seems that simply unpairing it turns off Activation Lock.
Before you send your Apple Watch in for service, sell it, or give it away, you should turn off Activation Lock on your Apple Watch. Just unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone:
Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together.
Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
Since you removed that device from iCloud list of locked devices, just put the device in recovery mode and restore iOS from iTunes over USB. That wipes everything, including the cached old password.
If that fails, post a follow up with the details of the failure like error message.
You could also go through ...
In theory, the answer is no. Activation Lock is designed to make bypassing it impossible.
However, this page claims to be able to bypass activation lock using some questionable mojo. Use at your own risk.
Alternatively, take the device to Apple with proof that you legitimately purchased it, and they should either be able to unlock it for you, or help you ...
If the iPad is a recent gift, Apple offers free support to guide you in reclaiming access to her iCloud account. You can't unlock or restore the iPad with iTunes as the device is truly locked until her password is remembered or reset.
https://getsupport.apple.com to see if you get free support
https://AppleID.apple.com to self service reset the password
If you want to return the phone to the owner after it has been wiped, then you will need to contact the carrier. Use a small paperclip to remove the SIM tray and access the nano SIM card. On one of the sides you should see a printed number which is the ICC-ID. Enter the number here to determine the carrier if the carrier name is not printed on the card. ...
The easiest manner to check is from this web site:
If that fails, the older method still works in all cases and Apple describes the steps here:
Expand the portion that says (in the english version) How do I check for Activation Lock before purchasing a used device?
As other posts have mentioned - there is no known workaround to the lock and you will not be able to use that device until the account holding it locked releases the hold.
However, knowing that it's not stolen and having gotten the seller's word that they will unlock it - you do have a little leverage over the seller. You can identify them and hopefully you ...
Yes, there is a SIM card required to activate your iPhone. After activation you can use your iPhone without any SIM card (except some features off course). You could use a SIM card from your current phone, provided that it is a nano-SIM (i.e. the iPhone 5s SIM slot supports nano-SIMs).
You can type in that code immediately after your password in the password field.
What if I use two-factor authentication on a device running older software?
If you use two-factor authentication with devices running
older OS versions, you might be asked to add your six-digit
verification code to the end of your password when signing in. Get
How to find the AppleID
If you can't remember your Apple ID, follow these steps to look for it:
Go to My Apple ID (appleid.apple.com) and click “Find your Apple ID”.
Enter the first name, last name, current email address, and any prior
email addresses that you might have used to create an Apple ID. Apple
I use three avenues to prevent hurt feelings all around.
First the policy for employee use of equipment spells out that it's their responsibility to turn in their company equipment and assets. For iOS devices, that means that they remove iCloud activation lock and return the hardware in working order. The financial consequence of failing to do both is ...
In this case, your problem sounds simple (but as always, simple often doesn't mean easy). Your phone expects a particular Apple ID/password and you are not entering that combo. If one letter in either the email or password is off, it will reject it.
With that in mind, you have a few options. It is always possible that someone else has guessed your password, ...
Activation Lock has no documented bypass, so your primary course of action will be to file a claim with whomever received your payment to reverse the transaction if they cannot locate the person who has the lock on the device.
How can I bypass Activation Lock?
The Apple ID that has the lock can simply log into the web interface at iCloud and remove that ...
I finally resolved this issue. Here is what I did to know which account was used to lock my iPad:
1- Go to http://www.apple.com/support/
2- Select the device (in my case: iPad)
3- Clicked on Contact Support
4- Click on [Get Started]
5- Choose the country where you live in (in my case: Saudi Arabia)
6- Then select the problem category (in my case: ...
Unfortunately, it is likely that your nephew temporarily used someone else's Apple ID in order to gain access to purchases that the other user had made. My son did this on his device, against my rules. If this happened, then that other person may have initiated the lock. Since you have an invoice, proving ownership and the device is only a month old, I ...
Most people start at https://iforgot.apple.com and work through apple support. Same as if you forgot your bank password or email - you go through the support organization and get your account returned to you. You would need to do that or go though support to reset the Activation lock presuming you can prove you're the original purchaser of the equipment.
If you bought the phone from some other person, and not from an official store, the seller might have stolen the iPhone and sold it to you and now the owner is looking for it (I doubt it since you had it for 2 years)
If you bought your phone from the official store, your iCloud ID might have been hacked. The solution to activating it would be to go to an ...
First let's solve the Apple ID problem. You can start the password reset process from the official Apple ID website, this also can be done any device as long as you have a web browser:
Step 1:Go to this Apple ID site and under “Manage your Apple ID” choose the “Reset your password” option
Step 2:Enter the email address associated with the account and answer ...
A phone that is activation locked denies you all functionality around the USB port while the iOS runs as well as all functionality of the multitouch screen other than being able to connect to a network or make an emergency phone call.
You can put the device into restore mode and re-load an iOS version on iTunes if that version is currently signed by apple, ...
Mac do not have hardware activation lock. Read the last paragraph of the "FAQ" for confirmation.
You would want to check for a Firmware Password which might need another question if you don't know what that is, but iCloud cannot prevent you from reinstalling an OS or activating any Mac that has shipped thus far.
If you can visit the check page at https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/ and get a clear status from Apple for your serial / IMEI then the seller is correct that they removed the Activation Lock.
That is but one of the "locks" that can cause you grief. The next lock is carrier lock. Some phones that were sold under contract are locked to a specific ...
Yes, the Find My iPhone service is working along with its various actions (e.g. Lost Mode, Erase iPhone, etc).
This leaves us with how they accessed your data and what may have happened in your case. No-one can give you an absolutely 100% certain answer and in that sense this question could be judged as too broad or opinion-based to ...