Every Apple device user can face an Activation Lock issue at some point. More chances for this problem to come up is when you buy a second hand Apple device, If you ever find yourself in the situation like this, you should know there is a solution to bypass the activation lock screen in this page.
what is activation lock
Find My includes Activation Lock—a feature that’s designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, if it’s ever lost or stolen. Activation Lock turns on automatically when you turn on Find My [device].
Activation Lock helps you keep your device secure, even if it’s in the wrong hands, and can improve your chances of recovering it. Even if you erase your device remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter anyone from reactivating your device without your permission. All you need to do is keep Find My [device] turned on, and remember your Apple ID and password.
With watchOS 2 and later, you can use Activation Lock to protect your Apple Watch, and with macOS Catalina and Mac computers that have the Apple T2 Security Chip, you can use Activation Lock to protect your Mac, too.
Here’s how it work
When you turn on Find My [device] on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or Mac computer that has an Apple T2 security chip, your Apple ID is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device. From that point on, your Apple ID password or device passcode is required before anyone can turn off Find My, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.
Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you set up Find My.
If your device is lost or stolen
If you ever misplace your device—whether it’s lost or you think it might have been stolen—you should immediately use Mark As Lost in the Find My app.
When you Mark As Lost, this locks your screen with a passcode and lets you display a custom message with your phone number to help you get it back. You can also remotely erase your device if needed, and your custom message continues to display even after the device is erased.
While Activation Lock works in the background to make it more difficult for someone to use or sell your missing device, Lost Mode clearly indicates to anyone who finds your device that it still belongs to you and can’t be reactivated without your password.
To mark a device as lost, sign in to icloud.com/find. Or use the Find My app:
- Open the Find My app.
- Tap the Devices tab, then choose a device from the list.
- Tap Activate under Mark As Lost and follow the instructions on the screen.
Learn more about what to do if your device is lost or stolen. If your iPhone is covered by AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, the theft and loss coverage requires you to have Find My iPhone enabled on your device at the time it’s lost or stolen.
If you forget your Apple ID or password
If you have issues when you try to sign in with your Apple ID password, use these steps to reset it and regain access to your account.
Reset your password
Use the steps below to reset your password from any trusted iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. You can also use a friend or family member’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If that doesn’t work, you may not be signed into iCloud on an eligible device or have two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID. Follow these steps instead.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Go to Settings.
- Tap [your name] > Password & Security > Change Password.
- If you are signed into iCloud and have a passcode enabled, you will be prompted to enter the passcode for your device.
- Follow the onscreen steps to update your password.
On your Mac
With macOS Catalina:
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
- Choose Account Details.
- If you’re asked to enter your Apple ID password, click “Forgot Apple ID or password” and follow the onscreen instructions. You can skip the final steps below.
- Click Security > Reset Password or Change Password. Before you can reset your Apple ID password, you’ll be required to enter the password you used to unlock your Mac.
Use a trusted phonenumber, trusted email, or a recovery key
You may be able to reset your password using a trusted phone number, or trusted email. If you have a recovery key, you can use the recovery key to help reset your password.
If you can’t access any of your devices
You can reset your Apple ID password on a friend or family member’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using the Apple Support app or the Find My iPhone app.
Use the Apple Support app
To reset your password using the Apple Support app on a friend or family member’s device, the device owner will need to download the Apple Support app.
To download the Apple Support app, the device owner needs to open App Store on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 12 or later, then search for Apple Support and download the app. They can also open this article on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and download the Apple Support app in App Store.
Then have them hand the device to you. Any information that you enter will not be stored on the device. Open the Apple Support app and follow these steps:
- Tap the Get Support tab at the bottom of the screen.
- Scroll down and tap Apple ID.
- Tap Forgot Apple ID Password, then tap Get Started.
- Tap “A different Apple ID.”
- Enter the Apple ID that you need to reset the password for.
- Tap Next, then follow the steps on your screen until you receive confirmation that your Apple ID password is changed.
Here’s how you can bypass iCloud
Option 1- Bypass activation lock using DNS
You can bypass iCloud and regain some functionality of your iPhone or iPad by using DNS.
This technique works by using your WiFi to get around the Apple security system. So you won’t need a SIM card in your device to get this to work.
You won’t be using the operating system (iOS) on your device. Instead, you use a server to provide all the smart features such as Facebook and Instagram, as shown in the video below.
This is a good option to have up your sleeve as it allows you to make use of your device even if you can’t get the lock removed in any other way.
However, many people don’t like it as you only get limited access to the features and tools of your iPhone.
iCloud bypass dns instructions
- Turn on your device
- Go through the setup process until you get to the ‘Choose WiFi Network’ screen
- Click the small ‘i’ next to your WiFi local name
- Tap “Configure DNS”. Tap “Manual”.
- Tap “+Add Server” and a blank will come up.
- Step 7: Enter the server address of your location:
– USA: 126.96.36.199
– Europe: 188.8.131.52
– Asia: 184.108.40.206
– Africa, Australia, and other locations: 220.127.116.11
- Tap “Back >” at the top left of the screen.
- Click your Wi-Fi network
- Type in the Wi-Fi password and click “Join” at the top right
- The iPhone will try to activate by going to a new screen. Don’t let it, hit the Back button at the top right to return to the WiFi page where you will be logged in.
- Once logged in you will see a screen which will say something like “iCloudDNSBypass.net” at the top.
- You have managed to bypass the iCloud activation lock!
Other methods are paid and they may not work properly, you can also unlock permanently to access the full features