4 Ways Remove iCloud Activation Lock Without Password

How can you remove iCloud Activation Lock without password on iPad or iPhone? The four methods introduced in this guide may be nice tries for you.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Not knowing the person I had bought the phone off had an activation lock on it and now I’m unable to restart my phone after force restarting it. So I was wondering if there is a way to take that off the phone without the email and password?

- Question from Apple Community

When you buy a second-hand iPhone with iCloud lock activated, you may have difficulty utilizing it. If you have the same issue, the four ways mentioned in this guide may help you remove iCloud Activation Lock without password.

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Overview of iCloud Activation Lock

Before learning about the detailed solutions to remove iCloud Activation Lock, it may be necessary for you to figure out what iCloud Activation Lock is, as well as how it works.

Generally speaking, the iCloud Activation Lock is a feature designed to prevent iOS devices from using by anyone else when they’re stolen or lost. When you set up Find My on your iOS devices, the activation lock then will be enabled automatically.

Indeed, the activation lock is pretty useful to keep your iDevices secure even if they are in a wrong hand. However, if the second-hand iOS device you bought has iCloud activation locked, you cannot use it unless you can remove it. Take it easy, you can try the four ways introduced in the next part to make it.

4 ways to remove iCloud Activation Lock without password

There are four ways available for you to remove iCloud Activation Lock without password.

Way 1 provides you with the simplest way to remove the activation lock by contacting the previous owner of the device.
Way 2 gives you detailed instructions to remove the activation lock via DNS.
Way 3 introduces to you an online service to remove it.
Way 4 offers you a third-party tool to remove iCloud activation without password.

Way 1. Contact previous owner to remove iCloud Activation Lock

The most straightforward and simplest way to get out of such a dilemma is to contact its previous owner to bypass the lock remotely by visiting the website of iCloud. Then you can set up your own Apple ID and use the iPhone/iPad. However, if you have no idea who is the owner of the device, you may try other methods below. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Open a web browser and go to the website of iCloud > Sign in with their Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Click Find My button > From the drop-down menu, choose the device that needs to remove.

Step 3. Click Remove iPhone/iPad and confirm > Tap Remove from Account.

Remove From Account

Way 2. Remove iCloud Activation Lock via DNS

It’s worth trying to connect the device to Wi-Fi via special DNS, making it into thinking it’s locked. This method may not work on all versions of iOS. What’s more, it only works for a few minutes. You can follow the steps below to set up.

Step 1. Turn on or restart the device and set it up until you get to Choose Wi-Fi network screen > Tap More Wi-Fi Settings > Tap the i symbol > Configure DNS.

Configure DNS

Step 2. Choose Manual > Tap +Add Server to enter the server address for your location.
• USA:
• Europe:
• Asia:
• Others:

Step 3. Tap Save > Tap on the back option to select Ask to Join Networks to enter the network password and tap Join.

Step 4. When the device tries to activate, tap Back button to continue setting up the device normally.

Way 3. Remove iCloud Activation Lock by online service

If you don’t mind paying for some money to remove iCloud Activation Lock without password, you can rely on some online services, like iPhoneIMEI. All you need to do is type the IMEI number of the device and wait for it to finish the unlock task.


Warm tip: How can you find the IMEI number of the device?
Option 1. Unplug the SIM tray, and you will find the IMEI number on it.
Option 2. Connect the device to computer and open iTunes, tap the phone model to get the IMEI number.

Way 4. Bypass iCloud Activation Lock without password with a professional tool

Optionally, you can also feel free to seek help from professional tools, such as UnlockGo iCloud Bypasser, iMyFone iBypasser, and so on as you like to remove iCloud Activation Lock without password. Let's take UnlockGo iCloud Bypasser as an example. Download and install the tool on your Windows or Mac.

Step 1. Connect the iPhone/iPad to computer with USB > Run the tool and click Remove iCloud Activation Lock from the homepage. 

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Step 2. Click Start > It will download a jailbreak package for your device. When it is finished, click Jailbreak and follow the on-screen instructions to put the device to DFU Mode.

Step 3. Click Remove when the jailbreak process is complete > Wait for the tool to remove iCloud Activation Lock.

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Bonus tips: Transfer everything from old iPhone to new iPhone
After successfully removing iCloud Activation Lock, you can start to utilize the new iPhone. Now, you can transfer everything from your old iPhone to the new one without backup using the iOS data transfer software - FoneTool. Let's take a view about how to make it.

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your computer and open it. Connect your two iPhone to computer. Choose Phone Transfer in the main interface of FoneTool. Go to iPhone to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

iPhone To iPhone Transfer

Step 2. Make sure the two iPhone are in the right place > Optionally, enable Backup encryption to encrypt the data on your source iPhone.

Enable Backup Encryption

Step 3. Click Start Transfer to begin the transfer > Wait for the transfer to completing, and the target iPhone will be restarted automatically.

Start Transfer

Now, you will find that everything has been moved to your new iPhone. If you need to wipe your old iPhone and sell it out or give it to others as a present, the iPhone Eraser function in FoneTool can do you a favor. It helps wipe iPhone clean, making the data on it no long to be restored.


Hopefully, you can succeed in removing iCloud Activation Lock without password with one of the methods above. Now, you can be free to utilize your new iPhone. To avoid data loss, it’s suggested to switch data to the new iPhone or transfer data from Android to iPhone. If this guide helps you out, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.