If you’re reading this, that means you’re having a huge problem with your iPhone / iPad. If you’re experiencing screens like the image above, then just keep reading, we’ve got you covered.
We have been receiving a lot of messages from people having the same problem. In most cases, they just bought an iPhone / iPad online without knowing the Find My iPhone status. Unfortunately, Apple removed the Activation Status Checking Tool from their official website, so people just can’t check it before buying their Apple device. But that won’t happen to MacExpertGuide’s readers, because we already showed you How to check My iPhone status for Free. The reason why Apple removed that helpful tool is still unknown. But as far as we know, the reason is because a Chinese hacker posted a video to Youtube in 2016 showing how to bypass the iCloud Activation Lock.
Somehow he could successfully reset the Serial Number of stolen devices and replace them with Clean ones instead. After just a few days, Apple didn’t confirm anything about this video and immediately removed the Activation Status Check Tool from their website. The main problem here is it makes buying a second hand Apple device a lot riskier as you can’t check the activation lock. either way, it’s not really a problem for Apple as it encourages more people to buy new Apple products.
Back to our story, I’m not sure what your case is, maybe you bought an iPhone online and it’s locked to a previous iCloud account, or maybe you just forgot the password and can’t recover your iCloud account. Whatever, but you need to deeply understand the problem to make a wise choice because we see a lot of scammers out there claiming that they can bypass iCloud Activation Lock for you.
Software – Any kind of Software – Will never work!
This is the important point, please understand that, anyone, any company who offers you to download or buy a software to help you bypass iCloud Activation Lock – are just SCAMMERS.
Apple devices generally won’t work like that. Apple has a very advanced encoding algorithm for their devices. The world has seen how good it is from an FBI case, the FBI couldn’t open an iPhone with just “Passcode Lock”. Here we have an iCloud Activation Lock (and maybe also passcode lock) and you think some crap scammers on the internet can do it with just a software? I don’t think so.
How does the Activation Lock work?
before solving this problem, we need to know the reason and understand how it works.
Whenever an Apple device turns on for it’s first activation, it will ask you to connect to the internet. You literally can’t active your iPhone, no matter how hard you try. The reason is, the iPhone needs a valid encrypted signal from the Apple Activation server to match with its algorithm to get activated. We can imagine this like, the iPhone keeps the lock, and the Apple Activation Server is the key, the only key.
The same thing happens to the SIM-Lock on the iPhone. In the SIM-Lock’s case, only your carrier can unlock your iPhone, they do that by whitelisting your IMEI number from their database, then every time you connect your device to the Apple Activation Server, Apple checks your IMEI number from carrier database to see if it’s SIM-Locked, then if it’s whitelisted, Apple will return valid signal and the iPhone can unlock itself with the “key” from Apple’s server.
So now we understand how it works and we now can see how we’re going to do that. It’s about to whitelist your IMEI number from the Activation Server, or maybe we can fake the encrypted signal (the key) and pass it to the iPhone?
Fake DNS Server to bypass iCloud Activation Lock
This is an old method and may only work for iOS 10 and lower. The way is to create a fake Activation server and let the iPhone connect to it. The iPhone will think that it’s communicating with the real activation server and then from the fake server, we return a valid signal to the iPhone.
Sounds simple, right? But I have to say it again, this is an old method and may not work nowadays. Surely Apple fixed it and even if you could successfully bypass the device, you will never be able to connect it to the internet (because the iPhone will re-check with the Activation server and it’ll be locked immediately), and what do we call an iPhone which can’t connect to the internet? I call it a brick.
In case you still wanna give it a try, here is the guide.
Step 1: Change DNS server from your Wifi router to 1 of the following addresses: (If you don’t know how to change your DNS server, Google for it, it’s a bunch of complicated steps so I won’t mention here)
- USA: 188.8.131.52
- Europe: 184.108.40.206
- Asia: 220.127.116.11
- Rest of the world: 18.104.22.168
Step 2: Hard reset your device and connect it to the internet through the modified router above.
Step 3: The router will connect your iPhone to fake Activation Lock server and it’ll be unlocked immediately if success.
Officially whitelist IMEI number from Apple Activation Database
So far, the only way we can fix it is by whitelisting the iPhone / iPad IMEI number from Apple Activation database.
What is the IMEI number? the IMEI number is a unique identification number for any mobile device with 15 digits. You can find your IMEI number by dialing *#06# from the key pad, or in case the iPhone isn’t actived yet, there’ll be a little “i” icon on the screen, tap it and you’ll get your IMEI number (look at the image below)
The official way to whitelist your IMEI number from Apple Activation database is simple. Just contact Apple for that, they’ll ask you to show them proof of purchase or some other information to prove that you’re the iPhone owner. Then they’ll remove your IMEI number from the Activation Lock database. You should be able to connect the iPhone to the internet and it’ll be unlocked automatically.
In case it doesn’t work? You may have lost all invoices and proof of purchases, then Apple won’t support you to unlock it. In this situation, the only option we have is using a 3rd party service. There are some companies offering services to help you remove your IMEI number from Apple Activation database. Obviously it’s not free though. Maybe they talk to Apple by their way or they have relationship with someone working in Apple? One important thing to note, although technically using a 3rd party service isn’t illegal, it may be against Apple’s terms and conditions that you’ve already agreed to, so don’t expect further help from Apple in the future. Here is the number one iCloud removal provider for you:
iPhoneIMEI.net – Leading iCloud removal service
Last tested was 15 March 2019, we received some good feedbacks from our readers.