15 Jan 2016

Lock activation / Find My iPhone lock

Find My iPhone service offers a feature called lock activation (also known as iCloud Lock). The main task of this options is to prevent others from using lost or stolen iPhone/iPad. Lock activation turns on automatically when you use iOS 7 or newer and you enable Find My iPhone on your device. Restore your device

When the lock feature is activated, you have to input your ID and password Apple ID in order to:

Consequently, your Apple device will be far more protected in case of the theft and there would be a greater chance to recover a stolen device. In order to protect your phone or tablet in such way, you just have to enable the Find My iPhone service and remember your Apple ID and password.

Bellow, you will get all the information about this process and a direct link which can help you with managing this feature.

How exactly does the lock activation work?

When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, your Apple ID will be safely stored on Apple's servers and will be associated with your device. From that moment your password will be required in order to disable the Find My iPhone feature, erase the device or re-activate it and use it.

To enable Find My iPhone on your device you should perform the following steps:

  1. First of all, tap Settings.
  2. In the next step choose iCloud.
  3. If it is a necessary sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Finally, turn to Find My iPhone on.

What to do if my device was stolen or lost?

You ought to activate the Lost Mode by using Find My iPhone as soon as possible.

Lost Mode disables the screen using a four-digit code and allows you to send and display a custom message to your device (it may help you in the recovery of the device). Custom message will be displayed on the device even when you choose to erase your phone or tablet remotely.

In order to switch on the Lost mode in your device, log in to the following website icloud.com/find on PC or use the Find My iPhone app for iOS.

How to make sure that a device does not have the Lock Mode activated?

When you buy an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from someone other than Apple or an Apple Authorized Seller, you will need to check on your own whether the device has been erased and is not already associated with an account of the previous owner.

  1. At first, turn on the device and move the slider to unlock it.
  2. If the display shows the lock screen or main screen, the device has not been fully reset. Ask the seller to completely erase the device by choosing Settings> General> Reset> Erase All Content and Settings.
  3. Begin the process of configuring the device.
  4. After selecting the language, country and connecting to the Wi-Fi network, the phone will proceed with activation. If you are asked to enter your Apple ID and password, the device still must be linked to the previous owner's account. Give the phone to the seller and ask for a password. If the previous owner is not available to reach, you can ask to remove the device from your account via the icloud.com/find. Do not accept using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch if it is not removed from the account of the previous owner.
  5. The device is ready to use as soon as it displays "Set up the iPhone", "Configure the iPad" or "Set iPod" screen.

How to turn off the Find My iPhone Activation Lock?

If you know the Apple ID and password you may erase the activation lock by performing these following steps:

  1. At the very beginning sign in to iCloud with their Apple ID.
  2. In the next step open Find My iPhone.
  3. Afterwards choose All Devices to open a list of devices linked to their account, then select the device to remove.
  4. Then select Remove from Account.
  5. Finally, switch off the device and turn it back on to start the setup process.

How to bypass iCloud Lock?

Unfortunately, for the time being, you cannot do anything technically to get past it. The only method to remove it is by erasing 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. 

By Sebastian Ziomek on 15 Jan 2016

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