iPhone Activation Lock

The iPhone activation lock is tricky. Most techies think they can do it, maybe they can. If you purchased an iPhone, traded or received one as a gift, make sure you are able to activate the iPhone using your iCloud login info immediately. If you cannot, contact the seller right away!

This iPhone is linked to an Apple ID

When you attempt to login to your iCloud account there’s a message saying, “This iPhone is linked to an Apple ID. Enter the Apple ID and password that were used to set up this iPhone.” The only thing you can do at this point is contact the seller or person you received the iPhone from. Ask them to login to their iCloud account and delete the iPhone they sold you from the account. Once the iPhone is removed from the seller/original owner’s iCloud account, your new iPhone will be able to be activated under your iCloud account.

Unable to reach iPhone seller

If the seller of the iPhone cannot be reached or does not remember their iCloud login, you will not be able to legitimately activate your iPhone until the iPhone is removed/deleted from the original owner’s account.

I will discuss a few 3rd party software alternatives that claim to bypass the iPhone activation lock later in this article. You’ll want to read that.

Let me show you on a visual level what the seller/original owner needs to do to successfully remove the iPhone they just sold you from their iCloud account.

  • Remove iPhone activation lock for buyer

Login to your iCloud account and click on Account settings.

iPhone Activation Lock Removal

  • Select a device to remove

Click on the device you want to “remove/delete/release” from your account.

iPhone Activation Lock Removal

  • Click on the X and click done

After clicking on the X and then clicking done, you can be sure the device you wanted to remove from your account is fully removed.

iPhone Activation Lock Removal

Remove iPhone Activation Lock

Now I will to tell you about the experience I had to remove iPhone activation lock. A client gave me an iPhone in turn for a few hours of work. That offer was an attractive one because the iPhone was practically new. I was able to get some use out of the iPhone for a few months, then I decided to restore it for a second time. However, this time was different. After the restoring the iPhone I received the message, “This iPhone is linked to an Apple ID. Enter the Apple ID and password that were used to set up this iPhone.”

Reaching out to the original iPhone owner

I have not spoken to the client who traded me the iPhone for time in about 6 months. I know there are many 3rd party services to go about bypassing Apple’s iCloud Activation Lock, but after countless hours of research, it seems obtaining the original owner’s login credentials is the most secure way to go.

On the flip side, let’s say there was no way to get a hold of the original owner, out of all the iCloud Activation Lock removal services I wouldn’t trust any. They re-route your calls and data through their proxy servers usually located in the UK. Out of a bunch of these iPhone bypass/unlock services, the only one I would trust is https://iphoneimei.net. This is based on their reviews, not by my personal experience. Even thought they seem to be doing it right, they also have their share of negative reviews. They claim to completely remove the iPhone Activation Lock while holding onto all the services / apps you use or offered by your Apple device. I say this because other companies have made similar claims, but have not been able to back retain all of the premium default services that come with your iPhone.


The only way to unlock the iPhone, the previous owner needs to sign in to their iCloud.com account with their Apple ID and password or give it to you so you can do it for them.

  1. Click on settings.
  2. Look for My Devices and select the device you want to remove.
  3. Select the device that you want to remove and click done.
  4. Now turn off the device and turn it back on to begin the setup process.

Hope this helps!

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