The activation lock on your iPhone is a security feature that is meant to keep someone else from unlocking the device. This can come in handy when your iPhone gets lost or stolen since the thief will not be able to activate your iPhone without the Apple ID. However, it can also cause troubles. For example, you may forget your Apple ID and its password, or you buy a used iPhone online only to find that it is linked to an Apple ID. Without the correct Apple ID and password, you won't be able to activate the iPhone.
Can you activate an iPhone without Apple ID? Yes, you can. In this article, we will walk you through some simple approaches to activate an iPhone so that it can be used even if you don't know the Apple ID and password. This guide covers all iPhone models, including iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11, iPhone XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone X/8/7/6s/6, iPad Pro etc.
Before we get into the solutions to activate iPhone without Apple ID or password, let's first learn what is an Apple ID. Well, your Apple ID is the account for everything you can do with Apple. Whether you own an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV, you will be asked to sign in or create an Apple ID to use the device. The Apple ID can be used to access various Apple services, such as iCloud, the App Store and the iTunes Store, Apple Music, iMessage, FaceTime and so many more.
If in case you do not remember your Apple ID or buy a used iPhone that is activation locked, then keep reading and try out these simple solutions below.
If you forgot your Apple ID or password, Apple will temporarily suspend it, meaning you are unable to access the above mentioned services. Thankfully, there are still ways to find your Apple ID or reset its password. Let's take a look at both.
If you have forgotten the Apple ID password, follow these simple steps to reset it and activate your iPhone:
You may also be able to find your Apple ID if you don't remember it. Just follow these simple steps to do that:
You will receive an email with a link to get your Apple ID and a new password to sign in
If you purchase a used iPhone but it requests for someone else's Apple ID and you can't use it, you can simply contact the seller and ask for the previous owner's Apple ID. Begin by contacting the seller and explaining that you are unable to activate the iPhone since it is still associated with their Apple ID. If the seller lives fairly close by, you can bring the phone to them. They can then just enter their Apple ID on the activation lock screen, allowing you to continue with the normal activation process.
If the seller is very far from you and they can't access the phone, you can ask them to remove the activation lock remotely using iCloud. Here's how to do it:
Contacting the previous owner of the device is the probably the most ideal solution, but it will only work if you know the previous owner, which obviously doesn't apply to everyone. The best way to remove the Apple ID even if you don't have the password is to use a third-party tool like FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This tool is specifically designed for this task, allowing you to remove the Apple ID from all types of iOS devices easily and very quickly. Once the Apple ID is unlocked and removed, you can then go ahead and set up the device as you would ordinarily.
Step 1: Download and install FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker on to your computer and launch it. In the main window, click on "Unlock Apple ID" from the two options presented
Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer to remove the Apple ID from it. When needed, you should also "Trust This Computer" to allow the program to detect the device.
Step 3: If the "Find My iPhone" is off, just click on "Start Unlock" and the unlocking process will begin automatically.
Step 4: The process will only take a few seconds. Once it is complete, a popup window will appear notifying you that the process is complete and the Apple ID has been removed from the iPhone successfully.
By Fay J. Melton
Posted on Mar 03, 2019, 19:48:53
Fay Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.