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What is Activation Lock? How can I disable Activation Lock on my iPhone?

Updated: Jan 10

Apple's Activation Lock is a security feature that is designed to prevent unauthorized access to an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple Watch. Activation Locked is

Usually activated during initial device setup when iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch is set up for use after opening the box. When Activation Lock is enabled, Apple applies a software lock to the device, which can only be removed with the Apple ID, and password that were initially used during the setup process. This means that if someone else tries to use the device, they will be prompted to enter the owner’s Apple ID and password to unlock it.


To enable Activation Lock, you must turn on Find My iPhone on the device. This can be done in the Settings app under the iCloud section. Once Find My iPhone is turned on, the Activation Lock will automatically activate.


One important thing to note about Activation Lock is that it is tied to the device, not the SIM card. This means that if you switch SIM cards or try to use the device with a different carrier, the device will still be locked, and you will need to enter the owner’s Apple ID and password to unlock it.


Overall, Activation Lock is a useful security feature that can help protect your device and your personal information if it is lost or stolen. It is important to remember to turn on Find My iPhone and enable Activation Lock on your device to take advantage of this feature.

Activation Lock is intended to help prevent theft and protect the privacy of your personal information by making it difficult for someone to use your device if it is lost or stolen. It can also prevent unauthorized access to the device if it is sold or transferred to a new owner.

Here's how Activation Lock works:

  1. When you turn on Find My Device, the device becomes associated with your Apple ID.

  2. Activation Lock is automatically activated, and the device becomes locked to your Apple ID and password.

  3. If someone else resets the device and tries to initiate setup again, they will be prompted to enter the Apple ID and password to unlock it.

  4. If the correct Apple ID and password are entered, the device will be unlocked and can be used normally.

  5. If the incorrect Apple ID and password are entered, the device will remain locked and cannot be used.

It is not recommended to try to bypass Activation Lock, as doing so may violate the terms of service for your device and could potentially result in the device being disabled or permanently locked. Additionally, attempting to bypass Activation Lock could potentially compromise the security of your device and expose your personal information to risk.

If you are the rightful owner of a device with Activation Lock enabled and you cannot remember the Apple ID or password that was used to set up the device, you can try to recover or reset the Apple ID password through the Apple ID website (iforgot.apple.com) or by contacting Apple Support. If you are unable to recover the Apple ID and password and you are the rightful owner of the device, Apple may be able to help you disable the Activation Lock on the device when you provide them with a copy of the original receipt.


Suppose you have purchased a used device and it has Activation Lock enabled. In that case, it is important to make sure that the previous owner has removed the device from their account and disabled the Activation Lock before you purchase it. If you have already purchased a used device with Activation Lock enabled, you should contact the previous owner and ask them to remove the device from their account and disable Activation Lock. If the previous owner is unable or unwilling to do this, you may need to return the device to the seller.


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