Everything you need to know about iCloud lock for iPhone

Unlock iCloud

Sometimes the eternal doubt arises, can we unlock iCloud? This security measure that Apple imposes on all its iOS devices since the arrival of iOS 7 and significantly improved with iOS 8, can cause us many problems if we do not know its functions. In principle, it is to help us not to lose our device, or at least to make it totally inaccessible in case they have taken it illegally, however, misused it can also cause us some other displeasure. T

e we are going to teach everything you need to know about the iCloud lock for your iPhone, what it is, how to prevent it and use it, and above all, how to remove this lock by iCloud on iPhone. It is also important check that a device is not locked by iCloud before you buy it second hand, so do not miss this interesting article.

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We are going to respond in this great article to all the questions that may arise and more, and that is that we are not only going to draw up an important list with everything that surrounds the iPhone iCloud lock, but you will also be able to actively participate in the comments , as always, we will be there to attend to the needs of our readers in Actualidad iPhone, with this extensive and simple user manual for iCloud lock and especially for you to solve your doubts about how to unlock iCloud.

It is very important that we know well these measures and tools that Apple puts at our disposal, if we know how to use all these functionalities properly, we will turn our iOS environment into a much more secure ecosystem, provided with a series of measures that will allow us to coexist with new technologies in an easier way, saving us the frights.

And above all, because anyone is susceptible to having their device stolen, or losing it by mere confusion, so we must take advantage of everything that Apple puts within our reach. We recently learned that thefts of iOS devices have dropped considerably in the United States of America since Apple implemented this security measure in them.

IPhone locked by iCloud?


Although the platform is iCloud, since everything travels through the cloud, the system it's actually called "Find My iPhone Activation Lock". Once we have lost sight of our iOS device, we can take advantage of the "activation lock" function in Search my Iphone to prevent anyone else from using our iOS devices, including iPhone, whether it has been lost or stolen. Although an iOS device is increasingly inaccessible since almost all include TouchID technology, it is not bad to be able to locate and block our device if it includes personal or sensitive information, security has always been one of Apple's priorities.

This lock is automatically active on any iOS device from iOS 7, and not only allows us to remotely block the device, in addition to locating it, but it will prevent both the access and the deletion of the data that the iOS device or the iPhone in question has, since in order to access it, or restore it, we will need irremediably the access parameters. So, if we want to restore a device, we must have the function Search my Iphone deactivated, and for this we must know the Apple ID linked to the device. Similarly, if we want to start a device associated with an Apple ID after its restoration, we must enter the password of the Apple ID to which the device is linked.

This function helps to protect the device, especially when it has been stolen, considerably increasing the chances of recovering it. We remember that even if a device has been formatted, it is irretrievably linked to an Apple IDTherefore, it will be traceable, and no one will be able to reactivate that device without your consent. This technology is not limited to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, but the Apple Watch also has its own activation lock.

If you would like to know if an iPhone is locked by iCloudBy filling in the following form you will receive all the details in your email, something vital to avoid buying a mobile that has been stolen or its owner has lost it and has put the iCloud lock on.

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How do I locate and lock my device by iCloud


The word itself says it, iCloud is the key, and to block it we will only need an internet connection, Apple offers us an indispensable tool, the cloud. We must enter the iCloud website, as long as we have Search my Iphone activated of course, and from there, we can access all the alternatives available for this security system. The website could not be other than "www.icloud.com", where we not only find the entire Apple office suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), in addition to email and automatic photo synchronization, among many other functions, but we also have Search, a tool that has exactly the same icon as Search my Iphone, so you have no loss.

To log in to iCloud, once again, we will need our email and password linked to the Apple ID, that is, the Apple account that we have faithfully linked to our iPhone. Once we click on the icon, the system will request the account again, to verify that we are the legitimate owners of the device to be searched. When we enter the password, the system takes a few seconds to locate exactly through Apple Maps, the exact place where the device is located.

There, we find all our listed devices, at least all those associated with our Apple ID, but if we are administrators of a group In family iCloud, we can also locate the rest of Apple devices that are in that group. When we select a specific device, we can access its location instantly, it will also indicate what the current battery of the device is, and it will allow us to perform three options:

  • To emit : To locate the iPhone if we have lost it at home
  • Start lost mode: It will ask us for a phone number that will be automatically displayed on the iPhone screen, so whoever finds it can locate and return it to us, if they wish.
  • Delete iPhone: If we are afraid and our device has sensitive information, a remote wipe of the device will be performed.

How to avoid buying an iPhone locked by iCloud

iPhone locked by iPhone

When we buy a second-hand iPhone device, this question quickly arises «How do I avoid being sold a stolen device, or blocked by iCloud?«Therefore, we must make sure that this device that we are going to acquire has been previously erased and that it is not linked to any Apple ID account previously. This can happen for two reasons, that the iPhone is stolen, or that the owner of the iPhone, who in turn is the seller, is unaware of the benefits of the iCloud lock and has not previously unlinked the device.

Finally, Apple put the batteries with this type of transaction, and to avoid it, it enabled a web tool that will allow us to know in the easiest way if a device is blocked or not, or at least if you have the activation lock on. The bad thing is that this tool has disappeared and now you have to use other methods such as the one that we propose below and that will allow you to know if you have to unlock iCloud on a specific iPhone:

It is important to know the status of the second-hand iPhone that we are going to access. The iPhone, due to its high price, is a product that lends itself a lot to the second-hand market, it is also a product that devalues ​​very little if we compare it with the competition, so the market abounds with iPhone devices, that is why We must automatically fear any iPhone that we find for sale second-hand, when the price is blatantly lower than what we can find in the rest of the ads. Acquiring an iPhone device that is linked to another Apple ID account is a waste of money, since if it is active, we will not even be able to purchase new applications, and if it is to restore it, we will never be able to start it. In addition to the fact that The iPhone is fully discoverable, so we could eat a major legal brown If we get the iPhone that belongs to someone else, that's why we have to walk with a thousand eyes in the acquisition of second hand iPhone.

How to know if an iPhone is locked by iCloud


However, we can't always come here, or we don't have time. If we are in the middle of the transaction, we can easily check whether or not the device is linked to an Apple ID, and therefore, it is totally useless for us personally. So, we show you two methods to check if an iPhone has Activation Lock or iCloud lock in case we cannot use the Apple verification method that we have shown previously:

  1. 1 method: We turn off the iPhone and turn it on again, if the lock screen appears on the home screen and asks us for a code, it is because that iPhone has not been erased and unlinked from the corresponding Apple ID.
  2. 2 method: If we find a restored iPhone, and therefore it is in the configuration process, we must advance in it, until a moment when it will ask us for the password of the Apple ID to which it is linked, in that case, the iPhone is also linked to an Apple ID, and therefore, it cannot belong to us.

Thus, by following these two simple methods, we can prevent not only any scam, but also mediate in a transaction procedure with stolen devices, something that is completely illegal. Prevention is better than cure, and when it comes to iCloud iPhone locks, it never hurts.

How to disable iCloud lock for iPhone

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This security measure is complementary, that is, we are the ones who decide whether to activate it or not. For all this, Apple gives us a good tutorial, so we can deactivate it whenever we want.

  1. If you've paired Apple Watch with your iPhone, unpair Apple Watch.
  2. Make one Backup from the iOS device.
  3. Touch Settings> iCloud. Scroll down and tap Sign out. In iOS 7 or earlier, tap Remove account.
  4. Tap Sign out again, and then tap Remove from iPhone and enter the password.
  5. Go back to Settings and tap General> Resetting > Delete contents and settings. If you've turned on Find My iPhone, you may need to enter your Apple ID and password.
  6. If you are asked for the device code or the Restrictions code, enter it. Then tap Erase [device].
  7. Contact your operator to help you transfer the service to a new owner. If you don't use a SIM card with the deviceYou can also contact him for help with transferring the service to a new owner.

Can iCloud lock be removed through jailbreak?

Remove iCloud lock with jailbreak

The obvious answer is noWe do not want to know or share that information. If you need for any need unlock iCloud For a device that belongs legitimately to you, Apple has a telephone service that will be in charge of providing you with a quick solution after verifying your identity and possession. In addition, we remind you that many videos and tutorials to do it that you see online are simple scams, and you will probably end up wasting time and money.

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  1.   asd said


    1.    Miguel Hernández said

      Thank you very much.

  2.   Fede said

    Excellent explanation!

  3.   A said

    Little information about it…, for that you see the manual and that's it.

    1.    Pablo said


  4.   Manual said

    If when making the query it shows me that the iphone activation lock is deactivated, what should I do to activate it?

  5.   Emanuel said

    Please help me is that my iPhone is locked with icloud and I cannot unlock how can I be?

  6.   pallares said

    very interesting your explanation

    1.    sgsgf said

      did you friend

  7.   true said

    I have a second hand iphone 4s and the icloud is blocked! If I unlock it, is it left to use as an ipod?

  8.   Romel Cardenas said


    1.    Ignatius Hall said

      no, it is impossible to do so if this function is not activated.

  9.   Yoendy Munoz Bravo said

    I have an iPhone 6s found, what do I do?

  10.   Fabian said

    Hello, I bought 2 iphone's in northern ireland for my daughters. One did not have problems, but the other, when formatting it, it does not allow me to install the operating system, they told me that I need a sim card from the original company, which is EE, but here in Buenos Aires I can't get any sim from that company. Does anyone know how I can load the operating system? it does not ask me for any password or iCloud key, so at least I am calm that it was not blocked. I spoke with the people of Iphone and they told me that it is not in negative band. I just need to activate it .... PLEASE, SOMEONE TO SHOW ME HOW TO DO IT. I prefer that at least it serves me to listen to music and use it as a tablet ... well, my daughter prefers it. Greetings and thanks.

  11.   tatiana garcia said

    I have an iPhone 5s and it is blocked by icloud and I do not know the password to me they gave it to me and that person does not know the password or anything I do not know if they have an arrangement to be able to use the cell is new

    1.    Mariela Araya Castillo said

      If it is blocked by iCloud, please return it, possibly it will be stolen.

  12.   Amadeo said

    I bought an Iphone 6 on ebay, but after trying to use it, they tell me in Macservice Chile that it is blocked by T-mobile, there is no such company here, it can be unlocked by jailbreak.
    I appreciate if you can send me information to my email.

    a greeting

  13.   iris said

    Hello I have an iPhone 7 plus I bought it in Mexico now I have it in Peru it turns out that an associated IDD was found, such that I do not remember it I have not been able to unlock it but I am the owner I bought it in the apple store some help and from ñapa the emails do not want to open me by region, because I am not in Mexico, a single crab, all this on iphone,

  14.   ERIC said

    Hello, I have an iPhone 5s, I have bought it for a while from the beginning when I went to the one where they sell cell phones and when I saw the cell phone everything was fine and I checked it at that time the camera everything and the cell phone everything was fine and it was a cell phone of half use but after buying it I arrived at my house and the iphone was blocked from icloud and I cannot deactivate it because it has an email from the owner and how can I delete it, many tell me that it cannot be deleted and it remains as an ipod, someone can tell me that I say that if there must be an icloud blocking solution and I already despaired a lot for this week to unlock it, I made many attempts to unlock it but I can't do anything I need your help
    I am from MEXICO, MEXICO CITY if someone helps me I would appreciate it.

  15.   Jesus Vazquez said

    Hello, I have recovered an iPhone (through the police) that was stolen from me back in the day. Well, despite having the invoice in my name, with the phone's imei, the complaint where the phone is also identified by its imei. The very competent person with whom I try to unlock the terminal recognizes and lets me know that the terminal is indeed my property. THE MAIL WITH WHICH THEY ANSWER ME SAYS THAT IT IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY PROVEN THAT IT IS MINE "ole, ole and ole".
    These gentlemen from APPLE and ICLOUD have it set up so that if for some reason your terminal crashes and you have to resort to them through the established procedure, you realize that you no longer have a phone but a paperweight, and that if you want to return to have an iPhone you have to go through the box again.

  16.   marcela said

    I bought an iPhone 6 and everything works fine with my sim card and my account id in iTunes but it has an associated icloud account that I cannot access because it asks me for a password but that does not affect the operation of the phone, except when a little sign pops up saying I put my password to unlock but putting "not now" is already there. Is there a possibility that they can track me or that the photos of the phone can be shown in the icloud of the associated account?

  17.   Miguel said

    I just had an iPhone 8 stolen in Mexico. I tell you that it is impossible to disconnect from an iCloud account, one only activates the lost mode and as soon as the phone is inserted a SIM or connects to a network, its location will be received. In my case they took out my SIM and inserted it into another phone to have access to contacts stored there, in that way they tried to scam me with fake pages that pretend to be from Apple where they ask for ID and password. 7 days have passed, obviously I already recovered my number in another SIM and to date I still receive messages from false pages trying to obtain my ID and password. In addition to that I have already received several emails from Apple sending the location of the device, which is at a private address in an unsafe neighborhood ... At least I am glad to know that they will never be able to use my stolen phone. And gentlemen if one day it happens to you, be careful where you put your icloud account…. since the only way that they can unblock it is that they manage to deceive them so that they put their data in a false page.

  18.   grand theft phones said

    I stole a cell phone, how can I unlock it so I can sell it more expensively? : v

  19.   Jose Armando Chirinos Anaya said

    Hello friend, how are you looking? I bought an iPhone 6 from the owner, which the iPhone has an icloud account that belongs to the owner's daughter, which I have the email and password, but when I enter I get that the account has been blocked for security reasons to which I do not have access because it asks me for a code to which it sends its email or its number well father and daughter have family problems and therefore the owner cannot ask for the apple account id ; Is there a way to enter your iCloud without me knowing the security questions or your email or is there a way to go to the owner of the mobile company and release "withdraw" your iCloud? Would it have any cost? IN PERU

    1.    Gringo said

      You're an indian asshole

  20.   Germán from Colombia. said

    Regards. Gentlemen, those interested in security are interested in knowing if in case of loss it is possible for them to unlock and take our data. I am an Android user, I had a Galaxy Note 5 with root and it turns out that when the phone was restored from the factory it kept the data, a serious thing. Now with a Galaxy J8 without any modification when restoring it, it asks me for the google account. I would like to know if the iCloud lock is reliable or not since I am planning to buy a 6S. I assume that security is maintained as long as the phone keeps the software updated or does it depend more on the additional security hardware of each device because it is more recent?

    1.    Luis Padilla said

      Although 100% security does not exist, the iCloud lock prevents someone from restoring your device without your authorization and recovering your data, they could not even configure it with theirs, because you would have to enter your username and password first.

  21.   sebasty RR said

    Hello everyone, let me share… I bought an ipad 2 and you have the icloud account, obviously the ipad must be stolen but the icloud account has already been released but I cannot delete it from the ipad, my question is if you can remove that account by complete but by means of some hack such as jailbreak without having to reset it because I know that it will be blocked thanks to all.

  22.   Pamela said

    They sold me an iPhone blocked by icloud and I don't know what to do with the cell phone.

  23.   Marco Ventura said

    Hello, how are you? I am thinking of buying an iPhone 12 pro with iCloud lock, the seller owns the iPhone but for reasons that you cannot tell me is that it has the iCloud lock, do you recommend spending a little to unlock it? Can you still unlock and stay at 100? Help me please:)

    1.    Luis Padilla said

      I would not buy that mobile. If it is blocked by iCloud it can even be stolen ... I do not recommend it.