“I reset my iPhone to fix a problem and now my iPhone is asking for an Apple ID to activate it. The problem is that I can’t seem to recall the Apple ID that I used when setting up the device or its password. Is there any way to activate an iPhone without the Apple ID?”
If Find My iPhone is enabled on your iPhone (In the latest versions of iOS, it is enabled by default), then you will be dealing with the iCloud Activation Lock screen every time you update or reset the iPhone. If you don’t know the Apple ID and password, then you will not be able to access the device. While this is a very useful security feature, it will also lock you out of your iPhone when you don’t have the Apple ID.
This article shares some of the ways you can activate iPhone without Apple ID.
We all use the same type of passwords in terms of dates or events that have impacted our lives in one way or another. Therefore, before attempting any more invasive solutions, it may be useful to try all possible passwords that you can think of.
Is it your birthday or wedding anniversary? It could also be your child’s birthday or one of your favorite things such as your pet’s name, your favorite food or even your favorite place. Try to enter as many passwords as you can think of. Who knows, you might get lucky.
If you are unable to find the password, you can activate the iPhone without Apple ID by bypassing the Activation Lock. This is also one of the best solutions when your iPhone is a second-hand device and the previous owner didn’t share with you the Apple ID password associated with the device.
To bypass this Activation Lock screen, we recommend using a third-party tool that is specifically designed for this purpose: LazePaw iPhone Passcode Unlocker. The following are its main features:
LazePaw can bypass both Activation Lock and all types of lock screen passcode.
Once the iPhone is unlocked, you can gain access to all functions on your iPhone except cellular and iCloud.
The Apple ID will be removed completely and you don’t have to worry about anyone using it to erase or track the device.
it supports all iPhone models from iPhone 5s to iPhone 12 running iOS 12.3 to 13.6 with the exception of iOS 12.4.5 and 12.4.6
Install LazePaw on your computer and then follow these simple steps to use it to bypass Activation Lock:
Step 1: Open LazePaw and click “Unlock Apple ID” in the main window. Connect the iPhone to the computer.
Step 2: The program will begin downloading the jailbreak package needed to bypass Activation lock.
Step 3: When the download is complete, click “Start” to continue.
Step 4: LazePaw will begin bypassing the iPhone activation lock screen. Simply keep the device connected until the process is complete. In a few minutes, the device will be unlocked, allowing you to activate the device and continue using it.
If you have simply forgotten the Apple ID and password, you can try the following steps to reset it:
Step 1: Go to https://iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid and then click on “Forgot Apple ID or Password”. Enter your personal information as requested.
Step 2: Once Apple confirms your identity, you can answer the security questions you receive via email to confirm your Apple ID.
Step 3: Then simply enter a new password and click “Update” to change the password. You can now simply enter the new password to activate your iPhone.
You may also be unable to activate the iPhone if the previous owner didn’t share the Apple ID and password with you. If you can contact the previous owner, you can ask them to remove activation lock remotely. Just ask them to follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Go to https://www.icloud.com/ and sign in with the device’s Apple ID and password.
Step 2: Click on “Find iPhone”.
Step 3: Click on “All Devices” to select the iPhone that they want to unlock.
Step 4: Click on the iPhone to select it and then click “Remove from Account”.
This will delete the activation lock, allowing you to activate iPhone without any passwords or Apple ID.
If you are still unable to activate the iPhone even after trying all the steps above, we recommend going to Apple for help. For the Apple Store to activate the iPhone for you however, you will need to provide proof of ownership. This can be in the form of a receipt or a letter from the previous owner stating that they transferred ownership of the device to you. As long as you can prove that this is your device, Apple will be able to unlock the device for you.
The following are some of the most common questions we get about this process of activating iPhone without Apple ID:
Why Does My iPhone Keep Asking for Someone Else’s Apple ID?
This will happen when your iPhone is linked to someone else’s Apple ID; most commonly when you purchase a second-hand iPhone that is still linked to the previous owner’s Apple ID. If you choose to purchase a second-hand iPhone, be sure to ask the previous owner to unlink their device from their Apple ID and iCloud before purchasing the device to ensure that you will not have any issues when setting up the device and so you can make the iPhone your own by linking it to your own Apple ID.
Does Resetting Really Remove an Apple ID?
Resetting any iCloud locked device will not remove the Apple ID credentials from the device. After the reset, you will still be prompted to enter the Apple ID credentials associated with the device. You will also be prompted to enter the Apple ID and password when you update the device to a new version of iOS.
The Activation Lock feature is an iOS feature that is meant to keep the data on your device safe. But sometimes it can lock you out of your own device. Whether you simply forgot the Apple ID and password or you bought an iCloud locked device, the solutions above will help you activate iPhone without Apple ID or password.
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