Dr.Fone User Guide for Screen Unlock

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How To Remove Activation Lock on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch?

Activation Locks are a great security barrier that prevents unauthorized users from accessing the iDevice of another user. It, however, becomes a liability at times. If you forget the Activation Lock on your iDevice and fail to access it, you must bypass iCloud Activation Lock. This can be executed with the help of Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (iOS), an exceptional iCloud unlock tool.

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Part 1: How To Remove iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch With Jailbreak? (iOS/iPadOS 12.0~14.8.1)

Supported Devices: (Running iOS/iPadOS 12.0 to 14.8.1)

  • iPhone: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone SE (1st), iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, iPhone X.
  • iPad: The new iPad [iPad (3rd generation)], iPad (4th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation).
  • iPad Mini: iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4.
  • iPad Air: iPad Air (1st generation), iPad Air 2.
  • iPad Pro: iPad Pro 12.9-in. (1st generation), iPad Pro 9.7-in. (1st generation), iPad Pro 12.9-in. (2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-in. (2nd generation).
  • iPod Touch: iPod touch (6th generation), iPod touch (7th generation).
Step 1Open Screen Unlock Tool

Download and install the latest version of Wondershare Dr.Fone on your computer and launch it. Continue to Toolbox > Screen Unlock > iOS to initiate the tool for bypassing Activation Lock.

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* Dr.Fone Mac version still has the old interface, but it does not affect the use of Dr.Fone function, we will update it as soon as possible.

Step 2Start To Bypass the Activation Lock

On the next screen, you have to select iCloud Activation Lock Removal for a specific purpose.

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Step 3Initiate The Unlocking Process

As you are led to a new window, select Start to initiate unlocking the iOS device's Activation Lock.

start process of bypassing activation lock

Step 4Connect Your iDevice With Computer

While propagating into the respective function, you will be prompted to connect your iOS device with a USB cable. As you connect the device, the window will display the status and will eventually lead to the next screen.

prompt to connect the device

Step 5Figure Out If Your iOS Device is GSM or CDMA

The process holds a significant difference for GSM and CDMA devices while unlocking Activation Lock:

How To Identify Whether a Phone is GSM or CDMA?

The identification of a GSM-supported and CDMA-supported iDevice is quite simple to process. To realize the identity of such devices, open the Settings of your iDevice and proceed to the General settings. Look for the About section to open the details of your iDevice.

Look through the settings and locate whether the device has a MEID or ESN number displayed in the list. If so, it supports CDMA networks. Conversely, if you have an IMEI number displayed in the list, the device represents a GSM-supported network. If you find both types of numbers in the list, the iDevice supports both GSM and CDMA networks.

When It is A GSM Device: Unlocking the Activation Lock does not harm the device, allowing you to enjoy all its services seamlessly. After bypassing the iCloud Activation Lock, your iOS device will resume normal functionality.

unlock gsm phone

When It is A CDMA Device: For a CDMA device, the device won't be operational for calls and other cellular purposes. However, the Apple ID associated with the device will still be usable for accessing the App Store and other essential Apple functions.

unlock cdma phone

As you proceed with the operation of unlocking the CDMA device type, you will be prompted with a list of pointers that you need to keep in mind. Checkmark the option of agreeing over the process and click Got It!

warning for cdma phone

Step 6Jailbreak Your iDevice Properly

Following this, if your iDevice is not jailbroken, the platform will ask the user to execute the process. If you wish to follow textual guidelines for jailbreaking your device, click the Jailbreak Guide option. Conversely, you can also use the Watch Video option to observe the process through a video guide.

jailbreak ios device

Step 7Activation Lock Starts to Get Removed

After ensuring your iOS device is jailbroken, the process will automatically start to remove Activation Lock and be displayed under the progress bar.

activation lock removal in progress

Step 8Activation Lock Successfully Removed From iOS Device

A completion message appears on the window once the process concludes. Select the Done button to complete unlocking the Activation Lock.

activation lock removed successfully

Part 2: How To Remove iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone Without Jailbreak? (iOS 15.0~16.3)

If you have an iOS device between iOS 15.0 to 16.3, this can be catered through this process. Follow the steps provided below:

Supported Devices: (Running iOS 15.0 to 16.3)

  • iPhone: iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, iPhone X.
  • iPad: iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation).
  • iPad Air: iPad Air 2.
Step Start Unlocking the iCloud Activation Lock

As you process through the basic homepage of Wondershare Dr.Fone and initiate the removal of the iCloud Activation Lock, you will find yourselves on the respective screen. Here, click the Unlock Now button after confirming all the mentioned details involving the iOS device.

click unlock now to start

Step 2Confirm the Prompt

Next, a prompt will appear on the screen showing a warning to the user involving the process. Read out all the details and checkmark the option of I have read and agree the agreement. Continue by tapping the Got It! option.

confirm warning prompt

Step 3Start Putting iDevice in DFU Mode for the First Time

You will have to put the iOS device in DFU Mode using the instructions provided on the screen. On putting the device in DFU Mode for the first time, the program sends a command to the device, and it restarts. Click the arrow on the right to continue.

put ios in dfu first time

Step 4Put iDevice in DFU Mode for the Second Time

Continue to put the iOS device in DFU Mode for the second time. As it is done, the program activates the device, and it is unlocked. When it is done, select Got It! button to conclude.

put ios in dfu second time

Step 5Follow On-Screen Instructions if the Device Not Detected

In situations where no device has been detected by the platform, the user needs to follow the on-screen instructions to put their iOS device in DFU Mode.

follow instructions if not detected

Step 6Successfully Remove iCloud Activation Lock

Once the device has been processed under the DFU Mode, the computer’s screen will start displaying the removal of the iCloud Activation Lock. Go through the progress bar and observe the completion of the process.

start icloud activation lock removal

Once it is done, the screen displays the completion message. Click Done to conclude removing iCloud Activation Lock.

successful removal of activation lock

Note: Keep in mind that after the removal of the Activation Lock from the iPhone, it won't be able to make or receive any calls or text messages through cellular networks. The functionality would resemble an iPad, where you can make use of its features and applications.

Part 3: How To Remove iCloud Activation Lock on iPhone/iPad With Jailbreak? (iOS/iPadOS 16.4~16.6)

For iPhone or iPad users running iOS/iPadOS 16.4~16.6, the Dr.Fone – Screen Unlock Mac version presents a simplified method to remove iCloud Activation Lock. It is designed to automatically retrieve and jailbreak your device without manual intervention or the need for third-party jailbreak programs, ensuring a formal and secure process. After the jailbreaking process, follow the subsequent steps outlined in Part 1.

Supported Devices: (Running iOS/iPadOS 16.4 to 16.6)

  • iPhone: iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, iPhone X.
  • iPad: The new iPad [iPad (3rd generation)], iPad (4th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation).


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