If you’re reading this article, then you are one of the people looking to jailbreak an iCloud locked iPhone.
How often do we hear people complaining about getting stuck on iCloud activation lock? An iCloud locked iPhone is virtually useless as you can’t use any of its features unless you bypass this security lock.
This blog-post is going to discuss everything you need to know pertaining to unlocking a locked iPhone by jailbreaking it first. Without wasting any more words, let’s find out how to jailbreak an iCloud locked iPhone.
Part 1. Can you remove an iCloud locked iPhone by jailbreaking?
Before finding out how to jailbreak a locked iPhone, it’s important to learn whether or not you can bypass activation lock by jailbreaking. The below FAQs will help you understand that.
What is jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking is a process of removing software restrictions imposed on your device by the operating system – in this case, iOS. Such restrictions may bar you from using various features of your device or downloading third-party apps on it.
But once you jailbreak it, all the features or services previously limited become available. Simply put, jailbreaking gives you the freedom to tweak with and customize iOS and install apps, extensions, themes, that can’t be acquired through the official App Store.
What is an activation lock?
Every iOS-based device comes with a security lock called activation lock. It is automatically turned on if the Find My iPhone feature is enabled on your device. This ingenious feature is intended to prevent third-party users from accessing the data stored on your device. It comes in handy in case your iPhone is lost or stolen.
However, activation lock can become a nuisance if forget Apple ID credentials or buy a second-hand iPhone only to find out later that it has FMI feature already enabled on it. In either case, you’re stuck on the activation lock screen whenever you reset your iPhone.
Does Jailbreaking remove Activation Lock or Not
Now that you know what is activation lock and jailbreaking, it’s pertinent to answer if it’s possible to remove the iCloud lock with a jailbreak method. To speak bluntly, the answer is a big NO.
Jailbreaking alone cannot remove the iCloud activation lock. It does play an important part in bypassing the lock but cannot do it solely. Almost all methods/tools need your device to be jailbroken before start removing the iCloud lock.
Part 2: How to jailbreak and bypass an iCloud locked iPhone
In this section, we’ll discuss 2 promising ways of bypassing activation lock through jailbreaking your device.
Use a professional tool to jailbreak an iCloud locked iPhone
The most reliable and easiest way to jailbreak and bypass the device iCloud-locked iPhone is by using WooTechy iSalvor. It’s an all-in-one solution to not only jailbreak your device but remove the activation lock as well.
With this professional tool installed on your computer, you don’t need the previous owner’s Apple ID or password or any other app/service to regain access to your locked iPhone. Its universal compatibility, stellar features, and 100% success rate make it your best choice.
Another great alternative to this is that you can install iPhone spyware for similar results.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to use iSalvor to jailbreak an iCloud locked iPhone:
After installing iSalvor, launch it on your computer and click on the “Bypass iCloud Activation Lock Screen” option on the main interface.
On the next screen, hit on Start to proceed and connect your locked iPhone to the computer via an original lightning cable.
Now, need to jailbreak your device.
For Mac users, iSalvor will automatically download the jailbreak package compatible with your iPhone. Hit on Start Jailbreak and follow the on-screen instructions carefully to jailbreak it.
The Windows users should watch the “Jailbreak Tutorial” provided by iSalvor and follow the steps to jailbreak their iPhones. Hit on Finished Jailbreak when it’s done.
The software will display the details of your recently jailbroken iPhone. Confirm the information shown on the screen and click on Start Bypass. iSalvor will take hardly a few minutes to completely remove the iCloud activation lock.
Click on Done and start using your iPhone by entering a new Apple ID through App Store.
Use an online iCloud unlock service: Introduction of iCloud activation lock removal
Another method of bypassing activation lock by jailbreaking it first is to use any online iCloud unlock service. With a few searches on Google, you’ll find many websites offering iCloud unlock services – obviously, you need to pay a hefty fee for it.
Depending on which website you’re contacting, you may be asked to provide your device’s information like IMEI number and other details.
If you’re willing to try out this method (considering reliability and safety issues), follow the below steps:
Go to the IMEI Unlock SIM website or any other site of your choosing. Now, fill in the information asked about your device.
Hit on Unlock Now and then follow the subsequent instructions to apply for unlocking services. You’ll receive a confirmation email when your device is unlocked.
Part 3: How to unlock an iCloud locked iPhone without jailbreak
One downside of jailbreaking is that you won’t be able to use cellular services, iCloud, and iMessage features on your device.
This section will shed light on 3 workarounds you can use to bypass the iCloud lock without jailbreaking your iPhone.
(Note: These methods don’t work always and are stringent on various conditionalities.)
a. Contact the previous owner to remove remotely
Apple allows users to remove the iCloud lock from anywhere, anytime, using Apple’s iCloud web services. It means your phone’s previous owner (the one whose Apple ID is logged in on your iPhone) can unlock your device even if he/she is out of the country.
So, get in contact with the owner and request them to log out of iCloud remotely. If they don’t know how to do that, ask them to follow the below steps:
Go to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID credentials. On the main interface, click on the Find My iPhone option.
You’ll enter a new screen. Here, click on All Devices at the top of the screen. A pop-up will show all the devices synced with that Apple ID. Select the locked iPhone you’re currently using.
Now, click Erase iPhone and then Next, and wait until the device is erased. Finally, hit on Remove from Account option and the iCloud web service will remove your iPhone from the linked account.
Your iPhone will be unlocked automatically and you can start using it with your own Apple ID.
This method is applicable only if you can somehow contact the previous owner. Additionally, the owner should also be able to recall the Apple ID synched on your device.
If you cannot contact the owner or if they are dead, jump to the next method.
b. Contact Apple Support
Contacting Apple Support is probably the most suited and risk-free way to help remove activation lock without jailbreaking your device. The Apple administration requires concrete proof that you’re the legal owner of the device and that’s why this process may take a bit more time than what you expect.
To make sure everything goes smoothly, ready the following documents before you contact them.
- Original purchasing receipt having your name and the seller’s name or the name of the shop from where you bought it, mentioned on it.
- If the owner is dead, then you may have to show the death certificate to verify your claim. It is possible if he or she is your close relative.
If you don’t have to substantiate proof, the Apple administration may deny your request.
c. DNS server bypass
You should also try to remove the iCloud activation lock through DNS server bypassing. In this method, you use your Wi-Fi to bypass the security system of your iPhone.
To do that, follow the below steps:
Restart your iPhone and go through the “setup as a new device” process until you reach the Wi-Fi settings page.
Now, tap the “i” icon next to your Wi-Fi name as shown in the figure.
After that, touch “Configure DNS” and then choose the “Manual” option.
Now, tap Add Server and enter any of the below IP addresses depending on your location,
- North America – 220.127.116.11
- South America – 18.104.22.168
- Europe – 22.214.171.124
- Asia – 126.96.36.199
- Australia and Oceania – 188.8.131.52
Your iPhone should get unlocked.
Finally, tap Back and then Activation Help. You will receive a message on the screen that reads, “You have successfully connected to the Server” if you have removed the activation lock.
Its success rate is too low. It is effective only if you’re using an older version of iOS on your iPhone – and that happens too rarely.
But since DNS Bypassing takes just a couple of minutes – and is free – it’s worth a try.
To sum it all, jailbreaking is a prerequisite to bypass the iCloud lock or activation lock on your iPhone. From the above methods, we conclude that jailbreaking is a straightforward process. So, you can fall back on this tutorial whenever you need to jailbreak an iCloud-locked iPhone and bypass the activation lock.
I recommend you to install WooTechy iSalvor to both jailbreak your device and bypass the iCloud lock with just a few clicks.