When activating your iPhone, you may need an Apple iCloud Removal service if you’re seeing any of these messages:
- This iPhone is currently linked to an Apple ID (e…..@gmail.com). Sign in with the Apple ID that was used to set up this iPhone.
- This iPhone was lost and erased. Sign in with the Apple ID that was used to erase this iPhone.
- This iPhone has been lost. Please call me. 1(xxx) xxx-xxxx
So, those messages indicate an iCloud activation lock on the iPhone.
Why is My iPhone iCloud Activation Locked?
This can happen if you’ve purchased an iPhone and the original owner did not erase all content and settings. This resetting task, though simple, can be easily overlooked if the owner is not accustomed to transferring ownership of an iPhone. As a result, the owner is required to enter their iCloud password when resetting their iPhone, .
There is no way you’re going to be able to disable the iCloud activation lock on your own if you are in possession of the iPhone. Therefore, it’s only possible to disable the iCloud activation lock if the original owner is physically in the same room with you. This would be very unlikely if the purchase was made over the internet.
Can the iCloud Activation Lock be Removed?
There are some third party websites offering services that claim to remove or disable the iCloud activation lock. I’ve never used them, but I get asked about them all the time.
Both the StockUnlocks plugin for WordPress and the module for Drupal connects your website with Wholesale, Direct source unlocking providers. Some of these providers offer the iCloud activation lock removal. However, others offer services that will allow to check if your recently obtained iPhone is lost or stolen.
All of these services require you to submit the IMEI for your iPhone. Before making the purchase, it would be best to obtain the IMEI from the original owner. This would allow you to verify:
- The locked/unlocked status of the device
- The network it was used on
- If an iCloud activation lock is present
Here’s how you find your IMEI if you have the iPhone in your possession:
- Dial *#06# as if you’re going to make a phone call
- You will see a small “i” button on your screen if you’re in the process of activating your iPhone. Tap that and the IMEI will be displayed
- The IMEI will be printed on the back of the iPhone 5 or newer models
Find the Correct iCloud Service
Once you’ve obtained the IMEI, choose the appropriate iCloud Removal or Check service below.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with the providers listed below. I am only providing this information as a resource for those using the StockUnlocks plugin for WordPress or the StockUnlocks module for Drupal. Therefore, it is your responsibility to thoroughly verify the service with the providers.
To further narrow down your options, try adding the name of your country or network in the “SEARCH:” box below.
iCloud Activation Lock is a Good Thing
The iCloud activation lock is a great deterrent for thieves looking to make a quick sale on a stolen iPhone. The device is totally useless unless the proper credentials are supplied. That’s why it’s a really good idea to have the iPhone checked out before you purchase it.
I hope that this information will help those in the process of building their own mobile unlocking websites. Things can get complicated when you add services like the iCloud Removal. Please, do your research and based on your findings enable the services that you’re comfortable with.
Finally, StockUnlocks is ready to provide you with the tools and information you need for adding new services to your website. See the YouTube videos regarding Adding Services: