How to Unlock iCloud Locked iPhone 5/5s/5c/6/6s/6s plus/7/7 plus/8/8s/X?

Author:Jake | TIME:September 19,2017

“I just purchased a second-hand iPhone from Amazon but I could not unlock the device. Can anyone offer some suggestions? Thank you”

- Stephon     


I think this is not the case only Stephon comes across. Actually, if your iOS device, iPhone or iPad is a used device from a friend or online second-hand trading market, it could be an iCloud locked iPhone. That meas you are not able to unlock the device without previous owner’s information. That could be rather depressing. Fortunately, there are still some methods that can help you unlock iCloud as well as your device. And below we will show you how to unlock iCloud locked iPhone 5/5s/5c/6/6s/6s plus/7/7 plus/8/8s/X in ways.



What is iCloud Lock?

To solve the problem, we should first make it clear that what is iCloud lock and how it occurs. The iCloud Activation Lock which was first introduced by Apple in 2014, is used to lock your device to your personal iCloud account. To access your iOS device, you will need to enter the Apple ID and password associated with the iCloud account. If you don’t know the login information of that device, you will be locked out of iPhone. Yet, you can use some tricky methods to unlock iCloud account and then get into your iPhone. And below is how to unlock iCloud locked iPhone 5 and other iPhone models.


Method 1: Bypass iCloud Activation via

Method 2: Ask the Previous Owner to Turn off Find My iPhone Activation Lock


Method 1: Bypass iCloud Activation via

There are some online unlock services that can help you unlock iCloud locked iPhone, for example, the With the help of this online service, you can bypass iCloud Activation. You can do it by following below steps:

Step 1: Navigate to and click on “iCloud Unlock”.

Bypass iCloud Activation Lock via

Step 2: Select the model of your device and enter the IMEI/Serial number of your device.

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Step 3: Click "Add to cart" button to complete the payment.

After you finished the payment successfully, you will be notified of the unlocking process.

Note: The IMEI is a number that identifies mobile devices and it is unique. And if you don’t know your IMEI, you can follow below:

  • If you use an iPhone 5 or a newer model, your IMEI is printed on the back of your phone

  • If you have an older model, dial *#06#



Method 2: Ask the Previous Owner to Turn off Find My iPhone Activation Lock

If you don’t want to pay for the online unlock service, then how to unlock iCloud locked iPhone 5? Actually, you can contact the previous owner and ask them to turn off Find My iPhone activation lock on the device. In this way, you can remove the activation lock from your iPhone. But before you can do that, please keep in mind that you should make sure if the iPhone has been erased or not. Generally speaking, when you turn on the iPhone and see the passcode lock screen or the home screen, your device has not been erased.


1. If Your iPhone Has Been Erased

If the device has been erased, the only solution to unlock iCloud is to contact the previous owner. And they can remove the iCloud lock by following below steps.

Step 1: Navigate to and sign in with their Apple ID.

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Step 2: Go to “Find iPhone” and then select “All Devices”. They should see a list of devices linked to their iCloud account. Select the device you are using and then click “Erase iPhone”. And then you can set up the iPhone as a new device.


2. If Your iPhone Hasn’t Been Erased

If your iPhone hasn’t been erased yet, you can ten go to the previous owner to input their Apple ID and password. Then you can follow below to erase the iPhone.

(1) If your iPhone is running iOS 10 or later versions, ask the previous owner to sign out of iCloud before erasing it.

(2) If your iPhone is running iOS 9 or older versions, ask the owner to sign out of iCloud before erasing the device. Then you erase the device via Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

And that's all for how to unlock iCloud locked iPhone 5 and other iPhone models. You can try above ways once your iPhone is locked.

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