Have you bought a new iPhone that happens to be locked? Be aware to distinguish iCloud activation locking from the locking of your iPhone by the carrier. When you buy a used iPhone, it may be locked by a carrier, in which case, you will be unable to use it with a SIM card from a different network, unless you are with the same carrier. Similarly, your used iPhone could be iCloud locked, for various reasons, but the steps for unlocking it are not the same.
Unlocking your iPhone: what is it and how to do it?
If you bought an iPhone from an individual or a reseller and it shows an error message when you put your SIM card in, it means, quite simply, that your iPhone is locked to a different carrier than yours. Thus, since you are not the real owner of the iPhone, the only solution is to ask the previous owner to make the request through their carrier, or, if you cannot contact the old owner, to simply use a paid service to unlock your iPhone, for under $20.
Unlock iCloud activation iphone VS. simlock removal
Many of you confuse your carrier-locked iPhone with your iCloud-locked iPhone. To make it simple, when buying a used iPhone, the owner must absolutely deactivate the “Find my iPhone” function in the settings before selling it. In the case that it’s not deactivated, it will be unusable as long as the real owner doesn’t delete the iPhone from his/her iCloud account. It is the same if you found an iPhone and the person declared the phone lost via their iCloud account. You will not be able to unlock it yourself.
Very often, a customer requests the iPhone SIM-unlocking and once it’s activated by Apple and the instructions sent, we receive this kind of message: I followed your instructions but the phone still asks for a login and a password which I don’t have so I can’t use my iPhone!
This, therefore, has nothing to do with with the conventional locking of an iPhone by the carrier, so the steps to unlock will be different. If, after restoring your iPhone, a message appears asking you to enter a password with an iCloud email address that you don’t know, it means that iCloud is locked by the previous owner.
There are a few payable solutions to unlock an iCloud-locked iPhone, but it is not simple and it is important that the phone has not been declared stolen. We provide a solution which will allow you to successfully unlock iCloud on your iPhone, in the majority of cases.
2 methods to unlock iCloud
1- Safe and reliable service, 100% success rate, delivered in 24-48 hours: iCloud Unlocking PREMIUM Service
2- Cheaper service, but much longer (7-10 business days) with a 50-70% success rate: iCloud Unlocking REGULAR Service
To use service N° 2, the complete iCloud email address must be known. For this, you need to order a service that will retrieve the iCloud account information: Find iCloud owner account details
For service N° 2 (Regular), if you have already tried iCloud unlocking services previously, the chances of success go down to 20-30% instead of 50-70%. If failed, services 1 and 2 are fully reimbursed (except if your iPhone is declared lost or stolen).
The service allowing us to retrieve the Apple ID email address is refunded if the information are not found.