If you own an iPhone or iPad, it's possible that at some point your device will be locked out of your iCloud account. Luckily, there are several methods to unlock it. Keep reading and we'll explain what you can do.
How To Unlock Your Phone Online
If your iPhone has simply been locked out of iCloud, try the following:
This website unlocks most iPhones (from the 5SE to the iPhone 11), as well as iPads. To use it, go to this link
. Then, insert your IMEI code (if you don't know where to find it, check here
) and your country of residence. Then follow the remaining instructions. Unlocking your device with AppleiPhoneUnlock
costs upwards of 21€/27$ and takes 1-3 days.
is very similar to the previous website. For $42 you unlock any iPhone model within 1-3 days. It also works in the same way, you will only be asked for your phone's model and IMEI code. You can access the service here
How To Unlock Your iCloud Account
Disable Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone is useful when your phone is lost or stolen, but it also allows you to lock your iPhone. To disable it, open iTunes
and log into your iCloud account by entering your Apple ID and password. Here you can deactivate it. After that your device will return to its factory settings, where you will be able to use it again.
Unlock iCloud Account by Email
If your phone has been blocked because you forgot your iCloud password, you can recover it by emailing Apple's customer service. To do this, go to the Apple ID
page. From this website you can unlock your account, either by answering your online security questions or via email. For the latter, Apple will send you an email with instructions to unlock Apple ID and set a new password:
Unlock iCloud Via Two-Step Authentication
As you know, Apple's two-step authentication security system sends you a verification message every time you log into a new device. If you forget your password and your phone is locked, don't worry you can easily reset it. To do this, go to Settings > Apple ID
. Then, go to Passwords and Security > Change password
. Here you can change your password:
However, what if you want to turn off two-step authentication? In that case, you must enter your Apple ID page from a computer and go to My Apple ID
. Once there, you can disable two-step authentication. At that time, you will be asked to choose new security question. If you click Continue
, you will have disabled this option.
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