iOS 7 Activation Lock

A great new feature in iOS 7 is the Activation Lock. When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7, the Apple ID and password you use for iCloud is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device. From that point on, your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

iOS 7 Activation Lock

There are downsides for this activation lock though; be very careful when you buy an iDevice that has iOS 7 installed. Make sure the previous owner of the unit has turned off Find My iPhone and erased all contents & settings. Otherwise, you won’t be able to activate the device no mater what.

Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone in iOS 7, or when you upgrade to iOS 7 from a previous version of iOS that has Find My iPhone already turned on.

To turn OFF Find My iPhone on your device:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID, if necessary.
  4. Turn off Find My iPhone.

This sums up the Activation Lock in iOS 7, if you need more information you can read this article from the Apple website.


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