iOS 7 activation lock

Published on October 14th, 2013 | by neluttu

iOS 7 Activation Lock – Removing an iDevice from a previous owner’s account

You must have heard or read by now that iOS 7 has an activation lock option that prevents any unauthorized person to use / erase / restore an iDevice.

That’s really great, but what if you bought an iDevice that is currently activation locked to the previous owner’s account? You sure can’t use it! Unless, the previous owner removes that device from his Find my iPhone list.

Apple activation lock

For fun, let’s name the previous owner, “Raul”. If you want to activate Raul’s iPhone / iPad or iPod, you’ll have to contact him and ask him to follow these steps to remove the device from his account:

1. Sign in to his iCloud account at
2. Choose the device from his Find My iPhone device list by clicking All Devices and selecting the correct device.
3. Click “Remove from Account” to remove the device from the account.

After the device has been removed from Raul’s account, turn it off by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button located on the top right side of the device. Then restart your device and proceed with device setup as you would normally.


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