SUMMARY: If your iPhone has an iCloud account lock on it, it means that regardless of how much you paid for your second-hand phone, the previous owner can still block you from using it. They can do this by keeping the device locked to their iCloud account and not allowing you to log into the phone.
The only way around this is to get an iCloud account unlocked. It frees your phone from the previous owner’s iCloud account and allows you to setup your account on that phone, meaning you can start making calls, sending messages, and using apps.
Of the 9 iCloud activation unlock services we found and 3 we tested, the fastest, cheapest, and best supported provider is iPhone IMEI. They unlocked all 6 accounts we sent them, for the least money, and did it in the fastest time.
Unlock your iCloud account with iPhone IMEI now.
At the start of 2014, Apple added a quirk to iOS7 that changed the way that iPhone accounts were made available. It was a little thing called iCloud Activation Lock. The change made to iOS 7 (and carried through to iOS8 and iOS9) is that your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch is now locked to your personal iCloud account. This means when you restart your Apple device you have to enter your iCloud username and password to access the features, functions, and files.
This isn’t a big problem when you’re just using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, but when you buy a second-hand device from StarGazer77 on eBay, and he doesn’t either remove his iCloud details or give you his access details, the phone is useless. Literally, useless. It doesn’t matter if you reset it, jailbreak it, allow the battery to run completely flat, or pay someone to hack into it, you couldn’t use the phone. That means your $400 is down the drain, and you’re left with most expensive paperweight you’ve ever purchased.
In response to the massive demand that suddenly sprung up from disgruntled consumers who’d legitimately bought an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch and couldn’t use it, clever providers started investigating ways to bypass this barrier. There were a lot of false starts and loopholes closed by Apple, but eventually, a fool-proof loophole emerged. And now, you can get the iCloud activation lock removed and use the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch you paid your hard earned money for.
Choosing the right iCloud Unlock Provider
With all the providers flooding the market, it became difficult to tell who could legitimately unlock your iCloud account and who was just a scam shopfront setup to rip you off. After being scammed three times by ‘Official’ unlock solutions, I decided to test and review them to find out who was the most reliable.
Why I’m qualified to tell you this
There are no degrees available in iCloud unlocking so there are no technical qualifications I could hold to make me more qualified than the next guy to tell you about iCloud unlock, but there is one thing that makes me more of an expert than anyone else: testing.
I’ve reviewed 9 providers and tested 3 providers on all active iPhone models. And the simple fact that I’ve actually tested these providers with all models makes me the expert in the space.
There are other reviews available but most of them have never reviewed even one carrier, let alone reviewed all nine. That’s why I’m qualified to tell you this.
It’s easy. The steps to unlock with a service.
Step 1 – Visit the one of the recommended services we review found below in this article
Step 2 – Enter your IMEI or Serial Number of your phone or device
If your iPhone is active: Dial *#06# to get your IMEI or go to Settings -> General -> About -> then Scroll down to find the IMEI number
If your device is not active: Located on the activation screen, there will be a little “i” icon on the screen. Tap to that button and you will get your IMEI number
Step 3 – Wait for confirmation that your iCloud Lock has been unlocked!
Step 4 – Now create a new account and start using your device
This service works on all iPhone 7, 7 plus, 6, 6 plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 and iPad 4, 3, 2 Air 2.
iCloud Unlock Test Methodology
The way I conducted these tests was simple. First of all, I Googled iCloud unlock providers and drew up a list of everyone I could find. After removing services that didn’t look like they were still active, I was left with nine services.
The next step in the process was to cull that list down from nine operators to my top three. I wanted my test of each operator to be comprehensive and complete and it wasn’t possible to rigorously test all 9 operators. To do this, I jumped onto review websites such as TrustPilot, RipoffReport, and TrustmarkReviews to weed out any obviously dodgy operators.
I read the reviews and tallied up the average score of each service provider giving me an average score for each. I cut the lowest scoring six services and was left with three to test.
To make sure I had enough devices to thoroughly test each provider, I put the call out to all my readers to get iPhones that need unlocking. I wanted to get people in a variety of countries and using a variety of models.
Of the 73 who responded, I chose 18 to test (6 for each provider):
1 x iPhone 4
1 x iPhone 4s
2 x iPhone 5
2 x iPhone 5c
3 x iPhone 5s
2 x iPhone 6
2 x iPhone 6 Plus
3 x iPhone 6s
1 x iPhone 6s Plus
1 x iPhone SE
The chosen applicants then sent me their IMEI codes and I placed the orders.
The iCloud providers were judged based on 4 criteria:
Criteria 1: Price
Price range varied greatly between providers. Some were as little as $15 whilst others were as much as $149. There are very few people on this earth who can purchase services without being price conscious so this is where we started our assessment.
Criteria 2: Customer service
Handing over your device details and a chunk of cash to an unknown website to perform a service you know very little about can be a little nerve-wracking, but having a supportive and understanding person on the other end of the customer support line can help calm those nerves.
We tested each service provider three times during the course of the unlocking process:
Before the purchase
After the purchase but before the unlock was complete
After the unlock was complete
This was to get a comprehensive understanding of who was really there to help and who was there just to take your money.
Criteria 3: Success
What the point in great prices and caring customer support if they can deliver on what they promised? Because of this, the third criteria is: success. It’s a simple pass/fail criteria. If the iCloud account was unlocked, it was a success. If not, then no.
Criteria 4: Speed
Getting your iCloud account unlocked is great, but waiting can be frustrating. To compare apples to apples, we didn’t assess the sites on how long they said it would take to free the iCloud account, just how long it actually took to unlock them.
After processing all of this data, we can confidently say that the following three providers are the best.
Having an iPhone locked to someone else’s iCloud account sucks. They can effectively hold you ransom and make you pay whatever they wanted to get access to the phone you’ve already paid for. And nobody wants that. iCloud unlock services are now available and you can beat their scams without having to pay them a cent.
Of the 9 iCloud unlock providers we found and the 3 we tested, the winner was clear: phoneunlock.org.
They’re the fastest, cheapest, have the more responsive customer support, and were the only provider who successfully completed all 6 iCloud unlocks we sent them.