Activation Lock for Mac

Activation Lock is designed to prevent others from using your Mac if it's lost or stolen.

Activation Lock helps you to keep your Mac secure, even if it's lost or stolen, and can improve your chances of recovering it. With Activation Lock, your Apple ID password or device passcode is required before anyone can turn off Find My, erase your Mac or reactivate and use your Mac. Even if you erase your Mac remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter others from reactivating your Mac without your permission. All you need to do is keep Find My turned on and remember your Apple ID and password.

 


How to enable Activation Lock

If your Mac meets the Activation Lock system requirements, just turn on Find My to enable Activation Lock:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
  2. Select iCloud in the sidebar, then select Find My Mac on the right-hand side.

Activation Lock remains enabled as long as you keep Find My turned on. Find out more about Find My.

 


How to disable Activation Lock

To disable Activation Lock, turn off Find My:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
  2. Select iCloud in the sidebar, then untick Find My Mac on the right-hand side.
    Find My also turns off when you sign out of iCloud, such as when you're preparing to sell, give away or trade in your Mac.

If you don't have access to your Mac, use a web browser on another device to remove Activation Lock.

If your previously owned Mac displays an Activation Lock window asking for someone else's Apple ID, the previous owner may need to remove Activation Lock for you.

 


System requirements for Activation Lock

Activation Lock is available on Mac computers with Apple silicon or the Apple T2 Security Chip. Additional requirements:

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