iCloud: Activation Lock

Activation Lock

With iOS 7 or later, Find My iPhone includes a feature called Activation Lock, which is turned on automatically when you set up Find My iPhone. Activation Lock helps protect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it’s ever lost or stolen.

With Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can:

  • Turn off Find My iPhone on your device

  • Sign out of iCloud on your device

  • Erase and reactivate your device

Important:   Make sure to remember your Apple ID and password, and that your password is unique and secure—someone else shouldn’t be able to guess it. For more information, see the Apple Support article Security and your Apple ID.

Check a device’s Activation Lock status

If you’re buying or selling a used device, you can check if the device is locked at icloud.com/activationlock from a Mac or PC.

Erase a device before you sell it or give it away

Be sure to erase your content and settings (in Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings). When you erase your content, Find My iPhone and Activation Lock are also turned off. For more information, see the Apple Support article What to do before selling or giving away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If you no longer have the device, follow the instructions to remove a device you no longer have.

To enable Activation Lock on Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, go to General > Apple ID, then sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud.

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2016
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