How to Turn off Activation Lock before Restoring iOS 7 Firmware

Posted by Lei Cao

July 24, 2013 News Tips 3 Comments

The Activation Lock is an efficient protection in iOS 7, which can prevent another person activate your iPhone, course you do not want that man is a thief. You just need to log in iCloud with your Apple ID and enable the Activation Lock.

This Activation lock is turned on by default as long as you log in iCloud and Find My iPhone when activating iOS 7.  So that thieves will not be able restore your iPhone with a new firmware, iTunes will prompt them turn off Find My iPhone before restoring, unless your Apple ID password has also been leaked to the thief.

Turn OFF iOS 7 Activation Lock

But when we ourselves need to restore the firmware, we can disable the Find My iPhone feature and turn off the Activation Lock by following steps.

Step 1: Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find  My iPhone

iCloud Settings

Step 2: You will see the “Find My iPhone” and “Activation Lock” switches, click the switches, an window pops up prompting you enter your Apple ID.

Turn off Find My iPhone

Step 3: Tap on Turn off button when you entered the correct Apple ID, then both features been turned off.

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  • Ted Forbes

    So what if the thief have your iPhone and you want it back and the device is not connected to the wifi how do you find your iPhone then? Is Apple doing enough? I don’t think this is enough.

    Somehow when the iPhone is connected to iTunes (because the computer tethered to the Internet rather than wifi) Apple should have some way of locating this device through iTunes and email the location to the persons email account.

    Is this necessary? Or do Apple have something better than this? If Apple can make something like this happen no one will mess with iPhones, ever.

    • Jay Kay

      in every case you mentioned, device needs to connect with the internet, and for beyond that they should put some tracker in the device which will work via satellite, like a car tracking system.

  • Si6o4

    ios7 beta4 changes this a bit… no more activation lock on/off switch.

    Activation Lock, a new feature of Find My iPhone, is turned on automatically when Find My iPhone is enabled on any device running iOS 7. Activation Lock requires users to enter their Apple ID and password to turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud, erase the device, or reactivate the device after an erase. It’s important to do one of the following before transferring a device to a new user:

    Sign out of iCloud.

    Turn off Activation Lock in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.