How people end up iCloud Locked?
To understand why people search how to bypass iCloud activation, we need to understand how they end up locked on iCloud. If you have an Apple device, you know how well made they are. Apple put a lot of time and effort into making their devices, and the security of your data stored in these devices is definitely considerable. One of the biggest innovations Apple ever made was the iCloud and Find My iPhone service. It allows you to locate your device remotely, to lock it, ring it and erase it from distance in case you lost it, it’s been stolen, or you simply misplaced it.
All good and well, until you get to buy a second-hand device. While Apple’s intention was good, and their service managed to reduce a bit the phone theft, it also caused some collateral victims: eBay buyers. An astonishing number of people are purchasing second-hand iDevices daily on eBay, and some of these devices turn out to be iCloud Locked. In this case, unless the buyer can get in touch with the previous owner (very unlikely, as it is rarely the eBay seller), the device is not more useful than a brick. A pretty expensive brick.
What is the iCloud Activation Lock?
The iCloud lock means you cannot activate the device and get past the Setup screen which asks for the e-mail and the password for the Apple ID to which the device is locked. Unless this data is provided, the device can’t be used for absolutely anything. So, what are thieves doing? Well, they steal the device and sell it on eBay. One buys the device without knowing it is locked, only to find out the device is unusable and the buyer is long gone.
So who’s fault is it? Of course, one can say “you should be careful when you buy online” or “you should have bought from a reputable source” or even “you should have purchased from a retail store”, well, what if the buyer doesn’t have $900? Buying second-hand devices is not something new, and I am more than sure everybody has ever bought at least one second-hand device. The only one we should blame is the thief, who managed to make two different victims while getting some cash.
Nonetheless, this is the moment when iCloud Bypasses come in handy. An iCloud bypass method is a circumvention of Apple’s Activation mechanism on iPhones, iPads or iPods and there are many ways and proof of concepts on this. To bypass icloud, one usually has to take advantage of a bug or a security exploit.
The iOS 11 Bug
With iOS 11, a new bug has been introduced that can be used to bypass iCloud on literally any 64-Bit iDevice. Keep in mind, 64-Bit not necessarily 64 GB. Any iPhone after iPhone 5 is pretty much a 64-Bit device. The bug resides in the activation via passcode mechanism and is only triggerable if the device you are trying to bypass is locked to an account on which Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is enabled. If 2FA is not enabled, the “Unlock with passcode” option will not be presented on the activation screen.
The bug pretty much relies on the user trying a couple times a false passcode like “0000” or “000000” if the passcode field is for 6-digit, and then waiting one hour for the session with the activation server to expire, then trying again with the same wrong passcode 2 more times. This way, the device will still activate even if the passcode is wrong. The bug has been discovered by myicloud.info.
According to the iOS YouTube channel F.C.E. 365 – iDevice Central, the bug has been patched in iOS 11.2 Beta, so it works on the iOS 11.0 – iOS 11.1.1 range, which is quite big. iDevice Central also has a video tutorial on how to take advantage of the bug and how to bypass iCloud, that you can follow below. Good luck!
What if the bug gets patched?
It is unfortunate, but Apple can and will patch this bug at any point. In fact, according to the above-mentioned iDevice Central, the bug might have been patched already in iOS 11.2 Beta. Once iOS 11.2 Beta is out, and all the rest become unsigned, this bug most likely will not be used anymore to bypass iCloud activation. In this case, if you miss the chance now, you may not be able to bypass iCloud again until a similar bug appears in the wild.
There are a lot of websites claiming to sell working iCloud bypass solutions for various prices. We would recommend against since these websites can’t easily be verified and many people have been scammed during the years by various websites promoting fake services. A comprehensive list of iCloud bypass scammers that were reported through the years can be found on iCloud Bypass website.
If you’ve got an iCloud locked device, you may want to try out this iOS 11 passcode bug now as it is currently possible to bypass iCloud using it, if your device meets the above-mentioned conditions. Once this bug is patched, it is very hard to tell when a similar method will occur. Apple takes care of their device’s security and therefore, such bugs may rarely occur in the future. Hardware replacement (changing the motherboard of the device) may be expensive, but it does work. When changing the motherboard, the device becomes a different one, with a different serial number and IMEI. You must pay attention not to purchase a locked motherboard.
Did you try the bug on your device? Did you manage to bypass iCloud on your device? Tell us in the comments below.