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How to Activate iPhone Without Apple ID?

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Have your ever encountered Activation Lock or iPhone Locked to Owner screen on your iPhone? In this case, Apple ID and password is your only way to access all features and services on iPhone. But what if you buy a used iPhone from others? It’s definitely a dramatic scene. Well, to get you out of this dilemma, this post will tell you how to activate iPhone without Apple ID.

how to activate iphone without apple id

Part 1: Why Is Apple ID Verification Triggered?

For the sake of security, Apple will trigger the Apple ID verification to prevent iPhone from being accessed by others when it’s lost or stolen. Activation Lock screen will show up to protect the device if someone wants to unlock iPhone by erasing, jailbreaking or other means. Second-hand users may want to reset their iPhone to get a new iOS system. But, they didn’t turn off the Find My feature on their device, which may trigger the Activation Lock. That is the most heartbreaking moment when you realize you have wasted your money. But no worries, what coming below is a full guide on how to activate iPhone without Apple ID.

Part 2: How to Activate iPhone Without Apple ID

So here is the great part to show you how to activate an iPhone without Apple ID and password. Let’s dive into the following contents and regain access to your iPhone again.

Method 1: Unlock with FonsGo iPhone Unlocker

When it comes to using the right tool, FonesGo iPhone Unlocker is the most powerful tool for unlocking a wide range of locks on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, such as Activation Lock, Screen Passcode Lock, Apple ID Lock, and more. If you are a used iPhone user or have forgotten your iPhone password, FonesGo is the best tool to regain access to your device, as it allows you out of password restriction with only a few clicks.

Key features:

  • ● Bypass Activation Lock without Apple ID and password
  • ● Unlock iPhone Locked to Owner without previous owner
  • ● It offers an intuitive interface and comprehensive guide
  • ● It comes with a high success rate
  • ● iOS 12 – iOS 16.7 are available

If you are using a second-hand iPhone with the Activation Lock, then here you will find out how to activate iPhone without Apple ID and password on your computer below.

  1. Step 1 Connect iPhone
  2. First, connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. Open the software and select “Unlock iCloud Activation Lock” that will appear on the interface.

    unlock icloud activation lock
  3. Step 2 Jailbreak your iPhone
  4. In the second step, you have to download a firmware package to proceed with the process. For that, make sure you have a good internet connection. Afterwards, click on “Remove Now” to proceed. Your device will go into Recovery Mode automatically. Then, you need to put the device in DFU mode manually.

    put iphone into dfu mode
  5. Step 3 Start to activate iPhone without Apple ID
  6. Once the jailbreaking is done, you need to click on the Next button and enter DFU mode again. Afterwards, the tool will start removing the iCloud Activation Lock from your iPhone in about 1–2 minutes.

    start to activate iphone without apple id

Method 2: Change DNS to Bypass

DNS Bypass is one of the ways to remove the iCloud Activation Lock by manipulating the DNS server, or, in other words, changing the activation path of your iCloud-locked iPhone to some other server for authentication.

However, changing DNS to bypass does not support the newer version of iOS, only available in iOS 8 to 10, and comes with a relatively limited success rate. So if you have an iPhone running an old iOS version and other solutions does not work on iCloud removal, this could be a great choice to unlock the iCloud activation on your iPhone.

Following are the steps to change the DNS address to activate iPhone without Apple ID or jailbreak.

Step 1: Complete your language and region settings and go ahead to WiFi section.

Step 2: Look for the “i” symbol beside the WiFi you connected. Now forget your network by tapping Forget this Network and back to the former page.

Step 3: Now Click “i” again and enter the one of the DNS server IP addresses so you can bypass the iCloud Activation Lock successfully. You can choose different locations from different regions of the world. Save edits.


South America:



Australia and Oceania:

Other continents:

Step 4: Back to connect to your WiFi again and continue to tap Back when a pop-up page appears. Last, select Activation help. Done.

change dns address

Method 3: Bypass via Previous Owner

iCloud is another great platform to remove Activation Lock, and it’s also quite easy to permanently get around the Activation Lock. What you need to do is contacting the previous to delete the iCloud locked iPhone from its iCloud account.

​Here are the steps to show you how to activate iPhone without Apple ID for free via the previous owner.

Step 1: Go to browser and then to

Step 2: Sign into iCloud and then click on Find My.

Step 3: Now click All devices, then select the device and click on erase device. Last, hit Remove from Account.

remove from account

Part 3: [Bonus tip] How to Reset Apple ID and Password?

If you just forgot your Apple ID and password and are not a second-hand user, then here is a guide on how to reset your Apple ID and password to bypass the Activation Lock.

Step 1: Go to your PC browser and Sign in to

Step 2: Now when the sign in and security section appears, select Password.

Step 3: Now click on password and security to change the password.

Step 4: Now click on change the password and enter a new password to reset your iCloud.

reset apple id password


This post has clearly shown you how to activate iPhone without Apple ID by using 3 ways. Unlock tools, DNS, iCloud are the main solutions for Activation Lock bypass. Among these solutions, unlock tools are still the reliable one, as it provides professional guide and a high success rate. And this is the reason why FonesGo iPhone Unlocker is recommended as a priority to unlock Apple ID verification screen on your iPhone. Leave your comments below if you are having trouble with a particular step, and I will be happy to help you fix the problem.

Isabella is one of the lead technical editors of the FonesGo site and is especially talented at fixing iOS & Android issues. She has over nine years of experience in iOS and Android troubleshooting writing.
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