Remove iCloud, Activation Lock and Find My Phone

How to Remove iCloud, Activation Lock & Find My Phone

These are security features that have been introduced to Apple devices that run on the software version of iOS7 or above. Essentially, it provides an additional security layer, locking your device to your iCloud account.

All trade-in stores require you to remove the device you’re selling from your iCloud account… Good news is… it’s really, really simple!

Removal of iClouds Activation lock is ONLY for devices running iOS 7 or greater

To find your iOS version, on your device, simply go to:

Settings > General > About > Version

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How do I delete iCloud activation lock?

Removing iCloud activation lock is simple and will have zero impact on any of your Apple services – It’s done though one of these methods:

  • Removing iCloud using the device you’re selling

  • Removing iCloud using your computer

Use your iPhone / iPad for iCloud Account Removal

Requirements

Follow these steps and make sure your device was backed up recently.

The Process Step by Step

Open the Settings App

STEP 1: 
Open the Settings App

Choose General

STEP 2: 
Choose General

Choose Reset

STEP 3: 
Choose Reset

Choose Erase All Content and Settings

STEP 4: 
Choose Erase All Content and Settings

Select Erase iPhone/iPad

STEP 5: 
Select Erase iPhone/iPad

Enter your Apple ID password

STEP 6: 
Enter your Apple ID password

Select Erase iPhone/iPad

STEP 7: 
Select Erase iPhone/iPad

Select Erase iPhone/iPad to confirm again

STEP 8: 
Select Erase iPhone/iPad to confirm again

Use your computer for iPhone / iPad iCloud Account Removal

Requirements

Follow these steps:

Make sure your device was backed up recently and ensure the device you’re selling is turned off

The Process Step by Step

Sign into iCloud on your computer

STEP 1: 
Sign into iCloud on your computer

Click iCloud Settings

STEP 2: 
Click iCloud Settings from the menu

Click All Devices

STEP 3: 
Click the device in All Devices

Select the device and click Remove from Account

STEP 4: 
Select the device and click Remove from Account

Confirm the removal when prompted

STEP 5: 
Confirm the removal when prompted

Use your Apple Watch for iCloud Account Removal

Requirements

Follow these steps and make sure your device was backed up recently

The Process Step by Step

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Apple Watch application
  2. Select the My Watch section
  3. Choose General
  4. Choose Reset
  5. Choose Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings
  6. Follow on screen prompts and wait for it to complete
Apple Watch iCloud

Use your computer for Apple Watch iCloud Account Removal

Requirements

  • Apple ID password

Follow these steps:

Make sure your device was backed up recently and ensure the device you’re selling is turned off

The Process Step by Step

Follow these steps:

  1. Ensure the watch you’re selling is turned off
  2. Sign into iCloud on your computer
  3. Click All Devices
  4. Select the device and click Remove from Account
  5. Choose Remove From Account or the X icon next to the device
  6. Confirm the removal when prompted
Sign into iCloud on your computer
Removing iCloud, Activation Lock and Find My Phone