Find My iPhone includes a feature called Activation Lock that is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it's ever lost or stolen.
Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone on a device using iOS 7 or later.
With Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password will be required before anyone can:
- Turn off Find My iPhone on your device
- Erase your device
- Reactivate and use your device
This can help you keep your device secure, even if it's in the wrong hands, and can improve your chances of recovering it. Even if you erase your device remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter anyone from reactivating your device without your permission. All you need to do is keep Find My iPhone turned on, andremember your Apple ID and password.
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Find My iPhone Activation Lock.
How does Activation Lock work?
When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, your Apple ID is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device. From that point on, your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.
Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you use Find My iPhone on a device using iOS 7 or later.
How do I check if my device is Activation Locked?
Please check if your device is currently Activation Locked using Apple's Activation Lock check here
How do I remove Activation Lock so I can sell my Apple device?If you still have your Apple device, please click here
If you do NOT have your Apple device, please click here