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Why Activation Lock is no longer checkable via iCloud

Apple has removed their online iCloud Activation Lock tool. Here's why!

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How to remove Activation Lock from iPhone or iPad

How do you remove Activation Lock from your iPhone or iPad? Here's the answer!

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How to use Activation Lock on Apple Watch

If you lose your Apple Watch, you can lock it down so that no one else can use it.

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How to turn off Find My iPhone and Activation Lock

With Find my iPhone you can keep track of all your Apple devices and even remotely wipe them if they ever get lost or stolen. If you ever need to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iTunes, however, or if you ever want to sell or give it away, you'll need to disable Find my iPhone (or iPad) first. That's because Find my iPhone (or iPad) also governs Activation Lock, Apple's theft deterrent system. Luckily, it's easy to do!

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iPhone theft down by 40% in San Francisco, 25% in New York thanks to Activation Lock

The introduction of Activation Lock was credited by the FCC in December as the main factor behind the reduction in iPhone-related theft, and new data suggests that the trend has continued since. The latest numbers reveal a decline of 40 percent in the number of iPhones stolen in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York between September 2013 and September 2014.

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FCC credits Apple's iOS Activation Lock for declining iPhone thefts

As a result of Apple implementing Activation Lock on its iOS software, iPhone theft cases are on the decline. The Federal Communications Commission published a report in December detailing that iPhone thefts are down by a significant margin in major cities, such as in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY in the U.S. and London in the U.K.

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How to turn off Find My iPhone remotely and bypass Activation Lock

If you're running iOS 7 or higher on your iPhone or iPad, Find My iPhone now comes with a feature called Activation Lock that prevents someone from wiping and using your device without your authorization. While it's a great theft deterrent, it can create a problem if you sell or get rid of a device before disabling Find My iPhone First. Most commonly the problem comes up with second hand iPhones that have been bought, sold, or traded. Luckily, the previous owner can deactivate Find My iPhone remotely which should then, in turn, allow you to bypass Activation Lock.

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Before you buy a used iPhone or iPad, check its Activation Lock Status on iCloud

The secondhand market for used iPhones and iPads is hot, and unfortunately so are some the devices being sold on it. To try and protect people from buying devices that turn out to have been lost, stolen, or otherwise misappropriated, Apple has created a new Activation Lock Status checker on

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Apple iPhone theft is down drastically thanks to activation lock feature

Late last year, Apple added the Activation Lock feature to devices in hopes of cutting down on theft. New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, and the district attorney of San Francisco, George Gascón are now saying that the "kill switch" that is Activation Lock has drastically cut down on iPhone theft. Police say that robberies have dropped in London, New York and San Francisco after Activation Lock was added to iOS 7. London thefts fell by 24 percent, New York by 19 percent and San Francisco by 38 percent when compared to the same period last year.

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iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

A bug has been found in iOS 7 that allows a an attacker with physical control over a lost or stolen iPhone to get around Activation Lock and gain access to the device. Unfortunately, the method for circumventing Activation Lock has been made public. However, the bypass process requires the attacker have access to an unlocked device, and be able to access the device after a reboot, so it can be thwarted by simply having a Passcode enabled (either by itself or as part of Touch ID).

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