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New iOS 8 Activation Lock Bypass Discovered



Apple’s Activation Lock feature first introduced in iOS 7 prevents thieves from using your stolen iPhone or iPad as their own, but a new trick has been discovered that allows users to bypass the iOS 8 Activation Lock.

A random glitch discovered in iOS 8 allows you to bypass the iCloud Activation Lock process and reach the home screen from a locked device running any version of iOS 8.1.

Activation Lock is a feature to that keeps thieves from actually using your iPhone as their own when they go to reset it, and it requires the original owner’s Apple ID username and password to reactivate the device after being remotely erased/wiped by the owner through Apple’s Find my iPhone service.

However, a recent video shows that there’s a bypass that allows you to skip the above step and go straight to the home screen. Here’s how it’s done.

Reboot the device by shutting it down and turning it back on. You’ll be greeted with the iOS Setup Assistant. When you get to the screen that has you select a WiFi network, click on the Home button and then tap on More WiFi Settings. Next, tap on the “i” next to a WiFi network and select Manual in the “HTTP Proxy” section.

Here’s where it gets strange, but you’ll want to add 30 random emoji icons in the “Server” text box and then type 8888 in the “Port” text box. After that, tap Back and then Next.

Now, you’ll want to continue to slide to unlock and click the language options for a solid few minutes (watch the video above to watch it in action). Eventually, you’ll boot into the home screen.

Once you have access to the home screen, you have access to three applications: Phone, FaceTime, and Newsstand. An important thing to remember is that you’ll need to perform a hard restart every time you open and close out of an app. You can do this by holding down the power button and the Home button at the same time until the iPhone’s screen goes dark.

Now, this trick is really only useful to find the rightful owner of a lost iPhone that you found, so you can open up the FaceTime app hopefully find the email address of the owner If you can’t find the email here, restart the iPhone and go through the bypass process again, only this time, open up the Phone application to see if the owner’s phone number is listed.


Obviously, this trick isn’t very useful if you find a stolen iPhone and want to use it as your own iPhone, but it’s especially useful in order to find the rightful owner of a lost iPhone that you found.

Apple’s Activation Lock feature is incredibly useful, especially when you’re in the market to buy a used iPhone. Using Apple’s Activation Lock tool, you can see if an iPhone has been stolen or not.

When you buy an iPhone on eBay or Craigslist, you never know if the device was stolen or not until you find out that you can’t activate it with your own Apple ID account because it’s already associated with the original owner’s account.

Apple’s Activation Lock lookup tool aims to help in this sense, and allows buyers to see if an iPhone they’re about to buy still has Activation Lock enabled or not. If it does, then it’s safe to say that it was stolen.



  1. IOU812

    03/03/2015 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve had many stolen iPhones and there are many ways to get in!! The easiest hook up to iTunes on a pc not a Mac and restore it done!!! And unlock all yours that simple nuff said

    • Max

      03/05/2015 at 9:08 am

      What you are saying is in correct. I had bought a iPhone 5 under iCloud lock and when I plug it into my laptop (PC) it would not let me restore without putting the original owners Lock in.
      Apple made a good step by if you want to restore your iPhone you have to take off iCloud, so third party buyers won’t sell them a locked device. Unless they sell it without restoring it. But no one would do that.

      • Larry

        03/05/2015 at 1:05 pm

        Really?? It worked on iPhone 6 plus and 6 maybe the 5 has a iOS to block that?? I don’t know?? All I know I unlocked several iPhone 6 and 6 plus on my pc and my laptop recently but my friend has a program that bypasses if I find the program I’ll let you know, it was a free download for PC ONLY!!! NOT A MAC or MAC BOOK laptop

        • lauvenance

          07/11/2015 at 10:18 am

          can I send to u my iphone5s so as u can help me to bypass it b’cause I didn’t know that it has icloud lock,iam in tanzania,or if there is another way to solve it plz plz plz plz plz help me broo

        • F'kay

          11/01/2015 at 11:33 am

          Hi Larry I’ve anever Icloud locked iPhone 6 how can I unlock it?

        • rpguso

          01/18/2016 at 11:02 am

          help me out with that program.

      • Larry

        03/05/2015 at 1:08 pm

        Also does bypass any I cloud junk too it’s the program it’s complicated to describe but it works!! After that they go on eBay for profit as unlocked and sold many and buyers had no issues using them

    • Ken

      03/26/2015 at 6:13 am

      What is the name of the program?

    • quin

      12/03/2015 at 12:43 pm

      hey bro i have a 5c can i bypass the activation? could you send me som info?? thanks

    • shakheim williamson

      12/08/2015 at 8:47 am

      how do you do that

    • keisha

      01/16/2016 at 4:40 pm

      Can you help

    • Mandy Abbot

      06/07/2016 at 3:56 am

      I always think that if you buy your phone secondhand, the best thing to do is contact the previous owner and have him/her enter the e-mail and password and disable it. Or contact Apple although I’m not entirely sure if they charge for you. People can also try, as a lot of my friends have availed of their service and had absolutely no problems. Hope this helps!

  2. In10se

    03/04/2015 at 1:51 am

    Does it really unlock on a PC ? I tried resetting mine on mac but to no avail. Help :(

  3. Larry

    03/04/2015 at 7:45 am

    @ 1010se…. Yes it does my friend did a unlock he has some program that a Mac won’t let you use!! Go figure it’s apple here lol after that sold on eBay for good profit

    • dennis

      04/19/2015 at 8:25 pm

      What is the name of the software? Would be very helpful tired of looking at my ipad paper weight lol.

    • Roy

      07/19/2015 at 3:56 am

      I have a brand new mint condition iPhone 6 it must be only days old when I found it, there’s not a single mark/scratch anywhere on the device & is in a case with screen protector. It comes on etc but has a passcode on it & might have iCloud or Apple ID on it, but it’s from a different country and I was told if it’s from a different country the iCloud does not stop it from been used – it just means I can use iCloud – and tats not a problem , I’ve no need for using iCloud ,, I’m selling it if anyone is interested & it’s in the same condition as you would buy it new from shop- mint condition. Thanks. And plz no timewasters.

  4. Joe Haney

    04/24/2015 at 4:46 pm

    BS BS BS Larry unless you have proof you are full of shit! Ever since iOS 8 there have only been a couple instances of successfully bypassing the Activation lock and they required a team creating and hosting a fake apple server in iTunes. We could then trick iTunes by editing the hosts file to connect to the “Team Doulci” server instead of Apples but even then Doulci’s server had to be live witch was very rare at best and even then they still had to flip the activation switch on their end telling iTunes its ok by Apple to unlock this iPhone… Not since iOS 7 has there been a stand alone app that can bypass activation lock and even in iOS 7 you could swipe away the Activation screen and get to home but it never fully went away you could just swipe passed it. I have done this and researched this topic a little bit lol.

  5. aniket

    06/01/2015 at 1:13 am

    can we use another thing using emoji because my emoji is no activated

  6. Jwlz

    06/29/2015 at 5:27 am

    Most programs on the internet to bypass your icloud are fake and just infect your computer. There are complicated methods that work with USB and Web debuggers. The only real 100% icloud activation is to get the icloud account removed from the apple database. I have a contact in a telecom store who sells iPhones and haves acces to their database. For a small fee (less then the 149dollar you find on the internet) he can remove the icloud from the device, only thing he needs is your IMEI and device model. Contact via [email protected]

  7. tamika marks

    07/08/2015 at 3:47 pm

    bought iphone 6 thats locked did everything but it says could not activate iphone need help its link to find my iphone dont know passcode need help.

    • MjGraw

      07/08/2015 at 5:14 pm

      Did you find a solution to your problem. Pls help

  8. Cire

    08/16/2015 at 6:56 pm

    Is there an IP or DNS server I can type in instead of the emojis….I restored the phone but the keyboard doesn’t have the emoji settings

  9. rockii mitchell

    09/04/2015 at 10:22 pm

    someone facebook me @ rockii Mitchell

  10. Melanie Sours

    09/14/2015 at 8:58 am

    bypass icloud lock method

  11. kkwildmanw

    09/17/2015 at 10:25 am

    This did not work on the iPhone 4.

  12. stanley

    10/24/2015 at 3:56 am

    someone help me please i need the software [email protected]

  13. treyy

    10/26/2015 at 6:03 pm

    thanks a lot!

  14. kevinjhon00000

    11/17/2015 at 11:17 pm

    Bypass iCloud And iOS 9.2 Remove iCloud Activation Lock – Is That Real Or Fake ??

  15. Mick668

    12/15/2015 at 10:39 am

    I have remove iCloud on my iPhone 6 with i-accessoires services and now he work fine for me

    • Shannon

      04/14/2016 at 6:04 pm

      I have an iPhone 6 which is locked to a girls Apple ID and I have no idea of how to wipe it so I can use the phone. Can’t get hold of the girl so I need help guys?!
      Much appreciated

  16. KL

    01/19/2016 at 1:50 pm

    I have 5 iphones 6s and 6s plus, sprint screwed me now I am trying to screw them. The phones are not locked or blacklisted yet, but I imagine when I do not pay off bill in full they will be. Are they useless, should I return them or can something be done? THANKS!

  17. raj

    02/03/2016 at 1:24 am

    I had h stolen iphone 6 plus.which is locked by plz help me to open the iphone and use the iphone normally…

  18. Clare Shultz

    03/09/2016 at 12:32 pm

    any idea how i can do this with an iPhone 4S?? old employees apple Id is still linked to phone and no one can get ahold of her.

  19. Justin Morris

    04/07/2016 at 4:45 am

    ok so i have succesfully just bypassed activation screen on iphone 4 only problem now is the settings app wont load to access me to sign in with my apple id any ideas

  20. Suranga Wickramasinghe

    08/29/2017 at 9:25 pm

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