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June 10, 2013


iPhone and iPad Activation Lock Coming in iOS 7

iOS 7 LogoThose of you who have been diligent in securing your iOS devices with passcodes, wiping and Find My iPhone, just to have a thief restore your device and keep on going – well – your prayers have been answered. Coming in iOS 7 is a great feature called ‘Activation Lock’.


With Activation Lock enabled, even if your iPhone or iPad is restored to its factory settings, the user will need to activate the device using the Apple ID of the previous user. Also, if the device was put into Lost Mode in Find My iPhone, the lock screen will continue to display the fact that it is lost until the device is activated.

This is a hugely useful feature that, if used properly, will make iPhones and iPads a significantly less attractive target to thieves, as the stolen devices would be rendered useless to them. It was nice to see Apple address one of the main concerns that users have been expressing about the bypass-ability of Find My iPhone. Check out Protecting and Recovering Your iPhone and iPad from Loss and Theft (will be updated soon with this new feature).


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Amit
    Nov 28 2013


    I had my iPOD recently upgraded to IOS 7 and lost since 3 days.
    Will above be applicable to iPOD as well?
    If ‘Yes’, is there any setting for ‘Activation Lock enabled’ to be done? I am not sure if I set that to ‘Enabled’.

    Please help.

  2. jay
    Mar 4 2014

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