iPad Locked out of my iPad Air 2!! Activation lock.

BillyiPad95

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Sep 21, 2019
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Hey, i have been using and had my iPad Air 2 for nearly 4 years now but a couple days ago, after i have unplugged my iPad Air 2 after charging to 100%, Pretty much straight away, it showed the Apple logo and gone on to the lock screen, saying "activation required", so i have tried to activate my iPad but it always keeps coming up with an "Activation Error" message. :(

So i have went on my Surface Pro 4 and plugged in my iPad and try to Activate my iPad on iTunes but unfortunately for some reason it keeps on coming up with a "Activation Error" message and that is even with the Apple login credentials(my Apple ID) logged in, no problems with my password and all that stuff.

I am really worried that the only other way is to do a Hard reset but i really don't want to lose nearly 4 years worth of stuff on my iPad as i have never ever backed up my stuff on a computer or iCloud but after the Activation lock problem appeared, i have tried to back up my files with a third party program like iSkysoft Toolbox but for some reason it would not work unfortunately.

I could just go to Currys(The place that i bought the iPad), i have the Applecare plan and hopefully get them to try to get rid of the Activation lock problem and get them to back up my files but i am really worried because to be honest, i have lots of X rated/Porn photos that i screenshot about a good 2/3 years ago and if the repair people try to back it up especially in public, the people most probably see it which i will most likely get embarrassed and uncomfortable and however since the start of last year 2018, i have completely stopped taking screenshots of Porn once and for all. :)

I might as well do a hard rest to get rid of the Activation lock problem and lose my nearly 4 years worth of stuff/files on my iPad Air 2 and more importantly to avoid a big shame and embarrassment of people and the repair people seeing the X rated photos in public when they trying to fix Activation lock problem and backing up my files. :(

But i will only do a hard reset on my iPad Air 2, if there is absolutely no choice but to fix the Activation lock problem and very sadly lose nearly 4 years of files in the process.

The ideal scenario would be to get rid of the Activation lock problem, able to use my iPad again and kept all my nearly 4 years worth of files because i really want to keep my files and not lose them.

What should i do?? Is there any other way to get rid of the Activation lock on my iPad and use my iPad again and not lose my nearly 4 years worth of files?? or should i take it to Currys and get them to try to get rid of the problem and risk possibly get embarrassed/shamed and uncomfortable because what i have mentioned above??

This is the 1st ever time that this Activation lock problem and being locked out of my iPad has happened to me and it was completely out of the Blue. 😕

And lastly, please don't judge me for having X rated/Porn content photos/screenshots on my iPad because i am sure there are lots of people who have done exactly the same thing on there own devices in this world!!
 

Puonti

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Your options are to go to an Apple Store with your iPad's receipt and have Apple unlock it, or to enter the iCloud credentials that were used to lock the iPad either on the iPad itself or at iCloud.com (where I believe you can remove the iPad from the Find My iPhone list).

Curry's can't help you, and you can't bypass Activation Lock by erasing the iPad. But don't worry, no one else can get to your naughty pics either. Activation Lock is very good at what it does.
 
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akash.nu

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Your options are to go to an Apple Store with your iPad's receipt and have Apple unlock it, or to enter the iCloud credentials that were used to lock the iPad either on the iPad itself or at iCloud.com (where I believe you can remove the iPad from the Find My iPhone list).

Curry's can't help you, and you can't bypass Activation Lock by erasing the iPad. But don't worry, no one else can get to your naughty pics either. Activation Lock is very good at what it does.
Indeed. This is your only option OP.