Steps to unlock a blocked/locked iPhone you found.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iCore24, May 17, 2014.

  1. iCore24, May 17, 2014
    Last edited: May 17, 2014

    iCore24 macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2013
    Hi there, so if you clicked on this you have "found" a iphone that is most Likely on iOS 7 activation lock.

    Before you even try to make another thread among the dozens telling your BS story on how the owner doesn't care anymore or it's too late to return a found iphone, please do these steps.

    1: Use Siri to call close family members. Example, "Siri call mom, dad, my brother, home etc."
    most likely if they didn't disable Siri on the lock screen you can call them.

    2: If it's not cellular activated, ask for the contact information instead of calling. Example, "Siri what's my moms number" then call them on a different phone.

    3: if you deleted the phone, then it is mostly impossible to find the owner and unlock it. You should avoid selling it on eBay and instead give it to an Apple store to recycyle.

    Don't be a thief, and no you don't have to physically grab the phone to be a thief. Your a their if you have someone's property and don't bother finding the owner and want to use it yourself.

    I'm tired of seeing these threads everyday so I made this one to lead them all in the right direction or to not annoy any of us.

    I would also love to hear any successful found and returned stories and if these steps helped you :)
  2. RiddlaBronc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013
    Mcallen Tx
    Do you know if i try a dfu restore will i be able to bypass the lock?

    I kid! Lol
  3. iKaushal macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Mumbai, India
  4. EM2013 macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    I see what you did with the thread title ;)

    Unfortunately those threads will never stop.
  5. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    Thieves are greedy people they'll never hand the phone in.
  6. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Some of us, like me, due to security concerns have everything disabled on the lock screen along with a strong password and a 10 attempt limit.

    But you are correct about the scenario being the same, but the story behind the scenario is different.
  7. Powermax macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2006
    Can you help me return a stolen or lost device to the rightful owner?

    In cases where law enforcement has recovered a lost or stolen device and wants to return it to the “original owner,” contact Apple Customer Care (ACC) via email at Please include the device’s serial number in your email and any additional pertinent information. If registration information is available, ACC will contact the owner and instruct him or her to contact law enforcement to recover the device. A subpoena is not required in most cases. However, if there is conflicting information located within our databases you may be instructed to submit a subpoena.

  8. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Has activation lock even been cracked yet? If not, Apple have done a great job. I read that iPhone theft is down 50% in the UK.
  9. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two

    Same third party companies providing unlocks have expanded their services - although they try to cover themselves by saying you have to be the legitimate owner.

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