Turning off Activation Lock via Find my iPhone app?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by MonstaMash, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. MonstaMash macrumors regular

    MonstaMash

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    When giving away (ie: selling) or sending a phone in for repair, Apple states that you must either:

    1) Turn off Find my iPhone and sign out of iCloud
    or
    2) Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

    If I forget to do the above, Apple says I can also go to icloud.com/find and remotely erase and remove the device from there.

    My question is: if I don't have access to a PC or Mac, can I log onto the Find my iPhone app from a different device, and choose "Erase Device"? Will this remove the Activation Lock as well? In other words, if I choose to erase my device from the Find my iPhone app, the user won't need my Apple ID to activate the device?
     
  2. dictoresno macrumors 601

    dictoresno

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    no, go to icloud in your device and turn it off from there. then perform the full erase. then when it boots up, try to access the main screen without entering any credentials. then you should be all set.
     
  3. MonstaMash thread starter macrumors regular

    MonstaMash

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    Apple's support page says to do the erase first though:
    Isn't this possible to do with the Find my iPhone app?

    Can't I just erase it and then swipe left to remove the device from the "My Devices" list?
     
  4. dictoresno macrumors 601

    dictoresno

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    they perform that step of deleting their device from their list from within itunes

    when i go to wipe my phone, i need to log out of find my iphone first, then wipe. after that, i go into the remove devices list and delete it.
     
  5. MonstaMash thread starter macrumors regular

    MonstaMash

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    I'm pretty sure you can do it from within the Find my iPhone app tho.

    This screenshot online shows what I mean. You can swipe left to remove your device. So it seems like you are able to do this on either iCloud.com or through the Find my iPhone app, which is handy if you don't have access to a computer. I am going to give it a try.

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