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[iOS 15 Supported] Best 4 Ways to Unlock a Found iPhone


Apr 18, 2021 (Updated: Oct 08, 2021) • Filed to: Bypass Activation Lock

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"I have found an iPhone no one claimed, but it's screen locked and I don't know the passcode, how can I unlock a found iPhone and use it?"

If you discover a lost or stolen iPhone but find it’s been locked up, you may be tempted to throw it out, but it's too early to give up. In this article, we'll walk you through how to unlock found iPhone in simple ways and help you find its rightful owner!

Locked iPhone: How to Find the Owner

The first thing to do when you found a lost iPhone is to check its battery power and charge the iPhone, as normally the battery goes dead in one day if not charged. Then we can proceed to find the owner's information even with a locked iPhone.

Lost Mode Helps

It is suggested for any iPhone user to turn on Find My iPhone; this feature prevents others from accessing the iPhone and also lets the rightful owner to track down a lost or stolen device.

So if the iPhone has Lost Mode on, the owner can mark the device as lost, and also leave a message through iCloud to anyone who has found this iPhone. The message will include contact information and be displayed on the lock screen, by which you may contact the owner and return a found iPhone easily.

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Check the iPhone's Medical ID

If the Lost Mode is not enabled on this found iPhone, you can also check whether the Medical ID has been set up, which may give you some clues about the owner's identity.

First, press the Home or side button and activate its lock screen, then select Emergency on the bottom-left corner of the screen. Below the number pad, select *Medical ID on bottom left side.

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If the owner has set up this feature, you will see the information they choose to display, like name, height, blood type and emergency contact number, this will help get in touch with the owner. But if there is not any info, try the next method.

Ask Siri to Help

Provided the found iPhone is online and Siri is enabled, you can try to find the owner by asking Siri.

To do this, activate Siri by pressing and holding the Home button or saying "Hey Siri", once you get a response, you can try asking the below questions:

  • Read my call log. This will show you the recent calls, and then you can ask Siri to call the contact provided. You can try the same with "Read my message log".

  • Call my Wife. Or Mom, Husband, Son or any person who are close to the owner.

  • What's my email. Hopefully you will find the owner's email address, or Twitter, FB if you ask for these information.

Please note that you should start with questions that are mostly like to give good results because Siri will resuire a password after a few answers.

Take a Photo without Unlocking the iPhone

Many iPhone users enable iCloud Photos, this sync the photos on any iOS devices using the same Apple ID. And most importantly, you can take a photo even with a locked iPhone.

On the lock screen, select the camera icon and then take a photo of your contact details. Hopefully the onwer will see this photo on the iCloud Photos account and contact you.

Unlock a Found iPhone with Wootechy iSalvor (Without Passcode)

While we have listed a few methods above to help find the owner, chances are that all these goes in vain, but throwing the iPhone is a waste.

Is it possible to unlock the found iPhone and use or sell it? The answer is a definte YES, and for this purpose, you only need an iPhone lock bypasser tool - WooTechy iSalvor. It offers a fast and easy solution to remove screen locks and iCloud activatiobn lock even without knowing the Apple ID or Passcode, so that you can use iPhone normally.

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Why Choose WooTechy iSalvor

  • Remove every type of screen locks even if Find My Device is enabled.

  • You won't get an activation lock screen after that.

  • Prevent the device from being tracked using the previous Apple ID.

  • You can access all features after unlocking, just use the device normally.

  • Compatible with all iOS versions including the latest iOS 15.

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Check the video here to quickly learn how to unlock found iPhone:

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Here are the simple steps for unlocking found iPhone with WooTechy iSalvor:

Step 1. Launch WooTechy iSalvor

Install and launch the iSalvor program. Select Remove Screen Lock and Bypass Activation on the main interface, then connect the disabled iPhone via a lightning cord to your computer.

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Step 2. Confirm iDevice information

Follow the on-screen instructions and put the iPhone into Recovery Mode. You will then confirm your device information, and select Next to continue the process.

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Step 3. Jailbreak the iPhone

Simply select Start Jailbreak, then follow the steps as shown on the screen to jailbrak your device, and then select Next once the device is jailbroken.

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Step 4. Unlock the Found iPhone

Finally, follow the instructions to finish the process and bypass the screen lock on the iPhone. Depending on the iOS that is currently running on the found iPhone, iSalvor will download the required iOS firmware and remove the screen lock.

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Official Ways to Unlock a Found iPhone (Apple ID Needed)

1. Unlock Found iPhone Using Recovery Mode

The most common method that iPhone owners will attempt to try and unlock a found iPhone is by utilizing Recovery Mode. To try this method, follow these three simple steps:

Step 1. Connect the found iPhone to your desktop or laptop computer with the USB or lightning cable, and open the iTunes program.

Step 2. Once connected, force a restart of the device by pressing and holding therestart buttons for your device. This will force the device to reset and start up in a “Recovery Mode” - allowing you to utilize the necessary options in iTunes to wipe and reset the locked device for use.

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Step 3.  iTunes will offer you two options: “Restore” your device or “Update.” To restore the device back to accessibility, click “Restore.” This will unlock the device. It is essential that the device remain plugged into the computer for the duration of the process!

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2. Unlock Found iPhone with iTunes

Finding an iPhone in the bottom of a drawer can be suprising for an iPhone owner. But if the owner don't remember the passcode of it, it can also be painful. However, there is a method built into the Apple iTunes process that can help an iPhone owner regain control of their found iPhone quickly.

If certain requirements are met on the device and your iTunes account, you may be able to access your device through your computer and begin using your device once more. Here are the steps to unlocking found iPhone with iTunes:

Step 1. Launch the iTunes program on your computer.

Step 2. Connect the found iPhone to the computer via a lightning cable.

Step 3. Once iTunes detects that the device has been plugged into the system, you will see the phone icon appear in the upper-left bar of the iTunes navigation. Select the device and click “Restore iPhone.”

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Step 4. As long as Find My iPhone on the device is disabled, you will be able to erase all of the data and settings on the disabled iPhone and restore it to the factory default settings.

Step 5. You can now set up the phone from a saved backup, or restart clean with a fresh new iPhone setup.

3. Unlock Found iPhone via Find My iPhone

Apple's Find My iPhone is a handy security feature that allows you to locate a lost or misplaced iPhone quickly. It can also be utilized to wipe your phone if it is lost and may be potentially stolen.

Fortunately, in the same way you can use Find My iPhone to lock your phone, it can also be used to unlock a found iPhone!

Step 1. Navigate to the Find My iPhone website on a desktop or laptop computer

Step 2. Once you log in, you should be able to locate the iPhone through the list of your currently attributed devices. Once you find the device, click it, and open the settings options.

Step 3. Next, click the Erase iPhone option, and confirm by clicking Erase once more. Enter your Apple ID to confirm the erasing of the contents and settings on the device.

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Step 4. Should the device be erased, you can return it to the original factory settings. This will allow you to follow the necessary steps to restore the iPhone from a recent backup or from scratch as a brand new device.

Step 5. You can now set up the phone from a saved backup, or restart clean with a fresh new iPhone setup.

FAQs after Finding a Lost iPhone

When it comes to using a found iPhone that can be potentially unlocked, there are many questions that surround the process of accessing the phone as well as the ethics of using a phone that may not belong to you. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions:

1. Can a Found iPhone Be Used?

A found iPhone can be used if successfully unlocked or activated, but the latest security features tied to most iPhone user’s iCloud accounts allows them to quickly lock their lost phones and prevent data from falling into unwanted hands.

2. What Should I Do If I Find a Lost iPhone?

The answer depends on your intentions! If you find a lost iPhone, the bestattempt would be using the listed methods above and return it to the original owner.

3. Is It Possible to Unlock an iCloud Locked iPhone?

If you are the original owner of an iCloud locked iPhone, you can utilize the Find My iPhone feature to access the device. If the device is not connected to your iCloud account credentials, you can still use WooTechy iSalvor to unlock it.

4. Can I Sell a Locked iPhone?

In this case, you might be able to find a buyer in private market. But in public market, that might be difficult for most vendors require iPhone activation lock to be disabled.

Wrapping Up

If you happen to find a lost iPhone, this article introduces four ways to find the owner's information. Besides, you may unlock found iPhone usingWooTechy iSalvor even without correct passcode and Apple ID. In a few short clicks, you can bypass any screen lock and use the found iPhone normally.

Take a free trial of WooTechy iSalvor and unlock your device quickly today!

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