Some people prefer buying second-hand iPhones to save money, as the new ones are really expensive. Therefore, they buy second-hand devices from online selling sites. But sometimes, people accidentally buy a stolen iPhone. This puts the buyer in a miserable situation because he cannot do anything to the stolen iDevice. He must report to the nearest police station to check whether the device is reported as stolen or not.
Usually, police cannot find the real owner of the phone because many people do not report it, so the phone remains at the police department. If the police of your country or state cannot do anything and you have the iPhone, you can unlock it using various methods. In this article, we are going to discuss how to unlock a stolen iPhone/iPad.
Part 1: Is There Any Way for Stolen iPad to Be Unlocked?
Yes, there are different ways to unlock a stolen iPad or iPhone. However, every method has a limitation. Some are only limited to several iOS versions, while some can only bypass certain locks. Thus, you need to see whether the method is suitable for the device or not.
It is difficult to unlock a stolen iPhone because there are different types of locks for the security of the device. There can be the Apple ID lock, screen passcode lock, or MDM lock. All these security locks require a different method to bypass them. Normally, when you get any stolen device, it has a screen passcode. Or if the buyer tells you the passcode, it also might have a preset Apple ID and password. So, it can be really difficult reset the device or clean it.
Sometimes, the device is locked at the iCloud activation lock. This lock requires the Apple ID and password. It can only be bypassed through advanced tools. Another type of lock is MDM lock, which is usually in a company or organization owned device. It requires credentials that only the administrator knows.
All the locks can be bypassed if you know how to do it correctly. We will introduce you to an excellent tool in the next part that can help you get rid of all locks on iPhones and iPads.
Keep in mind that when you unlock a stolen iPhone or iPad, the data on the device is erased. Everything is wiped out, so you cannot even try to give back the device to the real owner.
Part 2: How to Unlock a Stolen iPhone/iPad Fast and Easily
There are many tools in the market that claim to remove the screen passcode, Apple ID, or MDM, but most of them do not work, while some work only on limited iOS versions. We recommend WooTechy iDelock for this purpose because it is a commendable tool with versatile and amazing features.
Features of iDelock：
1. iDelock is an all-in-one solution for unlocking Apple ID, screen passcode lock, MDM lock, screen time passcode, and iTunes backup. It can also be used for removing backup encryption settings.
2. It is a simple tool that everyone can use. You don't need to be tech-savvy.
3. You can unlock your device within a few minutes. It only requires a few simple steps that are self-explanatory.
4. It works on all iOS versions. Most importantly, before buying the software, you can check the compatibility of the device using the free version.
2.1 How to Unlock Stolen iPhone/iPad Screen Passcode
The screen passcode is usually on all devices. You need to enter the right combination to unlock the screen. iDelock can easily bypass the screen passcode even if the device is disabled after entering the wrong password ten times.
Steps to Unlock Screen Passcode of iPhone/iPad Using iDelock
Step 1: After installing iDelock, open it. As we said, it can be used for six different purposes. You need to click on Unlock Screen Passcode. Then, click on Start.
Step 2: Connect the iPhone/iPad to the computer. Once your device is recognized, click on Next.
If iDelock cannot recognize your device, you will need to put the device on DFU/Recovery mode. iDelock will show the steps to put the device on the DFU mode. There will be steps according to different models of iPhone/iPad.
Step 3: iDlock will detect the device model. If the device is not recognized correctly, you can tell the model of the device by clicking on Doesn't match? Please tell us. After that, you can select the firmware version and click on Download.
If the download does not start, click on Copy at the bottom of the window. Now, you can download the firmware through any browser and then upload the file from your computer by clicking on Select.
Step 4: Once the file is downloaded, you need to click on Start to Extract. All files will be extracted automatically.
Step 5: After extraction, click on Start Unlock.
Now, you need to confirm whether you want to unlock the device. Enter "000000" to confirm. Click on Unlock.
Step 6: iDelock will take a few minutes to unlock the device. Once it is unlocked, you can use the device without any restrictions.
2.2 How to Unlock Stolen iPhone/iPad Apple ID
Sometimes when you buy a second-hand phone, the buyer gives you the passcode, but after using the device, you realize it already has an Apple ID. In this case, you cannot reset the device or use some other features. Fortunately, you can also use iDelock to get rid of the ID and password.
Steps to Unlock Stolen iPhone/iPad Apple ID Using iDelock
Step 1: Open iDelock on your computer. You need to click on Unlock Apple ID, which is the first option.
Step 2: Now, connect your iPad/iPhone to your computer. You need to enter the passcode of the device. The device will have a dialogue box. Click on Trust.
Step 3: iDelock will detect the model of the device and show it on the window. You need to download the firmware for the device. Select the firmware version and click on Download. The download will start automatically.
If the download does not start automatically, click on Copy. It will download the firmware using a browser. After downloading, click on Select and open the downloaded file from the computer.
Step 4: Once the file is downloaded, click on Start to Extract. The extraction will start automatically.
Step 5: Now, click on Start to Unlock. A dialogue box will appear for confirmation; enter "000000" to confirm and click on Unlock. You might need to put your device to DFU/Recovery mode manually. However, iDelock will give you the instructions to do so.
If the feature of Find My iPhone/iPad is disabled in your device, it will be unlocked within a few minutes. iDelock works on all iOS versions if Find My iPhone/iPad is disabled.
For devices in which Find My iPhone/iPad is enabled, it is necessary to reset the device first. Go to Settings>General>Reset. Now, tap on Reset All Settings. You need to enter the passcode again and tap on Reset All Settings. iDelock can unlock the iOS versions below 11.4 if Find My iPhone/iPad is enabled.
You also need to tell iDelock that the Two-Factor Authentication is enabled on the device. If you are not sure, go to Settings>Apple ID>Password & Security. You will see whether the Two-Factor Authentication is On or not. If it is ON, click YES on iDelock. If this is the case with your device, then iDelock can work only on iOS 11.4 or above.
Step 6: This will reset your device. After reset, the device will restart. You will see the activation lock on the screen. Tap on Unlock with Passcode. Now, tap on Use Device Passcode. Your device is now free from the previous Apple ID.
Whether what kind of iDevice locks you meet, WooTechy iDelock can help you out easily within just a few clicks. Download it for free to have a try, it can be your best assistant.
Part 3: Unlock Stolen iPhone/iPad Passcode via Siri [for Older iOS 8 to iOS 11]
Siri can help you unlock the screen passcode and use the device without any hassle. However, this method only works on iOS 8 to iOS 11. Moreover, Siri should be enabled when your device is locked.
This method only helps you unlock the device without the passcode; but it does not remove the passcode permanently.
Steps to Unlock Stolen iPhone/iPad Using Siri
Step 1: Press and hold the Home button, and Siri will be activated. Ask, "What time is it?"
Step 2: Siri will show you the clock. Open the clock, and you will see the World Clocks set on the device.
Step 3: Tap on the "+" button that will be on the top right corner. Enter the name of any city in the search bar. Tap on Select All, and then tap on Share.
Step 4: The device will show you different options to share. Look for Messages and tap on it.
Step 5: This will open the Messages app. Now, tap on the "To" field and type anything. Select what you have typed and tap on Create a New Contact.
Step 6: You will be directed to create a new contact. Tap on Add Photo and then tap on Choose Photo. This will open the Photos application. Now, press the Home button, and you will be at the home screen. Thus, you have unlocked the device without entering the passcode.
If you do not know the passcode of the iPhone or iPad, you may need to repeat this process. This method is not really recommended as it can't remove the screen lock passcode, while WooTechy iDelock can remove the screen passcode to enable you reset the passcode.
Part 4: Hot FAQs about unlocking stolen iPhone/iPad
Q1: How do I verify whether a second-hand iDevice is stolen or not?
It is quite easy to check whether the iDevice is reported as stolen or not. You need to get the IMEI first. Ask the seller to send you a screenshot of the IMEI number. The IMEI number will be in the Settings>General>About. You can use any international blacklist checker, such as IMEI Pro and Swappa. Enter the IMEI number and check the status of the device. Most of the websites show the iCloud status, blacklist status, and Find My iPhone status.
Q2: How to avoid buying a stolen iDevice?
You must ask for the IMEI number and check the status of the device. If you can check the device physically before buying, make sure to check whether there is an Apple ID, MDM profile, or Find My iPhone/iPad enabled on the device. If there is an Apple ID or MDM profile and the seller doesn't know the credentials, then it could be a stolen device.
Q3: What can I do if I accidentally bought a stolen iDevice?
If you have accidentally bought a stolen iDevice, then report to the nearest police station. If the device is reported stolen, the owner will get the device back. But if it is not reported, then no one can return it. If the authorities in your country allow you to keep the device because it cannot be returned, you can then unlock it. But still, it is not recommended.
Q4: Will Apple give you a new phone if stolen?
No, Apple will not give you a new phone if stolen. Apple does not take such a responsibility.
People accidentally buy stolen iPhones/iPads, and then they search about what they can do with them. You need to give the device to the nearest police station, and they will take care of the rest. But if the authorities of your country give you the phone because it cannot be returned, you can try unlocking it. However, it is not recommended to unlock a stolen device. We recommend WooTechy iDelock if you want to unlock the device. It can bypass all types of locks in all iOS versions. You can use it without any experience or expertise, and it takes only a few minutes.