How to Delete iCloud Account Without Entering Password Before Selling iPhone

With the release of new iOS 7, Apple also added few more security steps for iPhone and iPad owners. Now when the Find my iPhone feature is turned on, you can neither restore to new and fresh iOS and nor delete the iCloud account without first disabling the Find My iPhone feature. But there is a new bug in iOS 7 – up to iOS 7.0.4 – which allows any user to not only turn off the Find my iPhone but also delete the existing iCloud and add any new account.

Update 1X: Now you can delete your existing iCloud from iPhone 6S, 6, 5S, 5, 4S, iPad models and iPod Touch running iOS 9 and iOS 8.

Update: Apple had fixed this bug in the recent iOS 7.1 update. But there is a new bug even in the latest release which also allows the users to delete iCloud account without knowing the password. Read the details at the bottom of this post.

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These days many mobile shop-keepers first check whether iCloud is active or not. If there is any account attached with device, they ask the seller to remove it first and then purchase it. If you want to sell your iPhone / iPad but you have forgotten the password or you don’t know the password, you can remove iCloud account by using this hack and then sell it.

This hack doesn’t require any software or special program. You have to perform few taps on your device and all is done. In fact, it is a bug in the current iOS version. Fortunately, this bug has been fixed in the upcoming iOS 7.1 version.

Here is the step by step method to completely remove iCloud account without password:

Step 1: First of all open settings app and go to iCloud.

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Step 2: Tap on iCloud account.

Step 3: Delete the existing password and enter any password (any random number).

Step 4: Tap on Done.

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Step 5: After verification, iCloud will tell you that either username or password is incorrect.

Step 6: Click OK and then Cancel. You will be on the iCloud main page again.

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Step 7: Now again tap on Account and this time remove the description. Tap on Done.

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Step 8: It will go back on the main iCloud page without asking any password this time. Now you’ll see that Find My iPhone feature has been turned off automatically.

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Step 9: Scroll down and tap on Delete account. A pop-up will open confirming you that if you delete your account, all documents and Photo Stream photos stored in iCloud will be deleted from this iPhone. Tap on Delete again.

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Step 10: This time a new pop-out will show asking you whether you want to keep the data on iPhone or delete it from iPhone. Select one according to your choice.

That’s all. Now you have successfully removed iCloud account on your iPhone / iPad without knowing and entering the password.

Here is the video demonstration of this method by Bradley Williams who actually discovered this bug in iOS 7.0.4.

Note: Please use this method to deactivate the account on only your iPhone. This guide is not intended to promote any illegal activity. The main purpose of this guide is to inform you that your device is at risk and you should set a passcode now if you don’t want to give access to any unauthorized person to change the Find My iPhone toggle. Moreover, you should update to iOS 7.1 as soon as it is out to get rid of this bug.

Update 1: 

The recently discovered bug in iOS 7.1 also allows the users to bypass iCloud password request. In this method, you have to toggle the “Find My iPhone” off and tap on “Delete iCloud Account” at the same time. This is a little tricky part of this hack. After the successful simultaneously opertation, you’ll be promted to enter the iCloud password. Don’t add any password. Instead of that press the Power button and shut down your device. After the device reboots, the iCloud account details are vanished and now you can enter your own details. After that the iPhone won’t be visible on the map.

If you want to make your device more secure, make it sure you have set the passcode so that the intruder doesn’t have the access to settings app. It is also to be noted that this hack doesn’t allows the users to activate iPhone.

76 Comments

  1. Hi, Im having problems on my ipad the icloud keeps popping out and wont let me do anything. It is always asking me to enter the password which i didnt know. so please help me.

    1. Hello, Im having problems on my iphone the icloud keeps popping out and wont let me do anything. It is always asking me to enter the password which i didnt know. so please help.

  2. I WANT TO DELETE THE PREVIOUS ICLOUD ACCOUNT BUT NOT DONE AS PER ABOVE STEPS, PL. HELP ANYBODY . I CANNOT DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC & OTHER VIDEOS, I MAKE THE ICLOUD ACCOUNT BUT IT NOT WORKED

  3. i successfully done that thing but i am worried if i can update my OS 7.1.2 to the latest version 8.1 without any trouble? or im no longer to update it anymore?

    1. pls answer my comment cause im really want to update my iphone to the latest Os version.. im afraid after the update it might the previous icloud account appears again.. thanks

  4. I have A Ipad which I need to activate due that I forgot my Icloud acct, Can I delete my Icloud Acct and create a new one to activate my Ipad.

  5. I have an Ipod 5 touch. I bought it from eBay and its asking for the icloud password and the seller does not know it and he will not refund my money. I want to fix it. Please help. How do I make it work?

  6. Yeah doesnt work on my iphone 4s when i enter the icloud theres no option of account to click on so cant even change the details please help

  7. There is a way through which you can delete icloud email account.

    1. Open Safari Browser in iphone and go to https://iforgot.apple.com/
    2. Enter icloud email account which you want to delete.
    3. Select authentication method > email Authentication
    4. A link will be sent to your email.
    5. Open your Iphone settings > iCloud > Mail (Please confirm that mail option is on. If it is not then please click on it. It will not require any password.)
    6. Now come back to main menu and Open Mail. Open All Mail Boxes and select iCloud email. Refresh mail. In mail you’ll receive an email to reset your password.
    7. Click on the link given in the email. It will open safari browser and go to a page where you’ll be ask to enter new password.
    8. Enter your new password and save it.
    9. Now go back to settings > iCloud> Delete Account >Enter New Password.
    10. It will delete this account.

    This way is only applicable when your iCloud account is configured in mail.

  8. Hi,

    How can i delete the iCloud account without pass code, for iPad 2. Please help me the proper steps.

    I forgot the iStore/iTunes password too.

  9. is there a solution to reset my Iphone 5s without knowing the apple id password/icloud password? if someone can help. please help.. Tnx

  10. I have an iphone 5s with ios 7.1.2 and since it is not up to date, it will not let me toggle the find my iphone button on or off. It requires me to accept the new icloud terms and conditions. What can I do to bypass this? Thanks for your help, Regards Zach.

  11. Ihave iphone 5S from Uk and its network locked. Ihave tried unloacking but idont have icloud password. Please help me.

  12. ples i need help removing the previous icloud account on my iphone ios 7.1.2. this trick is not working for me.thanks.

  13. am a transporter i found the in my car and waited i could not see anybody to come and request for it…. I try on its on unable to enter desktop due to icloud problem.

  14. I have an iPod touch and I’ve lost my iCloud password,I want to delete the account and the method you gave me was for an iPhone and these options are not available on the iPod,please help

  15. The first method I’m surprised it works. It looks very irrelevant to Find my iPhone, but somehow after trying it, Find my iPhone is disabled!

    I tried while I’m not connected to the Internet.

    My iOS version is 7.0.6.

  16. Hy I having problems I have my new iPhone 6s but unfortunately I have to done backup restored any other customers so I don’t know how is she and I need help in want to restore to my iPhone and delete to data from my iPhone without icloud password please help

  17. Just purchased second hand IPad air a1566 IC: 579c-a1566 but can’t seem to get password the screen passcode, not really sure how to go about this issue, was hoping to give to my son as a gift. PLEASE HELP ME GET THIS UP AND WORKING FOR MY SON. thank you.

    1. Hi, Shawn. First of all, check whether activation lock is enabled on your iPhone or not. If it is enabled, then sorry. You can’t do anything at your end. But if it is not activated, you can restore the fresh iOS version and get rid of screen passcode. Enter the serial number or IMEI number in Apple’s activation lock checking service.

  18. hi, I need your help. I was given an iPhone 4s from another country, it’s erased but now asking me for icloud account which I don’t know, and don’t know where to locate the owner. pls what else can I do to remove the icloud. thanks and you reply

  19. my iphone 4s is want a password to get open,but a previous owner is absent and i dont know what the password were used to get open,so what can i do to get my iphone application!!!,pleas help me.

    1. Hi, Kassim. If the activation lock is not enabled on your iPhone, you can simply restore fresh iOS on it. If the activation lock is set, nothing much can be done.

  20. I bought an Ipad privately and noticed that it is completely blocked. I can’t even get into the regular screen because it is asking for an Icloud address (m******@icloud.com) I don’t have any of this info and the person I bought it from is not responding to my texts nor calls. Yup, I got screwed. Is there anything that can be done or did I just lose my money?

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