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.

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.

Step 2: Tap on iCloud account.

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

Step 4: Tap on Done.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Author: A. Usman

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Comments

  1. Hello I’ve found an Iphone 5s on a bus i did try to return to it’s owner but no luck so i factory restored it and when i was setting it up it already had a apple ID and now i can’t get though can you help me? i hope you have an answer if you don’t thank you anyway

  2. Hello I’ve found an Iphone 5s on a bus i tried to find a way to return it but no luck so i factory restored it and when i was trying to set it up it already has a apple ID now i can’t get though is there anyway i can remove it? I hope you have an answer if you don’t thank you anyway

  3. I had an i pad that i bought in my transit from someone who kept stranded,then when i returned back to my location,i need to change the icloud account ,what do i do?
    MC769ch/A ,please i need a help

  4. Anyone help me I bought a iPhone 4 on olx but it ask previous owner apple I’d but I don’t know.and it is stuck on I cloud activation lock

  5. Thanks sooo much!!! These steps didnt totally work for me, but if you run through them, turn phone off, turn on and immediately go to icloud–i found that the “find phone button” is off (only for a second), but you can quickly press “delete” before it toggles back on, then it deletes the account w/o pswd…

  6. I bought an iPhone 5s and discovered it was linked to an Apple ID . I tried to activate it using a wifi and it says enter the Apple ID and password that were used to set up the phone. what should I do. pls help.

  7. I bought an iPhone 5s and discovered it was locked by the previous owner. it says the phone is linked to an Apple ID. Enter Apple ID and password that were used to set up the phone. after connecting to a wifi still the same. what should I do? pls I need help.

    1. What iOS version it is running on? You can get the firmware version installed on iPhone after connecting it with iTunes. But don’t update it when you get a pop-window asking for an upgrade.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  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. 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.

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