Did you just steal an iPhone for crack money without realizing it had iOS 7 on it? Or perhaps you bought an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without knowing it had an iCloud account activated in it. If you buy a used iOS device like an iPhone from Craiglist or the street , and it has iOS 7, the chances of having an iCloud account associated with it are high. When an iOS device has an iCloud account in it, the device is basically a piece of brick. You will not be able to restore it as new to delete all of its old content, and you will be tracked by the previous owner. When restoring it through iTunes, you won’t be able to use the device unless you put the previews owner’s iCloud email and password, you will be stock in a screen like the screen below:

iCloud Activation lock

If you’re stock with the image above then the device is useless unless you have access to the previous owner iCloud email and password. If that’s the situation, then you have three options: contact the person who sold the device to you for the iCloud account or a refund; throw the device to the garbage; keep or sell the phone for parts.

If you want to go further, there’s a trick that allow you to see the previous owner iCloud’s email. By finding his email address, you can contact the previous owner. Here’s a video on how to do it:

Bypassing the activation lock if not locked yet

Although you can question its morality, you can disable iCloud on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This can only be done if you have not tried to restore the phone and are not stuck in the activation screen above. To do this the device mustn’t have a lock screen pass code.

First, as we know most people have their email account added to their phone. So if the previous owner had his/her email added to the iPhone’s email app, then you will be able to change his Apple account password and disable iCloud.

1. Go to the App Store and try to download an app.

2. When the App Store ask for the password, put a wrong password and select OK. Click retry, and keep doing it until you get the ‘Forgot Your Password?’ screen.

Forgot Your Password App Store

3. Select ‘Get Password’ and you will be redirected to Apple’s website to reset the password. Once in Safari, type the email address that appeared on the screen when you tried to download the app, select next.

Apple account reset

4. Now on this screen, you’ll select ‘Reset By Email.’

5. Since the previous owner had his email address added to the phone, go to the email app and check the newly received email from Apple. Open the email, select Reset now, and type a new password.

6. Now that you have reset the previous owner Apple account you can turn off and disable iCloud from the phone.

7. To delete the iCloud from the account and disable Find My iPhone, go to Settings> iCloud> Delete Account at the bottom.Type the new password you just created and iCloud should be gone from the device.

8. Now connect the device to a computer and restore it using iTunes. The device should now be like new.