You might have guessed when you see this topic "How to Unlock iCloud by Chance". Actually, I do not have the IT skill to unlock an iPhone like some guys on the internet.
What I did was to try out a few things before giving up and it worked and that is why I am sharing with you guys here before handing your phone to someone to help you unlock.
Let me get straight to what happened and how I did it:
- What happened:
It happened to my wife's phone (iPhone 5) when she updated iOS of her phone, then the phone required her to type the password of her Apple ID. It did not show a complete apple ID. How it showed was email@example.com. My wife was not aware of her email nor password. Thus, the phone was stuck at the stage and she was not able to do anything with the phone. It was totally a brick.
When I did not even know the email, I was quite hopeless and went to several phone shops to find service. Some phone shops asked me for $85 to unlock the phone but they did not guarantee whether I would lose the data. For $85, it is not worth for the iPhone 5, but it is worth for the data inside the phone. I also went to another shop, they said they could not fix this phone and suggested me to change the phone's board so that I can use it again and that would cost $55.
I did not like the proposed solutions and ended up bringing the phone back home and leave it locked for a month. I guess when I was too close to the trouble, I could not think of a solution. Giving a break was important and later when I tried to look for a solution again, I found one.
How I did it:
When you don't even know your Apple ID, you may try searching for the Apple ID!!! You can go to the link "iForgot Apple ID" and try typing your Firstname, Lastname and E-mail address. You surely know your first name and last name, but you can guess the email address. If it's close enough to your real Apple ID, it will suggest you. And for my case, I typed my wife's name and guessed the Apple ID and it suggested her Apple ID.
Now that I have the Apple ID, but I still did not have its password. You can come back to Apple ID log in page, then click on Forget Password.
The new password will be sent to your email address.
For my case, my wife's yahoo account had not been logged in for years, she did not remember yahoo's password either.
I was so lucky that the yahoo account was deactivated. Then, it was easy since I went to Yahoo page and sign up a new account for her which looks the same to her apple ID.
Now that I have yahoo ID to log in to retrieve the Apple ID's password. Then, I can as well log into the Apple ID's account. It was that simple.
After solving my wife's phone, I also helped a colleagues to get his iCloud's password. His case is not hard at all, but the problem was that people are not aware of how to solve the problem. His Apple ID and iCloud account was firstname.lastname@example.org, so when we don't know the icloud password, we can go to resent password by going to Apple ID's page and click on Reset password, then just simply go to Mail on iPad to check the iCloud's email for the link to reset the password.
Actually, this post is not a big solution to unlocking the iCloud, but something that a lot of people are not aware of, skipped and went straight to find service! After reading this post, all I hope is that you tried all of your best before finding service!
You can always ask and share your ideas in the comment box below.