How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone

How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone

iPhones are the most secure devices in the world. And not just they are known for their security but also their cameras, software, and other safety features. Though they are expensive, at such an amount, you get complete security and a safe environment for your device. Suppose you ever found your iPhone and you were logged into it. In that case, you can easily track down your iPhone using Apple’s Find My location service. And if you don’t want your iPhone’s data to get in reach of others, you can also lock the device so the person who’s got or stolen the phone won’t be able to view it. If you are someone who won’t be able to contact the owner of the iPhone you’ve found and wanted to unlock, this article will help you with that. It will guide you in steps on how to unlock found lost iPhone and factory reset a stolen iPhone. Also, you will get to learn what you should do when you find a lost iPhone and how to unlock an iPhone if you are not the original owner.

How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone

How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone

Keep reading further to find the steps explaining how to unlock found lost iPhone and factory reset a stolen iPhone in detail with useful illustrations for better understanding.

Can I Unlock an iPhone I Found? Can You Unlock an iPhone that You Found?

Yes, you can unlock found lost iPhone. Officially, the lost iPhones are most probably to get locked by the owner. And using Apple’s Find My service, the owner will be easily able to track down their device. To completely remove the activation lock, you need first to reset the device and remove the activation and SIM lock, which you can use implement using various software, like iTunes, Wootechy iSalvor, and Tenorshare 4MeKey. If you want to know how to unlock the found lost iPhone, you can follow the steps mentioned further in this article.

iTunes website | How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone

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Can a Stolen iPhone be Unlocked?

Yes, a stolen iPhone can be unlocked pretty easily in just a few clicks. Some software you can find on the internet will help you unlock the iPhone, bypass the passcode, and disable the SIM card lock. Most probably the real owner of the iPhone locks their phone via Apple ID. And if you don’t turn it off or rest the device completely and remove the activation lock, the owner can easily track down the device until the iPhone has their Apple ID logged into it.

Can You Factory Reset a Stolen iPhone?

Yes, you can factory reset a stolen iPhone, but this will require a computer with iTunes installed in it. Resetting the iPhone is easy, but if the iPhone is locked even if you reset the iPhone, it won’t remove the lock on the iPhone. To unlock the locked iPhone, you need to use the external jailbreak software, using which you’ll be able to use the iPhone as it is yours as a fresh new device. There are steps mentioned in the heading on how to unlock found lost iPhone further in this article.

Can You Unlock an iPhone If You are Not the Original Owner?

Yes, you can unlock an iPhone if you are not the original owner. To do so, you can take the help of externally supported software, like iTunes, Wootechy iSalvor, Tenorshare 4MeKey, and others. Using such software, you’ll be able to remove the screen lock and bypass activation, turn off FMI, remove the iPhone SIM lock, and bypass the iCloud Activation Lock Screen. If you use iTunes, you will only be able to reset the iPhone.

Is a Stolen iPhone Useless?

No, Stolen iPhones are not useless. They can be reused if you unlock them. iPhones are known to be the most secure mobile device in the world, but it’s still software, and no piece of software exists in this world that can’t be hacked. So, other software companies found loopholes in the device’s operating system and developed their system, which will help the user unlock the lost and found or stolen device pretty easily without any hassle.

What to Do When You Find a Lost iPhone? What to Do with Found iPhone?

Let’s see what actions you can take when you find a lost iPhone:

  • Firstly, you should contact the person to whom that iPhone belongs. If the owner of the iPhone has locked their device, you will find the backup contact number of the owner or someone related to the owner on the screen. So, you can call them and return the phone.
  • If you can’t contact the owner, immediately visit the nearest Apple Store so that they can track down the owner and return the device.

It is what you should do when you find a lost iPhone.

What Happens If You Put a SIM Card in a Locked iPhone?

If you put a SIM card in a locked iPhone, it will work only if the inserted SIM card is the same with which the device was activated. Otherwise, the device won’t function. When you set up a fresh new iPhone, you will be asked for an activation phone number. It’s when you activate your iPhone using your SIM card phone number. And if you’ve accidentally locked your iPhone in that case, you can contact your SIM network provider for further steps on activation. If the iPhone that you are using is lost and found, you need to use third-party software to unlock the iPhone and SIM card.

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How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone?

If you don’t know or have forgotten the Apple ID and Password of your iPhone and can’t unlock your iPhone Activation Lock, you will have to restore your iPhone from iTunes from your PC. Follow the steps listed below to perform the same on your device.

Note: This method will erase all your iPhone data.

1. Firstly, open the iTunes app on your PC or laptop.

open the iTunes app on your PC or laptop

2. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button on your iPhone.

3. Then, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

4. Now, press and hold the Power button until the Connect to laptop icon (Restore screen) appears on the iPhone.

Note: If you use an iPhone with a Home button, press and hold the Volume Down + Home button until the Connect to laptop icon appears.

iPhone Restore screen

5. Then, click on the Restore option from the popup on iTunes, as shown below.

Note: By clicking this option, iTunes will clear all the settings and content, including your iPhone passcode.

click on the Restore option from the popup on iTunes | How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone

6. Click on Restore and Update.

Click on Restore and Update

7. Click on the Download icon to download the firmware.

Note: iTunes will restore your iPhone after finishing the download process.

Click on the Download icon to download the firmware

8. iTunes will restore the software on your iPhone. Wait till the process is finished. 

iTunes will restore the software on your iPhone. Wait till the process is finished | How to Unlock Found Lost iPhone

After this, you can now unlock your iPhone without any passcode or Apple ID and Password.

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So, we hope you have understood how to unlock found lost iPhone and unlock an iPhone if you are not the original owner with the detailed steps to your aid. You can let us know any queries or suggestions about any other topic you want us to make an article on. Drop them in the comments section below for us to know.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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