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[2024]How to Bypass 'This iPhone is Linked to an Apple ID' ?

If you have purchased a second-hand iPhone, you may have seen the error code “This iPhone is Linked to an Apple ID (s*****@w*****.com). Sign in with the Apple ID that was used to set up this iPhone” when you try to access some services or features on the device. This error message will often display the Apple ID email attached to that device and also ask you to sign in to continue using the device.

Signing in with the Apple ID, as requested, is the direct way to get access to the device. But what if you purchased a used iPhone and the previous owner failed to remove the Apple ID from it? In this article, we will look at some of the things you can do in this situation.

What Does ‘This iPhone Is Linked to an Apple ID’ Mean?

First of all, let’s take a look at what it means when your iPhone says this iPhone is linked to an Apple ID.

When you bought a 2nd-hand iPhone, you may find that the iPhone has already been signed in with the previous owner’s Apple account. Even though you have reset and activated the iCloud activation lock, you will still be locked out until you enter the requested Apple ID and passcode.

So how to bypass this iPhone is linked to an Apple ID? Read on the find the answer!

How to Bypass ‘This iPhone Is Linked to an Apple ID’?

Remove Apple ID from iPhone without Password

If your iPhone is linked to an Apple ID but you don’t know the password, take it easy, you can easily access the device with the help of third-party unlocking tool like FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This tool is specially designed to help you remove Apple ID and iCloud account from any iOS device without knowing the password. Once the Apple ID has been removed, then you will be able to enjoy all Apple ID features and iCloud services without limitation.

More Features of FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker

  • Help to remove Apple ID from iPhone without password whether the Find My iPhone feature is on or off.
  • Bypass iCloud Activation lock on iPhone or iPad then let you enjoy all the iOS features and iCloud services.
  • Support to unlock all types of iPhone/iPad lock screens, such as 4-digit/6-digit passcode, Touch ID, Face ID, etc.
  • It is very easy to use, no technical skills needed. You can unlock all iPhone and iPad in just a few simple clicks.
  • Fully compatible with all iPhone models including iPhone 15/14 as well as all iOS versions including iOS 17/16.


Here’s how to remove the Apple ID from iPhone without password:

Step 1: Download and install FoneGeek iPhone Unlocker tool on to your computer and launch it. In the primary window, click on the “Unlock Apple ID” from the options presented.

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Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer and unlock the screen. When needed, you should also “Trust this computer” to allow the program to detect the device.


Step 3: If Find My iPhone is not enabled on the device, click on "Start Unlock" and the unlocking process will begin automatically.

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Step 4: The process will only take a few seconds. Once it is complete, a popup window will appear notifying you that the process is complete and inviting you to check if your Apple ID has been removed.

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It is very important to keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete. This program will unlock the device in a few minutes, allowing you to continue using the device.

Remove Apple ID on iPhone with the Previous Owner

If you know the previous owner of the second-hand iPhone and you can contact them,  you can ask them to remove the Apple ID from their iCloud account remotely. Ask them to follow these simple steps:

  • Go to iCloud.com and sign in with their Apple ID and password.
  • Click on “Find  iPhone” and then select “All Devices” at the top of the screen.
  • Select the device you want to remove from iCloud and click “Erase [device]”, then select “Next” until the erasing process is complete.
  • Finally, click on “Remove from Account”.

erase iphone from icloud

Once this process is complete, turn off the device and then turn it back on again to get to the setup process.

You’re the Owner But Forgot the Apple ID Password

You’re the device’s owner, but you forgot the Apple ID or you entered the incorrect password multiple times on the device and it is now locked, then you can use Apple’s recovery process to unlock the device. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Open the Apple ID account page and then select “Forgot Apple ID or Password”.

forgot apple id or password

Step 2: Enter your Account ID.

Step 3: Depending on your account settings and the recovery conditions that you set, choose one of the following options:

  • Select “Answer Security Questions” and then follow the steps to recover the account.

answer security questions

  • Choose “Get an Email” option to have Apple send you an email with the instructions to recover the account.
  • If you set up two-factor authentication or two-step verification, then you will be asked for the Recovery Key.

Step 4: Once you have selected your preferred recovery option, click on “Continue” and the password will be reset, allowing you to access your account and continue using the device.

apple id password reset email

FAQs You Might Want to Know

Q1. What we should do before purchasing a 2nd-hand iPhone?

Remember to ask the seller to erase the iPhone before taking the device, here are the steps:

  • Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Contents and Settings. 
  • When device is erased, you can reset the device as a new one.

Q2. Why can’t my iPhone accept my Apple ID?

If you are sure that you have entered the correct Apple ID and password, you may consider that you have entered the previous owner’s Apple account.


Whether you know the password or not, the above solutions will help you bypass this iPhone is linked to an Apple ID very easily. Select a solution depending on your situation and follow the steps to do that. Feel free to contact us if you are unable to remove the Apple ID or any other problems you may face with the Apple ID and iCloud Activation lock issues, we’ll do our best to help.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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