You possibly have a story of your own about how you ended up with a blacklisted iPhone. You are not alone, and many want to deactivate iCloud blacklist states from their iPhones.
The results would be astonishing if Apple did a worldwide online poll to find out how many people have blacklisted iPhones. It seems like one of those things Apple and mobile providers chooses to sweep under the rug. People end up duped by buying iCloud locked and blacklisted iPhones that they cannot use.
At the very least, Apple and network carriers should now have a way to work around this kink.
It is easier said than done because those two states imply that someone lost an iPhone. Also, it means that people who buy such phones in most cases never receive any help. So how can you deactivate iCloud blacklist states on iPhones?
Understanding how iPhone Locks Work
iPhones have now been around for nearly ten years, but we still have a lot to understand about how they work. Yes, even the avid Apple enthusiast finds at some point that they do not understand everything about these devices. The iCloud Activation Lock still puzzles many.
The activation lock provides a security function on iPhones/iPads. An iPhone user has to enable the iCloud lock through their iPhone settings. The feature has a link to “Find My iPhone,” and when enables it automatically “switches on” the activation screen.
“Find My iPhone” works as an iCloud feature that can help you track your linked devices if you lose them. It locks an iPhone using the owner’s iCloud account details. Anyone who wants to unlock the iCloud screen must provide the right Apple ID and password.
iPhone owners can further enable Lost Mode from the iCloud website. It sends a message on their lost iPhone with an alternative contact number.
The iCloud Blacklist Lock
Now, most people buy iPhones from network service providers to take advantage of their affordable packages. Such iPhones feature network SIM locks preventing the iPhone from working with other all SIM cards. The iPhone owner has to keep making monthly payments for up to two years.
If the iPhone owner that requested the phone through such a contract fails to make the payments, the network provider blacklists the phone. Blacklisting prevents the iPhone from working on any network to receive cell service. Removing the iPhone’s IMEI details from the blacklist database is the only way to reactivate such an iPhone.
The situation becomes even more complicated because most blacklisted iPhones usually already have an iCloud lock. This dual-lock state mostly affects iPhone owners who buy used (pre-owned) phones online.
How to Deactivate iCloud Blacklist on iPhones
There are very few people who knowingly buy iCloud locked iPhones. Anyone who does intends to either experiment with different lock attempts or use the device for replacement parts. Unfortunately, those who bought these phones without knowing their lock status go through a tough time trying to deactivate iCloud blacklist locks from their iPhones.
The problem has now existed for several years, and you would think that Apple and mobile providers would have come up with a way to help out. For instance, it would help if they provided a reprieve to such iPhone owners who took these devices back to them. We all know that they have the means to unlock iCloud locks and mobile carriers can lift the blacklisted state.
If such an option existed, Apple or the mobile provider could sell back the devices at subsidized rates. However, until the time it happens iPhone users have to make do with the only available ways to deactivate iCloud and blacklist locks on iPhones.
Deactivate iCloud Blacklist Lock with the help of the Previous Owner
All roads lead back to the iPhone’s original owner to bypass an iCloud lock. Only the original iPhone owner can help you out.
The same applies to removing an iCloud blacklist lock from iPhones. The iPhone owner has to delete the particular device from their cloud account to solve the iCloud lock problem. In the case of the blacklist, they have to ask the network provider that blacklisted it to remove its blacklist.
For iPhones with a lost iPhone iCloud activation lock, you can always call the number displaying on the screen to reach the original iPhone owner.
You probably see how it is a difficult thing to ask anyone to do particularly someone who lost their iPhone. Also, many people find that they can never reach the original iPhone owner for one reason or the other. It leaves many with the option of trying to get Apple to delete the iCloud account linked with their iPhone.
It also means you have to keep trying to get the network provider to remove its blacklist. Several people become frustrated at this point and give up entirely on trying to remove the iCloud blacklist from iPhones.
What You Can Find Out with an iCloud Blacklist Check
Most people will try to deactivate iCloud blacklist locks using the hacking software available online. After so many years of trying the iCloud unlock tools out, we know that they do not work. Therefore, your best option is to find out every detail you can about the iPhone to reach the original owner.
An iCloud blacklist check can help you out by revealing the reason why the iPhone became blacklisted. It will show if the iPhone has a stolen report on it and details about the carrier that blacklisted the phone. All this information can help reach the iPhone owner or figure out how to unlock the device.
In some cases, every attempt to reach the original owner fails leaving you to keep trying other options to unlock your iPhone.
For instance, if the iPhone has a blacklist status for unpaid dues, some network provider may allow you to clear the payments. That way, they may agree to unlock the iPhone’s blacklist. If you manage to get one lock removed, the chances are high that Apple could decide to delete the linked iCloud account.