How to Bypass Apple Watch Activation Lock 2021

If your Apple Watch displays that this Apple Watch is linked to an Apple ID message, that means Find My is enabled on it and activation lock can be enabled at some point. This guide tells you what the Apple Watch activation lock is and how you can bypass it using various methods.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 22, 2021

If your Apple Watch displays that this Apple Watch is linked to an Apple ID message, that means Find My is enabled on it and activation lock can be enabled at some point. This guide tells you what the Apple Watch activation lock is and how you can bypass it using various methods.

If your Apple Watch does not seem to get past the activation lock screen, your Watch is locked and it needs to be unlocked before you can use it. You might be surprised to see this type of lock on your device, especially if this is the first time. However, there is not much you need to worry about as this lock can indeed be unlocked with multiple methods.

The following post describes what the activation lock on an Apple Watch means, and it also shows some of the methods that you can use to remove the lock from your Watch. Whether you have unlocked the activation lock before or you have not, you will still find the procedures to be easy to follow.

What Is the Apple Watch Activation Lock?

Before you try and remove the activation lock from your Apple Watch, the first thing you need to understand is what this lock is and why it got activated on your Apple Watch. Without knowing this essential information, you will not be able to understand the process of the lock and how it can be removed.

An activation lock is a lock that helps protect your Apple devices from being used by unauthorized users. This lock comes into effect when Find My feature is enabled on your Apple Watch and your Watch is reset to the factory settings. This is when it shows the activation lock message on the screen.

The Activation Lock on An Apple Watch

The Activation Lock on An Apple Watch

For as long as this lock stays active on your Apple Watch, you cannot use any of the features of the Watch. That is because the lock will not let you move past the main screen. This is to prevent your Apple Watch’s data from being viewed by any unwanted people.

The activation lock only gets enabled on your Apple Watch if you had the Find My option enabled on it. If you did not use the Find My feature, your Watch will not have that lock even if you reset it.

If your Apple Watch ever gets stolen or you lose it somewhere, and someone resets it, they will have a dead Watch to play with and none of the functions on it will be accessible. That is – unless they do not know the password.

How to Bypass the Apple Watch Activation Lock?

If you have bought the Apple Watch from someone as a second-hand device, or if someone has gifted it to you and it has the activation lock on it, one of the following methods will help you remove the lock.

Once the lock is removed, you will be able to pair the Watch with your own Apple ID and iPhone.

Use the Paired iPhone to Bypass the Activation Lock on an Apple Watch

If the original Apple Watch owner is still with you, or if you can contact them somehow, then there is a method that allows you to remove the activation lock from your Apple Watch by using their iCloud credentials. What this method basically does is removing the lock using the official Apple method.

As the original owner of the device, and having access to the iPhone that the Apple Watch was paired with, the original owner can simply unpair the Watch from their iPhone. This will remove the activation lock from an iOS device. They will need access to the Apple Watch app on their iPhones.

Using the Apple Watch app, the original owner can remove the Watch from the list of watches in the app. Once the locked Watch is removed, Apple will know that the Watch does not belong to anyone and they will remove the lock from the device – all remotely. The original owner needs to follow the following steps to do that.

Step 1. Bring both your iPhone and your Apple Watch close to each other.

Step 2. Start the Apple Watch on the iPhone, tap the My Watch, and tap on the info icon next to the locked Watch.

View The Apple Watch Details

View The Apple Watch Details

Step 3. Select the option that says Unpair Apple Watch. This will remove the Watch from the iPhone.

Unpair An Apple Watch From The iPhone

Unpair An Apple Watch From The iPhone

Step 4. Enter the iCloud logins and your Watch will be removed.

The activation lock should be removed and your Apple Watch is now ready to be paired with any iPhone.

Use iCloud to Remove The Activation Lock From An Apple Watch

If the original Apple Watch owner cannot physically come and unpair your Apple Watch, or if they have lost their iPhone and they have no means to remove the Watch, they can use iCloud. iCloud has an online interface where you can use pretty much all the iCloud features that you use on your iOS devices.

One of these online features is the ability to find your Apple ID linked devices, like your Apple Watch, and erase and remove them from your account online. Using this method, the original owner can remotely wipe off the Watch and unpair it from their account.

Once the online unpairing process is finished, your Apple Watch will sync with Apple servers and the servers will unlock it for you. That is because Apple will no longer see any iPhones that bind this Apple Watch with them. Your Watch is then free to be linked with any account.

Ask the Original Owner to Follow These steps to Unlock the Apple Watch

Step 1. Launch your web browser and access the iCloud website. Sign-in to your iCloud account.

Step 2. You should now see various options on your screen. Click the option that reads Find iPhone to view and access the settings for the locked Apple Watch.

Step 3. Click on All Devices at the top and choose your Apple Watch from the list.

Access Find iPhone on iCloud

Access Find iPhone on iCloud

Step 4. On the screen that follows, click the Erase Apple Watch option followed by Remove from Account.

Your Apple Watch will be wiped off and removed from the original owner’s account. It can then be associated with your own Apple ID.

Use An Online Service to Get Rid of the Activation Lock On An Apple Watch

If you do not already know, there are some online services that offer you to unlock the activation lock on your Apple devices. You can avail one of these services for your Apple Watch and they will unlock your Watch for you. However, there are a few things you should know about these services.

If your device is marked as stolen, then these services might not work for you. Also, you need to be willing to shell out a good amount of money to unlock the Watch. This is because almost all of these services require you to make an upfront payment before you can unlock your Watch.

Here is how you can use an online service to get rid of the activation lock on an Apple Watch.

Step 1. Open the Apple iPhone Unlock website in one of the browsers on your computer.

Step 2. Find the serial number written on the case of your Apple Watch and note it down.

Step 3. Enter the serial number on the site you have opened, select your Apple Watch from the dropdown menu, and click on Remove Activation Lock.

Remove The Apple Watch Activation Lock Online

Remove The Apple Watch Activation Lock Online

Step 4. Proceed further, make a payment, and your order will be confirmed.

In a few days, you will receive an email saying that your Apple Watch is unlocked and you can use it with your own account.

Bonus Tip. How Do I Turn off Activation Lock on My iPhone?

AnyUnlock – iCloud Activation Unlocker is developed to get rid of Activation Lock on Apple devices in various scenarios. Besides, you can turn off Find My iPhone if needed. Now, Windows PC and Mac computer are all supported.

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Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

The whole unlocking process is simple and easy to follow:

Turn Off iPhone Activation Lock on Windows PC:

Step 1. Download and install AnyUnlock on your computer > Connect your iPhone and continue.

Connect Your iOS Device to the Computer

Connect Your iOS Device to the Computer

Step 2.Tap on Next button to jailbreak your device.

Jailbreak Your Device

Jailbreak Your Device

Step 3. Once jailbroken, you will get the page below > Click Start Now and the activation bypass process will start immediately.

Confirm Your Device Information and Start Bypassing

Confirm Your Device Information and Start Bypassing

Step 4. Wait for a while and iCloud activation lock is bypassed successfully. Click Done to complete.

iCloud Activation Lock Is Bypassed Successfully

iCloud Activation Lock Is Bypassed Successfully

Turn Off iPhone Activation Lock on Mac Computer:

Step 1. Get AnyUnlock on your Mac > Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer > Tap on Bypass iCloud Activation Lock option on the left panel.

Choose Bypass iCloud Activation Lock

Choose Bypass iCloud Activation Lock

Step 2. Once your iOS device is connected to the computer, click on the Start tab start the unlocking process.

Click on the Start to Go On

Click on the Start to Go On

Step 3. Wait until AnyUnlock has finished downloading the jailbreak tool.

Download the Jailbreaking Tool

Download the Jailbreaking Tool

Step 4. Put your iOS device into DFU mode when the jailbreak tool is well prepared. And then it will move to the jailbreak process. When the jailbreak process is finished, you are expected to click on Bypass Now to bypass the activation lock from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

Tap on Bypass Now to Start Bypassing

Tap on Bypass Now to Start Bypassing

The Bottom Line

Bypassing the Apple Watch activation lock might seem impossible initially, however, there are methods to overcome this lock on your Watch. We hope the above methods unlock your Watch and you can use it with your own iCloud account.

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