How to unlock iCloud locked Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air and Air 2, iPad mini 1, 2, 3, 4, iPad 12.9 and 9.7

How this iCloud bypass method works

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If you found another person’s iCloud locked iPad, try to return it to the owner.

With help of this method you can modify iCloud locked iPad Cellular into iCloud FOREVER free iPad WiFi only model. Your new iCloud bypassed iPad will not be wired with Apple ID of previous owner. You will can install any apps, make jailbreak, assign your own Apple ID account and do any other things. At this moment icloud bypass method is fully tested for iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini 1, iPad AiriPad mini 2 and iPad Air 2



If you are looking for not hardware iCloud bypass method you can try another way for ALL iCloud locked devices.

If you are looking for a way to unlock the iCloud on iPad Wi-Fi Only, iPhone or iPod, then read this article: How to bypass iCloud on iPad WiFi, iPad Cellular, iPhone and iPod

How bypass iCloud on iPads Cellular with help of easy hardware method

Apple devices (for example iPads) have some part on logic board which called Board_id. Board_id is responsible for how device identifies itself. For iPad there are several possible configurations: Apple TV, Apple iPhone, Apple iPad Cellular, Apple iPad WiFi only.

When Apple’s iCloud servers bloсked iPads they do this in 2 ways:

  • iPad WiFi only will be blocked by it serial number.
  • iPad Cellular will be blocked by it serial number and IMEI.

To bypass iCloud on iPads Cellular you need disable it modem chip and change Board_id.

If you just only disable modem you will get error and not working device. Sometimes this happens when modem or cable modem is broken even on iPads which isn’t blocked in iCloud. My method can revive such devices.



When you disabled modem chip and changed Board_id device will stop work properly. Something inside will say: “Hey man, something wrong! My hardware is like for WiFi only model, but you use firmware for Cellular model. I go in DFU-mode and you should go in iTunes and restore me”.

When you connect your iPad to BigBrother OS will install driver for it.


After this iTunes will find iCloud blocked iPad in restore mode and propose you restore iPad.


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itunes icloud bypassAt finish you will have iCloud unlocked iPad WiFi only. Now It can be registered on your own Apple ID through new clean serial number. Voila!

If you have some problem with recovering check USB cable and restore iPad manualy from file with firmware. You can download firmware from Remember that now you have iPad WiFi only hardware and you should download WiFi only firmware. For example, if you have iCloud locked iPad Air Cellular A1475 you should download firmware for iPad Air WiFi only A1474.

And Yes. At any moment you can covert your iCloud freу iPad WiFi only with hardware method back to iPad Cellular. But iCloud blocking will back too.

Be careful and good luck!

Tools which you can use

Soldering iron, needle, forceps to remove the resistor.

Soldering iron, ordinary pencil to create a bridge.

I will write this block later…

Removing resistor from iCloud locked iPad:


Making jumper on place of resistor on iCloud locked iPad:


How we bypass iCloud on all iPads with help of difficult hardware method

With help of this method you can bypass iCloud on all iPads. You even can make device which Apple never produced! For example Apple mini 8gb

If you are looking for a way to unlock the iCloud on iPad Wi-Fi Only, iPhone or iPod, then read this article: How to bypass iCloud on iPad WiFi, iPad Cellular, iPhone and iPod

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I will write tech theory for other devices later. Maybe.

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1,284 thoughts on “How to unlock iCloud locked Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air and Air 2, iPad mini 1, 2, 3, 4, iPad 12.9 and 9.7

  1. do you know how much money I could make you with the right promoting for your service and go fund me setup pavel? I’d like to help you with this if you would like ?

  2. Could someone please measure the resistance in ohms on both sides of these resistors and publish it? This would help me quite a bit trying to find the right resistors in the new A10 series ipads (A1709 for example)

    1. And i’ll be sure to publish my findings here so that the more modern models of ipad pros can be unlocked! Thanks!

  3. Hello is iPad mini 2 wifi+cellular hw bypassed upgradeable from 10.1.1 to 11.4 via ota? Will it activate on 11.4?

  4. After I read this article I thought I am near to solve my problem, so I need your help please.
    I have Ipad mini 2 retain display wifi only model A 1489
    it’s clean but locked by Icloud, email ID is forget and no way.
    so, can you please help and support ( software or hardware) to fix this issue,

      1. I had gotten an Ipad Mini 2 with ios 10. But out of the blue, it stopped working. I couldn’t make it turn on. So i Had to update to ios 11.4 through itunes. So, it did not active. Ok, i was expecting this. So, if one day, we could downgrade to ios 10, 9, 8 … would it be possible to bypass the icloud or activate it again? Thanks

      2. hey pavel u really genius on this stuff can’t you remove iCloud on iPad Air 2 gsm.i can donate if u can .

      3. Hello! if iPad Pro a1652 has earlier iOS than 11? will this work? best regards! you rule! I’ll try it, if it work I’ll of course donate 🙂

  5. Can i still use this method removing resistor on a1475 ipad air ?,after i remove this the ipad doest not power anymore,pls help

      1. Hello, David

        As I know on Air this method will not work fully because of iOS 11+ restriction.

        You have to buy SN, MAC and other for flashing it inside unsoldered iPad’s chips. After this procedure converted 4G -> WiFi only iPad will be able activate itself in iOS 11+

        For old iPads wo iOS 11+ support all works great.

        1. Hi, I did convert an iPad air 2 4G –> to wifi only , I bought a new serial number , new Bluetooth address and also a new wifi address, after I wrote the new information on the Nand , I Restored the iPad with the new information, the activation was successful, but unfortunately the wifi and Bluetooth still not working 😪😓… do you have any solucion or any idea? Or do I have to wait until the new JB comes out , so replace the wifi files?

          1. Yes you need to change the wifi ic to the appropriate model for your now wifi only ipad. It is slightly different (but use same pads so can be changed) so the firmware will not work until its changed out. You can find these on aliexpress for about 20 USD

        2. I followed the icloud bypass instructions for an iPad Air 2 back on some version of IOS 10. I wasn’t able to jailbreak that version and I never regained wifi. I eventually updated to IOS 11 and lost bluetooth as well. but it works great other than that.

          I’m finally jailbroken on 11.1.3 and the ipad still works fine, just without wifi or bluetooth. Can I till replace the wifi firmware and get wifi back?

          1. you need to replace the wifi ic that is appropriate for your now wifi only model. See above post I made

      1. Pavel,
        Thanks for your hard work here! Something that would be really nice would be the resistance measurement on both sides the resistors so that it would be easier to pinpoint the ones that need to be removed/bridged in future models of ipads

        Thanks again!

  6. good evening. I have the model a1490 and I removed the resistance 4 but I have two doubts.
    1.- How the jumper is made
    2.- Is there an error in the syntax? (you can solder “in” resistor 3 “on” position 2) could you explain to me that I should weld and where? if in this case I do not want to make the jumper or explain how to make the jumper?
    thank you very much

  7. Got an ipad Air 3G, 11.3.1 update won’t let me activate it. says error connecting to apple servers.

  8. pavel saludo perform the work of icloud on an ipad air a1475 the ipad is perfectly unlocked but you do not want to activate with the latter ios 11.0.1 you tried the same work with another ipad air of the same model and it is in the same situation it is not activated there is solution

      1. hello pal, Is there anyway to restore ipad mini 2 and above model after hardware unlock?
        Please get back to me. its really urgent.
        Thanks in advance.

  9. Its not working itunes didnt activate ipad and i dont know why wifi doesnt work only ipad connecting itunes via usb cable after connected itunes warn ipad didnt activated.

    And your information text second step writing ipad mini3 third step saying ipad mini4 is it true?

  10. I have a problem I had a bypass with iOS 10 but was upgrade to iOS 11 is any solution for this or just I have a luxury stone for the paper? It’s an iPad mini 2. Regards. Thanks for this tuto.

  11. hi Pavel,
    i have ipad mini 2
    u want to bypass
    but iam confused
    whether it can still and in the restore to ios 10.3.3 at this time?

  12. Apple has stop signing IOS 10.3.3 , no more hardware removal!!! I wonder if it will still be possible thru reprogramming NAND with different serial Number

  13. Is there a Jailbreak for iOS 10.3.3 for iPad Air 2? I have one here on 9.3.3 working normal, should i stay on 9?

  14. Good day, after the process ipad is in recovery (with the screen black) and when I try to update with itunes I get error, before I got error 9, now I always get 4014. Its possible that I done something wrong? If we solve this I will donate 30$ for research to you.

  15. iOS 11 can be activated on bypassed devices if you downgrade iPad to 10.3.3 and then you do update with WiFi and don’t update with iTunes .
    But the problem is that you can now downgrade but after maybe 1 month you can’t do it

  16. Hello.


    Many people can’t activate bypassed deviced devices.

    If you have already had suck problem and can’t restore from backup than write to Apple support. Pretend to be a noob. Say that you bought such a device and tried to upgrade to version 11. Do not say anything about the bypass procedure.

    1. Quote from forum:

      I have tested 2 different ipads (air and a air 2), both can’t be activated with ios 11. however if you just upgrade via OTA than it will work fine. but if you restore or reset it than you cant activate. This is the end of icloud hardware bypass.

    1. Hi
      Many people sold such devices as usual. If Apple blocks buyers, then scandal will rise.
      When the support for iOS 10 stops, all you must fill up the technical support of Apple with letters that your purchased device has blocked

  17. hi boss, i have already bypass the ipad pro 9,7, now i’m traying to fix the grey wifi, i have take out the nand and i have use the JC N2 for unlock wifi, but wifi still in grey, should i change wifi and mac adrees? you thing that will work ?? and i have donate U$S 50 , thanks for your hard work boss! i apreciate a lot! from argentine!

    1. Hello

      Thank you.

      I don’t know what JC N2 is. Try to ask here

      As I know you should pair nand with new baseband chip

            1. $20 USD anyways. Also if you ever need detailed close up photos to specific devices. I have a very small repair business; so I come across various devices. Just ask and you shall receive (maybe lol) via my email I sent you a message from

  18. hello i have a iPad air 2 on 10.2.1 i tried to jailbreak but no cydia,i have yalu102 on the screen ,im connected with my iPhone on bluetooth and tried already 20 times with no results,no cydia, it is possible i have done this wrong?thx for the help

  19. I did 2 ipad’s air 2 64 gb, both of them worked fine. however since 10.2 is not signed anymore i could only go to 10.3.2 so now i have to wait for jailbreak. there would be the other method to change the wifi board on the motherboard, but there is no guarantee that the board will not get damaged since it has underfill also.
    When you think that replacing the wifi driver is such an easy task, but we can not do it just because we do not have root access it’s a shame.
    There could be another way to make a custom firmware with the driver already inside, but lately apple has done all they could to patch this as well and not be able to write cfw’s anymore either. There used to be a glitch that allowed to install cfw’s with patched to bypass icloud in software mode, but it does not work anymore, not even on older devices.

  20. Hi. On ipad 1475 air 1 i removed the resistor many times but this time itunes recognises ipad as an iphone. I only find it on ipad mini until now but never on other ipad. Any help? I did donation Pavel almost 2 years ago when i first found your blog. I Will do again after i will test solution on ipad pro and air 2. Thx in advance