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


This method will help you bypass iCloud on locked iPads. At this moment it works with Apple iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air,  iPad mini,  iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 9.7 which is locked by service iCloud. Include locked through “Lost and erased” mode.

After this you will can install any apps on your iCloud free iPad, make jailbreak, assign your own Apple ID account  and do any other things.

Here you can read manual to bypass iCloud on model of your iPad:

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




Этот метод поможет вам снять iCloud на заблокированных iPad. Метод работает с iCloud locked Apple iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air,  iPad mini,  iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2 и iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 9.7, которые заблокированы через сервис iCloud. Включительно с заблокированный через режим “Lost and erased”.

После этого вы сможете установить любые приложения на освобожденный от iCloud iPad, сделать jailbreak, назначить собственный Apple ID и делать любые другие операции.

Здесь вы можете прочитать инструкцию по разблокировке iCloud на вашей модели iPad:

Если вы ищите способ разблокировки iCloud на iPad Wi-Fi, iPhone или iPod, тогда прочтите эту статью: How to bypass iCloud on iPad WiFi, iPad Cellular, iPhone and iPod

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1,348 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. Hello, I have two iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi only) logic boards. One is iCloud unlocked but is completely unrepairable. However, the chips are still good. The other one is in good shape but locked My question is: Can I simply swap the iCloud locked NAND from the good board with the good NAND from the broken board? Is it necessary to reprogram the good NAND chip even if it is iCloud unlocked?

    1. That is quite straight forward if you have a PCIE nand reader and some soldering skills. You will also have to convert to wifi only but its a simple resistor removal and wifi ic change. I can do it for 100 bucks.

    2. Without password, we should force unlock iPad without password with the help of the tool-Eelphone iPhone Unlock, hope it works for you, I used it, but lost all data after the success.

  2. just follow the method. after finish .. remove nand ic rewrite with new imei number and put it back on ipad board.. restore with new ipsw .. done

  3. How can I unlock iCloud from my iPhone without losing the information found in it? I have tried with many methods watching tutorial videos and I have not succeeded, they recommended these pages to me:

  4. Hello everyone, can anyone tell me what resistor i need to remove to ipad pro 10.5 A1701 MQEY2B/A to turn it to Wifi version. please help.

  5. hello I would like to know which resistor I have to destroy on the mother board in a ipad3 model A1416? Somebody can help me?

  6. Hello
    i have an ipad air 2 4g turned into wifi with ios 12
    I made the jailbreak I changed the wifi driver but it does not activate.
    this method does not work on ios 12

  7. Already bypassed long time ago on ios 9.2.1 and now i wanted to clean up my ipad air 2 to stock again and rejailbreak .. can we still activated after erase all content and setting pasha?? Tx

  8. Removed right resistor,followed all instructions,rebooted everything fine
    Except screen goes black after 10 sec. Touch still works.everything else too.
    Any Ideas. I already hard reset it. Same thing.

  9. Hi have an iPad Air (1475) with icloud lock on. Its running iOS 12.1.1. If I remove resistor r1506, will it activate? And I will only be able to use wifi (no Bluetooth or cellular) Please confirm. Thanks

        1. Yes u can remove icloud by hardware method, changing serial number n wifi number n bluetooth number then it will activate but simcard will not work.

          1. Hi,
            can you explain please, after we removed 4g modem, how can we change serial number and WifFi number?
            I’ve already updated it to 12.1.1 and now the iPad couldn’t activate anymore.

          2. very true. procedure is legit.i have ios 12.2 running. my only problem is i cannot detect any bluetooth devices. wifi is doing very good in signal. what could be the problem with my bt?

  10. I’m sure I did the right thing, by removing #4 and jumper #2 to #3, DFU mode, and stuck at error 9. Is it because there are no difference between the cellular model, and wifi model for the ipsw.
    Desperately need help

    1. what is the model of your ipad?
      The iPad in my experience is very picky about what cables it will restore with. Error 9 is almost always related to the cable, NOT the dock connector/flex cable. Use the official Apple cable if you still have it, or borrow one from a friend.

      If that doesn’t work, it might also have something to do with the IPSW you are trying to restore with. Try using a different IPSW or using Redsn0w to boot Pwned DFU mode and restore it like that. Error 9 can be related to the RAM disk kernel rejecting the ASR because it is not signed properly, thus breaking the connection with the device and causing error 9.
      This is a search on google,

  11. Unable to active only 1 2 3 4 gen of ipads air 1 2 3 4 or later under ios 11 no posible error on activation come up…tested on many ipads …..and thoose who remove icloud on ios 9 or 10 on ipad air 1 2 3 mini do not update or facory reset your ipads tested unable to active again !!!!!!!!

  12. Hi I have a Ipad mini A1490 y remove the resistor 4 and 3 and i made the jumper when i made all the process, at the end i hace a problem with the server it says Unable to active

    1. Is their update process to fix the no wifi issue after unlock and written new serial and nand unlock…?..

  13. i have remove resistor r1204 and jumper r1205 for my ipad mini 2 ,but i got DFU mode detect as iphone not as ipad when i connect to itunes , can you please give solution for me . thanks a lot brother

  14. hello pavel, a couple of weeks ago I had my ipad mini 2 cellular without being able to activate because of ios 11, I had bypass then an acquaintance told me to unlock it and did it, how could it have been possible?

  15. can you please tell me why imessage and facetime doesnt work after changing the serial No, Mac and Bt address on an iPad 4. I have used genuine details from a working iPad but it still doesnt work. The ipad is running the last possible ios 10.3.3 Any ideas please?

  16. Hi i have ipad 2 gsm model (A1396) i remove resistor r1205 as you say but i have so big problem you say ipad enter DFU mode itself the problem is when i connect ipad with ITUNES THE ITUNES NOT DETECT MY ipad on itunes app windows said iphone on recovery mode not ipad on recovery mode when press shift + restore and choose firmware got message could not be restored the firmware not compatible help me what i do thank’s in advanced for every one

  17. 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 ?

  18. 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!

    1. Do you think it would work with the lightning to micro usb adapter instead of the usb camera adapter? Also, do you think it would it matter if i use generic brands for the usb adapter and the ethernet adapter? Thanks!

  19. 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?

      1. Hello pavel,
        Would you be able help with intrusion to unlock ipad 5 a1823 wifi and 4g
        The serial number Wifi and blue tooth MAC address for a clean serial.
        The only problem the wifi don’t work..

        The wifi ic has been replaced also for 33s000308 but the wifi still don’t work please help

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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!

  22. 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

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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.

  36. 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