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How to Bypass Activation Lock on iPod Touch 5th, 6th, 7th Generations?

Is there any way to bypass iPod Touch Activation Lock (A1421, 5th gen running on iOS 9.3.5)? Yes, read on to find how!

I know your pain:

You want to set up and use your iPod Touch but stuck at a screen which says “This iPod touch is linked to an Apple ID. Enter the Apple ID and password that were set up this iPod.”

This means your iPod Touch is locked by iCloud Activation Lock which is a feature introduced from iOS 7 to prevent someone else from using your iOS devices after erasing it.

So what to do next?

Well, you are in luck, this free guide will explain how to bypass/unlock iCloud Activation Lock for iPod Touch 5th, 6th, and 7th generations.

Let’s begin…

iPod Touch Activation Lock Bypass Summary

If you’re in a hurry, just read the summary of our research:

  • Activation Lock is only available for the 5th, 6th, and 7th generations of iPod touch.
  • The official guide for iPod Touch Activation Lock bypass is to find the Apple ID or password back / ask the previous owner for help.
  • You can also ask Apple to remove Activation Lock for your iPod, just make sure you can offer a proof of purchase
  • If either Apple or the previous owner can’t help, then you can unlock iCloud locked iPod Touch by using a third-party service or software tool

How to Bypass Activation Lock on iPod Touch?

We tested tons of ways for iCloud bypass, only 5 of them actually worked for us.

1Ask Previous Owner to Remove iCloud Activation Lock on an iPod Touch

If you can meet the previous owner in person, just ask them to enter the Apple ID and password to bypass the iCloud lock for free.

If not, you can actually ask them to remotely unlock your iPod Touch. What they need to do is erasing your iPod Touch and removing it from their iCloud account via iCloud.com.

Send this guide to the original owner:

Step 1. Visit icloud.com and log in with Apple ID (iCloud account) and password.

Step 2. Click on Find iPhone (even though it is an iPod Touch, you still click this option).

icloud find iphone

Step 3. Choose the iCloud locked iPod Touch from the All Devices list.

Step 4. Click on Erase iPod. Then confirm it by entering the Apple ID password. (Make sure the iPod touch is connecting to a WiFi network)

erase ipod touch icloud

Step 5. After erasing, click on Remove from Account.

ipod touch icloud options

Once this has been done, the activation lock will be removed from your iPod Touch. You can now restart your device and set up it with your own Apple ID without any issues.

2Recover Your Apple ID or Password to Bypass iCloud Lock

This way works when you’re the original owner and forgot the Apple ID or password. To bypass iPod Touch iCloud lock, just find your Apple ID back or reset the Apple ID password.

First, we’re going to show you how to recover your Apple ID:

Recover Apple ID

Apple offers 7 ways to find your forgotten Apple ID [1], the most common way is to recover from iforgot.apple.com.

Step 1. Visit https://iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid

Step 2. Click on “Look it up.”

find apple id

Step 3. Offer your first & last name, and email address.

enter info to find apple id

Step 4. Answer the security questions to proceed.

After these steps, you will find your Apple ID back.

Reset Apple ID Password

If you are stuck at Activation Lock screen because of forgetting your Apple ID password, you’ll have to reset the password in order for bypassing iCloud lock on your iPod Touch.

According to Apple [2], there are totally 7 ways to reset Apple ID password:

  • On your iOS device
  • On your Mac
  • Use a trusted phone number, email, or a recovery key
  • Use Apple Support app
  • Use the Find My app
  • Use security questions
  • Use two-step verification

Don’t know which method should use? Fear not, I’m going to show you the most common way:

Step 1. Visit https://iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid

Step 2. Enter your Apple ID (If you forgot it, just use the way mentioned above to find it back) and click on the Continue button.

enter apple id to reset password

Step 3. On the next page, they will be three options for you to choose for verification:

  • Answer security questions
  • Get an email
  • Recovery Key

Choose the one you preferred and follow the instructions it shows to reset your Apple ID password.

After resetting it, set up your iPod Touch and enter your Apple ID and password to get past the Activation Lock.

3Ask Apple to Unlock Your iCloud Locked iPod Touch

Apple will help you remove Activation Lock from your iPod Touch without Apple ID or password. This way only works when you can offer the info Apple required.

According to our experience, it will take about 10 days for Apple to verify your information and inform the results of unlock to you no matter whether they get your iOS device unlocked or not.

To use this way, you’ll need to prepare the following items:

About the Proof of Ownership

Proof of ownership is the most important thing for you to prepare before asking Apple to unlock your iPod Touch. It should be a photo or screenshot of the original sales receipt (if it’s a second-hand iPod touch, Apple won’t offer help).

apple purchase proof required

What’s more, the proof must reflect the purchase of your iPod Touch and show its identifying information such as the IMEI, Serial Number, or MEID.

Our Experience with This Way

It’s too hard to prepare the proof of ownership as Apple can only unlock an iCloud locked iPhone when you’re the original owner. Even you can offer the proof of ownership, Apple may not unlock your device without telling you the reasons according to our research on iPad mini iCloud bypass.

However, you can try this way as it’s free, just visit this link to submit your info and ask Apple to unlock your iPod Touch.

4Use An iPod Touch iCloud Bypass Software Tool

Although iPod Touch is not as popular as iPhone or iPad, there are still some tools for iPod Touch Activation Lock bypass.

The only software tool that worked for us is 4MeKey from Tenorshare. It can bypass Activation Lock and turn off Find My iPod Touch without Apple ID or password.

This software will jailbreak your iPod Touch which will invalidate the Apple warranty. If your iPod Touch is out of warranty then this is not an issue – but it is still worth mentioning.

Please note that 4MeKey is only compatible with iPod Touches running on iOS 12 and above which means if your iPod Touch is the 6th or 7th generation, you can use this software for iCloud bypass (make sure your iPod is up to date).

I’m going to show you how to use this software for your iPod Touch Activation Lock bypass:

Step 1. Click on the button below to download and install 4Mekey on your computer.

Free Download

Step 2. Launch 4MeKey and choose the Remove iCloud Activation Lock function from its home interface.

4mekey interface home

Step 3. On the next interface, click on the Next button to proceed. Then connect your iPod Touch to your computer via a USB cable.

Step 4. The software will download the jailbreak software. Once finished, follow the instruction it shows to jailbreak your iPod Touch.

Step 5. Then confirm your iPod Touch information and click on Start.

new 4mekey confirm device info

After this, the iPod Touch iCloud Activation Lock removal is now in progress.

new 4mekey removing activation lock

It will take several minutes to bypass iCloud lock for your iPod Touch 6th or 7th generations. Once complete, you’ll be able to sign in with your own Apple ID and password and use your iPod Touch as normal!

new 4mekey activation lock removed

5Use an iPod Touch iCloud Unlock Service

What to do if you want to bypass iCloud lock on your iPod Touch 5th generation? Or the above methods don’t work for you? An iCloud removal service will help you!

If you do a web search you will find a lot of websites that claim to be able to bypass, remove, hack or unlock the iCloud Activation Lock from iPod touch. But most of them are scammers.

Until now, we only find three trusted iCloud removal services that can actually work. But as for iPod Touch iCloud unlock, IMEIUnlockSIM stands out. It supports iCloud removal for iPod Touch 5th and above models.


IMEIUnlockSIM is the cheapest iCloud unlock service but the most effective one for iPod Touch. We simply provided them with the Serial number or IMEI of our iPod Touch and they unlocked it without sending it to them. No need to download software or jailbreak. They deliver the unlock in 13 hours.

Here is how IMEIUnlockSIM process the iPod Touch 5th generation iCloud Activation Lock removal:

Step 1. Visit IMEIUnlockSIM iCloud unlock website.

Step 2. Select the iPod All Model and provide the IMEI or Serial Number of your iPod Touch. You can find it from the Hello screen.

ipod touch hello screen imei info

Step 3. Make the payment (it will cost $18.95).

They will unlock your iPod Touch within 24 hours during business day. If you make an order on a Saturday, they will start to work on your order the next Monday.

IMEIUnlockSIM is a permanent solution for iPod Touch iCloud unlock. With just less than $20, you’ll enjoy all the features of your iPod!

After Bypassing: Disable Activation Lock on iPod Touch

Don’t want to be locked again by the Activation Lock after bypassing it on your iPod? You have an option to disable the Activation Lock to avoid this situation.

Please note that once the Activation Lock is disabled, anyone can use your iPhone after resetting it. So make sure it’s not a problem for you before following the instructions below.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPod Touch.

Step 2. Tap on [Your Name}, then scroll down to find and tap Find My.

Step 3. Finally, tap on Find My iPod Touch to disable it.

find my ipod touch

Activation Lock is just a feature of Find My, when you turn off Find My iPod Touch, the Activation Lock will be disabled automatically.

FAQs About iPod Touch Activation Lock Bypass

What is Activation Lock on iPod touch?

Activation Lock was first introduced on iOS 7 in 2013. It will be automatically enabled once you turn on Find My on your iPod Touch. It will prevent someone else from using your iPod Touch by requiring the Apple ID & password after a factory reset.

We strongly recommend you enable Activation Lock on your iPod Touch to ensure its security.

How do you bypass an iCloud locked iPod touch?

As mentioned above, there are totally five ways for iPod Touch Activation Lock bypass.

  • Ask the previous owner for help (for 5th, 6th, and 7th gen)
  • Recover Apple ID or reset Apple ID password (for 5th, 6th, and 7th gen)
  • Ask Apple to Unlock (for 5th, 6th, and 7th gen)
  • Use a software tool (for 6th, and 7th gen)
  • Use an unlock service (for 5th, 6th, and 7th gen)

How do you bypass an iPod passcode?

We recently made a research on how to unlock a disabled iPod Touch. From the research, the most common way is to restore your iPod in DFU or Recovery mode with iTunes.

You may find your iPod Touch is locked to Activation Lock after restore, what you need do is to follow the guide above to bypass it.

I don’t need my iPod Touch, where can I sell it?

The most popular place to trade in second-hand iPod Touch online is uSell.

The process is simple, you provide the condition of your device, uSell will offer you an estimated price. If you agree with the price, uSell will send you a free shipping kit to send in your iPod Touch. After your buyer inspects your device, he/she will issue payment via PayPal or check within 2 working days.

Is there any hardware solution for iPod Touch 5th gen iCloud removal?

Sorry to tell you that there is no hardware solution for iPod Touch iCloud removal. This kind of hardware iCloud bypass solution can only work for iPhone but the success rate is as low as 10%.

If it failed to work, your iPhone will be bricked and won’t be recovered from that.

Can I bypass Activation Lock on iPod touch using command prompt?

The command prompt method has already been fixed by Apple. It doesn’t work anymore.

Can I bypass Activation Lock on iPod touch 6th generation iOS 12 by changing WiFi DNS?

You can’t. The iCloud DNS bypass method only work for iPhone and iPad. It doesn’t work for any models of iPod Touch.

The Bottom Line

The aim of iCloud Activation Lock is to protect iOS devices, but it can be a headache when you can’t offer your Apple ID or password to unlock your iPod Touch from Activation Lock.

With the 5 methods mentioned in this post, you can easily bypass the iCloud lock without knowing the Apple ID or password. Feel free to choose the one you prefer to unlock your iPod Touch and enjoy all features of it!


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Eric is an Apple Certified Independent Technician after gaining AppleCare service certifications for both iOS and Mac. He is passionate about helping people to make the most of their iOS devices.

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