Have you been locked out of your iPhone and you don’t know how to bypass the lock screen? You might then stumble across lock removal tools like iMyFone LockWiper. This is one of iMyFone’s many tools and it claims to remove lock screens as well as iCloud Activation Locks.
Since it does this, the tool would be perfect for when you forget the passcode and get locked out of your phone, among other situations.
But we’ve seen users uncertain about the program and in this review, we’ll be diving into all the details.
Part 1. iMyFone LockWiper Review
Removing two types of iOS locks is the gist of what iMyFone LockWiper can offer. Basically, it can remove passcodes and any other lock screen security, but it can also remove an Apple ID account if you don’t have the password for the account.
1Pros & Cons of iMyFone LockWiper
- Can disable lock screen security (passcodes, fingerprint, face ID, and PIN)
- Removes Apple ID from an iOS device without the account password
- Bypass iPhone screen time restrictions
- Straightforward lock screen removal process which won’t require any technical experience
- Available for both Windows and Mac systems
- Can be downloaded as a free version (limited features) before purchasing the full version
These features make iMyFone LockWiper an attractive tool to use, but there are still a lot of questions in the air. For instance, does it do the job it claims to do? Among other questions, there are a handful of downsides to using LockWiper.
- Cannot effectively remove an iCloud Activation Lock, this is a misleading claim
- Using LockWiper will also erase all of your iPhone’s data
- For newer iOS device models, the success rate has proven to be lower
- If support is required by a user, it can take at least a day for them to respond
- There are no refunds, they have a strict policy that makes it difficult to get a refund if the tool does not work
2Can I Use a Cracked Version?
We don’t recommend using this tool for many different reasons, especially considering how little evidence there is of it working, so we also don’t recommend seeking a cracked version.
As with most software solutions, there is a high chance of a cracked iMyFone LockWiper being available for downloading online. However, cracked versions can be very dangerous to download. There’s the possibility of malware being coded into the software which can damage your computer. Don’t take the risk, instead, you should avoid cracked software altogether.
3Is There Any Free Registration Code?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to obtain a free iMyFone LockWiper registration code. This is largely due to the software using an online validation system that checks the registration code every time the software is used.
If you find any free codes on the internet, the chances are that the code is fake and won’t work.
4Does iMyFone LockWiper Work?
Yes and no. Let’s consider the two main features: Unlock Apple ID and Unlock Screen Passcode.
The Unlock Apple ID feature is only capable of removing Apple ID from an iOS device which has already been activated, and the device must be running iOS 11.3 or earlier. Therefore, it isn’t suitable for devices that can’t be activated.
The Unlock Screen Passcode has also proven to be ineffective. In some instances we found it to be successful at removing the passcode, but this is a rarity and we determined that the success rate was much lower than other tools.
Part 2. Alternatives to iMyFone LockWiper
So, what if you’ve changed your mind about using iMyFone LockWiper and you would rather try another approach? Not a problem. Here are two alternatives to using LockWiper.
1Unlock Screen Passcode: Using iTunes
Not many users realise that there is an official method for removing the lock screen passcode, and it works by using iTunes. This is reliant on that you have taken a backup of the device before the passcode was lost, otherwise, you can’t do this.
Step 1. Put your iPhone into DFU Mode. The method differs for various iOS devices, so use Apple’s help page to use the correct steps.
Step 2. After enabling DFU Mode, connect your iPhone to a computer using a lightning cable.
Step 3. Open iTunes and you should see a notification that prompts you to select either “Restore” or “Update”.
Step 4. Click on the “Restore” option.
Step 5. After the iPhone has been restored, you should notice that the lock screen has been removed.
Then you can restore a backup to recover your data. This is yet another reason why taking frequent iTunes backups of your iOS devices can be beneficial.
Not just for avoiding general data loss, but for regaining access to the device when you forget the passcode and without having to wipe your data.
2Unlock Apple ID: Follow the Official Guide
A harder issue to deal with is unlocking your Apple ID, which could lock for reasons such as entering the wrong password too many times.
One way of unlocking Apple ID is to use 2FA (2 Factor Authentication). When you go to reset the Apple ID password, you’ll be able to send instructions for resetting to either a trusted phone number or trusted device. Similarly, you can use the recovery key that Apple provides you with upon setting up your account’s 2FA.
If you aren’t able to use this method to unlock Apple ID or haven’t set up a trusted device, you can go to the iForgot portal. There’s the option to unlock the Apple account using the current password, or by using an alternate password reset method.
Whether you seek a solution to remove an Apple ID you no longer have access to or you’ve forgotten the passcode you set on your iPhone, iMyFone LockWiper could be in your sights. That said, we’d recommend looking elsewhere for help.
There are some glaring issues with LockWiper that make it clear to us that it isn’t as effective as it claims to be, and there are plenty of other tools which have shown better results. At the very least, try the alternative methods which we’ve explained above as they have given hope to some users.