iOS 7.1 bug allows disabling of Find My iPhone without a password

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Apple introduced Activation Lock in iOS 7 that ties your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your Apple ID so that if your phone gets stolen, the thief has to know your login credentials to turn off Find My iPhone or erase the phone to factory state.

A bug in iOS 7 allowed users to disable Find My iPhone without entering a password. Apple promptly fixed it in iOS 7.1, however a user has discovered another bug in iOS 7.1 that could allow an someone to disable Find My iPhone. In fact, it seems a lot easier to disable Apple’s theft prevention feature.

Mike Beasley of 9to5Mac who first reported the issue explains how it works:

You first need to tap both “delete account” and the switch to disable Find My iPhone at the same time in the iCloud settings panel. That’s actually the hardest part of the entire process. When prompted for a password, hold down the power button and shut down the phone. 

When you restart the phone, you’ll be able to go into the iCloud settings panel and remove the account without being prompted for your password. After that you can plug the phone into iTunes and restore it with no problem. Not only that, but because Activation Lock requires Find My iPhone to be enabled, that feature won’t kick in after the phone is restored.

User Michael Alvarado who reported the issue to 9to5Mac demonstrating how it works in the video below:

While someone still needs to have access to your iPhone to be able to disable Find my iPhone, it is still embarrassing from Apple’s point of view to see someone figure out another way to disable the anti-theft feature, which ideally should be fool proof.

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  • opps

    I think the biggest shocker is people still don’t have passwords / secure passwords (more than 4 digits) on their phones. Really still? You are just asking for your phone to be stolen and all of your data on the internet for anyone to read.

    If I remember correctly with IOS7 it prompts you to at least setup a 4 digit password when you first set it up.. there is no excuse other than laziness.

    • Pancho mr marihuana

      Siri asked. For password so I disabled it

  • PATRICIO_NY

    bug does not work on iPhone 5s, tested on my iPhone 5s

    • JJay

      Does any bugs work on a iPhone 5s with 7.1.1 ?

  • Matthew Cooper

    Anybody that has a 5s and doesn’t have a lockscreen password has just wasted thier money

  • Imad Tad

    My iphone 5s Locked with a password more than 4 digits and finger print and an activated FMi , so the thief can F*** him self then eat it ip5s .

  • blu

    It amazes me how people find this stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/umesh.maharjan2055 Newaz Umesh

    It doesn’t work on iphone 4s eiter…
    It requires the password of icloud.
    Tested on my iphone 4s

  • Ibrahim Hassan Darwesh

    tested on my Iphone 4s and it doesn’t work :)

  • Marquise83

    It works on iPhone 4. Time to head to ebay :)

  • Ab

    This has saved my life !!! Bought a used iPad I couldn’t log their icloud account out and this is a life saver omg thankyou

    • Jay704

      How did you do it on your ipad I been trying all day

  • theskywhale

    worked on my phone 4s, something got onto my phone that redirects me to a bad server and the phone wont connect to anything. in order to restore it i had to enter my password to turn find my iphone off and i couldn’t because it wouldnt let me connect. this actually helped me, i wouldn’t have been able to restore without finding this

  • ALii Ch

    its work on iphone5 7.1.1

  • Jay704

    This doesn’t work on iPads