Frequently Asked Questions

iCloud Activation Lock Bypass

How does the iPad 2 Bypass Server work (Sliver 4.2.2 Windows)? Why does my device re-lock?

The iPad 2 Bypass Server works by applying generic activation certificates to the device via iDeviceActivation (in reality, this is an iOS 7.x.x bug that Apple patched on every other device but forgot to patch only on the iPad 2). However, due to the properties of the certificates that are applied, they do not persist after a reboot, meaning the bypass is tethered (re-locks after rebooting).

A few years ago, iOS 6.1.3 was signed by Apple. This allowed iPad 2 users to downgrade to iOS 6.1.3, bypass with the iPad 2 server, then update OTA (in the settings application) to iOS 8.4.1. This resulted in an untethered iCloud Bypass, because iOS 8.4.1 is a firmware that supports sideloading 3rd party applications on unactivated devices, so it was super easy to install EtasonJB and delete Setup.app with iFile or Filza. However, Apple is no longer signing iOS 8.4.1, so this method is outdated. If you have a 99 dollar Apple Developer Program account, you can bypass with the iPad 2 server on 9.3.5 and install the Phoenix jailbreak to delete Setup.app, but this is not a good solution since it is extremely expensive.

Overall, the iPad 2 Bypass Server is a temporary solution. Those wanting a permanent solution should invest in an OEM Arduino Uno and USB Host Shield (when you get any other A5 device in the future, you will be glad you did).

Why does checkm8-a5 fail to upload to my Arduino when the USB Host Shield is attached?

There are multiple reasons why this can occur. The most likely and most common issue is that your Arduino Uno is a CLONE. If yours is a blue board that says UNO in big letters, thats an immediate red flag that you bought a fake device. You need an OEM Arduino Uno with the +/- logo and Made In Italy printed on the back (usually OEM boards are green rather than blue). The second most common issue is that 3 essential pins on your usb host shield are not connected to each other. This can easily be fixed by soldering the 3 pins so they make contact. If you google search this topic, you will find plenty of forums on the official arduino website with more details on the exact solution. Lastly, its possible that your LED is connected to the wrong pins, or if you are using an old printer cable, maybe it does not have all the wires attached. I recommend buying brand new LEDS and cables so that wear and tear is never a concern.

My arduino successfully put my A5 device into pwned DFU mode, why is Sliver not loading the ramdisk?

USE SYNACKUK CHECKM8 (NOT A1EXDANDY CHECKM8), and use either MacOS HIGH SIERRA or MOJAVE! If you watch the specific tutorial for your device on my YouTube channel, you will not have this issue. However, many people ONLY watch the A5/A5X Arduino Setup Tutorial and not the device-specific tutorial, so they have no idea. If you made this mistake, I encourage you to go back and watch the tutorial for your A5 device start to finish. All the content you need is on Apple Tech 752 Youtube.

Why does my device show the apple logo/black screen after deleting Setup.app with Sliver?

The reason for the black screen issue is when the device has not completed the post-restore progress bar, which resets the filesystem. When Setup.app is deleted and the post-restore progress bar occurs afterwards, the device understands that Setup.app never is and never was a part of the filesystem, so it can ignore it. But if the post-restore progress bar has already completed with Setup.app and then Setup.app is deleted afterwards, the filesystem will think it is missing something and refuse to boot to the home screen. This is why I always tell people to restore and enter DFU mode immediately before attempting any ramdisk method, just to be safe.

Why are some files missing from my activation folder? (Sliver Passcode Bypass)

Check to see which files are missing. If the activation_record.plist is missing, or if the FairPlay folder is missing entirely, it means your device was probably iCloud Bypassed by someone else who set a passcode, and it does not have any activation records to back up. If the Activation folder is blank (does not contain any files), my advice is to a) check that you have MacOS HIGH SIERRA or MOJAVE, b) delete your known_hosts, and c) reboot your computer and make sure you followed all the instructions in the README that was included with Sliver. If for some reason these steps still produce a blank activation folder, I recommend trying the FMI OFF method. You can contact IFPDZ on Telegram or Instagram to order FMI OFF for your passcode locked/disabled device (but beware of the many fake scam accounts).

Why do I get an AgileDotNet error or SSH Protocol error with Sliver 4.2.2 Windows?

This happened because the software was accidentally created with a 7-day trial program. However, the fix is super easy. First, set your date back to 2019. Then disconnect your device, reboot your PC, launch iTunes, connect your device and wait for the Activation Lock screen in iTunes, then minimize iTunes and launch Sliver 4.2.2 Windows. Everything should be fixed.

Can I jailbreak iOS 10.3.3 / 10.3.4 / 9.3.5 after deleting Setup.app with Sliver?

Apple patched sideloading on iCloud Bypassed devices for all versions higher than iOS 8.4.1, so there is no known way to install H3lix directly on iOS 10.3.3 / iOS 10.3.4 or Phoenix directly on iOS 9.3.5. If you want to downgrade to iOS 8.4.1, install H3lix / Phoenix, and update back to the latest supported firmware, then you could jailbreak, but the downside is the jailbreak app will get revoked after 7 days, and you would have to downgrade and upgrade again to re-install it. This method theoretically supports all A5 devices, the iPhone 5, and the iPad 4, but it does NOT support the iPhone 5c, since it has no 8.4.1 OTA blobs.

If I restore or OTA update my iCloud Bypassed device, will Activation Lock come back?

Everything I do on my channel is about iCloud BYPASS, NOT iCloud Unlock. A bypass does NOT remove iCloud from Apples servers, only your device. Read my Blog to understand why your device will become locked again if it is restored or updated.

Will there ever be a bypass for the iPhone XR/XS/11/12?

All Activation Lock Bypass methods require the checkm8 bootrom exploit, which was patched by Apple with the release of the A12 processor. This means that all devices higher than the iPhone X are unsupported, and there is no way to bypass Activation Lock on the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, 11, or 12 until a new bootrom exploit is discovered.

Will there ever be a bypass for A5 devices that does NOT require arduino?

Most likely not, unless someone decides to port checkm8-a5 to Mac. If this ever does happen, I will immediately add support to Sliver and make a video update on my channel, but given how long it took a1exdandy and synackuk to make checkm8-a5 for arduino, we cannot expect anything too soon

What is the best way to contact Apple Tech 752 for one-on-one help with iCloud Bypass?

Reddit.com/r/setupapp. I am the moderator, u/appletech752. Send me a pm and give me an interesting reason to respond, BE SPECIFIC with your question, and if you catch me at the right time, I will chat with you and do whatever is necessary to fix your problem. Even though I have 80,000 subscribers you can still reach me. Or just make a community post (do NOT use the word iCloud Bypass on Reddit) and others will help you out right away. The r/setupapp sub is full of geniuses who are much much smarter than the ones who work at Apple and there are literally people online 24/7 waiting to solve interesting bypass problems.