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# 205344 9-Nov-2016 16:02
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Hi there
Im trying to get an Ipad working : its locked out


Theres an activation lock , owner is not certain of apple ID, password etc (he didnt set it all up)
I can guess the apple ID login name , it gives me the 1st & last letters of the email adress .


but now that apple ID a/c is also locked out .
Login to & the apple a/c is locked , security question doesnt work (someone put in the wrong answer when setting up) ,
cant send reset email as that email adress is no longer active (his old work email, they dont want to reactivate that email to help out )


is there any hope, or is this ipad effectively now just a brick ?



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  # 1666641 9-Nov-2016 16:09
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Sounds like Apple's security is doing what it should, not letting you get in through sheer guesswork.


I would say you're unfortunately now looking at a nice paperweight.

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  # 1666642 9-Nov-2016 16:10
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Call Apple with proof of ownership


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  # 1666644 9-Nov-2016 16:12
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Only way to get the account/iPad sorted, is to contact Apple directly, but they will require proof of purchase/ownership. 


I have the same fun here with iPhones returned by leaving staff.... theyre asked to reset them but never do.

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  # 1666724 9-Nov-2016 17:17
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Contact Apple, NOTE their new number: 0800 12 77 53


You will need proof of purchase for the iPad though, which you should be able to get a copy of from the original place of purchase, if you don't already have it.

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  # 1666734 9-Nov-2016 17:29
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I'm going through the same thing with my grandmother's ipad. Though what's odd is that when I saw her about three weeks ago the ipad had no pin of any kind. Has there been an update recently that made security mandatory?

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  # 1667149 10-Nov-2016 09:11
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Just an update, I managed to get access via the original email , had to have apple ID reset/re-enable sent to that email


Now that I have access to that apple a/c (finally)  , it turns out there was a 2nd email adress in that a/c: a 2nd recovery email (a gmail adress)

at no point in this process was I ever given the option to use that 2nd email to recover password or reset/re-enable this apple ID a/c . That would have made all
this very quick & easy
just why ?? , surely any sane person designing all this would have given that 2nd email as a recovery option when I was having trouble getting into the IPAD

it was only a lucky fluke that the main email adress was still active (that email was only thought to have been closed a year ago, but was still active)



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