How IT can cope with Activation Lock: a step-by-step guide

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User clifhirtle has contributed an awesome post on how to deal with Activate Lock.

As far as I know this is not advertised anywhere but confirmed directly with Apple last week that if you have a corporate-owned device and no access to the iCloud account a past employee used, you can also call AppleCare enterprise support and prove ownership to have the device unlocked on Apple's side directly. Here's a standard Activation Lock process I put together for our IT support team...

Resolving iOS Activation Locks

Apple offers a FAQ for Activation Lock at the following page:
iCloud: Find My iPhone Activation Lock in iOS7 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5818).

It is critical to understand that as of 10/13 there are only 3 means of preventing a NON-supervised iOS 7 device with Find My Phone enabled from locking activation:

1) Deactivate Find My Phone on device before erasing data (requiring access to device).
2) Remove device from the iCloud account has been activated with (requiring Apple ID credentials).
3) Remove Lock through Apple Enterprise Support (requiring proof of ownership).

To prevent activation lock out on company-owned devices that are returned/retired follow these steps:

Scenario 1: Device is Returned by Not Yet Wiped
Users/IT deactivates Find My Phone from Settings > iCloud > Find My Phone before erasing/wiping the device.

Scenario 2: Device is Returned by Already Wiped
User must follow Apple's deactivation directions, log into their iCloud account, and remove the device from their list of iCloud devices.

Scenario 3: Device is Returned, Already Wiped, Previous User Unknown/Unreachable
IT / Enterprise Mobile must call Apple Enterprise Support and put in a request to for activation lock reset (2-3 day expected turnaround)
Contact: 866-752-7753. Provide purchase date of device, invoice number of purchase, business name + postal address, and both IMEI and serial number of device (obtainable by tapping the "i" icon lower-right corner of initial iOS setup screen).

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