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Check & Use Activation Lock On Your Mac

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Apple’s Activation Lock feature prevents your Mac from starting up. Helping guard your private information in the hapless event your Mac is lost or stolen. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make sure the Mac Activation Lock feature is enabled. To disable it if necessary, and to find out if your Mac is compatible with this new security protocol.

Say hello to Activation Lock on your Mac

Activation Lock makes your computer far less attractive to thieves.

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With the Activation Lock and the new Find My app in macOS Catalina and iOS 13, you can brick your Mac after it’s stolen or lost. The Find My app might even help you locate your lost computer, even if it’s not currently connected to a network.

Activation Lock works just like on your iPad, iPad touch, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Once it’s on and your Mac gets stolen, the thief will find it completely useless because they cannot even install or boot the computer without your Apple ID credentials to activate it.

Activation Lock is available on all Mac models with Apple’s T2 security chip.

As it requires macOS Catalina 10.15 software update or later. The two-factor authentication feature for your Apple ID and Secure Boot enabled on the default setting: Full Security, with “Disallow booting from external media” selected under the External Boot section.

Let’s come and check our tutorial to learn how to check the status of Mac Activation Lock.

How to check Mac Activation Lock is on

This is how you do it:

  • Firstly, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu in your Mac’s Finder.
  • Then click the System Report button under the Overview tab.
  • Click Activation Lock Status under Hardware in the lefthand column.

If the entry “Activation Lock Status” on the right side of the column reads “Enabled”, then you can rest assured that this theft-deterring tool has been enabled on your Mac. Contrary, if “Activation Lock Status” reads “Disabled”, this indispensable security feature is currently off.

According to Apple:

Activation Lock works in the background to make it difficult for someone to sell or use your missing device. But you can still remotely lock your device with Find My to secure it with a unique passcode and display a message for anyone who may find it.

Turning on Find My Mac automatically enables Activation Lock. As it prompts macOS to require your Apple ID password or device passcode before anyone can turn off the Find My service, remove the computer or reactivate and use it.

Disabling Activation Lock

Apple disabling Activation Lock before sending your Mac in for service, selling it or giving it away. When you bring your Mac to the Apple Store or an Apple-authorized service provider, you’ll need to disable the feature before they can do any work on it. Doing so ensures the machine is no longer linked to your Apple ID account. That’s necessary when service providers swap out essential parts, and it’s also critical for buyers, who will otherwise end up owning a machine that starts up to an Activate Mac window with no way to get past it.

If you have access to your Mac:

Step 1:

Select System Preferences from the Apple menu in the Finder.

Step 2:

Now click the Apple ID icon in the System Preferences window.

Step 3:

Select iCloud.

Step 4:

Now turn off Find My Mac.

Step 5:

Click the Sign Out button.

If you can’t access your Mac:

Step 1:

Visit iCloud.com on your computer and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2:

Tap the Find iPhone icon.

Step 3:

Select All Devices.

Step 4:

Select your Mac on the list.

Step 5:

Click the option Erase Mac, then click Next until the computer is erased.

Step 6:

Now Click “x” next to your Mac.

This’ll ensure your Mac is remotely removed as soon as it establishes network connectivity. Preventing it from being linked to your Apple ID account and disabling Activation Lock.

Toggling Find My Mac on or off automatically enables or disables Activation Lock.

Does My Mac Have The Apple T2 chip?

The feature is unavailable if your computer runs a version of the macOS operating system (OS). As it is older than macOS Catalina 10.15 or your computer lacks the T2 security chip from Apple.

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You can use System Information to check if your Mac is outfitted with a T2 security chip:

  • Start by clicking the Apple menu in the Finder.
  • Then choose About This Mac.
  • Now hit the General tab.
  • Click the button labeled System Report to launch the System Information app.
  • Now click either Controller or iBridge in the sidebar on the left-hand side.
  • If the righthand column reads “Apple T2 chip,” your Mac includes an Apple T2 security chip.

Conclusion:

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Got stuck? Not sure how to do further things on your Apple device? Simply drop a comment without any hesitation!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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