How to Turn Off Find My iPhone

Learn everything you need to know about how to turn off “Find My iPhone” on your device. Compatible with iOS13 or later.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 24, 2022

As one of the security features, “Find My iPhone” enables you to quickly mark a missing device as lost, see its location, and play a sound to help find it. When this feature is on, it also automatically turns on the Activation Lock feature which prevents other people from using your phone. Thus, Find My iPhone is very useful to help you protect your device.

However, you may want to turn off “Find My iPhone” to prevent others from tracking your location. Besides, if you want to sell or gift your device to someone else, you also need to turn off “Find My iPhone” so that the “Activation Lock” will not be triggered and the person who receives your phone can set it up.

To help you with the situations above, this article below presents everything you need to know about how to turn off the “Find My iPhone” feature on your device.

How to Turn off Find My on your iPhone?

If you still have your iPhone with you, you can turn off “Find My iPhone” in “Settings” on your device. For devices with iOS13 or later, Apple has separated the “Find My” feature from “iCloud”. Here’s what you need to do to turn off “Find My iPhone” on your iPhone.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap [your name], then “Find My”, and then“Find My iPhone”.
  3. Tap the green bar to turn it off.
  4. When prompted, enter your Apple ID password and tap “Turn off”.
Turn Off Find My iPhone from Settings

Turn Off Find My iPhone from Settings

Easy and Done! Your “Find My iPhone” feature is now off on your device.

How to Remove Find My iPhone from iCloud?

If you no longer have access to your device (for example, you already gifted or sold your device to someone else), you can still disable “Find My iPhone” remotely via iCloud. Here’s how to turn off “Find My iPhone” using iCloud:

*Please note that this method involves erasing contents on your device, so please make sure you no longer want any information on your device or back everything up before proceeding with the following steps.

  1. Go to icloud.com.
  2. When prompted, sign in to your iCloud using your Apple ID and Apple ID password/Touch ID/Face ID.
  3. After you’re signed in, click on “Find iPhone”.
  4. You will be prompted to sign in here again. Sign in using your Apple ID password. Please make sure you check the Apple ID currently listed. If you’re using a different Apple ID on the device you intend to remove, click on “Sign Out” and go back to step 2 to sign in to the correct account.
  5. After you’re signed in, click on “All Devices” to review a full list of your devices under this Apple ID and your shared family member’s devices. Then click on the device you intend to remove.
  6. Click on “Erase iPhone” to erase this device.
  7. Once your device is erased, click on “Remove from Account” to remove it from your device list.

Done! Now you have turned off “Find My iPhone” through iCloud.

Know More About Turning off “Find My iPhone”

1. What Happens After the “Find My” is Disabled for your Device?

When you turn off the “Find My” feature, it will become more difficult for you to recover your device when it’s missing. More importantly, when you turn off the “Find My” feature, the “Activation lock” feature is also disabled. Now anyone with your phone can possibly access your information or re-setup your phone. Therefore, it is often nice to take a second thought before turning off this feature.

2. How to Turn Off the “Find My” on your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac?

It’s the same as turning off “Find My iPhone” on your iPhone. Just go to settings and proceed with the above steps for your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac!

3. What Should you Do if you Want to Set up the “Find My” Again?

You can always turn on the “Find My” feature for your device again in settings. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap [your name] and then tap “Find My”.
  3. Now here are a few selections you can make.
  • If you don’t mind your friends and family knowing where you are, you can turn on “Share My Location”.

    Share My Location with Family and Friends

    Share My Location with Family and Friends

  • Then, you can tap “Find My iPhone” and enable the “Find My iPhone” feature here. What if you want to find your device even if it is offline? Then you need to enable the “Find My network” as shown below.

    Allow iPhone to be Located when Offline

    Allow iPhone to be Located when Offline

  • Now, what if your device is low on battery and about to turn off? Can you still find your phone? The “Send Last Location” feature below can help you with this situation by automatically sending the location of this iPhone to Apple when the battery is critically low.

    Send the iPhone Location to Apple

    Send the iPhone Location to Apple

Bonus Tip. Remove Apple ID Account without Password

It is also necessary to remove Apple ID account from your Apple device before selling it to others. Removing Apple ID would be as easy as turning off Find My iPhone if you can enter the right Apple ID username and password. Nevertheless, some users may fail to recall their Apple ID credentials. If you are the one who has been stuck in the same situation, you should use some special tool to remove Apple ID from your device. AnyUnlock – iPhone Password Unlocker is what you are looking for. The specially designed Apple ID Unlocker feature can help you easily remove Apple ID without password no matter whether you’ve turned off Find My iPhone or not.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Free install AnyUnlock on your computer, launch the program and follow the on-screen instructions to remove Apple ID from your iOS device without password.

Click Unlock Apple ID from the Homepage

Click Unlock Apple ID from the Homepage

The Bottom Line

Have you got sufficient knowledge about the “Find My” feature on your device from this article? If you still have any questions about it or any other iPhone-relevant issues, please feel free to leave a comment. Next time when you give away your phone, don’t forget to turn off “Find My iPhone” on your device!

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Senior writer of the iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android-related issues.

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