How to Turn Off Find My Friends without Them Knowing?

Want to stop sharing your location with your friends? In this article, learn how to turn off “Find My Friends” on your device without letting them know. Compatible with iOS 14 or later.

Author Avatar Vicky Carter Last Updated: Jul. 07, 2021

Nowadays, it’s very easy to find your friends or let your friends find you with the location-sharing services on your device. Apple has the “Find My” app, which allows people to easily check where you or your devices are. However, location-sharing is not always secure and may compromise your privacy.

Turn Off Find My Friends

Not Sharing Location on Find My Friends

For these reasons, you may ask what should you do if you want to stop sharing your location with your friends? Can you turn off “Find My Friends” without them knowing?

The answer is YES! The article below introduces 3 methods for you to turn off “Find My Friends” without letting other people know. Let’s go through them now!

Can I Turn Off Find My Friends without Other People Knowing?

When you want to stop sharing your location with someone, it’s often an awkward situation to discuss why. Even if your reason is to simply protect your own privacy and information security, your friend may understand it in a different way that may damage your relationship. Therefore, you may wonder: is there a way to turn off location-sharing with friends without letting them know? You can find your answers in this section below!

Turn Off Find My Friends without Other People Knowing

Turn Off Find My Friends without Other People Knowing

Can you turn off Find My Friends without someone knowing?

Yes! The easiest way to temporarily hide your location is to turn on the airplane mode and your friends won’t know. On their “Find My” app, they will only see “No location found” or “Location unavailable”, which is the same as the message shown in the app when your phone is off.

Now if you want to start to protect the privacy of your location without hurting your friends’ feelings, you can stop sharing your location, either permanently or temporarily, with methods in the section below!

Can you temporarily hide your location on Find My Friends?

Yes! The easiest way to temporarily hide your location is to turn on the airplane mode and your friends won’t know. On their “Find My” app, they will only see “No location found” or “Location unavailable”, which is the same as the message shown in the app when your phone is off.

Now if you want to start to protect the privacy of your location without hurting your friends’ feelings, you can stop sharing your location, either permanently or temporarily, with methods in the section below!

Method 1. Turn on Airplane Mode

To temporarily hide your location from your friends, you can enable Airplane Mode on your device. Most of the location-sharing services require a network connection. Therefore, when Airplane Mode cuts it off, other people won’t be able to find where you are. This method is very easy to operate with the following steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” or “Control Center”.
  2. Toggle on the “Airplane Mode” option or tap the icon.
Turn on Airplane Mode

Turn on Airplane Mode

Method 2. Turn off “Share My Location” on Your Device

Turning on Airplane Mode is only a temporary method to stop sharing your location and it interrupts your network connection. Therefore, if you want to choose a more long-lasting method that still allows you to surf the internet, you can turn off the location-sharing feature on your device.

There are two ways to turn off the location-sharing services for your “Find My” app. These two tips allow you to stop sharing your location with all of your friends at the same time.

Turn off Location Services for the Find My App

You can turn off “Location Services” for the “Find My” app. With this method, the “Find My” app will not access your location at any time and thus it’s a very secure way to protect the privacy of your location. Here’s how to turn it off:

Turn Off Location Services for the Find My App

Turn Off Location Services for the Find My App

  1. Go to “Settings” and navigate to “Privacy”.
  2. Tap on “Location Services”.
  3. Scroll down to find “Find My” and tap on it.
  4. Choose “Never” under “ALLOW LOCATION ACCESS”.

Turn off the Share My Location Feature for the Find My App

Although the above method provides sufficient information security, it prevents you from using the “Find My” app to locate your devices either. Therefore, if you are looking for a less limited option, you can choose to turn off the “Share My Location” feature for the “Find My” app. With this method, you can still use “Find My” app to locate your devices, but your friends won’t be able to see where you are. See the steps below:

Turn off the Share My Location Feature for the Find My App

Turn off the Share My Location Feature for the Find My App

  1. Go to “Settings”.
  2. Go to “Find My”.
  3. Toggle off “Share My Location” and done!

Method 3. Stop “Sharing Your Location” on Find My App

The above 2 methods teach you how to update settings on your device to stop sharing your location. But that’s not the only way to turn off find my friends without them knowing! You can also disable location-sharing in the “Find My” app. Moreover, unlike method 2, you can choose to stop sharing your location with a particular person in the app.

If you want to stop sharing your location with a specific friend without notifying him/her, you can do so with the following steps:

Stop Sharing Your Location with A Particular Person

Stop Sharing Your Location with A Particular Person

  1. Go to the “Find My” app > Hit the “People” section.
  2. Tap on the person with whom you wish to stop sharing your location.
  3. Scroll up to find “Stop Sharing My Location” and tap on it.
  4. When prompted, confirm it by tapping on “Stop Sharing Location”.

Now the person chosen won’t be able to see your location and they won’t receive any notifications.

He or she won’t be able to see you on their list of friends either. Additionally, if you re-activate the sharing again, he or she will receive a notification that you start to share locations with him or her.

If you still want to stop sharing your location overall to all people, like method 2, you can do so in the app as well with the following steps:

Stop Sharing Your Location with All People

Stop Sharing Location with All People

  1. Go to the “Find My” app.
  2. Go to the “Me” section.
  3. Toggle off “Share My Location” and done!

This method will also update your setting of the “Find My” app in “Settings”, just as the first method in part 3.

The Bottom Line

Now that you’ve learned so many methods about how to turn off “Find My Friends” without letting them know. Don’t hesitate to try them out to protect the privacy of your location. If you still have any questions, please feel free to comment below!

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