How to Turn Off Find My iPhone and remove an iOS device or Mac

How to turn off Find My iPhone remotely or using your device.

how to turn off Find My iPhone

how to turn off Find My iPhone

Here in this article I am going to show you how to turn off Find My iPhone service on your Apple device, which lets you keep track of all your devices i.e. iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac, all in one place. This feature which is found in iOS and Mac OS devices enables users to locate their lost or missing devices. However, there are certain situations when this service becomes a potential inconvenience. If for some reason you decide to give away or sell your device, it is needed to turn off Find My iPhone feature. This is because, unless this feature is turned off the iPhone, iPad or any of the listed devices you are going to give away or sell cannot be restored to its original factory settings by the new owner. By disabling Find My iPhone you also prevent the new owner from accessing your personal data and allow him to link the device in question to his own iCloud account. This is also true before sending the device to repair centre and you are to make sure that the Find My iPhone is disabled before taking the device to Apple service centre for repair. Before I go to show you how to turn off Find My iPhone service let us first look into how this service works.

How Find My iPhone works?

When you activate Find My iPhone on your device it includes a feature called Activation Lock. On activation of the app the device is linked to the owner’s Apple ID. The Activation Lock prevents anyone from using or erasing your device without your Apple ID and password. It also prevents other users from turning off Find My iPhone or signing out of iCloud on your device. The Find My iPhone feature uses your iPhone’s location services to relay its position to Apple’s servers so that when your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can log into Apple’s iCloud website to track down your iPhone. You can also track your device with Find My iPhone app on another iDevice. With Find My iPhone app enabled, the owner of the device can see its location on a map, lock it remotely, erase its contents or send a message to the finder of the lost device to return the same. The next question is how to turn off Find My iPhone service?

How to turn off Find My iPhone and remove a device from the tracking service

As already mentioned, while Find My iPhone is a great feature for finding your lost or misplaced device there are times when it will be necessary to turn off this feature. Before selling or giving away your iPhone, iPad or MacBook it is vital to turn off Find My iPhone app and remove the device in question from the tracking service. This will allow the device to be restored to its original factory settings and the new owner will be able to link the device to his own iCloud account.

Find below how to turn off Find My iPhone and remove your device from the app’s device list. You can turn off Find My iPhone either directly on your device, or remotely using the web.

How to turn off Find My iPhone directly on your device?

1. Go to ‘Settings’ on your devices’ home screen;

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2. Tap ‘iCloud’ in Setting menu;

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3. Tap ‘Find My iPhone’ button and turn it Off;

4. Enter your Apple ID and Password in the Window that pops up and tap ‘Turn off’ to confirm;

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5. That’s it. Find My iPhone is now disabled for that iOS device, and you can now reset the device to its factory settings (if you’re going to sell the device) using Settings > General > Reset and Erase All Content and Settings;

To do this on a Mac device:

1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences;

2. Tap iCloud;

3. Then deselect Find My Mac;

Note: You can also remove your device by turning off iCloud completely on that device.

How to turn off Find My iPhone remotely using the web?

In case you don’t have access to your device or your device is not turning on, you can turn off Find My iPhone and remove the device remotely using the web. However, your iOS device needs to be offline or else you won’t be able to remove it. Here’s how to turn off Find My iPhone remotely:

1. Use any web browser on your Windows PC or Mac to go to the iCloud website;

2. Sign in to your iCloud account using the same Apple ID and Password linked to the device you’re selling or giving away;

3. Click Find My iPhone on the iCloud website;

4. Click on All Devices at the top of the Find My iPhone screen;

5.  Select the device you’re selling or giving away from the device list;

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5. Then click Remove from Account;

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6. If you don’t see Remove from Account, click All Devices again;

7. This time you will see the delete button next to the device you have selected;

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8. Click the delete button;

9.  You will be prompted to remove the device;

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10.  Click “Remove” and you’re done.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to turn off Find My iPhone using your device or remotely, make sure that the app is disabled before giving away or selling your device or before sending it to the Apple repair centre for repair. As mentioned earlier Find My iPhone is an app that assists in locating a missing iOS device from another iOS device or computer. During the initial setup and activation of an iPhone, the Find My iPhone app is normally pre-installed. In case the app is not pre-installed on your device then download and install the same from App Store. To see all your listed devices when you sign in to Find My iPhone, each device must be setup with the same iCloud account information. Before Find My iPhone can be used to locate devices, it must be enabled on each of your iOS devices.

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