How to Deactivate ‘Find My iPhone”

Find My iPhone is a feature found in iOS and macOS that enables users to locate lost or missing iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. Once Find My iPhone is activated on a device, it is linked to that user’s Apple ID. You can then locate the iPhone, iPad or Mac by logging on to iCloud.com (on a Mac) or using the Find my iPhone app on an iPhone or iPad. With Find My iPhone enabled, the owner of a device can see its location on a map, remotely lock it, wipe its contents or send a message to a lost device encouraging a finder to return it.

Apple’s Find My iPhone service can be useful in a variety of situations – if you’ve lost a device or had it stolen. More importantly, there are specific circumstances when Find My iPhone stops being useful and becomes a potential inconvenience or danger. When you wish to sell a device, of course, you need to remove it from Find My iPhone; the same is true when you send it in to Apple for repair.

Find my phone

Therefore Find My iPhone is a tremendously useful service, and was implemented in part to discourage the theft of highly prized Apple devices. Because of this you cannot disable Find My iPhone without the Apple ID password used to set it up. Furthermore, if you cannot turn off Find My iPhone, you cannot completely restore the iPhone or iPad to its original factory settings.

Because of this you must disable Find My iPhone before selling, or passing on, your iPhone. If you have purchased an iPhone second-hand and do not have the Apple ID and password requested by Find My iPhone, you will need to contact the original owner to retrieve it or hand them the iPhone or iPad and get them to enter the password.

Luckily it’s very easy to remove an iPhone from Find My iPhone. Follow below step by step guide as how to do it

  1. Go to Settings on your device’s home screen.

Settings menu

2. Tap iCloud in the settings menu

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3. If you see that Find my iPhone is turned on, tap the button to turn it off

4. A pop up window will appear requesting your Apple ID and password. Enter it, then tap Turn off to confirm

5. And if you can’t turn your phone on at all

6. Sign in at http://www.icloud.com/ and click “Devices” at the top. Find the specific device and click on that device, and then click the “X” to take it off your iCloud account.