Are you going to sell your iPhone? Make sure you turn off Find My iPhone or the new owner will have issues with the tracking service. Alternatively, you might want to turn off the tracking service because you don’t want someone to track you. Learn how to turn off Activation Lock so that you can set up and use your device.
How to disable Find my iPhone
Assuming it’s Find my iPhone on your own device – rather than someone else’s iPhone that you want to turn off, here’s what you need to do.
On an iPhone or iPad
- Click on Settings.
- Tap on iCloud.
- Scroll down to Find My iPhone. Tap on that.
- On the next page tap on the switch to turn off Find My iPhone (the switch will be grey if it’s off).
- You will need to enter the Apple ID and Password to turn off Find My iPhone, if you don’t have that move to the next section.
- Find My iPhone will now be disabled for that iOS device, and you can continue to reset the device to its factory settings (if you’re planning to sell it.) Do this using Settings > General > Reset and Erase All Content and Settings.
On a Mac or MacBook
You can also use Find My Mac on a Mac or MacBook, and similarly you may need to turn if off before selling or for privacy reasons.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Click on iCloud.
- Scroll down to Find My Mac. Click the box beside that so that there is no tick/check mark.
- Enter the Apple ID and Password, if you don’t have that move to the next section.
How to turn off Find My iPhone so I can’t be tracked
If you are concerned that someone can track you using Find My iPhone you might want to deactivate it.
- Open Settings.
- Tap iCloud.
- Choose Find My iPhone.
- Set Find My iPhone to Off.
- Enter the Apple ID password for the account listed and tap Turn Off.
If you erased your own device
If you don’t sign out of iCloud before you put your device in recovery mode and restore through iTunes, it might remain in Activation Lock. That means you need to enter the same Apple ID and password that you used when you previously set up the device.
If you bought the device from someone else
Before you buy an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from someone other than Apple or an authorized Apple reseller, make sure that the device is erased and no longer linked to the previous owner’s account.
If you turn on your device and see one of these screens, you need help from the previous owner.
If the previous owner isn’t with you
If the previous owner isn’t present, contact them and ask them to follow these steps:
- Sign in to iCloud.com with their Apple ID.
- Go to Find My iPhone.
- Click All Devices at the top of the screen.
- Select the device that you want to remove from iCloud.
- If necessary, click Erase [device].
- Click Remove from Account.