Find My iPhone plays a useful role on your smartphone, allowing you to locate your iPhone if it ever goes missing. It works with Activation Lock to prevent thieves or anybody who finds it from accessing your data, but there are reasons you may want to deactivate the feature, whether you're planning on factory resetting your iPhone before selling it or you prefer to not have information about your devices and their locations online for privacy reasons. You can turn off the Find My iPhone feature from the iPhone or your computer.
How Do I Turn Off Find My iPhone?
Turn off Find My iPhone through the Settings app on the phone, using the same process regardless of which model of iPhone you have: the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, or the iPhone SE. Tap the "Settings" app and then click on your name at the top of the menu. From the next screen, select the "iCloud" option and then tap "Find My iPhone." At the top of the screen, you'll see a toggle switch beside "Find My iPhone." The switch has a green color when it's activated. Swipe the switch to the left and enter your Apple ID password when prompted. Press "Turn Off" to remove your iPhone from Find My iPhone.
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How Do I Turn Off Find My iPhone From My Laptop?
If you don't have access to your phone but still want to turn off Find My Phone, you can do this using any laptop or computer with an internet connection. Log in at iCloud.com using your Apple ID and click the "Find Phone" icon. You may be asked to enter your credentials again. When the Find My iPhone screen opens, click on "All Devices" and locate the iPhone you're looking to remove. Your devices are indicated on a map with a circular green button if they are online and a circular gray button if they are not online. Click on the iPhone and select the "Remove From Account" option underneath it.
If you don't see the "Remove From Account" option, click the arrow next to your name at the top of the screen and select "iCloud Settings" from the drop-down menu. Click the iPhone in the "My Devices" section and then click the blue circle with an X in it next to your iPhone in the left panel to remove the device from iCloud and Find My iPhone.
How Do I Turn Off Find My iPhone on Apple Watch?
You can't turn off Find My iPhone for your Apple Watch from the watch itself. However, you can turn it off by going to iCloud.com, logging in, and selecting the "Settings" icon on the main iCloud screen. Click the Apple Watch icon in the "My Devices" section and then click the blue circle with an X in it next to your watch in the left panel to remove the watch from iCloud and Find My iPhone.
This same process works with other devices such as AirPods.
How Do I Turn Off Find My iPhone Without a Password?
Because Find My iPhone intends to secure your iPhone, you can't turn off the feature without a password. If you don't know your password, go to your Apple ID account page and click "Forgot Apple ID or Password." You may be asked to confirm your phone number and your Apple ID, which you should provide and then follow the instructions to reset your password. When you have a new password, you can turn off Find My iPhone from a computer or your phone.
Can Find My iPhone Work When the Phone Is Off?
If your phone is turned off or not online, Find My iPhone can't perform any functions during those times. However, Find My iPhone still works. Any changes you make take effect the next time your phone is turned on and online. You can put your phone in Lost Mode, lock it, or remotely erase the data on it. These actions don't take effect if the phone is not switched on again, but if anyone turns it on, your changes take effect immediately. Similarly, you can't track your phone's location if it's turned off, but the Find My iPhone service works as soon as the phone switches on and connects to the internet. If your iPhone was online recently, you see the time and position where it was last located. If it has been offline for more than 24 hours, you see "Offline."