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How to turn off Find My iPhone on iPhone & iPad

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  • September 21, 2022

Turn off Find My iPhone on iPhone & iPad

Find My iPhone is an iCloud feature that Apple integrated a few years ago to try to curb iOS device theft and improve overall device security .

This feature allows the owner of an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac to see where their device is, remotely lock it, make it play a sound, and even erase everything stored on the device.

Thanks to this feature, Apple device thefts plummeted, as it is virtually impossible to reuse a locked iOS device with this feature.

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Should I disable Find My iPhone?

In this case the answer is overwhelming. No, you shouldn’t disable Find My iPhone on your devices.

As I said, it is a great security measure that will allow you, on many occasions, to recover your device in case of loss or theft. Without forgetting that with this function you can avoid prying eyes on the data you have on the device; data that can be very sensitive such as personal photos, access to bank accounts, social networks, personal and professional documents, etc, etc…

When should you disable it?

To my mind there is only one situation where it makes sense to turn off Find My iPhone and that is when you need to factory reset your device .

Either to start from scratch with it, due to malfunctions or if you are going to sell the device for having purchased a new one. In this case, you will need to remove the function and even the device itself or iTunes will ask you to do so before allowing you to restore.

If you are in any of these situations and need to disable the feature, here are the steps to do so using different methods .

How to turn off Find My iPhone from iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
This is the most direct deactivation method and the one you’ll probably want to use most of the time. To opt for this option you need to have the device, be able to access the Settings app and know the password of the iCloud account to which it is associated.

Let’s Turn off Find my iPhone.

Open the Settings app and tap on the first option, the one with the name and profile photo of the iCloud account it’s associated with.
Tap on Find my iPhone option.
Turn off the switch for the Find My iPhone option.
Enter the iCloud password and finally tap on Turn off .

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Once these steps have been carried out, the device’s search and lock service will be deactivated and you will be able to restore it without any problem.

Remember to re-enable the feature from the device’s activation wizard after it’s restored. The only exception should be if you are going to sell the device or give it to someone else, in which case that person should turn on Find My iPhone with their iCloud account.