How do I turn off Find My iPhone?

Find My iPhone is a feature found in iOS that enables users to locate lost or missing iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. Once Find My iPhone is installed on a device, it is linked to that user's Apple ID.

The owner 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 remotely lock it, wipe its contents or send a message to a lost device (giving a finder the ability to return it.)

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How to turn off Find My iPhone

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).

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Once armed with the same Apple ID and password used to set up Find My iPhone, turning it off is pretty straightforward. Follow these steps to turn off Find My iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Choose Find My iPhone.
  4. Set Find My iPhone to Off.
  5. Enter the Apple ID password for the account listed and tap Turn Off.

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.

How to turn off Find My iPhone: I don't have the Apple ID or Password. How do I turn off Find My iPhone?

Sorry, but there really is no way around the requirement for the Apple ID and Password to turn off Find My iPhone. At least not one that we know of. If there was a workaround then it wouldn't be an effective security measure.

If you don't have the original Apple ID and password then you need to request it from the previous owner. Fortunately, the Apple ID is almost always an email address. So if you don't know the original owner, you can check the Apple ID and then email them and request the password (or help with resetting the iPhone or iPad).

Without the Apple ID and Password there is no way to turn off Find My iPhone or reset an iOS device to its factory settings.