If you have bought a second hand iPhone, and facing issues regarding tracking services due to the reason that the last owner hasn’t turned off the Find my iPhone services. Well, you might be wondering how I can turn off find my iPhone feature.
Alternatively, you might wanna turn it off otherwise because you don’t want someone to track you using their old iPhone devices.
No matter if you are buying a second hand iPhone, or planning to sell yours? Well, you might wanna turn off Find my iPhone before selling it, since it can cause issues regarding tracking services for the new owner of your phone.
In this article, we’ll explain to you about different methods on how you can turn off the Find my iPhone feature on your iPhone, for whatever reasons you have.
So, Let’s get started.
- 1 How to Disable Find My iPhone
What is “Find my iPhone” and Why people Want to Turn it Off?
Second-hand devices market is booming at a pretty high rate, especially that of high-end premium smartphones, and the one device which everyone seeks to buy and find convenient to fit their pocket is an iPhone. Although, if you have bought a second-hand iPhone and are facing issues in regards to tracking services, there might be a chance that the previous owner might have not turned off his/her Find my iPhone services.
Find my iPhone is a feature in iOS and Mac OS devices which let users locate their lost iPhones, iPads and other Mac devices. Turning off Find my iPhone for the device previously owned by someone else can be a pretty confusing as well as a tricky task, therefore, it is recommended that you turn off the Find my iPhone feature, before selling your iOS device.
Although, there might be another reason you want to turn off the Find my iPhone feature from the iPhone, is that it can allow someone to track you. As long as they are logged into their previous device, they can easily locate it using Find my iPhone, hence giving users the one more main reason for turning it off. As you know Find my iPhone is a pretty helpful feature as it allows you to lock the location of the device on a map, also lets the user to erase the data on the phone or can be used to send messages to a lost device.
But if you are planning to sell your iPhone, or you don’t like the idea that someone with your details can track you or because you have a purchased a second-hand iPhone that is still linked to Find my iPhone, luckily it is relatively an easy task to turn off Find my iPhone from the Mac, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.
Follow up the article below to know how to turn off Find my iPhone on your device.
How to Disable Find My iPhone
First, let us disable the Find my iPhone on our device itself. Therefore, the steps to disable Find my iPhone are as follows:
On an iPhone or an iPad
1. Navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Now, tap on the iCloud section in the settings tab.
3. Now scroll down to Find my iPhone, and simply tap on that.
4. You’ll be taken to the next page where you have to turn off the switch present in front of the “Find my iPhone” text. (The switch will turn grey if it’s turned off).
5. Now you will ask to enter your Apple ID and credentials associated with it. Simply, enter all the required details to turn off find my iPhone. If you don’t remember the credentials then simply move on to the next step indicated on the screen.
6. Find my iPhone is disabled for a particular device.
Note: If you wish to sell your device you can reset it to factory settings. To do this go to Settings > General > Reset and Erase All Content and Settings.
On a Mac or a Mac book
Similarly there is also a feature called Find my Mac on a Mac or a Mac book, and in the same way, you might want to turn it off before you plan to sell it or for privacy issues.
To turn it off, follow the steps below:
- First, click on system preferences, once in the new window, search for iCloud.
- After finding iCloud, simply click on it.
- Now simply scroll down in the new window to Find my Mac option and simply click on the box besides the option till there is no checkmark in the box.
- You will be asked for your Apple ID and credentials related to it. Fill in the desired information, and Find my Mac will be turned off.
How One Can Turn Off Find My iPhone On Someone Else’s Phone
Find my iPhone a highly useful service, which is implemented by apple to prevent the theft of Apple devices. Because of this being the main reason you simply cannot disable Find My iPhone without entering the associated Apple ID and password, whereas you also cannot completely restore your device to factory settings without disabling the Find my iPhone on an Apple device.
Therefore, it is recommended to turn off Find my iPhone before selling the device or passing on your iPhone to someone else. Although, if the case is opposite, meaning if you have purchased a second-hand device which has the Find my iPhone feature turned on, then how you are supposed to switch it off? Well, for that first, you must contact the previous owner and get the credentials, or simply hand over the device to them for them to turn it off for you.
Another thing that arises is that, what if the previous owner of the device has died. Well, that might be a little difficult task, as first, you need to contact the Apple customer care (0800 048 0408 in the UK, 1-800-275-2273 in the US) who may be able to help you in unlocking the phone but before that, you may need to submit the death certificate for the same. Although, there is no surety that this is the official policy at Apple.
Can You Turn Off Find My iPhone, If You Don’t Have An Apple Id Or Password?
Well, as for the answer to the question and as we explained above, if you don’t have an Apple ID or password, and even if it’s your device, turning off the Find my iPhone can be almost impossible.
Although, as we explained it before, if it’s not your device, then you may have to reach out to the previous owner and retrieve the Apple ID or Password. Whereas in the case scenario, if you don’t know the owner you might be able to get to know their email id and can mail them requesting the password of the Apple ID associated with the device.
But, what you should do if it’s your device and you simply don’t remember the credentials of your Apple ID, well in that case you might wanna opt for other options like forgot my password or forgot my Apple ID, and follow the onscreen function, With the help of that you might be able to retrieve the Apple ID and its password and then will be able to turn off the Find my iPhone on your device.
Have A Doubt, That Find My iPhone Can Be Used To Tracking Device?
Are you in a doubt that using Find my iPhone can someone track you? And, whether they will see a notification on their device if you use their Apple ID details to track their iPhone? Well, answer to all those questions is yes, one can track you using your Apple ID details to log in to Find my iPhone, Although one will not receive a notification if someone else logs in to the Find my iPhone using their Apple ID details.
Therefore, if you feel like someone knows your Apple ID and its details, you might want to change the password to be on the safer side, Although if someone logs into your iCloud via a web browser, Apple will do inform you about the log in through an email to your email address.
Below is the example of an email sent by Apple:
As it is explained above that the Find my iPhone is a pretty useful feature created by Apple for it to prevent the theft of this device, it might have some negative sides as well. One can use the Apple ID credentials to track you. Therefore, it is mainly recommended for a user to turn off the services either before selling it or purchasing a second-hand unit.
Therefore, the article above briefly explains, how one can disable the Find my iPhone services on his as well as other iPhone or any other Apple devices.