How to Turn Off Find My iPhone From Computer

The Find My iPhone feature is used for locating lost iPhones and iPads. It is automatically enabled by all iPhones running iOS 9. There is a setting under iCloud on the iPhone itself to turn off the service, but there are other ways to disable the service. This guide will show you how to turn off Find My iPhone from a Mac or PC.

While the Find My iPhone service is a very helpful tool for those who have lost an iPhone it sometimes is a nuisance to disable.

One of the major reasons that a user may need to disable Find My iPhone is if they have forgotten the passcode to their iPhone. With this service enabled there is no way for the user to restore their phone.

Another reason that someone might need to disable Find My iPhone is if they gave the phone to a friend or relative and forgot to delete their data off it first.

Learn how to turn off Find My iPhone from a computer.
Learn how to turn off Find My iPhone from a computer.

By taking a few easy steps you can easily disable Find My iPhone from any computer. All that is required to disable the service is your Apple ID, and turning off the iPhone that you wish to remove it from.

If you accidentally purchased an iPhone that still has this enabled, this will not help you reset it. You will need to ask the original owner to follow these instructions.

How to Turn Off Find My iPhone

Get started turning off Find My iPhone from your computer.
Get started turning off Find My iPhone from your computer.

The very first step in disabling Find My iPhone is to turn Off the iPhone or iPad. After the iPhone is turned off, go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.

After signing in, click Find My iPhone and select All Devices. 

 

Find your devices on the iCloud Find My iPhone page.
Find your devices on the iCloud Find My iPhone page.

Under the All Devices tab, select the iPhone that you are planning to remove from the list. The device should appear offline, if the iPhone still appears online refresh the page and check that is the correct device you want to remove. After clicking on the iPhone from the list of devices, Click Remove From Account.

Select the device you need to turn off Find My iPhone for.
Select the device you need to turn off Find My iPhone for.

Tap Remove to delete the iPhone from Find My iPhone in iCloud.

Confirm you want to remove Find My iPhone from your computer.
Confirm you want to remove Find My iPhone from your computer.

 

After the device has been removed the only your other devices that are online should appear in the Find My iPhone list.

It is important to note that after removing the device from Find My iPhone you can no longer track it. By removing the device you also cannot erase the iPhone’s data, or have sounds and messages sent to it. If you have restored your iPhone from a backup there may be additional iPhone’s in the all devices list, it is safe to remove them as long as they appear offline.

24 Comments

  1. Jasean watts

    06/30/2014 at 2:11 pm

    After I removed the phone , iTunes still says “turn off , find my iphone”

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    • pearl

      06/22/2015 at 12:03 pm

      yes me too! if you get the answer on how to do it can you please tell me?

      Reply

    • Hazeq

      07/21/2015 at 5:25 am

      just make your iphone in recovery mode .Your iphone should be okay :)

      Reply

  2. K.Ahmed

    07/05/2014 at 10:12 pm

    yes .. i really want to restore my iphone because i have forgotten the password and my phone is a jv phone ,, i have removed it from icloud but the itunes is showing the same error to turn off find my iphone. any help???

    Reply

  3. yusuf

    07/10/2014 at 11:38 pm

    i have tha same issue here any help…

    Reply

  4. Betabesta

    07/28/2014 at 4:44 am

    same here ; the message “turn off find my iphone” still shows !

    Reply

  5. tina

    10/19/2014 at 2:06 pm

    If I want to erase a phone from “find my iPhone” app, does it erase all the info I have stored on my phone itself or does it just remove it from the app itself?

    Reply

  6. Emma

    11/16/2014 at 11:06 am

    My device is switched off but it doesnt come up with remove from account for some silly reason can someone help

    Reply

  7. thien nguyen

    12/15/2014 at 11:34 am

    i bought an iphone 5 and the owner missing turn off find my iphone requirment ID password

    Reply

  8. aydin

    12/31/2014 at 8:58 am

    omg this didnt do anything i removed it from my account and then i unlocked it and it is still on i would like to jailbreak it but i cant do so if find my ipod is still on

    Reply

  9. Pearl

    06/22/2015 at 12:01 pm

    I tried to turn it off because i was trying to restore my phone on itunes. When i pressed the button to restore iphone it told me to turn off Find My Phone… So i did using this web and it still asked me to turn off Find My Phone!

    Reply

    • Pearl

      06/22/2015 at 12:04 pm

      same her! PLEASE HELP… MY PHONE IS LIFE!

      Reply

    • Alexis

      07/09/2015 at 2:38 pm

      It also happened to me and same as what you did, I turned off “find my iphone” in my PC but still it didn’t work. But, I found new way to restore your locked/forgotten password in your iphone. I personally tried it in my iphone and it worked well.

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      • Sherrie Graeter

        09/30/2016 at 4:25 pm

        Hey Alexis can you please post instructions on how you “restored you Locked/forgotten password, since you figured it out? I am in the same boat, I updated my icloud account with my new email and my NEW phone is now asking me to enter the password to an old email address that I can NOT access anymore and I don’t remember the password.

        Reply

  10. Joseph

    07/09/2015 at 10:42 pm

    Same problem just happened to me. anyone here to help?

    Reply

  11. meezy martin

    07/10/2015 at 2:04 pm

    same problem too keep saying turn off find my iphone through my iphone but its so impossible
    help!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  12. daishawngibson

    07/19/2015 at 9:29 pm

    i need my iphone

    Reply

  13. andydent

    07/23/2015 at 9:17 am

    I just got into this situation with my test iPod Touch running a beta of iOS 9 which expired. If you do a hard reset (power+home buttons held down until reset) WHILST CONNECTED TO USB you will get prompted in iTunes to restore the device.

    Reply

  14. Olivia JG

    07/27/2015 at 4:25 am

    Hello, My iPhone 5c has a water damaged screen but everything else works… Siri talks, ringer buzzes etc. But I have tried EVERYTHING does anyone have any suggestions?

    Reply

  15. Suchi

    07/27/2015 at 10:35 am

    Removing the Find My phone from your device from cloud isnt enough to back it up from icloud or itunes. You basically need to erase your device. I erase data from my iphone from iCloud-FindMyPhone screen. Once it is erased. I went to my iTunes and the it showed up to setup as new or restore from back and I choose restore from back and it is restoring now.

    Reply

  16. luna

    11/17/2015 at 4:28 pm

    Is it possible to turn off the “find my iPhone” option without removing/deleting my device from iCloud, through my mac?

    Reply

  17. karly

    01/06/2016 at 1:14 am

    Awesome way i followed this for my iPad Air 2. thanks.

    Reply

  18. selorm

    02/21/2016 at 10:28 am

    my phone has refused to go off since the screen has gone off but the phone is working

    Reply

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