In this article, I am going to explain 5 different ways to quickly and easily turn off Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/Apple Watch from computer.
Best of all, 3 of them are totally free to use.
Let’s dig right in…
What is Find My iPhone?
Find My iPhone is a feature of iCloud introduced on iOS 7. It can help you easily locate your iOS devices when they’re not around.
To make things clear, with Find My iPhone enabled, you’ll be able to:
- View the location of your Apple devices on a map.
- Play a sound when you can’t find your Apple devices but think it’s nearby.
- Mark your device as lost. This will prevent someone else from using your device by requiring the Apple ID and password when it’s lost or stolen. And you can also let people know how to reach you by displaying a message on your device screen.
- Erase your device. Find My iPhone gives you an option to remotely erase your Apple device.
- Remove a device from your iCloud account. When you sold your Apple device or send it away, you can remove this device from your iCloud account so that someone else can use their own Apple ID & password on the device.
Find My iPhone has become a way to make Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, and Mac) less attractive to steal.
How to Turn Off Find My iPhone from Computer with Password?
Now that you know what Find My iPhone is, you can go ahead and learn the solutions to disable Find My iPhone from a computer with password.
It’s not difficult to do that. I’m going to show you the most effective two ways.
1Turn Off Find My iPhone from Computer (Win& Mac) on iCloud.com
This way involves removing your device from your iCloud account. The following shows how you can go about using this way:
Step 1. On your computer, visit iCloud.com and log in with your iCloud account (Apple ID) and password.
Step 2. You’ll see a number of options on the home interface after login, what you need to do is clicking on the Find iPhone option.
Step 3. On the next screen, there will be a map that indicates the locations of all your devices that linked to your account. From the All Devices pull-down menu, select the device you want to turn off Find My iPhone from.
Step 4. Then you’ll see 4 options: Play Sound, Lost Mode, Erase iPhone, and Remove from Account. Click on the Remove from Account option. This will exactly turn off the Find My iPhone.
Step 5. Finally, a dialogue box will ask you to confirm this. If you’re sure, click on Remove to proceed.
Note that this way only works when your device is online (connected to a Wi-Fi network or cellular data is enabled).
After a few minutes, the Find My iPhone should be disabled.
2Turn Off Find My iPhone from Mac Computer without iCloud
The other way is similar to the above one – turn off Find My iPhone by using the Find My app on Mac computer.
Starting with macOS Catalina, the new Find My app is built into the operating system to allow users to share locations and track devices without the iCloud.com. With this app, you can easily turn off Find My iPhone from computer:
Step 1. On your Mac computer, open the Find My app.
Step 2. Click on Devices. From the list, choose the one you want to remove.
Step 3. Click on the info icon on the map, then click Remove This Device.
That’s it! When you remove your iPhone from your account, the Find My iPhone is turned off automatically.
If your macOS is older than Catalina, here is how you can disable Find My iPhone on your Mac computer:
Step 1. Click on the Apple menu > System Preferences.
Step 2. Then select iCloud.
Step 3. Under your headshot, click on the Account Details button.
Step 4. Next, switch to the Devices tab. Here you’ll see a list of devices associated with your iCloud account.
Step 5. Choose your device, and then click on Remove from Account.
Then you’ll find the Find My iPhone has been turned off.
If you just want to turn off the Find My Mac instead, here are the steps:
Step 1. On your Mac, click on Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud.
Step 2. Then you’ll have two options to turn off Find My Mac:
- In the sidebar, deselect Find My Mac to remove your Mac (Recommended).
- In the sidebar, click Overview, then click Sign Out. This will turn off all iCloud features, such as the iCloud Photo Library.
Just choose the one you preferred to disable Find My Mac.
How to Turn Off Find My iPhone from Computer without Password?
You may want to turn off Find My iPhone when you are selling your device or at the request of Apple Support prior to getting your device repaired, or prevent someone else from tracking your location.
What if you don’t know your Apple ID password? Don’t worry, you can still disable the Find My iPhone from your computer without a password.
1Use a Service Turn Off Find My iPhone without Password
In the early days, not being able to turn off Find My iPhone without password has bothered many Apple users. Because it was impossible to disable it without a password.
But not today!
With the development of technology, there are many unlocking services and software tools that can help you deal with this. But we prefer using an iCloud unlock service. This kind of service can remotely turn off Activation Lock together with Find My iPhone from your iOS devices.
After testing a batch of services, we finally found two services that work perfectly:
Both of the two services can turn off Find My iPhone without password or losing data no matter whether your iOS devices are locked or not. Here is how you can them:
Step 2. Enter the IMEI or Serial number of your device.
- If your device is locked to iCloud Activation Lock, you can find the info from the Hello screen.
- If not, find the IMEI by dialing *#06#
Step 3. Click on Remove Activation Lock.
Step 4. On the next page, confirm your order info. Both of them offer an option called FastTrack. This will reduce the delivery time to 24 hours. If you’re in a hurry, check that option. Then finish the payment.
After receiving your order, they will disable Find My iPhone with your IMEI number remotely without affecting any of your data.
This way works for all versions of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS and it is always our first choice when it comes to removing Find My iPhone without knowing the Apple ID or password.
2Use a Reliable Software
Our next method to turn off Find My iPhone from computer without password is to use a software tool – Tenorshare 4uKey.
If you are someone who keeps a tab on the latest technology, you have likely known this professional software. 4uKey from Tenorshare is specially designed for those who are locked out of their iOS devices or turn off Find My iPhone without password.
Differing from a service, 4uKey offers a free trial to allow users to test whether their iOS devices are supported or not.
One thing you should note is that this software can only turn off Find My iPhone on an activated iPhone. This means if your iPhone is disabled or locked to iCloud Activation Lock, it won’t work for you.
The steps to use 4uKey to disable Find My iPhone is much straightforward.
Step 1. Download & install Tenorshare 4uKey from its official website.
Step 2. Open the software and select the Unlock Apple ID function.
Step 3. Connect your iOS devices to your computer via a USB cable. And then click on the Start Removing button.
Step 4. On the next screen, follow the instructions it shows to continue.
Step 5. Finally, the Apple ID will be removed from your iOS device and the find My iPhone will be disabled.
The whole process will take no longer than 10 minutes. This is why we like this software.
Except for the 4uKey, another software from Tenorshare – 4MeKey can also help you remove Find my iPhone & Activation Lock without password when you don’t know the Apple ID or password. But it will jailbreak your device. I prefer using 4uKey since it’s more secure to your device.
3Reset the Forgotten Password
If you are the legitimate owner and you just forgot the Apple ID password, there’s an Apple password reset option available for you.
Step 1. On your computer, open a browser and visit http://appleid.apple.com/
Step 2. Click on Forgotten your Apple ID or password?
Step 3. On the next page, enter your Apple ID and click on Continue.
Step 4. Then enter your phone number, Apple will send a verification code to you. After verification, you’ll be able to reset your Apple ID password.
Step 5. Finally, open your iPhone, navigate to Settings > [Your Name] > Find My > Find My iPhone.
Step 6. Then turn off Find My iPhone, it will ask for the Apple ID password. Enter your new Apple ID password to proceed.
FAQs About Find My iPhone
How do I turn off Find My iPhone from another device?
You can turn off Find My iPhone from another Apple device by using Find My app when they’re set up with the same Apple ID. Here is how:
Step 2. On the Devices tab, tap on the device you want to turn off FMI.
Step 3. Scroll down to find the Remove This Device option. Tap on that and enter your Apple ID password.
After this, your device will be removed from your iCloud account and the Find My iPhone will be turned off.
Does factory reset turn off Find My iPhone?
No, factory resetting can just erase all the content and settings from your Apple device, it won’t turn off Find My iPhone.
Why do you have to turn off Find My iPhone?
In some circumstances, turning off Find My iPhone is highly recommended.
For example, when selling your Apple devices, you should make sure to disable Find My iPhone first, since leaving it on will prevent the buyers from setting up this device with their own Apple ID.
On the other hand, if you purchased a used iOS device with Find My iPhone enabled, you won’t be able to use it with your own iCloud account. And this device can be tracked easily by the previous owner.
Apart from that, Apple will ask you to turn off Find My iPhone when you sending your device to them for repair.
Finally, there are some software tools can only work when the Find My iPhone is disabled.
Does removing device from iCloud turn off Find My iPhone?
Yes, removing your iOS device from your iCloud account will disable the Find My iPhone automatically. This is by far the simplest way when you know your Apple ID password.
What happens if you turn off Find My iPhone?
If you turn off Find My iPhone, you’ll no longer be able to locate your Apple device using the iCloud website or the Find My app. And the Activation Lock will be disabled automatically which is not safe since anyone else can use your device once it’s lost or stolen.
Do people get notified when you turn off Find My iPhone?
Yes, Apple will tell you the Find My is turned off by sending an email to your Apple ID associated email account.
How to Track an iPhone?
You can track the location of your iPhone by signing into iCloud.com or using the Find My app. Your iPhone will appear on the map so you can see where it is.
The Bottom Line
The above ways can easily help you to turn off Find My iPhone from a computer. Once it’s disabled, your Apple device will no longer be locked or tracked.
And if you want to turn off Find My iPhone without Apple ID or password, a service or software tool definitely can help you out.
Also, if you have any further questions and ideas, don’t hesitate to leave your comment below.