How to Turn Off Find My iPhone from Computer

One of the iPhone’s most outstanding features is the Find My iPhone feature. Through the Find My iPhone feature, you can locate or lock your iPhone even when you do not have your iPhone hence preventing the device from being stolen or lost. For instance, when you want to find the location of your device on a map, you only need to activate Find My Device. Further, you can use Find My iPhone to share your location with your friends or even play a ringtone on your lost device, which makes it easier to locate your iPhone.

It is a requirement from Apple to turn off “Find My Device” in case you need to service your iPhone, Mac computer, iPad, Touch or iPod, whether to be done under warranty or not. Also, It is advisable to turn off Find My iPhone before giving away, trading, selling, or trading in a device. Apple also requires that you unregister any third party or the Air Tag before you give away the device or sell it. Selling or giving away your iPhone when the Find My iPhone feature is still activated inconveniences the new owner of the device. 

Generally, there are two main easy methods of turning off Find My iPhone; you can turn off Find My Device in the Apple ID settings on your device or using Find My iPhone iCloud;

  • Turning off Find My iPhone using the iPhone ID settings method.
  • Using the ID settings to turn off Find My iPhone on your device is the simplest and straightforward method. Use the following simple steps to turn off Find My iPhone on your device.
  • Start by opening the settings in your iPhone. Then, tap your user profile or your name.
  • Select “Find My iPhone” after navigating to “Find My” in the settings.
  • If the green tap on top of the page is lighted with green, then the “Find My iPhone” is activated. To deactivate the “Find My iPhone”, tap off.
  • After tapping off, you will need to enter your password or Apple ID.
  • The device will let you confirm whether or not to turn off the Find My iPhone.
  • Click done to end the process of turning off the “Find My iPhone.”

When the Find My Device is Turned off, the Activation Lock is Turned off

  • What is an Activation Lock

This is a feature that is included in “Find My” in the settings of the iPhone. The activation lock is designed to protect your device from being used by anyone else or getting stolen. When you turn on “Find My” on your device, the Activation Lock automatically turns on.

  • What is the Importance/Function of Activation Lock

Activation Lock is designed to keep your iPhone secure even when you are not in its possession, increasing the possibility of recovering it. You can remotely erase your device, and still, Activation Lock continues to prevent reactivation of your device by anyone else without your permission. The only requirement is to remember your password and the Apple ID.

  • How Does Activation Lock Work

When an iPhone with an Apple T2 security chip is recovered or activated, the iPhone device contacts Apple to check if Activation Lock is turned on. When you set up “Find My”, Activation Lock automatically turns on. Upon turning on the Activation Lock, the Apple ID is stored securely and linked to your device. Before anyone else can erase your device, turn off “Find My“, or reactivate and use your iPhone, they will need your device password or Apple ID password.

How to Turning off Find My iPhone with iCloud or Computer

If you do not have access to your device, you can still deactivate the “Find My iPhone” feature. For instance, you can still turn off the Find My iPhone feature after your iPhone uses iCloud.

When using this method, you can turn off Find My iPhone through the Find My app on an Apple Device or use the web browser. To turn off Find My iPhone using iCloud, follow the following steps:

  • Using your web browser, go to iCloud and log in
  • To find a list with all your Apple devices, including your iPhone, navigate to “Find My iPhone” and select “All Devices”.
  • In case your device is turned on, consider the following steps;
  • Find the iPhone you need to remove, then click “Erase iPhone.”
  • You must enter your Apple password to confirm that you want to erase the selected iPhone.
  • You need to press “Remove from Account” after your device has been erased.
  • In a situation where your iPhone has been turned off, select the device you want to remove and click “Remove from the account.”

What you need to keep in mind is that this procedure erases everything in your device; therefore, you need to be sure before you confirm. Whenever you are resetting your device, it is advisable to have a backup of your device.

3 Ways to Back Up your iPhone

Several reasons may opt for you to back up your iPhone. Perhaps you may need to transfer all your data, apps, and settings to your new model of Apple iPhone. You may also need to reset your iPhone to factory settings, and you need to clean your iPhone. Regularly creating a backup in your iPhone setting helps prevent the phone’s content from getting lost. These are the three ways you can back up your iPhone.

1. iCloud Backup

This is the first method that your backup your iPhone. Follow the following methods to back up your iPhone:

  • A reliable WIFI is required.
  • Navigate through your iPhone settings
  • Press your Apple ID profile picture
  • Select “iCloud” and then select “iCloud Backup.”
  • Select “Back Up Now”
  • A backup into iCloud will now be created.

When backing up your iPhone, also make sure you have enough storage to enable iCloud to store all your data. Back up your iPhone when the device is charging.

2. iTunes Backup with a Windows

You can also back up your iPhone using the iTunes installed on a windows PC through the following procedures:

  • First, you need to install iTunes on your Windows PC.
  • You will need a US cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.
  • Locate and click the device button in iTunes.
  • Select “This Computer” in the backup section.
  • Create and insert a password after checking the “Encrypt local backup.”
  • Click the “Back Up Now” section.
  • Allow the device to back up on iTunes.

3. Backing Up Using Finder on an Apple Mac

Follow the following procedure to back up your device using Finder on an Apple Mac.

  • You will require a USB cable to connect your device to the computer.
  • In the computer’s Finder, locate and select your device.
  • Create and insert a password after checking the “Encrypt local backup.”
  • Click the “Back Up Now” section.
  • Allow the device to back up on iTunes.

In case you are in need of turning off Find My iPhone to change its ownership, here are things you need to do before you give away, trade-in, or sell your iPhone or any other Apple device.

Things to do Before Giving Away, Selling or Trading in your iPhone

The most important thing to do is to remove your personal information from your iPhone to the new device. Use the following procedures to transfer your personal information from your new device.

  • First, manually delete documents, reminders, contacts, photos, or whichever information is in the iCloud by using your Apple ID to sign in your iCloud.
  • In case you have a new iPhone, automatically transfer information to your new device from your old device by using Quick Start.
  • If you are using IOS 11, use iTunes, Finders, or iCloud to move your data from your old device to your new device.
  • To ensure you do not lose access to your account, add a trusted phone number to your account in a situation where your phone number will change with the new iPhone.
  • You can generate a two-authentic code on your old device if you cannot access your old phone number.
  • To remove the Air Tag or any other item from Find My iPhone to allow another person to register it, follow the following steps.
  • Select items located on the top of the screen and subsequently select items you need to remove.
  • Position the items near your device. However, you can still remove the items from your account by resetting the items before anyone else register them to their Apple ID.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen after tapping remove Item.

As a reminder, it is advisable to use the “Find My” Feature when your Apple device gets stolen or lost. However, when deactivating the Find My iPhone feature, use the ID settings or the iCloud method.

You will always find that the Find My iPhone feature has been deactivated when you buy a refurbished iPhone. Before selling or giving away your iPhone, make sure you have turned off Find My iPhone feature.

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