On the face of it, Apple’s Find My iPhone feature does what it says. If you lose your iPhone, you can identify its last known location by looking in the Find iPhone app or on the iCloud Web site, and you can make it play a sound. It’s great for tracking down a missing iPhone, whether you misplaced it in the house or left it behind at a restaurant.
But Find My iPhone does much more! For starters, it works with nearly any Apple device. You can use it to locate a missing Mac, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and even AirPods. Find My iPhone also helps protect your data if a device is stolen. It even works with Family Sharing to locate devices owned by anyone in your family—a boon to any parent with a forgetful teenager.
You must turn on Find My iPhone before your device goes missing!
- In iOS, tap Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Find My iPhone and enable Find My iPhone. (On the iPad, it’s called Find My iPad.) Also on that screen, turn on Send Last Location. Finally, go back to the main level of Settings, tap Privacy > Location Services, and make sure Location Services is turned on.
- On the Mac, open System Preferences > iCloud and select the Find My Mac checkbox—if you see a Details button beside Find My Mac, click it and follow its instructions for setting necessary preferences.
Be sure to practice viewing where your devices are located and playing tones on them so you’ll know what to do if a device goes missing.
Find My iPhone has a few tricks up its sleeve for when you want a device to show a message or if you think it was stolen:
- Lost Mode: When invoking this mode for an iOS device or Apple Watch, you’ll be asked to enter a phone number where you can be reached and a message. After that, Lost Mode will kick in as soon as the device is awake and has an Internet connection. Anyone who tries to use the device will see your message along with a place to enter the device’s passcode. If you get it back, you can enter the passcode to dismiss the message and use it normally.
- Lock: Available only for the Mac, the Lock feature enables you to protect an entire Mac with a 4-digit custom passcode. You can also enter a message that will appear on the Lock screen. This is a good choice if you think you’ll get your Mac back but would prefer that nobody mess with it in the meantime. Note that if you lock a Mac, you can’t erase it, as discussed next, so lock it only if you think it can be recovered.
- Erase: Even if your device has an excellent passcode or password, you might worry that a thief will access your data. Fortunately, you can erase your device. Erasing a device makes it impossible for you to see its location in Find My iPhone, so it’s a last-ditch effort.
- Activation Lock: If the stolen device is an iOS device or an Apple Watch, when you turn on Find My iPhone, you also enable Activation Lock. This feature prevents someone who has your passcode but doesn’t know your Apple ID and password from turning off Find My iPhone, erasing the device, or setting it up for a new user. In other words, Activation Lock makes it so there’s little reason to steal an iOS device or Apple Watch, since the stolen device can’t ever be used by anyone else. If you get the device back, you can restore your backup—you do have a backup, right?
Find My iPhone works only while the device has power, so if you think you’ve mislaid a device, try locating it right away, before the battery runs out. But even if you are unable to retrieve a lost device, you can prevent others from accessing your data or taking over the device.
Social Media: Did you know that Find My iPhone can help you find nearly all of your Apple devices, along with all those owned by people in your Family Sharing group? Make sure to enable it on all your Macs and iOS devices—read on for instructions and usage details.
Turn off Find my iPhone
Launch Settings from your iPhone.
Go to iCloud tab and on a bit lower side, you will see an option “find my iPhone” with a toggle button in front of it. Simply toggle the button OFF. That’s it. This was how to turn off find my iPhone. You will not get any notification; email notifications and alerts will also be turned off.
In order to turn off Find my iPhone remotely, follow the steps given below.
From any Computer Remotely
Open iCloud website and go to this page.
Enter your Apple ID credentials. After signing in, go to Find my iPhone option if you are not on the page from the home menu.
Select “All Devices”.
Select your device by looking at the name if you have multiple devices added against your account. Once the device is select, click on “Remove from Account”.
Click Remove when the alert shows up.
That’s it. This was how to turn off find my iPhone remotely. Share your feedback in the comments section.
Turn Off Find my iPhone Remotely With the help of PC
This won’t work from an iOS device’s internet browser; iCloud’s desktop version isn’t friendly on mobile. Follow these steps instead.
- Switch off the device. The iDevice should be offline if the process needs to be complete. If it’s with someone else apart from you, ask them to switch it off.
- Head over to iCloud’s Site – go to iCloud.com on your PC”s web browser and use Apple ID to sign in.
- Start Find iPhone – Click the icon “Find iPhone” from the current iCloud apps after signing into the account.
- Choose The Device – On the top of the page that follows, choose “All Devices” and then the device on which Find My iPhone should be disabled.