With Find my iPhone you can keep track of all your Apple devices and even remotely wipe them if they ever get lost or stolen. If you ever need to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iTunes, however, you'll need to disable Find my iPhone (or iPad) first. That's because Find my iPhone (or iPad) also governs Activation Lock, Apple's theft deterrent system. You can disable it directly on your device, or remotely using the web. Here's how!
Note: If you want to remove Find my iPhone or Activation Lock in order to give away or sell your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you're better off erasing it instead. Not only will that remove Find my iPhone and Activation Lock, it'll make sure you don't accidentally give away any of your data along with your device.
How to disable Find my iPhone and Activation Lock on iOS
If you still have your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad in your hands, the simplest and fastest way to turn things off is right on the device.
- Launch Settings from the Home screen.
- Tap on iCloud.
- Switch Find My iPhone to Off.
- Enter your Apple ID password to confirm.
How to disable Find my iPhone and Activation Lock on iCloud.com
If you don't have your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with you, you can still turn things off using using the web on your Mac or Windows PC.
Note: A device has to be offline in order for you to remove it.
- Launch Safari or your web browser of choice on any computer.
- Go to icloud.com
- Enter your Apple ID username or password.
- Click on Find my iPhone.
- Enter your Apple ID password again.
- Click on All Devices.
- Click on the offline device you want to remove.
- Click on Remove from account.
Ally Kazmucha contributed to a previous version of this article.