How to remove Activation Lock and turn off Find My iPhone on iPhone or iPad

How to erase an iPhone, iPad, or Mac with the Find My iPhone app

You can no longer simply remotely turn off Find My iPhone. From a separate device or the Find My iPhone app, the only way to remove an iPhone or iPad from Find My iPhone is by erasing it. Here's how to do it using the Find My iPhone app.

  1. Launch the Find My iPhone app from any iOS device. If you don't already have it you can get it for free in the App Store - Download Now (opens in new tab)
  2. Sign in with your iCloud account, if prompted.
  3. Tap on the device you'd like to erase.

Launch Find My iPhone, sign in, tap on the device you'd like to erase

  1. Tap on Actions at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Erase on the bottom righthand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Erase to erase all contents and settings from the device.

Boom. Your iPhone or iPad has now been essentially reset to factory settings. This is a good tool if you've completely lost your device and are totally sure you're never getting it back. It's also a good idea to do if you're selling or giving away your device. The only issue is that, if you did not sign out of iCloud first, then Activation Lock still may be active on the phone.

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