How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone


This is a follow up to our post How to track an iPhone

Update October 2013: This page and the video below show images and steps specific to iOS 6 however the steps are basically the same on iOS 7

You can prevent being tracked on an iPhone via iCloud & Find My iPhone several ways - all by various methods of disabling or removing the Find My iPhone service on your phone.

Method 1: Disable the location services
Disabling the location services on your iPhone will prevent anyone from tracking you using the Find My iPhone service.  You can either disable all location services for all apps or just for the Find My iPhone service.  To access the location services settings, tap the settings icon, tap "Privacy", then tap "Location Services".  You can either disable all location services by tapping the on/off switch at the top or scroll down to Find My iPhone, tap it, and then tap the on/off switch for "Find My iPhone"

Method 2: Disable the Find My iPhone Service
You can completely disable Find My iPhone by tapping Settings, then iCloud, then tap the on/off switch for Find My iPhone.  You can also delete the iCloud account from the phone by tapping DELETE at the bottom of the screen but be aware this will remove all iCloud services from your iPhone.

Method 3: Change your iCloud/Find My iPhone/AppleID password
If you prefer to leave Find My iPhone functional to track it should it become lost or stolen, but don't want someone else to track you, just change your iCloud/Find My iPhone password.  To change your iCloud/Apple ID password, log in to appleid.apple.com, select Manage your account, click Password and Security, then in the center of the screen, click "Change Password".  You will then have to enter your new password in your iPhone iCloud settings - be sure that you DON'T give the new password to your stalker!

Any of the methods above, or all combined will help prevent someone from tracking your location on your iPhone.

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Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
Excellent,very nice voice and teaches slowly.Easy to understand. Thank you
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
If my ipad was stolen and it has a password on it, it is possible for them to still get in and disable find my iphone?
Apple Eater (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
If you have iOS 7 or older, yes. If you have iOS 8, no.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
I've been tracking my husbands location on using find my iphone (Ok Ok I know.....Don't give me more grief). In the past it would give me a pretty precise location within a few yards. Now I get a large 2 to 3 mile green circle. Can he be blocking it somehow?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
Stop being a psycho stalker.
Apple Eater (not verified)
Find My iPhone not accurate
The large green circle means that Find My iPhone isnt getting an accurate location. This could be because there are no wifi's or cell-towers near enough to get a good triangulation. It could also be due to the phone being in a building, inside a car, in a pocket or even in a case that is blocking some of the signal.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
make Find My iPhone show a fake location?
Is there a way to show one location on find my friends even though I'm not at that location?
Apple Eater (not verified)
Re: make Find My iPhone show a fake location?
not without jailbreaking the phone and adding some sketchy apps.. and even then i'm not even sure it would work reliably.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
Can i partially disable find my iphone? I'd like it to show me as at a certain location, but then to keep showing that as an 'old location' rather then showing me as offline which is obvious that I have deliberately turned off the tracking. Old locations seems to suggest more of a problem with the GPS. Is this possible?
Apple Eater (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
No. Find My iPhone is not designed to do this.

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