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
My husband's Iphone stopped charging has been sent for repair among other issues they say they cannot touch it as tracker is turned on is there any way of turning it off without having the phone
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Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone

What?!
How do they know the tracking is on if they didnt touch it? What difference does that even make?!

Anyway, yes, if as they say "Find My iPhone" (the Apple tracking) is on, you can log into the icloud website and issue a "wipe" command to totally erase it and wipe it clean which will leave it with the tracker off, just like the day you bought it.

Who is doing these repairs? they should have been able to tell you this!

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
Don't get me started phone is only 7 months old stopped charging guys in shop couldn't have been more helpful examined phone with magnifying glass to confirm not tampered with and in good condition, repair co came back looking for €200 to repair 'screen damage' (microscopic scratch) before even addressing the actual problem then said can't touch it until this tracking is switched off. Telephoned them to be given a pile of waffle about they only following 'Apple guidlines' stiff email gone to them and also phone provider just incensed at whole thing
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Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone

What "shop"?
Since you're using that € symbol I assume you're not in the United States.. Here, the hardware is warranted for 1 year.. if that were to happen here you just walk into the Apple store, show them what's wrong and they hand you a new one.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
phone bought as part of a contract with mobile phone operator so we had to bring it back to the shop we dealt with, should have a years warranty and was sent back to the repair company under that understanding but think they just looking to make money out of it.( Am in Ireland) have emailed phone company we have our contract with and have expressed our dissatisfaction, and also fact we are entitled to a repair or replacement as phone obviously not fit for purpose and less than a year old. Thanks for your help
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
So....If the message says "offline" that means it is either a dead battery or no wifi?? And..The locator has been turned "off" if it says "disabled"???
Rambling Manny (not verified)
disable iPhone GPS Tracking
if the phone is off, not connected to wifi, etc, it will say "offline". if location services has been disabled it will say '"location services disabled"
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
My friend has a husband that tracks her everywhere. Can she turn off this device? Or block him?
Rambling Manny (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
It depends on how she is being tracked or what kind of device it is. With the zero amount of information you have given us, it is impossible to answer your question.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Is there any other way that Locations services can be turned off
i noticed the Locations services being disabled on my partners phone for a short while when he was out...he claims he never turned it off. Can Locations srvices be turned off any other way or is he lying to me??

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