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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Need to unlock my iPhone
I would like to request my account to be reset because I have a problem activating my iPhones, I had this ID: -REMOVED BY MODERATOR- that I created when I bought my first iPhone 4S, then later I gave the phone to someone and I did not remove my acc from the phone, so he normally to use my account to updates the phone but last week the account was blocked when the phone updates to 8.0.2. I tried to reset the account but still the e-mail did not received. I created a new account with the same e-mail, and that cannot activate this phone: iPhone 4S, Serial number: DP1H15RLDTC0. Please help me unlock the old account.
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Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
My husband and I are divorcing and I kept my iphone and went with a new provider but somehow my soon to be ex can tell where I have been and call me to tell me. What can I do to fix this?
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Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone

Assuming he is using Find My iPhone and he knows your iCloud password, just change your iCloud password.
if you look at your iCloud settings on your phone and he's using his account, you will need his password to turn it off or change it.
He could also be using the Find My Friends App. See if you have an app named Find Friends. If you have it, open it and delete him from your list and then delete the app.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
If I restore/reset it will it keep it from tracking me?
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Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone

as long as you dont enable icloud and Find My iPhone after you restore it..
It's much easier to just turn off icloud and Find My iPhone than doing a fully restore.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
How can you tell if someone added a second iCloud to your phone for tracking purposes. I have a stalker and he had access to my phone. I believe he is now tracking me through GPS on my some how. How can I see if he set up a 2nd iCloud on my phone for this purpose
AnonyMan (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
Just look in Settings / iCloud and Settings / Find My iphone and see what account is being used. If you think he's using your icloud account, change the password.
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Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone

When trying to track my son's iphone5 it has just been telling me his location and how many minutes ago it was, like right now it says 27 minutes ago. This last time it started with 17 minutes ago and I've been trying for 10 minutes to get his location. If his battery was dead, it would come up black as it does when he is on the phone. So why does it tell me this? It has happened several times today and he has been in different locations when it has happened.

I know if he was out of range somewhere it would tell me this, but he's in town and I know he has coverage. Would it do this if he had turned his data off so he was only using wifi and so if he doesn't have wifi maybe this is why it isn't working?

While we have been talking it all of a sudden updates as of 30 seconds ago.

Oh well, any ideas for next time?

keval lahariya (not verified)
about stop tracking phone
due to money problem i sell my phone (iphone4) and i told my parents it was stolled .....and my parents serching this can i stop to search it...without telling my parents ......so please give me relief from this problem....
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If you configured iCloud and Find My iPhone you can "wipe" it remotely from the iCloud website.
if you did not configure iCloud you will have to ask the new owner to remove your icloud information or to 'wipe'/restore it.

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