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
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?
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.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
I would like to say hi .. finding on the ground an iphone 4s, how we use it without being detected? In short, changing IMEI or other ?? Ps. Just for informational purposes.
stan (not verified)
GPS Tracking on your iPhone
is it possible to track an iphone after deactiving your find my phone and GPS Tracking on your iPhone
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
My sons iphone tracks for a while, then it shows off line. Then it wont show online for 20-30mintues. He dosnt disable the phone so I should be able to track it. I have even had the phone in my hand while tracking it, no problem with a green bullet. They all of a sudden offline for 20minutes or so. But yet im still sending txts and making calls. Very strange. Nothing disabled, I have a signal but yet still random off line moments. Anyone know why this is happening.
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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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