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
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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Re: Is there any other way that Locations services can be ...

I have never seen or even heard of/read about Location Services, or ANY services just mysteriously turning itself off for no reason then being kind enough to mysteriously turn itself back on.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Is there any other way that Locations services can be ...
so the only way to dis-able Locations services is by physically doing it through settings on the phone....not even some sort of glich?
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Re: Is there any other way that Locations services can be ...

that's the only way i know of to disable it, and i have never heard of any such magical 'glitch'.
Are you sure the phone was "disabled" and not just turned off or out of Wifi or 3G data range?

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Is there any other way that Locations services can be ...
yes sure it was "disabled" i took a snap shot of the screen, it read..."Online, Locations services off" then at the bottom it read "The iphone cannot be found because Location Services is disabled"....so i guess there is no other explanation for it?
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Re: How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone
excellent advice and very clear. Much appreciated.

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