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
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.

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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