How to disable iCloud GPS Tracking on your iPhone

Update: This page and the video below show images and steps specific to iOS 6 however the steps are basically the same on iOS 7, IOS8 and iOS 9

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, 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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If you were tracked via iCloud and FInd My iPhone, than a subpoena or law-enforcement request to Apple should provide all the info you need.
If you were tracked via the cellphone carrier, the same requests to the provider would also get you the info you need.

There is no easy/free button you can click to prove this..

Could my kid be blocking "find my iphone"? When I check the phone, Location Services is ON and Find My iPhone is ON. Also, iMessage isn't working from that phone..messages come through as Text Message only.

Any ideas? Is this a software glitch or am I being punked?

It's not a software glitch..
Check all the settings
Check the password

..It sounds like it's not fully been setup or the password has been changed, making the iphone unable to connect to the iCloud servers for iMessages or Find My iPhone.

My dad uses the location services to find me when I'm out, is there a way to prevent him from using his iPad to locate my phone without turning my phone off altogether?

I have enabled iCloud GPS Tracking on my teenage daughter's iPhone, but she keeps turning it off. Is there any way to password-protect the Find My iPhone feature?

Yes! in Settings|General|Restrictions you can add a password and restrict Location Services and Accounts, which i think would do the trick.
Of course you could aways enforce your parental powers and give a "if you want to use this iphone, thout shalt not touch those settings" command..

Thanks so much for your prompt response.

Actually, I have already tried that on my daughter's iPhone 4S.

I have already gone under Restrictions & set a password for restrict Location Services & Accts.

However, the "Find my iPhone" setting is apparently outside the Restrictions settings, located under the Settings|iCloud section.

Thus far, my restricting Location Services & Accts under Settings|General|Restrictions has not had an impact on her ability to turn off the Find my iPhone function under Settings|iCloud.

Am I missing something?

(in iOS 7) i see an option under Restrictions|location services for Find My iPhone but it's not clear if that prevents it from being turned off.
It might be that you will have to rely on those parental powers I mentioned above!

I was running IOS7 beta tester and suddenly my iphone stop working. I was trying to restore it my seems I have to disable @find my iphone@ first. Now, how can I do that if I have no access to my own phone settings? Is there any way to disable this feature without my phone. I was trying to do it accessing my itunes settings and icloud but no success. Any hints or steps to follow are highly appreciated.

Just found out my boyfriend is tracking my iphone without my permission, what can I do to my phone to prevent that from happening? I saw a picture of my location listed under the heading "location".


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