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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Call forwarding is a function of the phone or service carrier is not related to iCloud or Find My iPhone in any way. So, the answer is NO .

Okay, My husband lost his phone, it rings so thats good... means its on... find phone is on too... BUT it says its offline?? is that because it might not have service? or I do not know!? i already have set to notify me... it has a passcode etc...anything else i can try to do to make it online?

Just because the phone rings when you call it does not mean that it's on. Find my iphone says it's offline either because it's turned off, battery is dead or is not connected to Wifi or 3G/mobile service. Or, if it did not have iOS 7 it may have been erased. There is nothing you can do to "make" it online.

excellent advice and very clear. Much appreciated.

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??

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.

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?

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?

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" i guess there is no other explanation for it?

My understanding is if the phone in question is a company owned phone, and is managed by the company's IT group, yes they can alter the phone's settings without the user being aware. We have iPhone 5s deployed throughout the company and the field technical group have found that things we have disabled have mysteriously been re-enabled. Things like GPS, and iCloud.


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