If you've ever misplaced your Mac®, iPad®, or Apple Watch®, you know how helpful the Find My™ feature is. It allows you to use iCloud® or another connected device to see the last known location of your tech, so you can have a better chance of tracking it down. But what if you want to turn this feature off? Don't worry, it's simple.
At Asurion, we're your one-stop shop for troubleshooting, fixing, and maximizing your tech. Here are tips from our experts for how to turn off Find My on a Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch. If you need instructions for your iPhone, check out our guide: How to turn off Find My iPhone.
Why would I need to turn off Find My on a Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch?
Find My is a great feature for tracking your connected devices. But turning it off might be useful if you don't want others who have access to your Apple® ID to be able to track a certain device. Another reason to turn it off: You're repairing, selling, donating, or handing down an old phone, laptop, or tablet.
Whatever the reason, turning off the Find My feature is easy. We'll walk you through it.
How to turn off Find My on an iPad
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Your Name.
- Tap Find My.
- Tap Find My iPad.
- Turn off Find My iPad.
How to turn off Find My on a MacBook
- Click the Apple menu.
- Click System Preferences.
- Click Apple ID.
- Click iCloud in the sidebar.
- Deselect Find My Mac.
How to turn off Find My on an Apple Watch
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap the My Watch tab, then tap All Watches at the top of the screen.
- Tap the Info button next to your Apple Watch.
- Tap Unpair Apple Watch.
- Enter your Apple ID password.
- Tap to confirm.
How to turn off Find My if you no longer have your device
Before you sell or give away a device, it's important to turn off Find My so that the next user can use this feature. If you need to turn off Find My but no longer have the device, you can turn it off remotely using iCloud:
- Sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password.
- Click All Devices, then select the device you'd like to remove.
- If you want to permanently remove this device from your list as well as erase all content on the device so that someone else can activate it, click Erase Device.
- If you only want to temporarily remove a device from your device list, click Remove from Account. When that device comes back online, it will reappear on this list.
How to turn off Find My if you don't remember your Apple ID password
If you don't remember your Apple ID password for your Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch, you won't have any access to your iCloud or Find My settings. You'll need to recover your Apple ID and password before being able to use the Find My features.
You should be able to reset your Apple ID password right from your iPhone or Mac. If you're unable to, follow these steps:
- Go to this site and enter your Apple ID. If you don't remember it, you can look it up.
- Choose to reset your password.
- Answer the security questions to verify that you are the owner of the account, or choose to get an email.
- Follow the instructions to change the password.