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How to turn off your phone's Find My Device feature

Worried about Google knowing where you are at all times? Here's how to fix that!
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July 12, 2022
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Find My Device is one of Android’s most useful features. If you ever lose or misplace your phone, you can look up its location online. It also allows you to lock and erase your device remotely too. The feature comes enabled by default on all new phones and runs in the background. But despite all the perks, you may want to turn off Find My Device to maintain your privacy.

Related: What should you do when your phone is lost or stolen?

Remember that merely disabling this feature is not enough to stop your phone from sharing your location for all other services. You’ll also need to turn off location tracking. Another thing to note is that some phone brands will have slightly different labeling for some menu items we direct you to below. However, following our how-to, you should still find your way around.

QUICK ANSWER

Find My Device can be turned off on Android by going to Settings > Security > Find My Device, and toggling Use Find My Device off.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

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How to turn off Find My Device on Android

The first step is to turn off Find My Device on Android.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap on Security.
  3. Go to Find My Device.
  4. Toggle off Use Find My Device on top.

How to turn off Location tracking on Android

Turning off all location tracking will ensure that your location information isn’t shared with other services and apps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap on Location.
  3. Toggle off the Use location feature.

How to turn off Find My iPhone

Do you have an iPhone? We can help you turn off Find My iPhone, as well.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on the Apple ID button, which shows up as your name on top of the Settings menu.
  3. Go into Find My.
  4. Tap on Find My iPhone.
  5. Toggle everything off.

How to turn off Location Services on iPhone

If you care about privacy and want no services or apps tracking your location, you should also turn off Location Services.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Privacy.
  3. Tap on Location Services.
  4. Toggle off Location Services.

FAQs

Find My Device is a beneficial feature, and it can save your phone from loss or theft. The only reason you might want to turn it off is if you really care about your privacy and want to make sure no company is keeping your private information.

If Find My Device is off, you won’t get any help in case you lose it. You’ll have to resort to other methods for finding your handset.

Location Services or Location Tracking are very important features for any app that needs to know your location for any reason. An obvious example is Google Maps. Some apps request location access for no real reason, though. You can always turn the setting off if you care about keeping your location data and logs private.

Find My Device can do more than just find your phone’s location. You can also use it to ring, lock, or erase your handset.