How to Turn off 'Find My' on a Mac

Stop sharing your computer's location when you choose

What to Know

  • Apple Menu > System Preferences > Apple ID > Find My Mac, and click Options.
  • In the options window, click Turn Off where it says Find My Mac: On.

This article explains how to turn off Find My on a Mac, making it so you can't track your Mac.

How to Turn off 'Find My' on a Mac

Find My is a feature that allows you to locate your Apple products, like your iPhone or your Mac, if they are lost or stolen. It’s tied to your Apple ID, which allows you to track any of your connected devices from any of your other devices, or via the iCloud website on virtually any device at all.

If you’re worried about being tracked by Find My on your Mac, you can turn it off through System Preferences. This feature can be turned on and off at any time as long as you have access to your Mac, and switching it off doesn’t remove any of your data.

Here’s how to turn off Find My on a Mac:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the menu bar.

    The Apple icon highlighted on the macOS menu bar.
  2. Click System Preferences.

    System Preferences highlighted in the Apple menu on a Mac.
  3. Click Apple ID.

    Apple ID highlighted in Mac System Preferences.
  4. Scroll down in the Apps on this Mac using iCloud pane until you locate Find My.

    The right pane highlighted for scrolling in Apple ID settings.
  5. Locate Find My, and click Options on the same line.

    Find My Options highlighted in Apple ID settings.
  6. Where it says Find My Mac: On, click Turn Off.

    Turn Off highlighted in Find My options on a Mac.
  7. Enter your Apple ID password and click Continue.

    Continue highlighted in the Apple ID password menu.

    This is your Apple ID password, not your local Mac password.

  8. Now enter your local Mac user password and click OK.

    OK and password boxhighlighted in the Find My Mac authentication window.
  9. Click Done.

    Done highlighted in the Find My Mac options menu.
  10. Find My is now disabled on your Mac.

    To turn this feature back on, navigate to System Preferences > Apple ID, click the checkbox next to Find My Mac, click Options, and make sure it says Find My Mac: On.

How Do You Turn off Find My Mac From Another Device?

You can't turn off the Find My Mac feature from another device. What you can do, however, is erase the Mac from that other device.

While this will technically turn off Find My Mac, this is a radical way to go about doing so. This will erase the entire Mac and leave it in the state you first unboxed it. If you have access to the Mac, use the method from the previous section instead. If you go ahead with the following, understand all the data on the Mac will be erased.

  1. Navigate to the iCloud login screen.

  2. Click Find iPhone.

    Find iPhone highlighted on the iCloud website.
  3. Enter your Apple ID email and password, and click Sign In.

    Sign In highlighted on the iCloud website.
  4. Click All Devices, and select the Mac you want to erase.

    All Devices highlighted on the iCloud website.
  5. Click Erase Mac.

    Erase Mac highlighted on the iCloud website.
  6. Click Erase.

    Erase highlighted on the iCloud website.

    You can also remove your Mac from your account altogether after erasing it, but erasing the Mac will prevent it from being tracked.

Why Do I Need to Turn off Find My Mac for Repair?

Before you send a Mac in for repairs, you need to turn off Find My Mac. Apple doesn’t disclose exactly why this requirement exists, but the most likely reasons are they may need to offer you a replacement unit instead of repairing yours, it serves to prove you are the owner of the device, and they probably don’t want people to be able to track the location of their repair facilities for security purposes.

When you send in an Apple product for repairs or warranty work, it isn’t always sent to an Apple repair facility. In the event repairs are too costly or complicated, they may offer to provide you with a replacement unit instead of fixing yours. Your device may be repaired later or simply disposed of, but in either case, there would be no reason for your Apple ID to still be associated with the device, or for Find My to still be enabled.

By requiring you to disable Find My, Apple also effectively verifies you are the owner of the device. Since this feature can’t be disabled unless you know both the Apple ID password and local password associated with the device, the fact you can disable the feature proves you own it.

FAQ
  • How do I turn off Find My iPhone on a Mac?

    If you're selling your iPhone and need to disable Find My but can't turn off the feature on your iPhone, you'll need to go to iCloud and erase the device remotely. Log in to iCloud from a browser on your Mac, select Find My iPhone, select All Devices, and then choose your iPhone. Click Erase This Device. Note that this action erases all your iPhone's data

  • How do I turn off Find My Mac without a passsword?

    If you need to turn off Find My on your Mac but can't recall your Apple ID password, try resetting your Apple ID password. Go to iforgot.apple.com, enter your username, and then choose an identity verification method (security questions or recovery email). After you've verified your identity, enter your new Apple ID password and click Reset Password. Once you've set a new password, turn off Find My on your Mac by going to System Preferences > Apple ID > Find My > Options, and then turn off Find My.

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