[Updated] How to Prevent/Stop Find My iPhone from Being Turned Off


Apr 18, 2021 (Updated: Dec 07, 2021) • Filed to: Bypass Activation Lock

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Are you trying to figure out how to prevent Find My iPhone from being turned off? Well, this can happen if your device falls into unauthorized hands as a result of theft or if you accidentally misplace & lost it. FMI represents the best hope of locating the iDevice, so it’s important to keep it working.

Part 1. How to Prevent Find My iPhone from Being Turned Off

The Find My iPhone feature is inbuilt into iOS devices such as iPod Touch, iPod, and iPhone models. It allows the device to relay GPS coordinates via an internet connection to Apple servers. The user can then log in to their iCloud account and view the locations of paired devices on a map. With this capability, it becomes easier to recover the lost device.

How to turn off Find My iPhone

So, how can you prevent Find My iPhone from being turned off? Well, it's important to state there are ways to turn off FMI by using jailbreaking tools.

Still, you can make it harder for someone to turn off FMI. You just have to activate an additional privacy setting that makes it easier and quicker to recover your device before it’s disabled.

Steps to protect Find My iPhone on iOS 12 and later

There is an additional restriction that you can enable on your device. Here are the steps to enable it for iOS 12 devices and later:

Step 1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.

Step 2. Select Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Step 3. If the setting is turned off, select it to toggle it ON (Green).

Step 4. Select Location Services under Privacy and Allow. You can confirm that location services are on.

Step 5. On the location services settings page, scroll down to the bottom, and select System Services.

Step 6. Locate Find My iPhone and ensure that it’s turned on.

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Step 7. On the System Services page as well, find the Status Bar Icon,  and ensure that it is off. By doing this, if someone gets their hands on your device, they cannot tell if it's sending location data by checking the Control Center.

Step 8. Navigate back to the Location Services page by tapping Back at the top of the current page.

Step 9. Select Don’t Allow Changes.

Step 10. Tap Back again to view the Screen Time page. Select Use Screen Time Passcode. You can set up a custom passcode to prevent anyone from accessing the Content and Privacy Restrictions options.

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For iOS 13.4 and later, after entering the passcode and confirming it, you still have to provide your Apple ID and password.

Steps to set up these restrictions on iOS 11 and lower

Just follow these steps:

Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > And create a 4-digit passcode. You can then modify restrictions for location services.

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Will the Restrictions Prevent Someone from Disabling the Location?

These restrictions allow you more time to locate your phone if it's lost or stolen. But note that the device has to be turned on and connected to the internet to share its GPS coordinates for tracking. A thief can simply remove the SIM card or turn the device off to prevent it from accessing the internet.

Another Useful Tip: Set A Stronger Password

You can also try setting a stronger password to protect your iDevice. Instead of using a simple pattern or 4-digit passcode, choose a longer and more complex password that's also easy to remember. For this process:

Navigate to Settings > General> Passcode Unlock > Disable Simple Passcode > Set a more complex password.

Part 2. FAQs about Prevent Find My iPhone from Being Turned Off

1. How can I prevent a child from turning off "Find My iPhone"?

All the child needs to turn off Find My iPhone is the Apple ID and password. However, you can use the restrictions route to prevent them from accessing certain settings. To confirm if you have set up restrictions, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.

If you're not prompted for a passcode, go to Screen Time and enable Use Screen Time Passcode. On iOS devices 11 and earlier, go to Settings > General > Restrictions. You should tell if the passcode restriction is on or off.

2. Can a child turn off Find My iPhone?

They can turn off Find My iPhone if they know the Apple ID and password. But you can set up restrictions to stop them from accessing this setting.

3. How can I prevent my iPhone from being turned off even if it is locked?

Do you want to stop thieves from turning off your iPhone after you have locked it? Currently, there is no way to disable the power off button. If you lose your device, login to your iCloud account and enable lost mode. When the device is connected to the internet, it will update its location.

4. Does Find My iPhone turn off when you factory reset?

Erasing all content and settings doesn’t turn off Find My iPhone. You first need to disable FMI using the Apple ID and password before factory resetting the device to disable tracking.

5. Can someone disable Find My iPhone?

There are various ways someone can disable Find My iPhone. But they can't do this directly from the device if you set up comprehensive restrictions and strong passwords.

Bonus. How to Turn Off Find My iPhone in Case You Forget the Password

WooTechy iSalvor is an iCloud activation lock bypass tool with three different unlock modes. As one of the functions, it provides a hassle-free and professional method to turn off Find My iPhone. You can use this tool in case you have forgotten the password and can't disable FMI in situations where you need to give away or sell the device. This tool now is compatible with the iOS 12 and later, which makes it outstanding among other competitors.

Steps and Video Tutorial to Turn Off FMI without Apple ID and Password

Step 1. Download and launch iSalvor. Select the third mode "Turn Off FMI”.

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Step 2. Connect your iOS device to the computer via an original USB cable to ensure that it is detected. “Trust This Device” before proceeding.

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Step 3. Jailbreak the device following the prompts provided by the software. The jailbreak process will be different according to different models of iOS devices.

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Step 4. The software will turn off Find My iPhone. Keep your computer connected to the internet and ensure that the network is stable. If the device prompts you to enter a screen passcode, you will need to provide it. Otherwise, it will remain stuck at 99%.

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Step 5. Once it's finished turning off Find My device, you will need to verify the FMI status. Enter ON or OFF in the field of Find My [device]. Then click “Confirm”.

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After confirming that the software has finished turning Off Find My [device], it will remove the old Apple ID.

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Watch the video tutorial to turn off Find My iPhone when you forget the password.

YouTube Video

Which devices does iSalvor support?

The program supports most iOS versions running on 13 and later, including the latest releases iOS 14.


We've covered how to prevent Find My iPhone from being turned off by enabling the restrictions passcode on your device. In case you're locked out of the restriction settings because you can't remember the 4-digit passcode, you can also use iSalvor to disable FMI.

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