Find My iPhone is a security feature that kicks in when you lose/misplace your iPhone/iPad. It’s part of iCloud and turning on this feature for a device makes sure it’s traceable unless someone turns off location, data or the phone itself.
Since iOS 7, all devices tied to a particular iCloud account only are able to be tracked from that iCloud account. If you wanted to add or remove a device from Find My iPhone, this tutorial should be helpful. Read on.
Adding a Device
- To add an iPhone or iPad to “Find My iPhone” (iCloud), all you have to do is sign in to the iCloud account from your iDevice and enable the switch for feature. Here are the steps:
- Open Settings
- Tap on iCloud
- If you aren’t signed in already, type your Apple ID and password (your iCloud credentials basically)
- Now, turn on the toggle for “Find My iPhone”
That’s it. You will be prompted to turn on location services in case that’s not active. If you have any restrictions placed on what apps can access location services, you might have to remove them, especially if the restriction is on Find My iPhone. Try checking that from Settings → General → Restrictions → Location Services (under Privacy) for iOS 6 and Settings → Privacy → Location Services (for iOS 7).
Deleting a Device
Removing a device is easy when you de-link the device. This process is as simple as turning off the switch from Settings → iCloud. But if you want to complete remove the device from your iCloud account, you can do this:
- On a computer, open the browser and go to http://icloud.com
- Sign in to your account
- Click on “Find My iPhone”
- Now, click on All Devices and then click on the device you want to remove
- Next up, click on “Remove from Account”
This will remove the device from the account. You can, of course, re-add the device if you want by turning on the feature on the iPhone/iPad through your iCloud ID.