How you can turn off Find My Mac

You’ve probably heard of the “Find My Mac” feature, which lets you find your Mac if it’s lost. This is useful for computers like a MacBook, in case you often take it with you when you’re away from home and have left it behind somewhere – even if it’s been stolen. Please note that if you’re selling or giving away your Mac , you’ll need to disable this feature. That’s why in this post we show you how to disable “Find my Mac”.

Are you sure you want to turn off “Find My Mac”?

If the reason you want to turn off “Find My Mac” isn’t because you’re getting rid of this computer, you need to be sure it’s worth doing so. As we said before, this feature can be very useful. On desktop computers, it may be more of a liability, since they’re often in one place and difficult to transport and get lost. However, in laptops such as MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro can be crucial in many occasions.

How you can turn off Find My Mac
How you can turn off Find My Mac

If you’re used to working with your Mac away from home , whether it’s at the office, college, high school, public transportation, coffee shops, or anywhere else, it’s possible that a fatal oversight could leave your computer behind. You may even be unlucky enough to have it stolen. That’s where the “Search” app comes in. It’s available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and through the iCloud website on other computers.

By accessing this application, you can get the exact location of Apple computers that are associated with your Apple ID. It’s also very visual, as you can see the device icon on a map. You can also play a sound on your computer if it’s in range, which is useful for a Mac if you’ve lost it at home or somewhere nearby. You can also block the use of this device in case of theft.

If you are going to sell or give away the Mac

If you’re about to give away or sell your computer, that may be the most compelling reason to want to disable this feature. This is one of the first steps you should take to leave no trace of your information on it. In fact, you’ll also need to sign out of iCloud and restore your Mac. You can, however, back up your data beforehand so you don’t lose documents and other important information stored on your Mac. If you want to learn more about these requirements, we recommend visiting an article on how to restore a Mac for sale.

Disable “Find my Mac” from your own Mac

Disabling this feature from your Mac is easy and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Go to System Preferences. You can enter from the Apple menu at the top, from the Spotlight by pressing cmd+space or from the dock if you have these settings here.
  2. Click on Apple ID.
  3. Go to the iCloud tab.
  4. Find the Search box and click on Options.
  5. Disable Find My Mac.

You can also turn off the “find offline” feature, which can find your Mac if it’s turned on even if your computer is not connected to a WiFi network.

Disable “Find My Mac” from an iPhone or iPad

If you don’t have a Mac nearby or think you’d be more comfortable disabling this feature from an iPhone or iPad, you can do so through the Search app. To do this you must be logged into that device with the same Apple ID as your Mac, as you may be asked for your password during the process to continue.

  1. Open the Search app.
  2. Go to the Devices tab.
  3. Select the Mac you want to disable search.
  4. Slide down and click on “Delete this device” and then on “Continue”.

Disable “Find My Mac” from Android or Windows

The following method not only applies to disabling “Find My Mac” on an Android device or PC, but you can also do it on a Mac, whether or not you want to disable it.

  1. Open the iCloud website in your browser.
  2. Sign in with the Apple ID associated with the Mac you want to disable.
  3. Click on Search.
  4. Select the Mac you want to disable search.
  5. Click on “Delete this device” and then on “Continue”.

You can still disable this feature on your Mac, although we insist on highlighting the disadvantages of doing this for no good reason. In any case, you can leave us any doubt you have about this issue in the comment box.

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