Find My Device is one of the most useful features of Android. If you ever lose or misplace your phone, you can search for its location online. You can also lock and wipe your device remotely.
Despite these benefits, you may want to turn off Find My Device if you want to protect your privacy. The feature is enabled by default on all new phones and runs in the background.
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Note that just disabling Find My Device is not enough to prevent your phone from sharing your location. You also need to turn off location tracking. Another thing to keep in mind is that some phone brands have slightly different lettering for some of the menu items we refer you to below. You should still find your way according to our instructions.
How to turn off Find My Device
1. Open the Android Settings menu.
Drag the notification shadow down until you expand the quick settings menu to take up most of the screen. Then tap on the gear icon that you see in the lower right corner of the shadow. You can also access the menu by launching the Settings app, which is either on your phone’s home screen or in the Dock.
2. Tap on “Security”.
Scroll down and tap the Security heading. You can use the search bar at the top of the interface to quickly access the submenu.
3. Tap Find My Device.
You will find the next menu item that you have to tap at the top of the user interface.
4. Turn off the switch.
Tap the switch at the top of the screen to turn off Find My Device. The background surface element will be greyed out once you have successfully disabled it.
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