Surely you have heard about the “Find my Mac” feature on occasion, which allows you to find your Mac if it has been lost. This is useful for computers such as a MacBook, in case you usually take it with you away from home and have left it forgotten somewhere and even if it has been stolen. Keep in mind that if you are going to sell or give away the Mac you will have to disable this functionality. That’s why in this post we show you how to disable “Find my Mac”.
Are you sure you want to deactivate “Find my Mac?
If the reason you want to deactivate “Find my Mac” is not because you are going to get rid of this computer you must be sure if it is worth doing it or not. As we said before, this functionality can be very useful. Perhaps in desktops offer more doubts, since these are usually always in one place and it is difficult to transport them and they are lost. However on portable computers such as MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro it can be crucial in many occasions.
If you usually work with your Mac away from home , whether in the office, university, institute, public transport, coffee shops or any other place, it is possible that a fatal oversight will make you forget your computer. You may even have the bad luck of someone stealing it. In these cases the “Search” application comes into play fundamentally, which is available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and through the iCloud website on other computers.
By accessing this application you can obtain the exact location of Apple devices that are associated with your Apple ID. In a very visual way, as you can see the icon of the device on a map. Also from here you can make a sound play on the computer in case it is within your reach, which is useful in the case of a Mac if you have lost it at home or somewhere nearby. It may also block the use of this device in case of theft.
How to disable “Find my Mac”
Disabling this functionality is very simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- 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.
- Click on Apple ID.
- Go to the iCloud tab .
- Find the Search box and click on Options.
- Disable Find my Mac.
In this section it will also be possible to deactivate only the “find offline” function, which your Mac can find if it is activated even though the device is not connected to a WiFi network.
If you are going to sell or give the Mac to another person you must log out of iCloud and restore the Mac, having previously made a backup of your data and files. To carry out these processes we recommend you take a look at the article in which we tell you how to restore a Mac to sell it .