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Fix: Find My Mac couldn’t be disabled

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Mac computers have become indispensable tools for various tasks. Among the many features Apple offers its users, Find My Mac stands out as a crucial security measure, providing the ability to track, secure, and remotely manage their devices. However, there are instances where users face an obstacle: the inability to disable the Find My Mac feature when necessary.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of the Find My Mac couldn’t be disabled issue and a few ways to help you fix the issue.

What causes the Find My Mac Couldn’t be Disabled issue?

We have mentioned some common reasons that might be causing the Find My Mac couldn’t be disabled issue.

  • Poor internet connection.
  • Server outage.
  • System bugs and glitches.

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How to fix the issue?

To resolve the Find My Mac couldn’t be disabled issue, we have explained a few methods below.

Check the internet connection

Since Apple ID and iCloud services rely on the internet, having a good and stable internet connection on your Mac is crucial when dealing with network tasks. So, if you’re having trouble disabling Find My Mac, try restarting the WiFi router and reconnecting to WiFi or switching to a different WiFi network to ensure a strong internet connection.

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Photo: DG Studio /

Check the Apple system server status

If there’s a problem with the Apple System Server, you might see the message Find My Mac could not be disabled. To check if this is the case, visit the Apple System Status page. If you see a yellow or red circle next to Find My, it means Find My is not working at the moment.

Restart the device

Sometimes, minor glitches can interfere with the proper functioning of iCloud services. A simple restart of your Mac can often resolve these issues.

Boot in Safe Mode

Certain Mac users have found that they can disable Find My Mac by booting their Mac into Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode that helps to isolate and fix macOS-related issues by only loading necessary files and apps. Once in Safe Mode, you can attempt to disable Find My Mac and restart your Mac as you normally would.

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Remove your account from iCloud

If you cannot disable Find My Mac from your device, you can turn it off from To do so, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Sign in with your Apple ID and Password.

Step 3: Click All Devices on the top. 

Step 4: Select the device you want to disable Find My Mac.

Step 5: Choose the Remove from Account option. 

Disable Find My Mac on a Used Mac

If the person who owned your Mac before you didn’t sign out of their Apple ID account, you’ll need to get their Apple ID password to disable Find My Mac. Alternatively, you can remove the Mac from their Apple ID account using iCloud from another device. If you can’t reach the previous owner, you might try resetting the NVRAM, which holds Find My Mac data.

To reset NVRAM/PRAM, first, turn off your Mac. Then, as you turn on the Mac, press and hold the Command + Option + P+ R keys simultaneously. Continue holding the keys until you hear the startup sound twice.

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Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: [email protected]