I lost my iPhone and it had no password. I'd like to disable my Apple ID on it and wipe it.

Is there any way to do it if I don't have the phone with me?


Well, if you had Find My iPhone enabled, you can wipe the phone as a whole, or add a passcode.

To do this:

  1. Go to iCloud.com/#find
  2. Sign in
  3. Select your phone from the list of devices
  4. Select either 'lost mode' (add passcode and message to lock screen) or 'erase device' (you can't track your phone anymore if you do this)
  5. Follow the steps outlined by the website.

In addition, Find My iPhone will show you the GPS location of your phone, which will help you track it. It cannot be disabled without your Apple ID password, and your phone cannot be wiped with it enabled.

If you choose to wipe your phone, nobody will be able to use it without your Apple ID email password

Finally, if your phone is offline, these options will be applied as soon as the phone connects to a network.

I'd highly suggest adding a passcode to your new phone.

  • In addition to "if you had Find My iPhone enabled", I believe one also has to add the "if" of "if the thief didn't remove the battery and SIM and/or wipe the memory already". – Nav Feb 10 '17 at 4:09
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    @Nav IIRC, it doesn't matter if the SIM card is in. As soon as the phone connects to any internet -- which, yes, could be prevented, but might be more difficult -- it'll realize it should be locked, and lock itself. – Fund Monica's Lawsuit Feb 10 '17 at 5:48
  • @Nav the memory can't be wiped if find my iPhone is enabled. Whenever you try to push the button, it requests that you disable find my iPhone, which requires your Apple ID password. – Jackson1442 Feb 10 '17 at 14:00

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