How To Remove An iCloud Apple ID (From iPhone or iPad)

Removing the Apple ID from your device is a straightforward process as long as you have your sign in details. You can do this on the device, or you can do it remotely via the iCloud website.

Apple ID on the iPhone

When and why to remove your Apple ID

If you are about to sell your iPhone or iPad then you should remove your Apple ID from it first.

If you don’t, then the device will forever be tied to your iCloud account causing it to be ‘Activation locked’. This makes it difficult, costly, and almost impossible for the new owner to use (although I do have an article giving some advice on what to do if you want to remove the iCloud activation lock).

You’ll also get a lot of complaints from the new owner that can easily be avoided if you unlocked it in the first place.

It is also a good idea to remove the Apple ID before you wipe it, or restore it from a backup if your device is suffering from glitches or bugs. This ensures you have a ‘clean slate’ so you have the best chance of a successful restore.

How to remove your Apple ID

To remove the Apple ID you can either go to the settings screen on your device and sign out from iCloud. Or you can log in to iCloud from a computer and remove the device from your iCloud account.

If you still have the device in your possession signing out on the device itself is by far the easiest method and the one I’d recommend.

When you try to remove your Apple ID you will be asked for your password. This password is also known as the iCloud password.

This might seem odd – asking for your password when signing out, but there is a good reason for this.

Let me explain…

Imagine your iPhone was stolen. The thief wants to use it as their own. However, when they look at the settings it is your iCloud account details that appear, not theirs. This limits what they can do. They also run the risk of you logging in to your iCloud account and locking the phone remotely so they can’t use it at all. the first thing they will try is to sign you out so you no longer have any control over the phone. They can’t – because they will be asked for a password they don’t know.

To get around this they erase the contents and try to set it up as a new phone.

But this won’t work.


The iPhone detects the Apple account and requests the password before allowing it to be set up – so they are stuck with a phone they can’t do anything with – unless they have your password.

So the reason the password is needed to sign out is simple – it is secure.

This is why you need to remove the Apple ID before you sell your device and give it to the new owner.

So if you are the owner of an iPhone or iPad and you are about to sell it you should follow the steps below to unlock it first.

If it is too late and you have already sold your device, and the new owner is asking you to remove your or Apple ID then follow the advice later in this article.

Removal instructions: if you have the device at hand

1. Tap the Settings icon

tap settings

2.Tap your name at the top of the screen

tap your name

3. Scroll all the way down and tap ‘Sign Out’ at the bottom of the screen

icloud sign out

4. Tap Sign Out.You will be asked for your iCloud Apple ID password.

apple id enter icloud password

5. You will be asked if you want to keep a copy of your data on the device. Make sure all of the toggles are switched off (white).

Do you want to keep a copy of your data dialog box

6. Click Sign out at the top right. You will be asked if you are sure. Click the Sign Out button again.

Sign out confirmation screen

7. The iCloud data is removed – this can take a few minutes.

removing icloud data

8. The Settings page will no longer have your details at the top.

iCloud sign-in screen

You have now removed your Apple ID from the device.

Removal instructions: remotely via the iCloud website

If you no longer have the smartphone or tablet in your possession you can still unlock it remotely. This is done using Apple’s iCloud website.

1. Go to

2. Type in your Apple ID (email address) and password

Sign in to iCloud

3. Steps 3-5 are likely to appear if it is a new computer you are using to sign in to iCloud. If they don’t, skip to step 6.

You will have a warning appearing saying that a new login as been detected from a new computer. Click Allow so that you can provide the verification code.

Allow sign in from the computer

4. Now that two-factor authentication is mandatory you will be asked for a verification code. This can be sent via text message or sent to another Apple device you own. The screenshot below shows how it appears on a MacBook computer.

Type the code in.

2 factor authentication code entry

5. If you think you will use the same computer again for accessing iCloud then click ‘Trust’. This will mean you won’t be asked for the verification code again.

trust this browser

6. Click ‘Settings’.

click icloud > settings

7. Click the device you want to remove from your iCloud account found under ‘My Devices’.

Select device

8. Click the small X opposite the device name to remove it.

click the cross to remove the device

9. You will be asked to conform the removal. Click Remove.

confirm removal

10. All done!

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