How to Remove a Device from an iCloud Account via iOS
You can remove a device from the devices list on an iCloud account by using the Settings app in iOS. This can be helpful if you have gifted or sold an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple Watch, already removed iCloud from that device, and now you no longer want to have that device listed in association with your Apple ID, or showing up in your list of devices.
Note what this does and does not do: This removes the device from the devices list associated with iCloud only, which is appropriate for after a device has already had iCloud or an Apple ID removed from it and is now in new hands. This does not delete an iCloud account from the device, it does not remove iCloud activation lock, nor does it log a device out of iCloud or an Apple ID, it simply removes the device association from your Apple ID so it will stop appearing on the devices list. Make sense? Ok good, let’s proceed.
Removing an Apple Device from an Apple ID & iCloud Account
This works to remove any Apple hardware from an association with an Apple ID in iCloud Devices, note it will reappear if the device itself has not removed the Apple ID as well:
- Open the “Settings” app and choose “iCloud”
- Tap on your name in the iCloud settings to access your Apple ID account details
- Choose the “Devices” option
- Select from the Devices list the hardware you want to detach and remove from your Apple ID
- Choose “Remove from Account” and confirm you want to remove the device in question from iCloud
In the example here, an Apple Watch is being removed from the associated devices list. The Apple Watch itself was long ago reset and disassociated with the Apple ID and iCloud account, but continued to remain in the list anyway.
When you remove the device you’ll notice the pop-up mentions the device will reappear if it is still signed in with the same Apple ID or iCloud account and connects to the internet again, this is expected since, as we mentioned before, this procedure does not remove a device from an Apple ID remotely.
If you do find the device that you removed pops-up again, you’ll want to be sure the new owner (or yourself) manually logs out of the Apple ID and deletes the ICloud account directly on the device itself, or simply resets it back to Factory Settings after it has disabled the Find My iPhone service.