How to Remove a Device from your Apple Account

Jul 10, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Remove a Device from your Apple Account

Do you use your Apple account on several devices? What if you sell or give away an old iPhone, iPad, or Mac? Well, if you no longer use or own one or more of these devices, you should remove them from your Apple account.

When you sign in with your Apple ID from a device to take advantage of Apple’s services, the device gets linked to that account. These devices need not necessarily be one of the Apple devices you own. For example, if you use iCloud for Windows or if you ever connected your iOS device to your PC, your computer will be linked to your Apple account. This is also considered as the trusted device list. Read on to learn how to access the list of devices that are linked to your Apple ID, and how to manage them.

How to Remove an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, etc from your Apple Account

Removing an associated device from your Apple account is a pretty simple and straightforward procedure on iOS devices. Just follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Head over to “Settings” from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS settings icon
  2. In the settings menu, tap on your Apple ID name located right at the top.

    How to Remove a Device from your Apple Account
  3. Now, scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see the list of all devices that are associated with your Apple account. Go through and find the ones you no longer use. To remove a device from the list, tap on the device name as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Remove a Device from your Apple Account
  4. Next, tap on “Remove from account” which is the last option in the menu.

    How to Remove a Device from your Apple Account
  5. Now, you’ll be prompted to confirm your action. Tap on “Remove” to permanently remove this device from your account.

    How to Remove a Device from your Apple Account

Keep in mind that the device you removed may reappear in the list if you’re still logged into that device when it reconnects to the internet. If it’s a computer that you usually connect your iOS device to, you’ll get the “Trust This Computer” alert the next time you connect using the Lightning cable.

It’s really important to make sure that you have access to all the devices that are actively associated with your Apple account. This is because some of the devices may be capable of receiving Apple ID verification codes that are used for Two-factor authentication.

On the other hand, if you remove devices that you still use on a regular basis, you could run into issues with Apple services. For example, you may have trouble getting iCloud to work properly, as the device won’t sync or access backups anymore unless you manually sign out and sign in again.

We hope you were able to remove the devices you no longer use from your Apple account. How many devices did you remove from the list? What are your overall thoughts on this capability to view and remove all your connected devices in one place? Let us know your valuable opinions and experiences in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Karina Montgomery says:

    I have no issue with removing devices per se but when previous data ports occurred, a device got named the same as its predecessor, so I don’t know if “My iMac” (names changed to protect the innocent) is the one in use or the old one I hosed over the data from.
    What I’d really like to know is how to see the five authorized devices in iTunes/Music so I can unauthorize whatever that 5th device is! I only have three that should be authorized plus my phone so I want to take the extras off.

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