How to Sign Out of Apple ID on MacOS Ventura
An Apple ID is used as a gateway to every Apple service and many features on the Mac (and other Apple devices), ranging from iCloud, iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, Find My, iCloud Documents and Data, backups, Contacts, Messages, Notes, Mail, and so much more.
While basically every Mac should stay logged into an Apple ID to have access to all of those features and to function as intended, there are times when users may wish to log out of an Apple ID and remove an Apple ID from a Mac.
But, like so many other things relating to System Settings in MacOS Ventura, signing out of an Apple ID is different in MacOS Ventura than it was in earlier versions of MacOS as the location of the settings have changed.
Let’s review how you can go about signing out of an Apple ID on a Mac with MacOS Ventura 13 or newer, and what that means.
How to Delete Apple ID from Mac with MacOS Ventura System Settings
If you wish to log out of an remove an Apple ID from a Mac running macOS Ventura or newer, here’s what you do:
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Settings”
- Click on Your Name / Apple ID in the top left corner of the sidebar
- Scroll down below all the options and devices list
- Click on “Sign Out”
- You will be asked if you wish to copy and download data stored in iCloud to the Mac, this is optional but highly recommended if you want to keep that data on your Mac
Once the Apple ID has been signed out, you can either sign in to another Apple ID, or use the Mac without an Apple ID.
Note that removing and signing out of an Apple ID on the Mac limits functions and features on the Mac quite a bit, nothing related to iCloud or Apple ID will work without an Apple ID signed in. Everything ranging from all iCloud features including iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, Find My, iCloud Documents and Data, iCloud Contacts, Messages, iCloud Notes, iCloud Mail, etc, will no longer function if there is no Apple ID on the Mac, and only locally stored data.
Keep in mind that if you’re erasing and resetting a Mac to factory settings you don’t necessarily need to log out of the Apple ID, since that will happen automatically during the reset process. Nonetheless it’s a good idea to go through and at least deactivate Find My first before beginning that procedure.
Once you’re logged out of an Apple ID, all aforementioned Apple ID and iCloud related services will not function on the Mac, and you’re free to do whatever you wish to next, whether that is sign in to a different Apple ID, or perform some other actions.