How to deactivate your Apple ID account

By , Jul 5, 2014

Apple ID services

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, chances are that you have created an Apple ID account at some point. If you have an iTunes, App Store or iCloud account, then you have an Apple ID. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow you to delete your Apple ID account outright. But we’ve prepared this guide on how to deactivate your Apple ID account so that it is no longer linked to any devices or services… 

How to delete your Apple ID account

My Apple ID

While there is no official way to delete your Apple ID account, here are two solutions that could help:

  • Try giving Apple a call at 1-800-MY-APPLE to see if they are able to delete your Apple ID account. We’ve heard conflicting reports about this method. Some say that Apple is unlikely to honor this request, some say they successfully managed to have a customer service rep delete their account for good.
  • Sign into the My Apple ID portal and change the primary email address that it is associated with your Apple ID account. This technically won’t delete your account, but your main email address won’t be associated with it anymore.

How to deactivate your Apple ID account on Mac

The first part involves signing out of your iCloud account on Mac. Keep in mind that your Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, Safari, Photos and more will no longer be synced.

System Preferences iCloud

Step 1: Open System Preferences.

Step 2: Click on iCloud.

iCloud Sign Out

Step 3: Click on Sign Out.

Step 4: Choose to keep a copy or delete your synced contacts, notes and so forth.

The second part involves signing out of your Apple ID on iTunes and deauthorizing your computer.

Step 4: Open iTunes.

Step 5: Click on Store in the top menu bar.

Delete Apple ID iTunes

Step 6: First, click on Deauthorize This Computer…

Step 7: Then, click on Sign out.

How to deactivate your Apple ID on iPhone

Step 1: Tap on Settings > iTunes & App Stores.

Apple ID on iPhone

Step 2: Tap on your Apple ID.

Step 3: Tap on Sign Out.

You may use your Apple ID in several places, so make sure that you have signed out or deactivated your account for the Apple Store, iBooks, Messages, FaceTime, Game Center and other services too. You can also change the name, address, phone number and other personal information that is associated with your account by signing into the My Apple ID portal.

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  • David Gitman

    Nice

  • Delis Encarnacion

    So basically just sign out of everything that’s using your Apple ID.

    • Antzboogie

      And replace with a dummy email.

  • Andy

    No accounts in any company (regardless of whether they’re employees or customers) are ever actually deleted, in the traditional sense. They probably just change a value in the database to show that it’s inactive (or as they would say: ‘deleted’).

  • im2slick4u

    Sorry but this is one of the stupidest guides I have ever seen. This acomplishes nothing.

    • Biscuit

      For you, but for others who aren’t aware of the process, this is a good article.

    • gittlopctbi

      Your comment only reflects self-centeredness.

    • Antzboogie

      Your an idiot. Hush grown ups are talking. Apple is wrong for not letting us delete our Apple IDs.

      • Dani Hayes

        *You’re. Hush, grown ups are on the interwebs.

      • Antzboogie

        Wha? Lol if you tried to correct me you failed.

      • Dani Hayes

        Nice. I see the little kid corrected his mistake.

      • Antzboogie

        Looks like you have strong feelings for your boyfriend slick.

      • Dani Hayes

        How clever of you. Maybe you can make a reference about my mom next??

    • Umut Bilgiç

      You are the most stupidest person i have seen. I am sorry but I am fed up with people like you on internet. You are either 5 and cant understand that other people have brains too or you were not raised good enough to know that other people have brains.

  • sh1ny

    Well, “deactivation” part of this guide is quite mysterious, but somewhat helpful nonetheless.

    Btw, “Step 4″ is repeated twice in Mac section.

  • Chris

    I think using the word “deactivate” is wrong mainly because your Apple account still works

  • Mike

    You aren’t really “deactivating” your account. You only signed out from an authorized computer, and then changed the email. It’s still active because you can still sign in from the changed email and authorize another computer.

    Deactivating your account would be like Facebook’s version of it, since no one else can find/add you as a friend anymore until you reactivate it. There’s also an option to permanently remove your Facebook account in which there is no way to recover it once your account is deleted.

    Good guide, but title is highly misleading.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Typical Click Bait. It should have been stated in the header; you can’t officially do it alone.

  • FrigginSuite

    Just call and ask to delete the ID if you don’t want it. This guide does nothing.

  • http://mezcudi.tumblr.com/ Mezcudi

    My problem is authorizing I had my Apple ID for quite some time and had used up the 5 they had given me. My question is how to get them back?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If by five you mean computers / authorised devices you can reset it in your “My account” section in iTunes…

  • SteveZ

    No offense, but honestly is it just me or most articles by this author are irrelevant?

    • Joe Rossignol

      It wasn’t my idea to post this article. I was assigned the topic.

  • D.P2337

    This article is completely misleading. I work for Apple, and the only way to deactivate an Apple ID is via the Apple ID Security team and it’s not an easy process. The steps outlined in this guide simply show you how to sign out of, and dissociate your devices from the Apple ID.

  • Stefano

    What they need to get working on is allowing us to merge accounts for people who legitimately have more than one account by same user.

    • RayRayBeav

      Yes, because at one time you could have a ‘username’, not an email but a username. One day I went to sign in and it wouldn’t let me sign in with my username and had all my purchases tied to that account.

      So, in the mean time while Apple support was trying to figure out how to find my account (since I hadn’t used it in 2 years) and the associates knew nothing abut usernames since they’d switched to using emails. I had to create a second Apple ID.

      Now I have two Apple ID’s one that I use for iTunes & the App Store, and another Apple ID that I have all my iCloud information on. It sucks when setting up devices to make sure to use the right one. When I bought my Macbook Pro, I accidentally set my iTunes account to my iCloud account and took forever for Apple support to clear my “authorized computer” so that I could download my iCloud music.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    “While there is no official way to delete your Apple ID account”

    In the UK (where I live) isn’t this technically illegal where by law data must only be kept until it is no longer necessary…

  • Aaron de Silva

    Calling the hotline worked for me.

  • JailbreakiOSX

    Thanks