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
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.
Step 1: On your Mac, click on the Apple icon in the Menu Bar and open System Preferences.
Step 2: Click on iCloud.
Step 3: Click on Sign Out.
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.
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: On your iPhone or other iOS device, go to Settings > App & iTunes Stores.
Step 2: Tap on your Apple ID.
Step 3: Tap on Sign Out.
Step 4: Now go to Settings > iCloud, scroll down to the bottom, and 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.