If you’ve decided to switch from Mac to PC, or don’t want to use iCloud or any of its services on your Mac computer anymore, you may be looking to remove the service from your computer, or completely delete the account permanently. Since iCloud is connected to your Apple ID, you have to delete your Apple ID from your Mac in order to delete iCloud from the device. There are two ways you can remove your Apple ID account from your Mac, and we’re going to show you how to do both processes.
What this article will cover
- Can you permanently delete your iCloud account?
- How to remove Apple ID from all devices on the web
- How to remove Apple ID through Mac settings
The first topic we’re going to discuss is whether or not you can permanently delete your iCloud account. Are the tutorials for how to delete an Apple ID legit?
Can you permanently delete your iCloud account?
There isn’t a process that allows users to delete their own Apple ID and iCloud account permanently. To have your account and information erased, you will need to contact Apple’s customer support team and request that they delete the account for you. You can get in touch with Apple support here.
If you see tutorials like “How to Delete Apple Account” that claim you can delete the account yourself, don’t trust them. Although you cannot permanently delete the account yourself, there are ways to remove the account from your devices so you can’t use it anymore and it won’t be connected to your device.
If you have more than one device you want to remove your Apple ID account from, you can do so through the Apple ID account manager using any web browser. We’ll show you how delete Apple ID from Mac through your browser next.
How to remove Apple ID from all devices on the web
1. Open your web browser and go to appleid.apple.com.
Using your preferred web browser, navigate to AppleID.Apple.com on any computer to access the “My Apple Account Manager.”
2. Log in to your Apple ID.
In the corresponding text boxes, enter the email address and password you use for your Apple ID account to sign in.
3. Scroll down the page to find the devices signed into your account. Click a device you want to remove your Apple ID from.
Once you’ve signed in, you’ll be able to see some details about your account. If you scroll down, you’ll see a section that lists all the devices signed in to your Apple ID, including any Mac computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you use. If you want to remove your account from one of these devices, click on the device.
4. Click Remove to delete the account from the device.
When you click on a device, a small window will pop up below it. To indicate that you want to remove your Apple ID from the device, click the Remove button.
5. Confirm you want to remove your account.
To confirm that you’d like to remove your Apple ID from that device, click Remove this Mac (or Remove this [name of device], depending on which device you’re removing your Apple ID from).
Once you’ve completed these five steps, you can repeat steps 3-5 to remove any other devices you no longer want your Apple ID attached to.
If you’d prefer to remove your Apple ID using your Mac’s settings instead of the Apple Account Manager online, we’ll show you how to delete iCloud from Mac settings next.
How to remove Apple ID through Mac settings
1. In your Mac’s home screen dock, click System Preferences.
At the bottom of your Mac computer’s home screen, click on System Preferences to access your Mac’s settings.
2. In the settings menu, click iCloud.
When the System Preferences menu opens, you’ll see several options of categories of settings. To access the settings for your Apple ID, select iCloud.
3. In the bottom left corner, click Sign Out.
Now, at the bottom left of the iCloud settings window, click the Sign Out button.
4. Choose what data you want to keep on your computer.
A small window will pop up, presenting you with the option to keep a copy of certain important data from iCloud on your computer if you want to. If you’d like to keep any of that data, make sure the box beside it is checked off. Deselect the box beside any data you don’t want to keep. Then click Keep a Copy.
If you don’t want to keep any of that data from iCloud on your computer, click each check box to deselect it, then click Continue.
5. Type in your Apple ID password, then click Continue.
To confirm that you want to remove your Apple ID, and to turn off the Find My Mac tracking feature, you’ll need to enter your password. This is done for security reasons. Enter your account password, then click the Continue button.
6. Wait for your account and data to be removed.
Once you’ve entered your password and clicked Continue, your computer will begin the process of removing your Apple ID and iCloud data. This can take a few seconds to a several minutes, depending on how much iCloud data you had on your computer. Wait for everything to be erased. When the process is complete, an Apple ID sign in window will appear on your screen. If you ever decide you want to go back to using iCloud on your Mac, you can sign in to your Apple ID again.
That’s all it takes to delete your iCloud account from your Mac computer through the web or through your Mac’s system preferences. If you’d like to learn about other things you can do with your Mac, check out our tutorials on how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac, how to use iMessage on Mac, and how to upload to Instagram from Mac.