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How to Remove Apple ID from iPhone or iPad

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Max holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIU and an M.A. in Communication from U of I and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

Having a valid Apple ID set up and running on your iPhone or iPad is critical to using a lot of features and functionality on the device. For example, a valid Apple ID is required to install and update apps, use iCloud, make purchases from iTunes, use Apple Pay, and much more. If you're getting ready to sell your device, or you're in a situation where someone else will be using your device and you don't want them to be able to potentially use Apple Pay or make purchases from the App Store or iTunes, you can remove your Apple ID from the device. Your iPhone or iPad is still usable without having a valid Apple ID set up on it, but it ensures that they won't be able to make unauthorized purchases or have access to any of your personal information associated with your Apple ID. The process to remove the Apple ID from your device takes roughly five minutes, and can be initiated through the Settings app.

You can still use your iPhone or iPad without a valid Apple ID, but a valid Apple ID gives you access to a lot of core features and functionality on your device, such as Apple Pay.
You can still use your iPhone or iPad without a valid Apple ID, but a valid Apple ID gives you access to a lot of core features and functionality on your device, such as Apple Pay. | Source

Steps for Removing Apple ID from iPhone or iPad

1. Open the "Settings" app on your Apple device.

2. Tap the name associated with your Apple account that appears at the top of the Settings screen. You'll arrive at the Apple ID screen.

3. Select "iTunes & App Store" in the second group of options on the Apple ID screen.

4. Tap the "Apple ID" field at the top of your screen. Your Apple ID appears in the field, and all text in the field appears in blue lettering. An Apple ID window appears on the screen.

5. Choose "View Apple ID." The Account Settings screen appears.

6. Tap your Apple ID in the Apple ID field at the top of this screen. You'll be redirected to an Apple ID website in Safari, where you'll be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password.

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Tap "Settings" on your iPhone or iPad home screen.Tap the name associated with your Apple ID at the top of the screen.Tap "iTunes & Apple ID."Tap the Apple ID field at the top of your screen.Choose "View Apple ID."Select the name of your Apple ID at the top of the Account Settings screen.
Tap "Settings" on your iPhone or iPad home screen.
Tap "Settings" on your iPhone or iPad home screen. | Source
Tap the name associated with your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
Tap the name associated with your Apple ID at the top of the screen. | Source
Tap "iTunes & Apple ID."
Tap "iTunes & Apple ID." | Source
Tap the Apple ID field at the top of your screen.
Tap the Apple ID field at the top of your screen. | Source
Choose "View Apple ID."
Choose "View Apple ID." | Source
Select the name of your Apple ID at the top of the Account Settings screen.
Select the name of your Apple ID at the top of the Account Settings screen. | Source

7. Enter your Apple ID and password and then tap the right-pointing arrow on the right side of the password field. You'll be routed to another Apple website that will have your Apple ID at the top.

8. Choose "Devices" in the list of options. A Devices screen appears, displaying a list of all the devices associated with your Apple ID.

9. Tap the name of the device you want to remove from being associated with your Apple ID. A Details screen with information associated with that device appears as it relates to your Apple ID, such as whether Apple Pay is set up, the iPhone or iPad hardware model, the version of iOS on the device, the phone number associated with the iPhone, the serial number, and the IMEI number. Additionally, if you do have Apple Pay set up, you'll also be able to see what cards you have set up with Apple Pay on that device.

10. Tap the red "Remove" button beneath the device information to initiate removing your Apple ID from this specific iPhone or iPad. A message will appear warning you that you'll no longer be able to approve new devices or use iCloud and other Apple services on this device until you sign in with your Apple ID again. Additionally, all Apple Pay information will be removed from this particular device.

11. Tap the red "Remove" button again. The iPhone will no longer appear in the list of devices associated with your Apple ID. Additionally, an Apple ID Verification message will also appear on the device, prompting you to enter the password associated with your Apple ID to re-establish your Apple ID on that device.

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Enter your Apple ID username and password.Supply your two-factor authentication code, if you have it set up and you're prompted for the information.Choose "Devices" in the list of options that appears.Select the name of the iPhone or iPad you want to remove your Apple ID from.Review the information to verify you want to remove your Apple ID from this device.Press "Remove" in the next warning dialog box that appears to verify for the final time that you want to remove your Apple ID from the specified device.The name of the device you remove your Apple ID from will immediately no longer show up in the list of devices associated with your Apple ID.You'll see a message on the iPhone or iPad you removed your Apple ID from that prompts you to re-enter the password for your Apple ID so it can be usable on that device again.
Enter your Apple ID username and password.
Enter your Apple ID username and password. | Source
Supply your two-factor authentication code, if you have it set up and you're prompted for the information.
Supply your two-factor authentication code, if you have it set up and you're prompted for the information. | Source
Choose "Devices" in the list of options that appears.
Choose "Devices" in the list of options that appears. | Source
Select the name of the iPhone or iPad you want to remove your Apple ID from.
Select the name of the iPhone or iPad you want to remove your Apple ID from. | Source
Review the information to verify you want to remove your Apple ID from this device.
Review the information to verify you want to remove your Apple ID from this device. | Source
Press "Remove" in the next warning dialog box that appears to verify for the final time that you want to remove your Apple ID from the specified device.
Press "Remove" in the next warning dialog box that appears to verify for the final time that you want to remove your Apple ID from the specified device. | Source
The name of the device you remove your Apple ID from will immediately no longer show up in the list of devices associated with your Apple ID.
The name of the device you remove your Apple ID from will immediately no longer show up in the list of devices associated with your Apple ID. | Source
You'll see a message on the iPhone or iPad you removed your Apple ID from that prompts you to re-enter the password for your Apple ID so it can be usable on that device again.
You'll see a message on the iPhone or iPad you removed your Apple ID from that prompts you to re-enter the password for your Apple ID so it can be usable on that device again. | Source

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