One word: no. At least, that’s how it looks like unless you reach Apple’s support executives. You can remove Apple ID from your device and disassociate it, you can de-authorize a computer so that it no longer has an Apple ID associated with it but talk about permanently deleting your ID and dead-ends turn up everywhere.
While there’s no straightforward way to delete your Apple ID permanently, here are some things you can (and should) do to erase most traces of your old Apple ID from all your devices and computers.
How to Delete Apple ID from iPhone or iPad
Deleting your Apple ID from all your iOS devices is the easiest thing you can do. A lot of apps/services are linked to the Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad so take your time and sign-out of your ID on all these apps. Here’s a list:
- iTunes & App Store
- Game Center
- Mail, Contacts, Calendar (if you use iCloud email)
- iMessage (turn off)
Here’s a quick how-to on deleting Apple ID from your iDevice.
Delete Apple ID from your Computer
Your Apple ID is associated, most likely, with all the iOS devices you signed in with this Apple ID. And, with iTunes and the computer. It’s generally safe to remove these associations. More like a clean slate. Here’s how to do that:
- Open iTunes on your PC
- Click on Store? View my Apple ID
- If you don’t see View my Apple ID, click on Sign in. Enter your username/password if prompted for.
- Under Account Information, click on Deauthorize All to remove all computer authorizations associated with the Apple ID. In the pop-up, click on Deauthorize All Computers.
- Under iTunes in the Cloud, click on Manage Devices and Remove each of the devices that are listed.
This used to work before but I’m not sure about the policies now. If you could Chat with a customer representative from Apple (through the Express lane) you might be able to get them to delete your Apple ID, provided:
- You authenticate yourself quickly, correctly.
- You are able to persuade the representative to delete your account.
That’s all, mate!