If you got an iPhone or iPad from another user or if you are giving away your iDevice to someone else, it makes sense to delete your Apple ID associated with the iPhone/iPad completely. Erasing all content and resetting the iPhone is one way but here’s a complete method that lets you remove all traces of your Apple ID from your iPhone.

The following tutorial is a beginner tip. If you are a new user or looking for a checklist of things to do before selling/giving away your iPhone/iPad, this will be useful.

How to Delete  Apple ID from iPhone and iPad

How to Delete/Remove your Apple ID Completely from the iPhone and iPad

The Easy Method: the easiest way is to remove everything from your iDevice. To do this, all you have to do is go to Settings → General → Reset → Erase All Content & Settings. Then, Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings.

The other method for Deleting Apple ID from the iPhone/iPad

#1. Remove Find My iPhone: the first thing you have to do is remove Find My iPhone from your device. This is the one that triggers the Activation Lock so you have to get this out of the way. If you have enabled Find My iPhone, here’s how you can remove it: Settings → iCloud → turn off the switch for Find My iPhone.

How to Remove Find My iPhone

#2. Remove Your Device from iCloud: Now, follow this tutorial here to remove this device from your iCloud Find My iPhone account too. If you are selling/giving away the iPhone/iPad, it is going to be setup as new on another Apple ID. It makes sense to remove the device from your account.

#3. Sign Out Everywhere: Go to Settings → iTunes & App Store and tap on the Apple ID field. Then, tap on Sign Out. Next up, go to Settings → iCloud and repeat the process. These are the two usual places where you have signed in with your Apple ID.

Sign Out from All The Accounts on iDevice

#4. Reset: Finally, don’t forget to reset. Erase all content and settings from Settings General → Reset and then for good measure, Reset All Settings too.

Reset All Settings on iPhone

You might also want to remove the device from iTunes backup in case you no longer need it (the backup file occupies a large chunk of the harddisk space). You can do this by heading over to “Edit → Preferences → Devices” in iTunes (on the computer).

  • Lisa Collins

    “Reset All Settings” Do Not Delete Apple ID- Not Even Close. You cannot delete it if the ID ends with iCloud.com, Mac.com, and a few others listed by Apple. You have to factory reset it to delete it, and lose everything.
    Verizon repeatedly gave a police officer, with no Valid warrant, All my internet access info. I changed the router password, ESSI, and WPA monthly, but every single password was frequently accessed. Find my IPhone was used to track/stalk me. (My house was robbed 5 times- guns stolen, keys, money, documents taken from police lawsuit).
    All thanks to VerizonFiOS giving access to my daily life to DIRTY SLEAZY COPS.

  • anil

    Hi, I bought an iphone 6 off of Cragis and did not realize that the phone was icloud locked. not that F*** A**H*** will not reply. Is there anyway to get round it ? Please reply to jain25@gmail.com.

  • Jagadeeshwar

    I have a prob. That I baugth 4s from my bro and I reset it. After iturn on the phone it asks the apple I’d which my forgot it what can I do

  • Archie

    I have an iPhone 5 but I cant register a new icloud id from the iPhone 5 that I just bought from a friend.. I tried register an id through appleid .apple.com but I cant login using the id that i’ve just created.. It says ‘cant login the maximum number of free accounts have been activated on this iphone’ .. Can anyone help me solve this problem pls’

  • Inaya Rakouki

    I have a problem I have bought this phone and I want to delete the iPhone iCloud but they want the password but I don’t know the password and the person who I bought his phone travell please help me I don’t know what to do

  • robiul

    hi I have a iphone. I for get apple id related all data now my phone want to activation. how it possible to open my iphone?

  • Arcan

    Thanks for contacting AppleCare chat support. My name is Alexis. Please give me a moment to look over your information.

    AlexisHi there! How can I help you?

    Me:I have a company iPhone 5 that was reset using iTunes that on activation is requesting the iTunes information of the last person that had it.

    Me:I want to be able to remove this association but I do not have readily available access to the AppleID information

    AlexisI see. To clarify and make sure I understand properly, your device has an iCloud activation lock of someone else that had the device at your company before yourself. Is that correct?

    Me:That is correct.

    Me:It wants the appleid and password of the last person that had it

    AlexisI’m sorry to hear that, I know I rely on my phone quite a bit, so when it’s not working as expected I know that can be bothersome. Let’s see what we can do. (:

    AlexisFor an iCloud Activation Lock, there are only two ways to disable it. The first is calling 1-800-APL-CARE, but they would need to verify that persons identity. The second option is to bring in the original proof of purchase to an Apple Store to have the lock removed. However, since it is a company phone, someone in charge of the purchasing for your company would most likely have to be the one handling this issue.

    Me:You do realize this is a company phone

    Me:That person never owned it, why do I need to verify who they were or are?

    Me:I am in IT at the company that owns this phone

    AlexisI do, most likely the person who does the phone purchasing would need to handle this on your behalf as it is company property.

    Me:And I need to be able to reset these things without knowing AppleID’s

    Me:The person that buys the phones asked me to get it reset.

    AlexisUnfortunately, even though the employee did not own the device they put their own Apple ID on there, which caused the activation lock. Apple takes privacy very seriously, so it is not something that can be overridden without having knowledge or proof of purchase. Because it is a company owned device, the person who does purchasing may have the invoice or receipt to prove the ownership of the company, so it could be unlocked for you. In any case it can only be removed in an Apple Store or by calling 1-800-APL-CARE, because it has to be verified.

    Me:Excuse me, but how is this a privacy issue? I just want the phone reset to factory state so it can be reissued.

    Me:I do not have an Apple store near by and I don’t have time to wait on the phone each time I reset a device.

    Me:We have over 300 iPhones here.

    AlexisUnfortunately, the person put their personal Apple ID on there, which they did not disable once they returned the phone. We do not have anyway to override accounts without verification, particularly via chat, only over the phone or in store have those options. I do apologize. It has to do with privacy because that employee logged into their personal account, which contains personal data.

    Me:Why isn’t there a site that allows the company to remove these locks?

    Me:Or an email address we can use. We own the device, and you are telling me I have to drive 40 miles with a receipt to be able to use it?

    AlexisI do apologize, I don’t personally have that kind of access or answers to that type of question because those are policies made to keep customer information private.

    AlexisYou don’t have to drive the 40 miles, the phone lines are quick to answer, and can typically resolve the issue in a shorter amount of time than you driving there.

    Me:I dont want access to the current data on the phone nor do I want access to their AppleID acount. I simply want the device reset and erased. There is NO privacy issue here.

    AlexisI do understand the issue you’re trying to resolve, the Apple ID lock is a security precaution for customers as well so that way if their device is stolen no one can access it after.

    AlexisYou’re chatting with Alexis. Your case number is 867049060.

    AlexisThanks for contacting AppleCare chat support. My name is Alexis. Please give me a moment to look over your information.

    AlexisHi there! How can I help you?

    Me:I have a company iPhone 5 that was reset using iTunes that on activation is requesting the iTunes information of the last person that had it.

    Me:I want to be able to remove this association but I do not have readily available access to the AppleID information

    AlexisI see. To clarify and make sure I understand properly, your device has an iCloud activation lock of someone else that had the device at your company before yourself. Is that correct?

    Me:That is correct.

    Me:It wants the appleid and password of the last person that had it

    AlexisI’m sorry to hear that, I know I rely on my phone quite a bit, so when it’s not working as expected I know that can be bothersome. Let’s see what we can do. (:

    AlexisFor an iCloud Activation Lock, there are only two ways to disable it. The first is calling 1-800-APL-CARE, but they would need to verify that persons identity. The second option is to bring in the original proof of purchase to an Apple Store to have the lock removed. However, since it is a company phone, someone in charge of the purchasing for your company would most likely have to be the one handling this issue.

    Me:You do realize this is a company phone

    Me:That person never owned it, why do I need to verify who they were or are?

    Me:I am in IT at the company that owns this phone

    AlexisI do, most likely the person who does the phone purchasing would need to handle this on your behalf as it is company property.

    Me:And I need to be able to reset these things without knowing AppleID’s

    Me:The person that buys the phones asked me to get it reset.

    AlexisUnfortunately, even though the employee did not own the device they put their own Apple ID on there, which caused the activation lock. Apple takes privacy very seriously, so it is not something that can be overridden without having knowledge or proof of purchase. Because it is a company owned device, the person who does purchasing may have the invoice or receipt to prove the ownership of the company, so it could be unlocked for you. In any case it can only be removed in an Apple Store or by calling 1-800-APL-CARE, because it has to be verified.

    Me:Excuse me, but how is this a privacy issue? I just want the phone reset to factory state so it can be reissued.

    Me:I do not have an Apple store near by and I don’t have time to wait on the phone each time I reset a device.

    Me:We have over 300 iPhones here.

    AlexisUnfortunately, the person put their personal Apple ID on there, which they did not disable once they returned the phone. We do not have anyway to override accounts without verification, particularly via chat, only over the phone or in store have those options. I do apologize. It has to do with privacy because that employee logged into their personal account, which contains personal data.

    Me:Why isn’t there a site that allows the company to remove these locks?

    Me:Or an email address we can use. We own the device, and you are telling me I have to drive 40 miles with a receipt to be able to use it?

    AlexisI do apologize, I don’t personally have that kind of access or answers to that type of question because those are policies made to keep customer information private.

    AlexisYou don’t have to drive the 40 miles, the phone lines are quick to answer, and can typically resolve the issue in a shorter amount of time than you driving there.

    Me:I dont want access to the current data on the phone nor do I want access to their AppleID acount. I simply want the device reset and erased. There is NO privacy issue here.

    AlexisI do understand the issue you’re trying to resolve, the Apple ID lock is a security precaution for customers as well so that way if their device is stolen no one can access it after.

    Me:Waiting on hold for 5 to 10 phones a week is also time I do not have. This is a company device, and it will be reassigned many times

    Me:That’s great, but this isn’t a stolen phone.

    AlexisYou won’t have to wait on hold typically, AppleCare has a great amount of advisors that are waiting to answer. I understand devices will be reassigned, and what we typically advise is on company devices when employees turn them in to have them disable the device with you there.

    AlexisI do understand the device is not stolen, and I apologize for the inconvenience, however I do not have access to override this.

  • angelica

    My dad gave me his iPhone5. I was trying to delete his iCloud account but then it requires its password. The problem is, my dad didn’t remember his password. How can I delete this thing? Should I reset it or…? I tried to delete his iCloud thru the security questions. But my dad doesn’t remember every single thing about it. Help meee????????

  • lateesha

    anny
    how did you delete it.

  • anny

    HALLLLELUJAHHHHHH TO YOU!!! Hours of research. HOURSSSSSSS. and finally I was able to erase the old apple id info and get a new one. thanks friend, thanks.

    • Matt

      Hi. Can you tell me how you erased the old ID?
      Matt

    • Adi

      Anny, how did you do it – trying the same since hours, cheers Adi

    • Gergely Romeo

      help me to Anny i have the same problem like Adi leave the anwser at my email.. romeq18_scorpionu@yahoo.com

  • Jack Beard

    I bought a ipad mini but I don’t know former users apple id password and it wont let me access anything due to find my iPhone what do I do?

  • Sohaib

    If i own a iphone 5s which is not having any id in seetings-icloud but it is still linked with previous owners id .. shall i reset and erase it? it will become a new iphone?? or during setup it will again ask for first owners id and password?