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How To Unlink Apple ID From iPhone/Apple Watch


Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Remove Screen Lock • Proven solutions

Apple devices are now an essential part of our daily lives. They provide access to a variety of services and apps. But there may come a time when you need to unlink your Apple ID from your device. It could be because you're giving away or selling your device or facing device limits or download issues.

Either way, understanding how to do it is essential for maintaining control over one's digital footprint. This article will walk you through the step-by-step process of how to unlink Apple ID from iPhone devices and Apple Watch. We'll provide clear and concise instructions for every scenario, whether you have your Apple ID password, have lost or forgotten it, or are dealing with a lost device.

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Part 1: How To Unlink Apple ID From Connected Devices With Password

Keeping track of where your Apple ID is being used is essential for maintaining control over your digital identity. Fortunately, using your iPhone or Mac, you can easily identify all the devices currently linked to your Apple ID. It is helpful for those who have shared their Apple ID with others or suspect unauthorized access.

Removing a device from your Apple ID with two-factor authentication activated will turn off verification code delivery on that device. Also, the device will no longer be able to access iCloud content, such as your photos, contacts, and calendar.

How To Unlink Apple ID From iPhone?

Before you unlink an iPhone from Apple ID, it's also essential to identify all the devices currently signed in with your account. This crucial step ensures you don't inadvertently lock yourself out of your Apple ID on other devices.

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Tap on [your name] at the top of the screen and scroll down.
  • Step 3: Unpair an iPhone from Apple ID in two ways:
    • Tap Sign Out, then enter your Apple ID password. Next, tap Sign Out Tap Delete Apple IDfrom iPhone to verify that you want to remove your Apple ID from the iPhone you are currently using.

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    • Tap on any device name to see its details. If it is the one you trust, you can use it to receive Apple ID verification codes. Then, tap Remove from Account.

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    How To Unlink Apple ID Settings From Mac?

    Follow these steps below to use your macOS to remove the connected devices from your Apple ID.

  • Step 1: Go to the Apple menu in the top left corner of the device's screen.
  • Step 2: Select System Settings or System Preferences, depending on the device.
  • Step 3: Click [your name] or Apple ID for macOS Monterey or earlier.
  • Step 4: Scroll down and unpair the Apple ID on your Mac in two ways:
    • Click Sign Outto remove your Apple ID on the desktop you are currently using.

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    • From the Devicessection, click the connected device you want to unlink. Click Remove from Account.

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    Part 2: How To Unlink Apple ID From iOS Devices Without a Password?

    In the previous section, we've explored the standard method to remove an Apple ID from an iPhone, which requires the Apple ID password. However, what if you've forgotten your iPhone's passcode or don't have the Apple ID password? In such situations, Wondershare Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock can help you unpair your Apple ID on iOS devices without hassle. Even without an Apple ID password, Dr.Fone can help you:

    • Bypass the Activation Lock
    • Unpair Apple ID and erase the iPhone's content, even if the Find My feature is enabled
    • Remove the iOS lock screen

    The tool guides you through the process, ensuring a seamless experience with a user-friendly interface and intuitive design. Let's delve into the step-by-step guide to discover how to unlink Apple ID from iPhone devices using Dr. Fone's - Screen Unlock tool.

  • Step 1: Download, set up, then launch Dr.Fone on your desktop. Use a USB cable to establish a connection between your iPhone and desktop.
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  • Step 2: From the Toolbox homepage, select Screen Unlock and choose iOS.
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  • Step 3: Select Remove AppleID to unpair the existing Apple ID from your iPhone without an Apple ID password.
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  • Step 4: Click Unlock Now to continue.
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  • Step 5: Click Yes to confirm you have a screen lock on your iPhone.
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  • Step 6: Click Yes to confirm you have enabled the two-factor authentication on your iPhone.
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  • Step 7: Follow the steps on the screen to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. If you are having trouble, click DFU Mode in the bottom left corner.
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  • Step 8: Select an option in the System Version drop-down menu and click Start.
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  • Step 9: Wait while the respective iOS firmware downloads. Alternatively, click Copy to do it yourself.
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  • Step 10: Once the firmware is ready, click Unlock Now.
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  • Step 11: Read the note in the dialogue box and enter the code in the confirmation box. Then, click Unlock to continue.
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  • Step 12: Wait while the app is unlocking the Apple ID. Refrain from using your device while connected to your desktop.
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  • Step 13: Click Done, then check your iPhone to see if the Apple ID has been removed.
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    Part 3: How To Unlink iPhone From Apple ID if the Device Was Lost?

    You already know the methods to unlink iPhone from Apple ID, both with and without a password, assuming the device is accessible. However, what if your iPhone or Apple Watch is lost, stolen, or you already gave away? Fortunately, there's still a way to unpair your Apple ID from your iOS device.

    Unlink iPhone From Apple ID Remotely

    Follow these steps and explore how to unlink Apple ID from iPhone and other iOS devices online:

  • Step 1: Navigate to appleid.apple.com on a web browser.
  • Step 2: Click Devices on the right-side navigation pane.
  • Step 3: Choose your iOS device from the list in the Devices section.
  • list of associated devices

  • Step 4: Click Remove from account and click Remove again to confirm.
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    Unlink iPhone From Apple ID Using the Find My App

    Here is how to unpair your Apple ID on a device you sold or gave away via the Find My app.

  • Step 1: Open the Find My app and go to the Devices tab at the lower navigation pane. Next, select the name of your iPhone you want to unpair.
  • connected devices on find my app

  • Step 2: Tap Erase This Device, then tap Continue.
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    Indicate if the device was stolen.

  • Step 3: Tap Erase, enter your Apple ID password, and then tap Erase again.
  • Bonus Part: How To Unlink Apple Watch From Apple ID?

    There are several reasons to unpair an Apple Watch from an Apple ID. Perhaps you're selling or giving away your Apple Watch or trading it in for a new one. Or maybe you only want to remove your Apple Watch from your Apple ID altogether.

    No matter what your reason, removing an Apple Watch from an Apple ID is a simple process. Here, we'll walk you through the steps to restore your Apple Watch to its factory settings.

    How To Unlink Apple Watch From Apple ID if You Have Your iPhone?

    Follow the unpairing process on the paired iPhone to remove the Activation Lock and erase your Apple Watch's content and settings.

  • Step 1: Check to ensure your Apple Watch and iPhone are close.
  • Step 2: Launch the Watch application on your iPhone and go to the My Watch tab.
  • Step 3: Tap All Watches in the upper left corner.
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  • Step 4: Locate and tap the information icon adjacent to the name of your Apple Watch.
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  • Step 5: Tap Unpair Apple Watch, then tap Unpair Apple Watch.
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  • Step 6: If you have a cellular Apple Watch, tap Remove Cellular Plan, and remember to reach your carrier to cancel your subscription.
  • Step 7: Provide your Apple ID password to deactivate the Activation Lock.
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  • Step 8: Tap Unpair to confirm your action.
  • How To Unlink Apple Watch From Apple ID Without Your iPhone?

    You can erase your Apple Watch without the paired iPhone, but the Activation Lock will still be active. But, if you give away your Apple Watch without turning off the Activation Lock, the person you give it to cannot use it. They'll have to enter your Apple ID and password to turn off the Activation Lock and use it with a new iPhone.

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  • Step 2: Go to General > Reset, tap Erase All Content and Settings. Then, enter your password, if needed.
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  • Step 3: Tap Erase All to restore your Apple Watch to its factory settings.
  • Conclusion

    There are several ways to unlink your Apple ID from your iPhone or iPad. The best way to do it depends on your situation and available iOS device. Whichever your reason is, understanding how to unlink Apple ID from iPhone and other iOS devices is crucial.

    If you unfortunately encounter any challenges during the process, you can seek assistance from Apple Support. Consider using Dr.Fone for a quick and easy solution, which can unlink your iPhone from your Apple ID within minutes, even without an Apple ID password.

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    James Davis

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