Sign out of iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac

If you want to stop using iCloud on one of your devices, learn how to sign out and what happens when you sign out. 

What happens when you sign out of iCloud on your device

You can sign out of iCloud any time you like to stop using iCloud and its related services on your device. These services are listed below. Before signing out, make sure that you’re comfortable having these services turned off. If you only want to stop using some iCloud features, you can change your iCloud settings instead of signing out of iCloud. 

  • Apple Pay, Apple Cash, and Apple Card*
  • Find My
  • Game Center
  • Home app to control your HomeKit devices
  • iCloud Backup
  • iCloud Drive
  • iCloud Keychain
  • iCloud Mail
  • iCloud Photos
  • Siri Shortcuts
  • Voice Memos
  • Shared Albums
  • Messages in iCloud
  • Reminders
  • Shared Notes
  • Shared Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents
  • Updates to your contacts, calendars, reminders, bookmarks, and Safari tabs
  • Continuity features like Handoff, Universal Clipboard, and Auto Unlock with your Apple Watch
  • App data for any third-party apps that you've installed that use iCloud

When you sign out, any data stored in iCloud will be removed from your device but will remain in iCloud. Before you sign out, you’ll be asked if you want to keep a copy of any of this information on your device.

If you have iCloud+ and you sign out of iCloud on your device, you lose access to iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, HomeKit Secure Video support, and custom email domain** on that device. 

* Your Apple Cash and Apple Card accounts are linked to your Apple ID. They can't be transferred to a different Apple ID or accessed by a different Apple ID.

** Not all features are available in all countries or regions.

How to keep using the App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime on your device

When you sign out of iCloud, you're also automatically signed out of the App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime.

Sign out on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name]. 
  2. Scroll down to the bottom.
    At the bottom of an iPhone screen there's a Sign Out button with red text.
  3. Tap Sign Out.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off. Forgot your Apple ID password
  5. Turn on the data that you want to keep a copy of on your device.
  6. Tap Sign Out.
  7. Tap Sign Out again to confirm that you want to sign out of iCloud.

Sign out on your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences.
  2. Click Apple ID, then click Overview. If you use macOS High Sierra or earlier, click iCloud.
  3. Click Sign Out.
    An image of the macOS System Preferences menu for Francine Hanson. The Sign Out button is towards the bottom on the righthand side.
  4. If you want to a keep a copy of your iCloud data on your Mac before you sign out, make sure that you select the appropriate checkboxes. Then click Keep a Copy.
  5. If you want to keep a copy of your Safari passwords on your Mac, click Keep on This Mac.

Sign out on your Apple Watch

When you sign out of iCloud on the iPhone that's paired with your Apple Watch, you're automatically signed out of iCloud on your Apple Watch.

If you set up an Apple Watch for a family member, learn how to unpair and erase that Apple Watch

Sign out on your Apple TV

  1. Go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud.
  2. Select Sign Out.

Sign out of iCloud for Windows

  1. Open iCloud for Windows.
  2. Click Sign out.
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