How To Remove A Device From Your Apple ID Device List

You can remove a device from your Apple ID device list. Your Apple ID device list consists of your Apple devices; iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, etc; that are signed in with the same Apple ID. This is also called the trusted device list. This article explains how you can delete a device from the devices connected to your Apple account list.

You may want to remove devices from the list if you do not own or use them. When you do this, the removed device will lose its access to any iCloud/Apple services. This, however, does not wipe the device. When you remove a device, you will no longer be signed in to the device. There are three ways to do this. Here is how:

See also: How To Turn Off Activation Lock

Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

  • On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, tap Settings > Your Name.
  • Scroll down and you will see your list of Apple ID devices. You will see every device that is connected to your Apple account.
  • Tap any device name that you want to remove.
  • And tap Remove from Account. Then tap again to confirm.

Remove a device

Use your Mac

You can use your Mac to remove a device. Here is how:

  • On your Mac, click the Apple menu.
  • Click System Preferences.
  • Click Apple ID.
  • From the left menu, you will see all of your Apple ID devices.
  • Click the device you want to remove.
  • And then click the Remove from Account link.

Mac remove a device

Use the Apple ID account page on the Web

If you do not have access to your iOS device, then you can use the web to do this:

  • Open a browser and visit the Apple ID account page (https://appleid.apple.com/).
  • Using your Apple ID username and password, sign in.
  • Scroll down until you find the Devices section.
  • Select a device to remove.
  • And click the Remove from Account link.

Remove an account

Other notes

  • You cannot remove the same device you are using to remove on your iOS device.
  • As stated above, this does not erase the device. To erase the device and completely remove the device, you can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • You should check this list periodically, if you see a device that you do not recognize, remove the device and then change your Apple ID password.

See also: How To Create an Apple ID Without an Apple Device & Credit Card

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2 thoughts on “How To Remove A Device From Your Apple ID Device List”

  1. I am trying to prepare my damaged Iphone 11 to return to Apple after receiving my new phone. In the prepare to return instructions, I am to “remove my Iphone from the Apple ID device list”. But I can not follow the above instructions. When I went to the device info. it only shows my iphone model, version, phone #, serial # & IMEI. It does not allow me to “TAP” on any, not recognizing the tap, so no “remove from account” option.
    What do I do now?

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  2. These instructions don’t cover all scenarios. I have an Apple music account and I access Apple music from a number of devices including my Android phone. When I purchased a new Android phone recently I tried using Apple music from that new phone but I noticed that for some features (Specifically – I tried downloading songs to the phone’s memory) I was given a message to say that I have too many devices associated with my account and I should remove one or more devices in order to download songs to this new phone. Not a problem as I can happily remove my outgoing Android phone. Problem is that the list of connected devices shown using the method in this article does not include my Android phones.

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