Your Apple ID is the essential node that allows you to control all your devices in the Apple ecosystem. It synchronizes seamlessly between your account settings and defines a data backup on iCloud. It is also an authentication tool. This is why you should regularly check and remove devices that you do not use anymore from your Apple ID. This avoids security issues with units running older software firmware versions that may contain vulnerabilities.
You can remove devices from your Apple ID in four different ways. The first method is to use an iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, you can use a Mac. However, if you do not have access to another personal iOS or MacOS device, you can use the Apple ID Manager Portal or the iCloud.com web application for the task at hand. But before you begin, here are some things to keep in mind.
Important points to consider before removing a device from Apple ID
If you simply want to delete an old device that you no longer use, the entire process is quite simple. Remove it from the list of devices associated with your Apple ID by following the instructions below. You have finished. The device will no longer receive a two-factor authentication code, which improves security if it is later found in the wrong hands.
But in cases where you want to delete a device that you do not recognize, you must immediately change the password for your Apple ID shortly thereafter. Although it is likely that you have logged in to the device a while ago and have forgotten everything, it is always wise to set a new password as a precaution. In addition, consider adding a two-factor authentication if you have not already done so.
Point: On an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings> Apple ID> Password and Security to access your password and two-factor authentication settings.
That said, it's wise not to delete the devices you always use yourself. This prevents the device from using iCloud services, which puts your data at risk because it will not sync anymore and will not make any more backups. Only delete the device if you plan to no longer use it or if you want to set it up with another Apple ID.
When it comes to selling a device, there are some complications. To begin, removing the device from your Apple ID will not completely disconnect you. You must log out manually by entering your password. Otherwise, the device will be subject to lockout activation, which prevents the buyer from using it. In addition, it is best to take the precautions that are required by erasing the device from all data before selling it.
This brings us to our next problem: if you sell your device to someone else without logging out beforehand, removing it from your Apple ID will not be enough. You must also disconnect from the device so that the person can connect with their Apple ID. If you can not physically access the device, you must clean it remotely using Locate my iPhone before removing it.
3. Remove the device from the Apple ID using the Account Management Portal
If you do not have any other iPhone, iPad or personal Mac at your fingertips, the Apple ID Account Management Portal should allow you to quickly remove your devices. This method works on desktop or mobile browsers, so you can even use a Windows or Android device for this task without any problem.
Step 1: Sign in to the Apple ID Account Management Portal.
2nd step: Select the device you want to delete under the Devices section, and then click or tap Remove from account.
Step 3: Click and tap Delete this iPhone / iPad / Mac to confirm.
Examine and delete any other unwanted devices, and then log out of the Apple ID Account Management Portal.
4. Remove the device from Apple ID using iCloud.com
You can also use the iCloud web app on iCloud.com to remove devices from your Apple ID. However, the web application only works better on desktops or on an iPad running Safari in desktop mode.
Step 1: Log in to the iCloud web application on iCloud.com.
2nd step: Click your name in the upper right corner of the iCloud.com dashboard, and then click Account Settings.
Step 3: Select the device you want to delete under the My Devices section.
Step 4: Click the "x" icon next to the device you want to delete.
Step 5: Click on Delete to confirm your decision.
After deleting any other device, disconnect from iCloud.com.
Unclutter your Apple ID
Removing a device from an Apple ID is extremely easy once you have learned how to do it. As you have seen, you do not necessarily have to use another iPhone, iPad or Mac that belongs to you: the Apple ID Account Management Portal or the iCloud.com web application should also work properly. But again, remember the potential consequences of removing the devices you are using or the ones you plan to sell.
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