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How to Remove your iPhone from iCloud Permanently

Having your iPhone on iCloud helps if you want to easily locate your phone when it’s lost or stolen. However, when you sell or give out your iPhone, you don’t need to have it associated with your iCloud account. You also need to safely delete all your iPhone data to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

If all this sounds like gibberish to you, then this post will make it simple and straightforward.

What Happens If You Remove iPhone from iCloud?

When you remove your device from iCloud, it gets removed from the device list of Find My iPhone. It also turns off your former iPhone’s Activation lock.

  • When your iPhone is lost and you remove it from iCloud, everything will be removed from the device. That means your data is safe and secure. However, the guy who gets your iPhone can use it without any limits.
  • When your iPhone is lost and you don’t remove it from iCloud, you can use the Lost Mode to suspend any credit or debit cards set up for Apple Pay on your iPhone. And no one can get access to your iPhone and use it again even the device is restored, because the phone is associated with your iCloud account.

How to Remove iPhone from iCloud Completely

1 How to Remove iPhone from iCloud on the Device - 2 Ways

Way 1: Turn off Find My iPhone

Take the following steps to remove your iPhone from iCloud on the device:

  • On the iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud and turn off Find My iPhone.
Find My iPhone

Your iPhone will be removed from the device list from Find My iPhone. But it won’t influence the data on the device.

Way 2: Erase All Contents and Settings

You can also make sure to delete the data on your device by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. When you erase your data, this turns off Find My Phone and Activation Lock.

Erase All Contents and Settings

Not only your iPhone will be removed from iCloud, but also all the data will be deleted from iPhone.

2 How to Remove iPhone from iCloud on Other iPhone

Take the following steps to remove a device from iCloud by using another device:

  1. Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on the new device.
  2. Go to “Settings > iCloud > Your Account > Devices".
  3. Tap the device you want to erase in the Devices list.
  4. Choose “Remove from Account” and confirm it.
Remove iPhone from iCloud

However, this won’t delete the device from the associated devices list permanently. If the device is signed in with the same Apple ID and connects to the internet. This device will reappear in the devices list.

3 How to Remove iPhone from iCloud via iCloud.com

So, you might also not have access to your phone or any other phone at the time. If you have your computer, you can still remove your phone from iCloud through iCloud.com. Just take the following steps:

  1. Go to iCloud.com and login with your details.
  2. In the next screen, click on the “Find iPhone” feature.
  3. This takes you to another screen. At the top, click on the “All Devices” drop down menu. You’ll see a list of devices connected to your iCloud account.
  4. Click on the one you want to remove and click Erase iPhone. Confirm by click on "Erase".
Remove iPhone from iCloud

If the device is currently offline, the erase begins when it comes online. Also, when you erase it, all the credits and debit cards associated with your Apple Pay get deleted. It also disables Apple Pay even if the device is offline.

4 Remove iPhone from iCloud and Erase iPhone for Privacy Protection

When most people want to resell their phone, they make use of the Factory Reset option. Well, this doesn’t erase all your data, and unwanted people can still access it with special tool. You can completely erase all your data when you use iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser Win/Mac to make all the data unrecoverable.

"Unlike a normal reset, the Erase All Data feature of Umate Pro will completely overwrite the data from iPhone including the previously deleted files. The data will disappear with any traces, unlike reset just to hidden the data deeply. Besides, it supports to selectively reset iPhone."

Not only us, but also some professional software review sites recommend Umate Pro to reset iPhone before giving it away. Those sites including getintopc.com, MacWorld, APPKED, etc.

Steps to Remove iPhone from iCloud for Privacy Protection:

Step 1. Open iMyFone Umate Pro and connect your iPhone to your computer. If this is the first time, you have to Trust the computer.

Step 2. Choose the erasing option from the left sidebar. Let it scan and select the data. Click on Erase Now button once done.

iMyFone Umate Pro

Step 3. Type “delete” into the box to confirm. If you want to change the security level, just click the link next to “Security Level”. Make sure you read the instructions before making your choice.

You should note that this action will delete your data and cannot be undone. So, make sure you backup any important data you might have.

Other Key Features of iMyFone Umate Pro:

  • Any erased data is 100% unrecoverable by any recovery tool or organizations including FBI.
  • You can completely reset the whole iPhone or reset some data selectively.
  • It will scan out any previously deleted files which are still recoverable and completely wipe them.
  • Erase 3rd-Party Apps: It’s the unique data eraser that supports to view and wipe data from WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Viber, and traces from Snapchat and 15+ more apps.