An iMyFone software user recently placed an inquiry with the question:

iCloud issue

The answer to the above question will be stated in the following parts of this post, and we shall discuss how to sign out of iCloud without losing data.

If I Sign Out of iCloud on My iPhone Will I Lose Everything?

No, signing out of iCloud account doesn’t remove all your iOS files. You can get to keep some of your data on the device such as contacts, notes, iCloud Photo Library, etc. This will depends on your choice.

For example, if “Find My iPhone” has been turned on, you should note that at the point of signing out of iCloud, Apple will offer you the choice between:

  • Deleting the data in your mobile device.
  • Keeping the data in your mobile device.

Your choice will not affect the data stored on the iCloud server but can affect the data in your iOS device. Furthermore, Apple services like iCloud Mail or iCloud Drive won’t be available to you.

Therefore, signing out of iCloud deregisters your iOS device from Apple servers, and halts the synchronization of data between your iOS device and Apple servers. Moreover, all the data stored in iCloud will remain intact, and iCloud would continue to sync data on other devices that share that same iCloud account.

How to Sign Out of iCloud without Losing Data

From the above answer, you’ve seen that it’s possible to sign out of iCloud without losing your personal data and information. Here are the steps to accomplish it:

For iOS versions running on 10.3 or above:

Step 1. Go to iPhone’s Home screen and launch the Settings app.

Step 2. Click [Your Name] on top of the page.

Step 3. Scroll down to find the option “Sign Out” and click it.

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Step 4. Before signing out of the iCloud account on your iPhone, if you’ve activated Find My iPhone, the first pop up will request that enter your Apple ID password to turn it off.

Step 5. Enter your Apple ID password and then click on “Turn Off”.

turn off find my iPhone

Step 6. Turn on the switch of the data you would like to keep on your device.

Step 7. Double click “Sign Out” to confirm your request.

sign out of icloud

For iOS versions running on 10.2 or below:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll downl and click “iCloud”.

Step 2. Next tap “Sign Out” and confirm it again.

sign out of icloud

Step 3. A pop-up box will appear, click “Delete from My iPhone”. This will delete the iCloud Notes from your iPhone. But your data will be intact on iCloud.

delete icloud account from iPhone

Step 4. Confirm it by entering your Apple ID and password. Then click on “Turn Off”. After that, Find My iPhone will be disabled and you will sign out of iCloud.

turn off find my iphone

2 Tips You Must Know before Signing Out of iCloud

Before you sign out of iCloud account from your iPhone, ensure you’ve gone through this list of things you should know:

1. You should endeavor to back up your important files such as contacts, photos, emails, notes, etc.

Here is how to make a backup in iCloud before you sign out of iCoud.

Step 1. Choose a WiFi network to connect your iPhone.

Step 2. Navigate to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

navigate to icloud

Step 3. Taggle on iCloud Backup. And click “Back Up Now”. Your device will start to make a backup in iCloud. You can see the time of your last backup when the process finishes.

make a backup on icloud

2. When you sign out of iCloud, you will also be signed out of the following Apple services and lose access to them:

  • App Store
  • Apple Pay or Apple Cash
  • Find My Friends
  • Find My iPhone or Find My Mac
  • 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
  • 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