If you have an old iCloud account that is hardly used and taking up space on your device, you can permanently delete it.
But with the iCloud account deletion, the apps, data, and other services associated with the account also vanish into thin air.
If you have considered the potential consequences and still want to delete your iCloud account, this article can guide you through the process.
Things to consider before deleting an old iCloud account
Apple advises you to take care of three things before deleting an iCloud account. You must save a copy of important files.
Likewise, signing out of iCloud account from your Apple devices is required. Finally, checking your active subscriptions will help you manage the apps and files you have purchased before permanently deleting iCloud.
Save a copy of important files
Deleting your iCloud account will also delete all data and information related to the account. So backing up important files is crucial because once you delete the account there is no going back.
Follow the steps below to save a copy of the files and data from the iCloud account that you want to delete.
- Go to Apple’s data and privacy page in your browser.
- Sign in with Apple ID credentials.
- Choose Request a copy of your data at Get a copy of your data.
- Choose Choose All or check the boxes next to the data you want to save a copy of.
- Select Next.
- Then select a maximum file size from the drop-down list.
- Choose Complete request.
Apple will take the time to verify that the account holder is the one forwarding the request. Then they organize the data within seven days.
They will post a copy of your data and notify you to download it from your Apple ID page. The copy of your data remains available for 14 days. If you don’t download it by then, your data will be removed. So you need to request a copy again.
Sign out of iCloud account from connected devices
Before you can permanently delete old iCloud account, you need to log out of iCloud account on your Apple devices.
You can do this on each device individually. Or sign in your iCloud account with Apple and continue to sign out of iCloud account from connected devices at once.
Here’s how you can do it.
- Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in to your iCloud account.
- Move down until you see those Devices Section.
- You will see a list of devices linked to the iCloud account.
- Select a device and select in the pop-up window that appears Remove from account. Repeat the same step for other devices as well.
Check active subscriptions
Before deleting iCloud account, check your active subscriptions. After deleting your iCloud account, all subscriptions associated with the account will be removed. So before you make the big move, review and download purchases made through the old iCloud account.
Follow the steps below to verify active subscriptions.
- Open the App Store.
- Choose your name. If you can’t find your name, sign in with your iCloud credentials.
- Choose Account settings.
- Scroll down to Administer.
- Select next to Subscriptions Administer(Shortcut). This will bring up a list of your subscriptions (both active and expired).
- Then select To edit located next to each subscription.
- Lastly, change the billing period as you like or cancel one by one.
Delete iCloud account
Now comes the part where you permanently delete your old iCloud account. After saving a copy of important data and signing out from your respective devices, here are the ways to permanently delete iCloud account.
- Go to Apple’s data and privacy page to reach Apple’s data and privacy page.
- Sign in with Apple ID credentials.
- If you have two-factor authentication enabled, enter the code and click Continue.
- Scroll down until you see Delete your account.
- Choose below Request for deletion of your account.
- Then select a reason for deleting the account from the drop-down menu. Then choose Continue.
- hit again Continue after reviewing the account deletion information.
- Review and agree to the terms of deletion by checking the box. And click Continue.
- To receive status updates, choose a different email address or phone number that isn’t associated with the old iCloud account (that you want to delete).
- Choose Continue.
- pay attention to the Access code provided by Apple and click Next.
- On the next page, enter the previous access code you received. Choose Next.
- Finally choose Deleting an account.
Note: It takes about seven days for Apple to complete the account deletion request. While Apple is processing your request, the iCloud account will remain dormant.