Preliminary operations (data download)
Before taking action ed delete an Apple ID, it is a good idea to download a copy of the data linked to it. Therefore, connect to this page of the Apple website and log in to your account (i.e. the account you want to delete).
Once logged in, first click on the button Continue and then on the link Start placed under the heading Get a copy of the data. Then choose the data to download by placing the check mark next to them. The data agolable for download are as follows.
- App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music activities.
- Apple ID account and device information.
- Apple Online Store and Apple Store Activities (by clicking on Show more you can select or deselect the options Apple Store transaction history, Other activities and Booking history).
- AppleCare support history, repair requests, and more (by clicking on Show more you can select or deselect the options AppleCare support and AppleCare Repair and Service).
- Game Center Activities.
- ICloud reading list and bookmarks.
- ICloud calendars and reminders.
- ICloud contacts.
- Note iCloud.
- Report a problem in Maps.
- Subscriptions to commercial promotions, downloads and other activities.
- Other data.
- ICloud files and documents (so all the app files that sync with iCloud, the download could be very large).
- iCloud Mail (e-mail messages, including attachments, received on iCloud, another potentially very large download).
- ICloud Photo (all the photos and videos that make up the iCloud library, very full-bodied download).
Once you have selected the items to download, press the button Continue located at the bottom, select from the appropriate drop-down menu the size that each download archive must have (1, 2, 5, 10 or 25 GB) and fai clic on bottone Complete the request.
Apple will take care of your request, prepare the archives with all your files and allow you to download them with a link that you will receive by email, when the download is agolable. In the meantime, you can monitor the state of preparation of the archive and have an estimated date for its agolability by returning to this page of the Apple website, logging in with your account and clicking on the item See the details located in the right sidebar (under the heading Data request in progress).
Another operation that I recommend you do before deleting your Apple ID is to check the active subscriptions on your account e, if necessary, delete them. You can check the active subscriptions on your Apple ID by connecting to this page of the Apple website and clicking on the button Manage your subscriptions (iTunes will open).
How to permanently delete an Apple ID
If you want delete Apple ID definitively, connect to this page of the Apple website and log in to your account (i.e. the account you want to delete). At this point, click on the link Start placed under the heading Delete account, carefully read all the consequences you will encounter by deleting your Apple ID (you will not be able to access your purchases on iTunes, iBooks and App Store; photos, files and documents stored on iCloud will be permanently deleted, you will not be able to access services such as iCloud, iTunes, App Store etc.), select the reason that is pushing you to cancel the account (eg. I am concerned about the privacy of my data o I want to stop using my account) from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page and click on the button Continue.
At this point, conont the page that is proposed to you (with other consequences deriving from the cancellation of the Apple ID), click on the button Continue, metti il segno di spunta accanto alla voce I have read and accept these conditions and press on once again Continue. Now choose theemail address or telephone number where you want to receive information on the status of the cancellation of your account (which will not be immediate) and click on Continue.
You will be provided with a security code: Copy it to a safe place e, if you can, print it. Then click on the button Continue, type the code you got a moment ago and first press on Continue e then Delete account to confirm your willingness to delete the Apple ID. The operation, as mentioned, is not immediate: it takes up to 7 days of time. Upon completion, you will be notified by Apple at the email address or phone number you provided during the process.
In view of the definitive deletion of your Apple ID, remove all the permissions present in iTunes (those that allow the reproduction of the contents purchased through the account being discontinued) and to download locally all the data to which you will no longer have access (iTunes purchases, iCloud Drive documents, etc.).
To revoke the permissions from iTunes, open the program on your computer and go to the menu Account> View my account which is located at the top. Then type in your Apple ID password and click on the button Cancel any authorization to revoke all permissions previously given to the account.
When completed, click on the link Manage devices which is located at the bottom right and dissociates your Apple ID from all the devices to which it was previously connected, it only takes a few clicks.
Perfect! Now you just have to wait for the actual cancellation of the account and you can finally say goodbye to your old ID Apple.
How to disable an Apple ID temporarily
If you do not want to permanently delete your Apple ID, but only temporarily disable it, you can use a special function provided by Apple. Therefore, connect to this page of the Internet site of the Cupertino giant and log in to your account (i.e. the account you wish to suspend).
At this point, click on the link Start placed under the heading Deactivate your account e read carefully the page that is proposed to you with all the consequences deriving from the deactivation of the account (you will not be able to access your purchases on iTunes, iBooks and App Store; you will not be able to access your data stored on iCloud, such as photos, videos or documents ; you will not be able to access services such as iCloud, iTunes, iBooks, App Store, Apple Pay, iMessage, FaceTime, Find My iPhone etc.).
Once you have read all the information notes, select the reason that is pushing you to deactivate your Apple account (eg. I am concerned about the privacy of my data o I want to stop using my account for some time) from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page and click on the button Continue. Read the new page that is shown to you (also containing information on the consequences deriving from the deactivation of the Apple ID) and press the button again Continue.
Now, put the check mark next to the item I have read and accept these conditions, click again on Continue, scegli l 'email address or telephone number where to receive information on the status of the deactivation of the account (which will require up to 7 days) and click Continue.
You will be provided with a security code: Copy it to a safe place e, if you can, print it. Then click on Continue, type the code in question in the page that opens and click first on Continue e then Deactivate your account to confirm the deactivation of the account.
Subsequently, you can reactivate your account by logging into it and / or making a specific request to Apple Support (providing the security code obtained during the deactivation procedure).
How to change an Apple ID information
If you don't want to resort to drastic measures like deleting or deactivating your Apple ID, consider changing the information associated with your account. You can change the email address, password, phone number, your personal data and the list of devices associated with the ID: this way you could avoid creating a new account, with different data, and then delete the old one.
To change the data of your current Apple ID, connected to the Apple website (from a computer, smartphone or tablet, it does not matter) log in to your account and choose the information to be changed.
- In the box Account you can change your email address, name, date of birth, preferred language and contact information (phone numbers and email addresses).
- In the box Safety you can change the account password, the phone numbers associated with it, you can activate two-factor authentication and you can choose the email addresses to use for notifications.
- Through the box devices you can manage the Apple devices linked to your account.
- In the box Payment and shipping you can change the payment method associated with your Apple ID and billing address.
To change the items included in each box, click the button Modification which is on the right, then make the desired changes and press the button end per salvare i Cambiomenti.
As for the e-mail addresses, you can either change the primary one or add secondary ones. Each time you add a new email address to your account, to validate it, you must click on the verification link that is sent to you by Apple. If you are unable to change your primary email address, you most likely have an @ iCloud.com email address and created it in conjunction with your Apple ID: in these cases, unfortunately, it is not possible to change the primary address associated with the account.
Another important note should be made regarding the account password: by accessing the section Password and security on the Apple site you will be asked to answer the security questions you set when creating your ID. If you don't remember the correct answers, contact Apple Support and ask for a reset of the security questions.
Change Apple ID on your devices
If you want to delete an Apple ID, meaning you want to delete it from your device to replace it with another one, follow the instructions below.
If you want delete Apple ID from an iPhone / iPad to use the device with another account, go to the menu Settings and select il you don't know (o there you related to iCloud if you used an iOS version earlier than 10.3) from the latter.
Now, go to the end of the screen that has just opened, press the button Logout twice in a row and your iCloud account will be disconnected from the device. Warning: by performing this operation, all data synchronized by iCloud, such as photos in the iCloud Library and app documents, will be deleted from the device memory.
When the operation is completed, it returns to the menu Settings of iOS and also delete the Apple account from the App Store. To do this, select the icon iTunes Store and App Store, cheap you that email address and choose the option Logout from the box that appears.
Well. You are now free to pair your iPhone or iPad with a new Apple ID using the menus Settings> [Your name]> iCloud (Or Settings> iCloud if you are using an older version of iOS than 10.3) and Settings> iTunes and App Store that you used earlier to delete the previous account.
Please note:: If you need to sell your device, don't just disconnect the Apple ID from it. Provide, on the other he, to carry out a complete reset of the device by going to the menu Settings> General> Reset of iOS and selecting the option Initialize content and settings.
Are you using a Mac and want to change the Apple ID associated with the computer? Nothing easier. You open System preference by clicking on the gear icon in the Dock bar, then click on the item iCloud and presses the button Logout. By doing this you will lose, or rather, you will no longer be able to access all the documents stored on iCloud Drive. Once you've logged out of iCloud Drive, you'll need to go back to to associate a new Apple ID with your computer System Preferences> iCloud and click on the button to log in.
If you are using a Windows PC and you have installed the official iCloud client, to disconnect from your Apple ID you must open the client and click on the button Logout located at the bottom left.
Once the operation is complete, you can log in with another Apple ID and synchronize its data with the computer. It is almost useless to point out that by deactivating data synchronization with the previous account, all data relating to the latter will be deleted from the PC (while they will remain in the cloud).
In case of problems or doubts
If you still have doubts about the procedure to follow to delete an Apple ID, contact the assistance service of the Cupertino giant. Then connect to the Apple website, click on the icon Apple ID and seleciona le voci Change Apple ID and Schedule a call from the screen that opens. This will allow you to make a telephone appointment with Apple Support to request the permanent cancellation of your account.
If among the agolable options there is also Talk to Apple Support now, you can call Apple Support in real time. If you don't see any Apple ID entry on the Apple Support page, click the button View all products and services which is at the bottom left to make it appear.
Alternatively, if you want to do this first, contact the number 800 915 904 and follow the instructions of the recorded voice to contact an operator and request the deletion of your Apple ID.