Remove your Apple ID

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Remove your Apple ID
Remove your Apple ID
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There is no official way to delete an Apple ID, but you can have it done by customer service if you ask the right way. If you don't want to remove your ID completely, you can delete your personal information and stop using your ID. If you recently switched from an iPhone to a different kind of smartphone, you can disable iMessage so that you can receive text messages as normal.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Permanently delete an account

Delete an Apple ID Step 1

Step 1. Make sure you want to permanently delete your Apple ID

When you delete your Apple ID, you will no longer have access to all services and purchases associated with it. For example, you will no longer be able to access iCloud Mail and iCloud Drive. You will lose all purchases you made with the account, including iTunes, the App Store or other Apple web stores. You will also no longer have access to iMessage.

  • You may not need to completely delete your account if you want to keep access to your account and purchases. You can change your account information so that all your payment and personal information is deleted. This way you can let the account exist without having to worry that someone can access your data. Go to the next method for detailed instructions.
  • If you recently switched from an iPhone to a different type of smartphone and you no longer receive text messages, go to the "Turn off iMessage" section.
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Step 2. Delete all email addresses associated with the account

When you permanently delete an Apple ID, you can't create a new one with the same email address. Many people don't realize that you can't use the other email addresses associated with the account either. Make sure to delete these other email addresses from your account as well before deleting the account itself. This way you can later create a new account with one of these email addresses.

  • Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Click on "Edit" next to "Account".
  • Click the "X" next to the email addresses you want to remove from the account. This way you can reuse them later if you decide to create an account again.
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Step 3. Generate a Support Pin

You will need this Support Pin when you call customer service to have your account deleted. You can create a PIN by going to the "Security" section on appleid.apple.com and selecting "Generate PIN".

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Step 4. Back up all files and emails you want to keep

You will no longer be able to access your iCloud Mail and iCloud Drive, so make sure to back up all important messages and files before deleting the account.

  • You can back up your messages in your iCloud Mail by moving messages from your iCloud inbox to an inbox on your computer. You cannot back up emails with an iOS device.
  • Make copies of any documents you have stored in your iCloud Drive. It's easiest to open these documents on a Mac computer with Yosemite or later because you can easily find the files by clicking "iCloud" in the Finder. If you are using an iOS device, you will need to open the documents in the accompanying apps and then share the copies with your computer.
  • Back up your photos. All images stored in iCloud will be lost when you delete your account. Before deleting your account, make sure you have saved all important images to your computer as well.
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Step 5. Call Apple Support

On this page, click on "Get support now" under the heading "Netherlands". Go through the step-by-step plan and leave your details so that Apple Support will call you back or you can call Apple Support yourself at a later time.

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Step 6. Call Apple Support at the appropriate phone number and explain that you want to remove your Apple ID

You will have to prove who you are, which is what the Support Pin you created earlier is for. Deleting an Apple ID isn't a standard procedure, so the person you get on the phone may be difficult or refusing. Apple does not want you to delete your Apple ID, because then they lose a customer. If the customer service representative can't help you, politely ask if you can talk to a supervisor and explain your situation again.

  • You will probably be told several times that you will lose access to all your purchases. You will need to confirm that you understand that you will lose access to your purchases and data.
  • All email addresses associated with your account can no longer be used to create a new Apple ID later.

Method 2 of 3: Securing a dormant account

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Step 1. Remove your Apple ID on your computer from iTunes

Before securing your ID, make sure you have completely removed your ID from iTunes.

  • Click in iTunes on the "Store" menu and choose "Show my Apple ID".
  • Click the "Revoke all permissions" button. This will remove your Apple ID from any device you're signed in to with it.
  • Click the "Manage Devices" button and delete all your devices. This will stop automatic downloads.
  • Turn off auto-renewal for all your subscriptions, such as iTunes Radio.
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Step 2. Remove your Apple ID from your iOS device

Remove your Apple ID from your iOS devices before changing any data. This way you will soon be able to log in with a new Apple ID.

  • Open the Settings app and tap "iTunes and App Stores".
  • Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen, then tap "Sign Out".
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Step 3. Sign in to appleid.apple.com with your Apple ID

If you don't want to delete your account completely, you can delete all your personal information from your account and just let your account exist without doing anything with it. This way, you'll still have access to your old purchases and iCloud data. Log in to the account management page with your Apple ID and password.

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Step 4. Change your personal information

Always click on the "Edit" button to change your name, address and date of birth. You can enter fake data instead of your own data. This way you can remove all your personal information from your Apple ID.

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Step 5. Remove your payment details

On the account management page, find the "Payment Details" section and delete your payment details. You will not be able to delete your payment information if there is an unpaid amount outstanding or if you have recently changed the country.

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Step 6. Change your Apple ID email address

If you later want to be able to use your Apple ID email address to create a new Apple ID, you'll need to change the email address associated with your account to something else. You can create a new email address for free from Yahoo!, Gmail, or another email service and use this new address for your Apple ID. This way you can use your old email address to create a new Apple ID later.

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Step 7. Log out of your account

Your Apple ID no longer contains your personal and payment information and you can safely leave the account alone. You will still be able to use the account if you want to access your old purchases, but you will not be able to make new purchases unless you enter your real data again.

Method 3 of 3: Disable iMessage

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Step 1. Go to the "Unregister iMessage" page

If you switched from an iPhone to an Android device or another smartphone, you may not receive the text messages that are still sent to your Apple ID. You can unregister iMessage by going to selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage/nl/nl.

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Step 2. Enter your phone number

Enter the phone number where you are not receiving your messages correctly. You will then receive a text message from Apple containing a confirmation code.

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Step 3. Enter the confirmation code you received

By entering this code you confirm that you are the owner of the phone number. Your iMessage account will now be disabled. You should now receive all your text messages as normal.

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