How to Delete An Apple ID [Totally and Completely] 

Last Updated on April 25, 2023 by Jack Robertson

To delete an Apple ID comes with 2 different meanings.

One is to delete an Apple ID from an iOS device.

  • You may want to delete the Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad when this device is currently signed in with someone else’s Apple ID or when you forget the password of your Apple ID.

Another is to delete an Apple account permanently from the Apple server.

  • To delete an Apple account permanently, you may want to set up a new Apple account, or you want to delete all your date from the Apple server since your iPhone is hacked or some other personal reasons.

No matter you want to delete the Apple ID on an iPhone/iPad or delete an Apple ID permanently, you can find related methods to these 2 options. And also, you will find some consequences of each action.

Apple ID Interface Apple Support

How to delete Apple ID from an iOS device

There are several ways for you to delete the Apple ID from your iPhone or iPad, you can pick up one that fits you most.


Removing Apple ID from an iOS device will erase all or some of the data on it, you’d better make a backup beforehand.

Also, if you don’t have the password of the current Apple account on your iPhone, you’d better back up your iPhone without iTunes or iCloud. Otherwise, you may not have your data back since you cannot enter the correct password.

Method 1 Delete Apple ID on iPhone with Aiseesoft iPhone Unlocker

Normally, deleting an Apple ID requires you to enter the password of the ID. If you don’t have the password of the related account on your iPhone, it’s pretty difficult to do that.

But you can try a third-party iOS unlocking tool, Aiseesoft iPhone Unlocker. This is a powerful tool that can help you remove the Apple account from your iPhone even though you have no password.

iPhone Unlocker Functions

Let’s see how to delete Apple ID with Aiseesoft iPhone Unlocker.

Step 1 Download and launch the software on your PC.

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Step 2 Choose Remove Apple ID.

On the interface, choose Remove Apple ID. Then, connect your iDevice to the PC with a USB cable, make sure the connection is stable during the whole deletion process.

iPhone Unlocker Remove Apple ID Unlock Device Successfully

Step 3 Remove Apple ID.

Click Start to delete Apple ID. Here, two situations exist.

  • When Find My iPhone/iPad is disabled, the deletion will start to work. Wait for a few seconds. iPhone Unlocker will remove the Apple ID from this iDevice completely.
  • If Find My iPhone/iPad is enabled, you need to turn it off first. After your turn off Find My iPhone/iPad, click Start on iPhone Unlocker to remove your Apple ID.


If you forget the password of your account and you cannot turn off Find My iPhone/iPad, you can reset all settings on your device to turn it off when your device is running iOS 16 or earlier. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Enter your screen passcode to confirm the reset.

After the deletion, you need to power on the iPhone and set it up.

During the setup, you will encounter an Activation Lock screen which demands you to enter the related Apple ID and password.

Since you don’t have the password of the Apple account, you can tap the Unlock with Passcode option and enter the previous screen lock passcode to remove the Activation Lock screen.

Activation Lock Unlock With Passcode

Then, finish the setup, you can use your iPhone normally and it will not be linked to any Apple ID after the setup.

Method 2 Delete Apple ID on iOS Device via Settings

You can delete Apple ID via Settings with the password of this Apple ID. So, if you have the password, or you got the device from somebody, ask the previous owner to follow these steps.

Step 1 Go to Settings on this iDevice.

Step 2 Tap the Apple ID tab.

Step 3 Scroll down, tap Sign Out, enter the password to turn off Find My iPhone/iPad.

Sign Out Apple ID

Step 4 Back up your data on iCloud if necessary. Then, tap Sign Out.


  • The pay item and apps cannot be updated or renewed once the related Apple ID is removed.

After finishing the 4 steps, the Apple ID will be deleted from your iPhone within seconds.

Method 3 Remove Apple Account with iCloud

When Find My iPhone/iPad is enabled on your iDevice, you can log into iCloud on a browser to remove the Apple ID.

Step 1 Sign in iCloud.

Visit iCloud/find, log in with the related Apple ID and password (If the Apple ID belongs to your friend or the previous owner of this device, ask him/her to follow these steps.).

Step 2 Locate the device and erase it.

Click on the icon of this iDevice.

If you want to remove Apple ID from an iPhone, click on the icon of the iPhone, choose Erase iPhone, enter the password to confirm.

Erase iPhone With iCloud

Step 3 Remove the Apple ID.

The erasing will take a few seconds. When it’s done, click Remove From Account and click Remove to proceed, and enter the password if you’re asked to.

iCloud Remove iPhone From Account

When the removal is done, the Apple ID will be deleted completely on this device.

How to Delete an Apple ID account Permanently from Apple server

Do you have any ideas about the side effects of deleting your Apple ID from the Apple server? If you don’t, you’d better check out the following content and have a close look at the irreversible effects.

Side effects of deleting the Apple ID permanently

  • You cannot sign in to this account anymore. You can recreate an account with the same ID address and password, but the previously deleted one can never be retrieved even by Apple Inc.
  • All details and data associated with this Apple ID will be deleted forever from Apple’s server, including iCloud backup files and iTunes records. (You’d better extract your data from iCloud or iTunes, you can try FoneLab to help you.)

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  • iCloud, App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iMessage, FaceTime, and Find My iPhone cannot be logged in or used with your Apple ID anymore.
  • Appointments on Apple Store and AppleCare will be canceled.
  • The apps and pay items on Apple Store could still be used on iOS devices, but cannot be updated or renewed.
  • You will not receive any calls, emails, messages that are sent to your account from FaceTime, Mail, and iMessage.

If you are ready to delete your ID, follow these steps.

Steps to delete an Apple ID permanently

Step 1 Log in Apple ID on Data and Privacy.

Visit Data and Privacy on a browser, log in with the Apple ID you want to delete.

If you forget your ID or the password, click “Forget Apple ID or password?” below to get back your ID or password.

Data And Privacy

Step 2 Delete your account.

Click Request to delete your account to start your deletion.

Request To Delete Apple ID Apple Support

Then, follow the instructions of the page to delete the ID. You need to confirm your request by answering multiple security questions.

When you finish the whole process, it will take a few days to deactivate your Apple ID. You will be notified of the result by an email from Apple Inc.

Now, the skills of deleting an Apple ID from an iOS device or Apple server are all listed for you. You can try that yourself. Just keep one thing in mind that your data is very likely to be lost, remember to make a backup or transfer your data to other devices.