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How To Remove A Device From Your Apple ID Device List

By Kevin Shaw - Editor
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You can remove a device from your Apple ID device list. Your Apple ID device list consists of a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Watch, as well as an Apple TV, HomePod/HomePod mini, Windows system, or third-party smart TV with Apple TV software that is logged into your iCloud account. This is also called the trusted device list. This article explains how you can delete a device from the devices connected to your Apple account list.

You might want to remove the device from the Apple ID devices list in these situations:

  • If you want to sell or give away the device
  • If you no longer own or use the device

When you do this, the removed device will lose its access to any iCloud/Apple services. This, however, does not wipe the device. When you remove a device, you will no longer be signed in to the device. There are four ways to do this. Here is how:

Use your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to remove a device from your Apple ID device list

  • On your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, tap Settings > [your name], then swipe down until you see your devices.
  • Tap the name of the device you want to remove from your Apple ID device list.
  • Tap Remove from Account.
  • Tap Remove to confirm.
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Use your Mac to remove a device from your Apple ID device list

You can use your Mac to remove a device. Here is how:

  • On your Mac, choose Apple Menu > System Settings. In macOS Monterey or earlier, choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
  • Click your name. In macOS Monterey or earlier, click Apple ID.
  • Click the name of the device you want to remove from your Apple ID device list.
  • Click Remove from Account.
  • Click Remove to confirm.
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Use your PC to remove a device from your Apple ID device list

  • On your PC, open iCloud for Windows.
  • Under your name, click Manage Apple ID.
  • Click the name of the device you want to remove from your Apple ID device list.
  • Click Remove From Account.
  • Click Remove to confirm.
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Use the web to remove a device from your Apple ID device list

From the Devices section of your Apple ID account page, you can remove a device from the list. Here’s how:

  • Open a web browser of your choice and visit the Apple ID account page (https://appleid.apple.com/).
  • Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  • click Devices in the left-hand menu bar.
  • If you don’t see your devices right away, click View Details and answer your security questions.
  • Click the name of the device you want to remove from your Apple ID device list.
  • Click Remove from Account.
  • Click Remove to confirm.

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Other things you should know

  • You cannot remove the same device you are using to remove on your iOS device.
  • As i mentioned above, this does not erase the device. To erase the device and completely remove the device, you can go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone> Erase All Content and Settings.
  • You should check this list from time to time, if you find a device that shouldn’t be there, remove the device and then change your Apple ID password.
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Kevin Shaw is a seasoned tech journalist based in Los Angeles with a penchant for all things Apple. He started writing about Apple products in 2007 and it's been a love affair ever since. He has spent over a decade testing and writing about iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products. In his spare time, he likes nothing more than catching up with the latest news and sports podcasts on the beach.
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