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How to opt out of sharing iCloud analytics on Mac

Apple has added another set of data sharing analysis to its Diagnostics & Usage section (called Analytics in 10.12.4). You can now allow Apple to automatically collect usage data from your Mac for your iCloud account to help the company improve Siri and other features. Remember, Apple uses differential privacy to sift through your data, so it isn't associated with you or your account. That being said, you may still want to opt out of sharing your iCloud account data and usage with Apple. Here's how.

Note: Share iCloud Analytics is a part of macOS 10.12.4 and later.

How to opt out of sharing iCloud analytics from your Mac

If you don't want to share your iCloud data and usage on your Mac, you can opt out from System Preferences.

  1. Click the Apple menu () icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the drop down menu.

  1. Click on Security & Privacy.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab.

  1. Select Analytics from the sidebar on the left.
  2. Un-tick the box for Share iCloud Analytics.

You will no longer share your iCloud data and usage information with Apple.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about sharing your iCloud data and usage with Apple and how to opt-out of it? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

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4 Comments
  • Kind of fishy you can't do this from iOS, where Apple wants most of their customers to live exclusively.
  • You can do this from iOS, Settings > Privacy > Analysis then disable iCloud analysis. Remember that this is an opt-in service, meaning it's only enabled when you enable it yourself. Apple asks you if you wish to let them collect your data either when you set up iCloud or when you first log into iCloud on a device
  • "Note: Share iCloud Analytics is a part of macOS 10.12.4 and later." My version of macOS is 10.12.3, and Software Update indicates there are no new updates available. Isn't 10.12.4 still in beta?
  • You're right, 10.12.4 is in beta, although should be out very soon