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How to switch Apple IDs on your iPhone or iPad

Signing out of iCloud and Apple ID
Signing out of iCloud and Apple ID (Image credit: iMore)

iCloud is a great way to keep yourself in sync across your devices, from photos to files to web history. But sometimes you need to switch to a different iCloud account or Apple ID. If you're wondering how to sign out of iCloud, I've got you covered.

How to sign out of iCloud on your iPhone or iPad

Signing out of iCloud in iOS 10.3 is a bit different than it's been in the past, and involves the new Apple ID banner.

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the Apple ID banner at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign Out.

  1. Tap Sign out of iCloud if you have different accounts for iCloud and the iTunes and App Stores. Otherwise, proceed to Step 5.
  2. Enter your password for your iCloud Apple ID.
  3. Tap Turn Off.

  1. Toggle the switch on for each set of data that you want to keep on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Sign Out.
  3. Tap Sign Out to confirm that you want to sign out of your iCloud account.

How to sign out of iCloud on your iPhone or iPad on iOS 10.2.1 and earlier

If you're still running iOS 10.2.1 or earlier on your iPhone or iPad, this is how you'll sign out of iCloud.

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Scroll down and tap Sign Out.

Signing out of Apple ID on iPhone
  1. Tap Sign Out.
  2. Tap Delete from My iPhone.
  3. Tap delete or keep for iCloud calendars, Safari, reminders, and contacts on iPhone.

Deleting iCloud from iPhone
  1. Enter your password.
  2. Tap Turn Off.

Turn off iCloud on iPhone


If you have any questions about signing out of your iCloud account, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • With the 'Apple ID banner' Isn't this a huge security risk now? If someone snatches your phone whilst it's unlocked they'd have full unfettered access to one's personal details. Sent from the iMore App
  • Totally agree PowdeBubble. One of the first things I noticed and thought about after the update. Made others in my loop aware of it also. Apple should have PW protection for it does for so many lesser items (especially in SysPrefs for desks and laptops).
  • I really want to consolidate to 1 icloud account, so I can actually use iCloud sharing features on my devises - I have a rogue @me iCloud account on my phone - so my question is, once I sign out of iCloud, can I sign in with a new icloud account that I'm using on my iPad?
  • So I just answered my question by actually signing out - you can consolidate unto one account, thank goodness.