If you’ve owned a variety of Apple devices for years, you may end up at a point where you’ve sold, handed over, or sold some of those older Macs, iPhones, iPads, or other Apple hardware. Regardless of the situation, when the device is no longer in your possession, you should remove devices that you no longer use from your Apple account for security reasons. In addition, it’s just good practice to clean devices that are no longer yours so they are no longer associated with your Apple ID.
If you sign in to your Apple ID from a device to take advantage of Apple’s services, that device will link to your account. These devices do not have to be one of the Apple devices you own. For example, if you use iCloud for Windows or if you have ever connected your iOS device to a computer, your computer will be connected to your Apple account. This is also considered a list of reliable devices. Some of the devices on this list may, for example, be authorized to approve two-factor authentication requests.
We’ll go through the steps to remove old devices associated with your Apple account directly from your Mac.
How to remove old Macs, iPhones, iPads from Apple ID via Mac
Fortunately, macOS makes it easy to remove a connected device from your Apple account. The next steps are identical regardless of the version of macOS on which your system is running.
- Open “System Preferences” on your Mac from the Dock.
- Then click on the Apple ID option with the Apple logo located in the upper right corner of the window.
- This will take you to your Apple ID settings. Scroll to the bottom of the left pane here. You’ll see a list of all the devices you’ve used with your Apple account.
- Now select the device you want to remove or disconnect in the left pane. Then click on “Remove from account” located on the right side of the window.
- When you are prompted to confirm your action, click “Remove” and you’re done.
There you go. It’s so easy to disconnect from any old device.
You can repeat the above steps until you remove all your old devices from your Apple account. Note that devices you just disconnected will reappear if they are still signed in with your Apple ID. So make sure you are logged out of all the devices you are trying to remove.
It is worth noting that if you remove the iPhone currently in use with a trusted phone number, it will still be able to receive two-factor verification codes. You can contact your network provider and deactivate your SIM or transfer your SIM card to another iPhone you are actively using.
Be careful when trying to remove devices that you are actively using from this list. Sometimes you may run into problems with Apple services. For example, you may have trouble getting iCloud to work properly, because your device will no longer sync or access your backups unless you manually log out and log back on.
If you are reading this article on iPhone or iPad, you may be interested in learning how to remove your connected devices on iOS and iPadOS. Although it is a completely different operating system, the steps are quite similar. Therefore, you will have no problem doing so.
Have you disconnected devices you no longer use with your Apple account? What do you think of this feature that allows you to see and manage all the devices you’ve connected to your account from one place? Share your valuable opinions in the comments section below.
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