3 ways to turn off iCloud

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3 ways to turn off iCloud
3 ways to turn off iCloud

You can prevent your iPhone, iPad, or computer from syncing data like photos, contacts, and calendars with iCloud, which is Apple's online storage service. You can turn off iCloud by signing out on your iPhone, iPad, or computer. Keep in mind that disabling this service prevents you from accessing anything you have stored on it until you log back in.


Method 1 of 3: Turn off iCloud on Mac

Disable iCloud Step 1

Step 1. Open the Apple menu


Click on the Apple logo at the top left of your screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

Disable iCloud Step 2

Step 2. Click System Preferences

This option is at the top of the drop-down menu. Click on it to open the System Preferences window.

Disable iCloud Step 3

Step 3. Select



It's the cloud icon on the left side of the window. The iCloud window will open.

Disable iCloud Step 4

Step 4. Click Logout

This blue button is on the left of the iCloud window.

Disable iCloud Step 5

Step 5. Select the data to keep

Check the box next to each item (for example "Contacts") that you want to save a copy on your Mac.

If you want to delete all data, make sure all the boxes on this page are unchecked

Disable iCloud Step 6

Step 6. Click Keep a Copy

It's the blue button at the bottom of the window. A copy of the selected data will be saved on your Mac and you will be signed out of iCloud.

  • You may also be asked to save or remove iCloud passwords on your Mac. If so, click Keep on this Mac to save them or on To delete to remove them.

Method 2 of 3: Turn off iCloud on Windows

Disable iCloud Step 7

Step 1. Open the Start menu


Click on the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen.

Disable iCloud Step 8

Step 2. Type iCloud

Windows will search for the iCloud app on your computer.

Disable iCloud Step 9

Step 3. Click



This is the cloud-shaped application in the start window. Click on it to open iCloud.

Disable iCloud Step 10

Step 4. Select Logout

This button is located at the bottom left of the iCloud window.

If you're asked to enter your Apple ID when iCloud opens, it means you're already signed out

Disable iCloud Step 11

Step 5. Click Remove from this computer when prompted

This will delete all iCloud data from your computer and sign you out of iCloud.

It may take a few minutes to sign out of iCloud

Method 3 of 3: Turn off iCloud on iPhone or iPad

Disable iCloud Step 12

Step 1. Go to settings


of your device.

Tap the app Settings gray in the form of toothed wheels. Usually found on the home screen.

Disable iCloud Step 13

Step 2. Tap on your Apple ID

This is the name at the top of the screen.

Disable iCloud Step 14

Step 3. Scroll down and tap Sign Out

You will find this option at the bottom of the page.

Disable iCloud Step 15

Step 4. Enter the Apple ID password

Type the password you use to log into your account.

Disable iCloud Step 16

Step 5. Tap Disable

This option is at the bottom of the "Apple ID password" box. Tap it to turn off "Find My iPhone" on the device that uses this iCloud account.

Disable iCloud Step 17

Step 6. Select the data you want to keep on your device

To keep a copy of the data stored in iCloud (e.g. contacts, calendars, etc.), press the white switch


to the right of the items you want to keep. The switch will turn green


To delete all iCloud data from your device, make sure all buttons are in the Off (white) position

Disable iCloud Step 18

Step 7. Tap Sign Out

This option is located at the top right of the screen.

Disable iCloud Step 19

Step 8. Select Logout when prompted

This will confirm your decision to sign out and turn off iCloud on your iPhone or iPad.

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