How to Permanently Delete Your Apple ID Account

Are you ready to say goodbye to your Apple ID? Whether you’re switching to a different ecosystem, consolidating multiple accounts, or simply no longer need your Apple ID, you can delete it permanently.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to delete your Apple ID account for good.

Before You Delete Your Apple ID

Deleting your Apple ID is a big decision, so make sure you’re prepared before taking the plunge.

Here are a few important things to consider:

  • Deleting your Apple ID will remove all associated data and purchases, including apps, music, movies, iCloud data, and more. Make sure to back up any data you want to keep.
  • You will lose access to any subscriptions or services tied to your Apple ID, like Apple Music, Apple TV+, or iCloud storage plans.
  • Your Apple ID will be permanently deleted and cannot be reactivated. You’ll need to create a new one if you want to use Apple services again in the future.
  • If you have an iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device, make sure to sign out of your Apple ID before deleting it to avoid issues.

Ready to proceed? Let’s get started.

How to Request Deletion of Your Apple ID

Apple takes account deletion requests seriously to protect user privacy and security. To delete your Apple ID permanently, you’ll need to contact Apple directly and request account deletion. Here’s how:

  1. Visit Apple’s Data & Privacy Portal: Go to and sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Request to Delete Your Account: Under “Delete Your Account”, click “Get Started”. Read through the information about deleting your account carefully.
  3. Provide a Reason: Select your reason for deleting your account from the options provided, or choose “Other” and provide details.
  4. Verify Your Decision: Apple will send you an email or call you to verify your identity and confirm your decision to permanently delete your Apple ID.
  5. Wait for Deletion: After verification, Apple will terminate your account permanently. This process may take up to 7 days.

And that’s it! Your Apple ID and all associated data will be permanently deleted. Remember, this action cannot be undone, so make sure you have backups of any important data before proceeding.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I delete my Apple ID from my iPhone or Mac? No, you must go through Apple’s Data & Privacy portal to request permanent account deletion.
  • Will deleting my Apple ID cancel my paid subscriptions? Yes, deleting your Apple ID will cancel any subscriptions or services associated with it. Make sure to cancel these separately if you want to avoid losing access.
  • How long does it take for Apple to delete an account? Account deletion may take up to 7 days to complete after identity verification.
  • Can I create a new Apple ID with the same email address after deletion? No, you cannot reuse an email address from a deleted Apple ID. You’ll need to use a new email address.

Embrace a Fresh Start!

Deleting your Apple ID can be a liberating experience, freeing you from old data and unused services.

Whether you’re moving on to greener pastures or simply decluttering your digital life, knowing how to permanently delete your Apple ID is a valuable skill.

Just remember to back up any important data, cancel subscriptions, and sign out of your Apple ID on all devices before taking the plunge. With a little preparation, you can say goodbye to your old Apple ID and hello to a fresh start.


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