How to Delete An iCloud Email Account Permanently

Done with Apple? Lose the iCloud email and move on

Screenshot showing the Apple ID login page with the NO symbol

Apple does offer the ability to permanently delete your Apple ID account at any time and for any reason.If you use any Apple devices, you have an iCloud account, which is part of your Apple ID. Your iCloud account includes an email address and is used to send and receive text messages and emails, and to purchase items in the iTunes Store and iOS Apps.

Before jumping into the step-by-step instructions to delete your iCloud email account let's take a look at exactly what happens when the account is deleted:

  • Content or purchases in Apple iBooks, iTunes will no longer be available.
  • All photos, videos, and documents stored in iCloud will be permanently deleted.
  • You will not be able to sign in to receive iMessages and iCloud Mail or receive FaceTime calls.
  • You will also lose access to Apple Pay, iCloud Keychain, Back to my Mac, Find my iPhone, Game Center, and Continuity.
  • Any third-party apps loaded on your devices that store data in the iCloud will also be lost.
  • Any appointments you have scheduled at the Apple Store will be canceled. Any open Apple Care cases will be permanently closed and unavailable. If you have specific concerns, visit the Apple FAQ page to learn more.

Deleting your Apple ID is permanent. Please be aware that deleting your iCloud email account is not a quick fix. The entire Apple account deletion process could take up to seven days. This is because Apple will need to verify that you, and not someone else, is asking for the account to be deleted.

If there is any chance you may want to access your account in the future, then consider temporarily deactivating your account, rather than deleting the account completely. If you'd still like to proceed and delete your iCloud email account permanently, here's how:

Before You Delete Your iCloud Email Download Your Files

Because deleting your Apple iCloud email is permanent, make sure you download all files from your iPhone, iPad, Apple computer and from the iCloud. In addition to photos and videos, you may also want to backup emails, calendar events, contacts and iTunes and iBooks purchases.

Remove Devices Associated With Apple ID Before Deleting iCloud Account

Before you delete your account, take the time to remove any Apple devices associated with your Apple ID. This step will make it much easier to sign in with a new Apple ID.

  1. Sign into your iCloud account at Apple.

    Screenshot showing the Apple ID sign-in page
  2. Once you are signed in, scroll down to the Devices section.

    Screenshot of Devices page under Apple Account page
  3. Click on the device image and a pop out window will appear for each one showing device details.

  4. At the bottom of the pop-out window, click on the words, Remove From Account.

    Screenshot showing how to remove a device from iCloud.
  5. Do this for each device on your account page until all devices are removed.

Use Apple's Data and Privacy Page to Permanently Delete Your Apple ID Email Account

Once you have all of your files and purchases downloaded, and you have signed out of all of your devices, you are ready to permanently delete your Apple ID account. Here's how:

  1. If you are not logged in, sign back into your iCloud account at Apple.

  2. Click the words, Go to your Apple ID account page under Manage Account.

    Screenshot showing how to access the Apple ID account page
  3. Scroll down to the Data & Privacy section at the bottom, and click Manage Your Privacy.

  4. The bottom of the page is the option to Delete Your Account. Click Request to Delete Your Account.

    Screenshot showing the Delete your account page on Apple
  5. A pop-up window will appear asking you to select a reason for the request.

    Screenshot showing the reason to select when deleting your Apple iCloud account
  6. Apple will remind you to review the information regarding the deletion of your account. Click continue, and to review the Deletion Terms & Conditions, and to check the box to confirm you agree.

  7. Apple will ask for contact information to send you account status updates. Provide an email address NOT associated with the account you are deleting.

  8. Apple will provide you with a unique access code, that you will need to contact Apple Support. You can also use this code to cancel the account deletion process.

Apple will delete the account permanently within 7 days. During this period, your Apple ID account will remain active.