Removing a Device from iCloud

2015-01-20 18:31

Find My Device (Mac, iPad, or iPhone) allows you to track down your Apple device if it's ever lost or stolen. If the machine is powered on and connected to the internet, you can locate it by visiting on a computer or by using the Find My iPhone or Find My iPad apps on an iPhone or iPad, respectively. From there you can send an alert message to the device, put a device in Lost Mode, or erase it remotely.

Unfortunately, once Find My Device has been enabled on an Apple Device, it's impossible for LIS to redistribute the device. This article provides simple instructions for removing a device from your iCloud device so that it can be erased and handed down the line to the next person who needs it.

Note: The pictures accompanying the steps in these instructions are taken from the process for removing a MacBook Pro from iCloud. The process is the same for iPads or iPhones, the only difference is the name of the device and the picture of the device.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. How to Remove a Device from iCloud via the Internet
  3. Resources and References

How to Remove a Device from iCloud via the Internet

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
    • This is probably your Carthage email address. Richard (or his eventual replacement) can tell you what Apple ID email address is associated with a device you have returned to him.

Figure 1: Sign In to iCloud

  1. At the top of the map, click on All Devices.

Figure 2: Map of your iCloud Devices

  1. When the list of devices pops up, click on the device you will be removing.

Figure 3: List of your Devices

  1. The screen will change from a map to a picture of your device.
    • You're immediately provided with 3 actions: Play Sound, Lock, and Erase Device.

Figure 4: Actions you can take on your Devices

  1. After a moment, a Remove from Account link will appear below the Play Sound, Lock, and Erase Device actions. Click Remove from Account.

Figure 5: Click the Remove Link

  1. There will be a pop up asking for you to confirm the removal of the device. Click Remove.

Figure 6: Yes, you're SURE you want to remove the Device.

  1. You're brought back to the Find My Device map. If you click on All Devices at the top of the page, you'll notice your device has been removed from the list.

Figure 7: Gone from the list.

Aaaaaaand you're done! Richard (or his eventual replacement) will send you a confirmation email when the device has been freed from your iCloud account, and you'll be free to live your life unencumbered by old equipment no longer in your possession.

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Resources and References

iCloud - Remove your device from Find My iPhone

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