How to Close an iCloud Account
By Brandy Alexander
ICloud helps you manage iCloud features on your computers and iOS devices, but it doesn't offer a way to close your account. Although you can't officially delete your account, you have the option to log out of iCloud on your computer and remove iCloud from your device so that it stops syncing your information. Use Settings on iOS to remove iCloud on your mobile device, or sign out of your iCloud account using System Preferences on the Mac or the iCloud Control Panel on the PC.
Deleting iCloud on an iOS Device
Tap "Settings," and then tap "iCloud" to bring up the "iCloud" screen.
Slide the menus next to each app, such as "Calendar" and "Contacts," to the "Off" position. This ensures that your information stops syncing with iCloud so that if you delete data from iCloud, it won't also be erased from your device.
Tap the "Delete Account" button, and then tap the "Delete" button.
Signing Out of iCloud on a Mac
Click "System Preferences" in the dock, and then click the "iCloud" option.
Click the boxes next to the applications, such as "Documents and Data," to remove the check marks and stop syncing information with iCloud.
Click the "Sign Out" button.
Signing Out of iCloud on a PC
Hover your cursor over the top-right corner of the screen to display the Charms bar, and then click the "Search" charm.
Click the "iCloud Control Panel" option.
Click the boxes next to features, such as "Bookmarks" and "Photos," to deselect them, and then click the "Sign Out" button.
- Information in this article applies to iOS 6, Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
Brandy Alexander has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. Alexander runs her own art-glass business and has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" as well as various online publications.