There are several cases where you will need to remove your Apple ID from an Apple device. Common ones are:
- You want to sell it and need to delete personal information before that.
- You bought one, but the previous owner did not remove their Apple ID before selling, or you can’t reach them to remove it.
If you are the logged-in user, then this will be a simple procedure. All you need is your iPhone paired to the watch or your iCloud account.
If you bought the device second-hand, then you might bump into a few frustrating problems before you can finally use your Apple watch.
There are always a few workarounds, and this article will cover some of them.
Whether you are the seller or that genuine buyer who’s stuck, the methods mentioned below should help you fix the issue.
Part 1. How to Remove Apple ID from Apple Watch without a Phone
Method 1: Use iCloud.com
iCloud is an essential tool for Apple users because it allows users to store and share data such as documents, photos and music and manage their Apple devices.
Please note that if you use iCloud to remove your Apple ID from your watch, you will erase all content and settings.
This process will clear any cards you added for Apple Pay, photos, contacts, music or apps. It will also turn off services like iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, Game Center, etc.
Below are steps to remove your Apple ID remotely.
Step 1. Visit iCloud.com and enter your Apple ID to sign in.
Step 2. On the page that appears, click on Find my iPhone.
Step 3. Click on the All devices option, then select your Apple Watch from the drop-down list.
Step 4. On the pop-up screen, click on Erase.
Step 5. On the confirmation screen that appears, click Erase.
This way only work when you know the Apple ID and password that your Apple Watch linked to.
Method 2: Remove Apple ID from Apple Watch with an Unlock Service
Apple’s “Activation Lock” is designed to secure your device when it gets lost or stolen. With Activation Lock on, the “new owner” can’t use the device until it is unlinked from the previous owner’s account.
Some recommended options to disable this feature include:
- The owner manually turns it off from their iCloud account.
- Asking Apple to turn it off – requires proof of device ownership.
- Using an unlock service
With that in mind, you can use a few genuine unlock services to unlock your iOS device.
One of the best and most affordable ones is Apple iPhone Unlock. With as little as $28, you can remove the previous owner’s iCloud account to deactivate iCloud Activation Lock.
Follow the steps listed below to unlock your watch and remove your Apple ID.
Step 1. Visit Apple iPhone Unlock.
Step 2. Type in your watch’s Serial number
Step 3. On the drop-down menu below, select Apple Watch
Step 4. Confirm that the serial number entered is correct, then click the Unlock iCloud button
Step 5. On the next page, agree to the terms of service, then select your preferred mode of card payment to proceed with payment.
Step 6. Select your preferred payment method to proceed to the next page. Change language if necessary. To return to the previous page, click on Cancel
Step 7. Fill in the required details as indicated. Select the language if necessary.
Step 8. When satisfied with the details, complete the CAPTCHA, then click on Make payment.
If you would like to get 25% of your order after your watch has been unlocked, record a short video of you using your unlocked watch while briefly stating your issue, then send it to [email protected].
That’s it! The card you used will be credited once the video is approved.
Part 2. How to Remove Apple ID from Apple Watch with iPhone
This is probably the easiest method for removing Apple ID from your watch because all you have to do is unpair the Apple Watch from your iPhone.
Make sure your iPhone and the Apple watch are close together, then follow the steps below.
Step 0. Make sure your iPhone and watch are paired together
Step 1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Tap on the My Watch tab
Step 3. Tap on All Watches on the next screen
Step 4. On the next screen, tap the information button next to your watch’s name
Step 5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch, then tap the Unpair button again for confirmation.
Step 6. If your watch uses GPS and mobile data, tap on Remove Cellular Plan.
Step 7. On the next screen, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID password. Enter the password to confirm the deactivation of Activation Lock.
Step 8. Finally, tap again to confirm.
This way only works when you have the paired iPhone on hand and know the Apple ID and password that locked your Apple watch.
As you can see, there are several options you can use to remove Apple ID from Apple Watch.
Apple security is excellent, and to enjoy it, you will have to deal with issues surrounding Apple ID at some point. As mentioned earlier, these features protect your data when the device gets lost or stolen.
Always remove Activation Lock before selling or trading your Apple device to allow the next party to set up the device comfortably.
If you’re buying the device from someone else, make sure they remove the Activation Lock before handing it over.
Last but not least, Apple support can help with such issues, but sometimes it can be a lengthy process. So, first, try the solutions mentioned above and let us know if they were helpful in the comments section. Cheers!
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