Don’t want iCloud running your iPhone because it’s uploading stuff to the cloud? Well, you have a point. But Apple has been integrating iCloud to its services so much lately that turning it off might destroy your connected experience a bit. It’s easily possible to turn off iCloud on your iPhone, but before we tell you how, let’s first discuss the very useful features you’ll be missing without iCloud on your iPhone.

🌤 iCloud is essential for security and sync features

  • 🕵️‍♂️ Find My iPhone
    This is the single biggest reason you should have iCloud enabled on your iPhone. If you disable iCloud, you won’t be able to find your iPhone’s location if lost or stolen.
  • 🔃 Sync between Apple devices
    Disabling iCloud would mean you won’t be able to sync Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, Messages, Wallet, Health data, Game Center, Keychain (passwords), and more with your other Apple devices such as iPad, Mac, or another iPhone you own.

Turn off iCloud by signing out

If you’re okay with losing the security and sync features iCloud offers, you may be prepared to disable it on your iPhone. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap [your name] at the top of the Settings screen to access your Apple ID page.
    Tap Your Name iPhone Settings Apple ID iCloud Account
  3. Scroll to the bottom on the Apple ID screen, and tap Sign Out.
  4. You’ll be asked for your Apple ID password to turn off Find My iPhone, enter your password and tap Turn Off on the pop-up dialogue.
    Turn off Find my iPhone Sign Out Apple ID iPhone Settings
  5. On your way out, you maybe asked about keeping a copy of your data on the iPhone, be sure to turn on all toggles.
    Keep Copy of your Data iCloud iPhone Sign Out Apple ID
  6. Finally, tap Sign Out again at the top-right corner of the screen.
  7. If you get a confirmation pop-up, tap Sign Out on it as well.
    Sign Out Apple ID iCloud iPhone Settings

Sign in with Apple ID for App Store and iTunes Store

Once you have signed out of your Apple ID from your iPhone, not only iCloud but you won’t be able to download apps, music, films from App Store and iTunes Store either. Store. For that, you need to sign-in with your Apple ID for App Store and iTunes Store exclusively. This can be done from either of the apps.

Do NOT sign-in back from the Settings app as it will enable iCloud again.

  1. Open App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Profile icon at the top-right corner of the screen.
    App Store Profile Icon iPhone
  3. Enter your Apple ID and Password details, then hit the Sign In button.
    Sign in Apple ID and Password App Store iTunes Store iPhone
  4. If you’ve Two Step verification enabled, enter the Apple ID verification code.

🍻 Cheers! You have now signed with your Apple ID on your iPhone for Apps Store and iTunes Store but iCloud is still disabled. Verify it by going to the Apple ID screen under Settings » [your name]. iCloud should appear as turned off.

iCloud turned off while signed-in with Apple ID