How to Unsync iPhones with video tips

This post explains how to unsync iPhones in various ways. You will also learn the differences between iCloud and syncing and why they are important. Let’s first find out what unsyncing iPhones means. What does …

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This post explains how to unsync iPhones in various ways. You will also learn the differences between iCloud and syncing and why they are important. Let’s first find out what unsyncing iPhones means.

What does iPhone unsync mean?

Well, I have to guess. You are wanting to unsync your iPhone because you have synced it with some other device or platform. When you sync a device to another, they start to be able to interact with each other. It is a bilateral connection rather than unilateral. Now you want to cut that linkage.

The problem is from what do you want to unsync? I want this post to answer your question so, I will do my best guess to list the most common devices and platforms you may want to unsync from.

You can use your iPhone to do one of the methods above. Or if you want to mainly use a Mac or a PC to unsync, you can also try:

As I searched on Google, people queried about them to unsync with your iPhone. I will explain how each of them.

Unsync iCloud

Unsyncing iCloud is easy. But, before you do the steps below, check the benefits of iCloud sync and rethink if you really want to unsync.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap the top menu with your name on it or simply input “icloud” in the Search bar at the top.
  • You will be able to see many apps using (syncing with) iCloud.
  • Turn off or disable all the apps you want to unsync with iCloud.

That is it! Now, your iPhone is a stand-alone device that is not synced with iCloud.

Benefits of iCloud Sync

iCloud sync is a great feature to use since you can see the same apps and contents across different Apple devices such as Mac and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. By syncing, you can keep the same items up-to-date on your Apple devices. For example, when you add a movie to your iPhone, you can sync so that your iPhone and other synced devices have the movie. You can sync various types of content such as music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, and more.

As I explained in the steps above, you can sync various apps as well. You can choose specific apps or just the whole apps to unsync if you don’t like to. Have a think and unsync your iPhone if you like.

Unsync with Other Apple Devices

To unsync your iPhone from other Apple devices, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap the top menu with your name on it.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom to see the list of your other Apple devices.
  4. Select a specific device you want to unsync
    • This may require log into your iCloud.
  5. Once you entered the device menu, scroll down to the bottom and tap “Remove from Account”

When do you want to unsync with other devices?

In spite of the benefits, why would you want to consider to unsync with other Apple devices? There can be three specific cases.

  • You have reached the limit of synced devices and want to add a new device by removing one.
  • You can’t download purchases again from the App Store or iTunes Store.
  • You want to sell or give away the device or you lost it.
    • It is a good idea to unsync the device in this case due to security reasons.

Unsync photos and videos between iPhone and iPad

Lastly, if you want to unsync photos and videos only between your iPhone and iPad, you can follow the steps below. Please note that you have to make sure that both your iPhone AND iPad should have the same settings as below.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select “Photos” on your iPhone and “Photos and Camera” on your iPad.
  3. Make sure to disable “Upload to My Photo Stream” on both devices.

By this, you can stop syncing photos and videos between the two devices. Since you disabled the photo and video sharing only, you can still sync other contents and apps.

When do you want to unsync photos and videos between iPhone and iPad?

There can be a couple of reasons why you would want to consider unsyncing photos and videos between iPhone and iPad.

  • Your iPad may have larger storage that your iPhone runs out of storage space as it gets photos and videos from your iPad.
  • Your iPad might be used by someone else such as one of your family members or your friend. In this case, you may want to keep privacy for both parties.

Remove your synced iPhone on a Mac or PC

You can use a Mac or a PC to unsync your iPhone as well.

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Go to “Account” > “View My Account” at the iTunes’ top menu.
    • This may require entering your Apple ID credentials.
  3. Move to the “iTunes” in the “Cloud” section and click “Manage Devices”.
  4. You will be able to see a list of the Apple devices synced by your Apple ID.
  5. Click “Remove” on the right of the device that you want to unsync.

This is also an easy way to unsync your iPhone without having to use your phone.

About iCloud and Sync

Throughout this post, you have seen that I used “iCloud” and “sync” a lot. For those who might be wondering about the differences, let me explain them.


You use iCloud to transfer files such as apps, contents, photos, and videos. When you use iCloud, you can automatically share files between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. For instance, when you take a photo on your iPhone and use iCloud Photos, the picture gets appeared on your Mac and other synced devices. When you enable iCloud, your iPhone, iPad, and Mac continuously get updated as contents change. You don’t have to manually transfer files.


You use syncing to manage the files on your Apple device. It allows you to update your device to the latest iOS software. It also backs up your device data to your iCloud or Mac safely. If needed, you can use the latest backup to restore information on your device. This is a useful feature when you want to undisable (or unlock) your iPhone.

Syncing also lets you have great control over what content gets transferred to your device. You can sync all or only selected files. For example, when you are on a trip, you can sync some of the audiobooks to your iPhone to listen while traveling. With this feature, you can easily transfer the files you want. (Apple guide)


We have found several ways to unsync your iPhone step-by-step. These steps are straightforward that everyone would be able to follow them. Just in case you want to watch video guides for this topic and other useful tips, I included a few links below.

Useful Links