How to Disconnect iPad from iPhone

If you do not want your iPad/iPhone to be associated with your iPhone/iPad anymore, you will need to follow the methods for how to disconnect an iPad from an iPhone and vice versa.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 26, 2021

How do I unconnect my iPad and my phone completely? I don’t like them being linked devices.

As soon as you enter the Apple ecosystem, you realize how everything works so seamlessly. You just need to sign-in with your Apple ID on all of your Apple products and they start working together magically. Your information and data are shared between your linked devices, including personal data like photos, texts, contacts, and iTunes purchases. So you can transfer data between iOS devices seamlessly.

Sometimes, though, you may want to disconnect your iPhone from iPad or your iPad from iPhone just as the above user. Or you’re planning to sell one of your devices or reaching maximum associated devices with your Apple ID.

Apple provides you with various ways to disconnect your devices from one another. This basically involves removing your device from the devices list. The removed device then no longer shares your Apple purchases or subscriptions. The following guide covers methods for how to disconnect an iPhone from an iPad and vice versa on Windows, Mac, and iOS-based devices.

Further Reading: How to Change Apple ID on iPhone/iPad/iPod >

Method 1. Disconnect an iPad or an iPhone from iPad on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you can use the Apple Music app on your machine to remove any unwanted devices from your account. This allows you to remove your iPhone and iPad that are linked to your Apple ID. In order to use the Apple Music app, though, you will need to update your Mac to the latest version of macOS.

It requires updating your Mac because the older versions of macOS do not include the Apple Music app on themselves. In those versions, though, you can use the iTunes app to do your task. That basically means no matter what version of macOS you are running, you can still delink the devices associated with your Apple account on your Mac computer.

The following shows how to use iTunes on your Mac to disconnect an iPad from an iPhone.

Step 1. Launch the iTunes app from the Launchpad on your Mac. You can use the Applications folder as well to open the app.

Open iTunes on Mac

Open iTunes on Mac

Step 2. When the app opens, click on the option that says Account at the top and choose View My Account. It will open the details for your Apple account.

View your Accounts on Mac

View your Accounts on Mac

Step 3. On the following screen, find the section that says iTunes in the Cloud. Then, click on the option for Manage Devices in this section.

Manage your Devices on Mac

Manage your Devices on Mac

Step 4. You will see a list of devices that are associated with your Apple account. To disconnect your iPad from your iPhone, select your iPad in the list and click on the Remove button for it.

Disconnect an iPad from an iPhone using Mac

Disconnect an iPad from an iPhone using Mac

Your chosen device will be removed from the devices list. It is no longer linked to your account.

Also Read: How to Transfer iTunes Library to New Mac >

Method 2. Disconnect an iPhone or iPad with iTunes on Windows

When it comes to working with Apple devices on a Windows PC, you do not have as many options as Mac. However, that does not mean you cannot disconnect your iPhone from your iPad or vice versa if you use a Windows computer. iTunes app on your Windows computer allows you to remove the devices as well if you want to do that. That is exactly the option you can use to unlink your iPad or iPhone from your Apple devices list.

You must be logged in to the iTunes app on your Windows computer. Also, you must use the same account in iTunes that you use on your iPhone or iPad device. Then, follow the following steps to disconnect your devices from each other.

Step 1. Open the Start Menu on your PC, search for iTunes, and launch the app on your computer.

Access iTunes on Windows

Access iTunes on Windows

Step 2. When iTunes launches on your PC, click on the Account menu in the top menu bar and select the View My Account option. It will let you access your Apple account.

Open your Accounts in iTunes on Windows

Open your Accounts in iTunes on Windows

Step 3. On the screen that follows, scroll down to the iTunes in the Cloud section and click on the Manage Devices option.

Manage your Associated Devices on Windows

Manage your Associated Devices on Windows

Step 4. It will display all the devices that are linked to your account. Click on the Remove button for the device that you no longer want to keep connected and it will be removed.

Disconnect an iPhone from an iPad on Windows

Disconnect an iPhone from an iPad on Windows

That is all there is to disconnecting an iPad from an iPhone using a Windows PC.

Method 3. Remove an iPhone/iPad from Apple ID Associated Device

One of the many great things about using an Apple device is that you can perform many tasks right from your device without having to use a computer. Those days when you had to rely on apps like iTunes for even the smallest of tasks are gone and you can now do pretty much everything from your iPhone and iPad itself.

This includes being able to remove your associated devices as well. You can indeed disconnect your iPhone from your iPad or your iPad from your iPhone on your iOS-based device itself. All that you need is access to the Internet and you are good to perform the procedure.

Before you do the process, it is important that you verify the Apple ID you use on your device. It must be the same that you use on your other devices in order to unlink them from your account. The following steps will then help you do the procedure.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app from the home screen on your iPhone.

Step 2. When the Settings app opens, tap on your name banner at the top of your screen.

Step 3. On the following screen, tap on the option that says iTunes & App Store. It will open the iTunes settings screen for you.

Open the iTunes Section in iOS

Open the iTunes Section in iOS

Step 4. At the top of your screen, you will see your Apple ID listed. Tap on your ID to access the account settings. Then, tap on View Apple ID in the prompt on your screen.

View your Apple ID in iOS

View your Apple ID in iOS

Step 5. Scroll down and tap on the option that says Remove This Device. It will remove your device from your account.

Remove your Device in iOS

Remove your Device in iOS

You are all set. You have successfully disconnected your iPhone from your iPad and vice versa.

Bonus Tip. How to Remove Apple ID without Password with AnyUnlock

In order to remove a device from your account, your device will prompt you to enter the password for your Apple ID. In case you cannot recall the password and you have forgotten it, you lose the ability to remove or disconnect any of your connected devices.

In situations like those, you may want to take some outside help to fix the issues you are facing. That is where the AnyUnlock comes into the picture. This app allows you to remove the Apple ID from your iOS devices without having to enter your password.

You do not need to enter your Apple ID username or password to be able to remove the ID from your iPhone or iPad. All this app requires is a few clicks and it removes the associated Apple account from your iOS device. It is as easy as that. The following shows how you can use it.

Step 1. Download the AnyUnlock on your computer and install it.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Launch the software and click on Unlock Apple ID on the main interface. And connect your device to your computer via a USB cable.

Click Unlock Apple ID from the Homepage

Click Unlock Apple ID from the Homepage

Step 3. Click Unlock Now and note that for some iOS versions, your data will be erased after removing. So make sure that you’ve backed up for your device to restore later.

Click Unlock Now Button

Click Unlock Now Button

Step 4. Wait while AnyUnlcok removes the linked Apple ID from your iOS-based device. This should not take too long.

Apple ID Removed Successfully

Apple ID Removed Successfully

Once the Apple ID is removed, your device will no longer be connected with your other Apple devices using the same Apple ID.

The Bottom Line

If you no longer want to use your iPad with your iPhone, you can follow the above methods to disconnect an iPad from an iPhone to get rid of your unwanted device on your other Apple devices. We hope the guide helps you do that. And if you forgot Apple ID or password to enter services, AnyUnlock can help you out the situation by resetting Apple ID. Also, if you got further ideas about how to disconnect an iPhone or iPad from another device, feel free to share with us in the comment area.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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