How to Log Out Apple Id on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re looking to log out of your Apple ID on your Mac, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of logging out of your Apple ID account on your Mac.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To get started, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can search for “System Preferences” using Spotlight (press Command + Spacebar and type “System Preferences”) and hit Enter when it appears in the search results.

Step 2: Navigate to Apple ID

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Apple ID” icon. It should be located towards the top-right corner of the window. If you’re using an older version of macOS where “Apple ID” is not available, look for “iCloud” instead.

Step 3: Sign Out

Once you are in the Apple ID or iCloud settings, you will see a sidebar on the left side of the window. Look for an option labeled “Overview” or “Account Details” and click on it.

On this page, scroll down until you find a button labeled “Sign Out”. Click on it.

Note: Before signing out, make sure you have a backup of any important data associated with your Apple ID or iCloud account. Signing out will remove certain data from your Mac that is synced with your Apple ID or iCloud.

Cleaning Up Your Local Data (Optional)

If you want to remove all synchronized data from your Mac while signing out (this includes contacts, calendars, reminders, etc.), check the box next to “Delete from Mac” or “Delete from all devices”. Keep in mind that this will only delete the data stored locally on your Mac and will not affect the data stored on other devices or iCloud.

Step 4: Confirm Sign Out

After clicking on “Sign Out”, a confirmation window will appear. You’ll be asked whether you want to keep a copy of your iCloud data on this Mac.

If you’d like to keep a local copy of your iCloud data, make sure the box next to “Keep a Copy” is checked. Otherwise, uncheck the box. Once you’ve made your selection, click on “Continue”.

Step 5: Enter Your Password

To complete the sign-out process, enter your Apple ID password when prompted and click on “Continue”. This step is important to ensure that only authorized users can sign out of an Apple ID account.

Step 6: Wait for Sign Out

After entering your password, wait for a few moments while your Mac signs out of your Apple ID account. This process may take some time depending on the amount of data being processed.

Step 7: Sign In with Another Account (Optional)

If you want to log in with another Apple ID or iCloud account, go back to the Apple ID or iCloud settings page in System Preferences and click on “Sign In”. Enter the credentials for your new account and follow any additional prompts to complete the sign-in process.


  • If you’re signed in to other services like iTunes or Messages using your Apple ID, you may need to sign out of those services separately as well.
  • If you’re using an older version of macOS where “Apple ID” is not available, you may need to sign out from iCloud or other related services individually.

That’s it! You have successfully logged out of your Apple ID on your Mac. Following these steps will help you ensure the security and privacy of your account.

We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to Apple support or consult the official Apple documentation for more information.

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