How to Sign Out Apple Id on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Signing out of your Apple ID on your Mac is an essential step to ensure the security and privacy of your personal information. Whether you’re selling your Mac, passing it on to a family member, or simply want to disconnect your Apple ID temporarily, this tutorial will guide you through the process.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Command + Spacebar” to open Spotlight search and type “System Preferences.”

Step 2: Go to iCloud Settings

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Apple ID” icon. It should be at the top-right corner of the window and displays your profile picture or initials. This will take you to the Apple ID settings.


If you’re using an older version of macOS that doesn’t have an Apple ID icon in System Preferences, look for “iCloud” instead. The steps are essentially the same.

Step 3: Sign Out

Once inside the Apple ID settings, click on the “Overview” tab if it’s not already selected. Scroll down until you find a button labeled “Sign Out.” Click on it.


  • If any services are currently using your Apple ID, such as iCloud Drive or Find My Mac, you’ll be prompted to disable them before signing out.
  • If you have any unsaved documents or work in progress, make sure to save them before proceeding with signing out.

Step 4: Choose Your Options

A pop-up window will appear, asking you to choose the data you want to keep a copy of on your Mac. You have two options:

  • Keep a Copy: This option allows you to keep a copy of your iCloud data on your Mac. Choose this if you want to access your iCloud data even after signing out.
  • Delete from Mac: This option will remove all your iCloud data from your Mac. Only choose this if you’re sure you no longer need the data or have already backed it up elsewhere.


If you have any doubts or concerns about your data, it’s always recommended to back it up before proceeding with signing out.

Step 5: Sign Out Confirmation

After selecting the desired option, click on the “Continue” button. A confirmation window will appear, summarizing the consequences of signing out. Read through it carefully and click on “Sign Out” to proceed.

Step 6: Enter Your Password

To complete the sign-out process, enter your Apple ID password when prompted and click on “Continue.”


If you’ve enabled two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, in addition to entering your password, you may also need to verify your identity using a trusted device or phone number associated with your account.

Step 7: Finish Signing Out

The final step is waiting for macOS to sign you out of your Apple ID. This may take a few moments depending on the amount of data being processed and the speed of your internet connection.


If you’re signed in with other Apple services such as iTunes or iMessage, you may need to sign out of these individually as well.

Once the sign-out process is complete, you’ll be redirected back to the Apple ID settings page, but this time you’ll see a “Sign In” button instead of “Sign Out,” indicating that you have successfully signed out of your Apple ID on your Mac.

Congratulations! You have now securely signed out of your Apple ID on your Mac. Remember, signing out is crucial when handing over your Mac to someone else or when you want to protect your personal information.

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