How to Unsync iPhone and Ipad

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your iPhone and iPad are constantly syncing and you just want to separate them? Maybe you want different settings on each device or you simply want to keep your personal and work data separate. Whatever the reason may be, in this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of unsyncing your iPhone and iPad.

Step 1: Open Settings

To begin the unsyncing process, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. You can easily find it on your home screen by looking for the gear icon. Tap on it to access the settings menu.

Step 2: Navigate to Your Apple ID Settings

In the settings menu, scroll down until you find your name or Apple ID at the top. Tap on it to access your Apple ID settings.

Step 3: Access iCloud Settings

Within your Apple ID settings, you will see various options. Look for iCloud and tap on it to access iCloud settings.

Step 4: Disable Syncing Options

iCloud is where all the syncing magic happens between your devices. In this step, we will disable syncing options for different apps and services.

You will see a list of apps and services that can be synced across devices. To unsync an app or service, simply tap on its toggle switch next to its name. The switch should turn from green (indicating enabled) to gray (indicating disabled).

  • Safari: This option allows you to sync bookmarks, reading lists, and open tabs between devices. Toggle it off if you don’t want these items synced.
  • Contacts: If you don’t want your contacts to be synced between devices, toggle this option off.
  • Calendars: Turning off this option will prevent your calendars from syncing across devices.
  • Notes: If you use the Notes app and don’t want your notes synced, turn this option off.
  • Reminders: Toggle this option off if you don’t want reminders to be synced between devices.

You may also see other apps and services in the list that are specific to your usage. Feel free to disable any of them as per your preferences.

Step 5: Disable iCloud Backup

In addition to app and service syncing, iCloud also offers a backup feature that automatically backs up your device’s data. To unsync your iPhone or iPad completely, you may want to disable iCloud backup as well.

To do so, scroll down within the iCloud settings until you find the iCloud Backup option. Tap on it and on the next screen, toggle off the iCloud Backup switch. This will prevent automatic backups from occurring across devices.

Step 6: Repeat Steps for Other Device

If you have multiple Apple devices that are still syncing with each other, repeat steps 1-5 on each device individually. This will ensure that all devices are unsynced and no data is being shared between them.


Congratulations! You have successfully unsynced your iPhone and iPad.

Now they can operate independently without sharing data or settings with each other. Remember, if at any point in the future you wish to re-enable syncing, simply follow the same steps and toggle the options back on.

Unsyncing your devices gives you more control over your data and allows you to customize each device according to your preferences. Enjoy the freedom of having separate settings and data on your iPhone and iPad!

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