Apple account is basically what we use to login into iCloud. iCloud’s web interface doesn’t give anyone access to iMessages but it does give access to Photos, and Mail. It stands to reason that you never want anyone to get into your iCloud account. If you’ve accidentally left iCloud signed into a browser, or anything similar, you can remotely sign out of iCloud.
Remotely Sign Out Of iCloud
We should warn you that this remote sign out option is only for browsers and not for devices. For example, if you signed into iCloud.com in Firefox, this method will sign you out of it. If however, you’ve signed into iCloud on your Macbook or iMac, you will need to use a different method to remotely sign out of iCloud on the device.
Visit iCloud.com and select the Settings app.
At the very bottom you will see a ‘Sign out of all browsers’ option. Click it to remotely sign out of iCloud.
If you want to sign out of iCloud on an iPhone or an iMac, you won’t see a direct sign out method. iCloud is needed to run essential services which is why it isn’t easy to initiate a remote sign out.
Visit iCloud.com and select the Settings app. You will see all devices that you are currently signed into with iCloud. Click the device and then click the little cross/close button next to it to remove it from iCloud.
Once you’ve done this, change your password immediately. This is important because if your device reconnects to the internet, it will automatically sign back into iCloud. Changing the password will prompt it to ask for the new password.
Apple doesn’t have a simple method that can be used to force a device off of iCloud. This likely has to do with how many services like Find my phone, Keychain, and Photos relies on it. If you think it’s annoying how iOS constantly nags you to sign into iCloud, you’re going to hate it even more when you need to remotely revoke a device’s access to the service.
This method for remotely signing a device out of iCloud works for the iPhone, iPad, iMac and Macbooks, and for Apple Watch. The same rules apply regardless of which device you’re signing into; you need to change the password immediately or the device will sign back in when it has an internet connection.
If you have lost your device, don’t sign out of iCloud. Use Find my Phone to track it down and then contact the authorities.