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Question: What gets deleted off your phone when the iCloud account is deleted?

I need to delete the current iCloud account off my phone and add my new iCloud to the phone as the old one does not exist and I am unable to verify the account to subsequently backup the phone. If I were to delete this iCloud account, would I lose photos, messages, contacts, notes, apps or anything that is currently on the phone? Under the iCloud part of settings none of the options (mail, contacts, calendar, notes) are selected but I'm unsure as to what this means.


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iPhone 5s, iOS 10.0.2

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Apr 21, 2018 6:00 AM in response to GBadelaide In response to GBadelaide

If you change your ID, you will lose access to updates for all previous purchases. I suggest you contact Apple ID Support to see if you can correct whatever problems you are having with your current ID before you consider changing your ID. If that fails, I'll post some suggestions below.


Apple ID Support


Apple ID Support (2)


Apple Support by e-mail or chat Select your device, Battery, Power and Charging, then Power adapter not working to get a chat option. If the initial contact can’t help you, ask them to have someone who can help contact you. If you need to talk to them, ask them if they will do a Skype or FaceTime with you.


Apple Support using Twitter



Or fill out and submit this form.

There may be some data loss, but you can minimize it. If syncing photos with iCloud, ensure Optimization is turned off in Settings/Your Name/iCloud/Photos. Then make sure full resolution photos are on the device. When signing out of iCloud, if asked whether you want to retain data, choose yes. Messages conversations will be lost if they are addressed to the ID. See the article below for other places that the old ID should be removed. Also see Winston Churchill's response in the below discussion


Apple ID – Create


How to transfer all files from one iCloud account to another


Apple ID email address or password - What to do after you change


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Question: What gets deleted off your phone when the iCloud account is deleted?