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"How to Unlink Your iPad from Your iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Busy User"

Need to unlink your iPad and iPhone? Look no further! Our step-by-step guide is the perfect resource for busy users looking to unlink devices quickly and easily.

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Published Dec 7, 2021

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

Unlinking an iPad from an iPhone is a simple process that requires just a few steps. If you have the two devices linked and would like to separate them, this guide will help you unlink your iPad from your iPhone. This guide outlines the steps involved in unlinking the two devices, as well as what to do if there are any issues with the process. By following these steps, you can quickly and easily unlink your iPad and iPhone so they can be used separately.

how to unlink ipad from iphone

To unlink an iPad from an iPhone it is important to ensure that all devices are signed out of iCloud and other services, such as iTunes. Then reset the network settings on the iPad before disconnecting it from the iPhone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Finally, sign back into your devices with your Apple ID and password.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner at the top.
  3. Scroll down and select "iPad".
  4. Tap Remove this iPad.
  5. Confirm that you want to unlink your devices by tapping Remove from Account.
Our takeaway

You have now completed the process of un-linking your iPad from your iPhone! You can now enjoy your iPad's freedom to run independently of its other Apple devices. Congratulations on being able to successfully complete this important task. Now that you are done, why not reward yourself with some leisurely time and perhaps showing off a couple of cool new apps for your iPad? A little bit of fun never hurt anyone--enjoy!


1. What steps are necessary to unlink an iPad from an iPhone?

To unlink an iPad from an iPhone, open the Settings app on both devices and select “iCloud”. Disable the “Find My iPhone/iPad” option on the iPhone and sign out of iCloud on both devices. Then, reboot the iPad and log back into iCloud.

Is there a way to re-establish the connection between my iPad and iPhone after unlinking them?

Yes, it is possible to re-establish the connection between your iPad and iPhone after unlinking them. This can be done by signing into the same iCloud account on each device, which will automatically link them together again.


Are there potential risks associated with unlinking my iPad from my iPhone?

Yes, there are potential risks associated with unsyncing two devices like an iPad and iPhone. These could include data loss, disruption in service and other technical issues. It’s important to back up any important data before attempting to unlink the devices. Additionally, be sure to update all of your apps prior to unlinking the devices.

Can I keep using certain features on both devices if they are not connected to each other?

Yes, it is possible to use certain features on both devices even when they are not linked. Depending on what type of features you need, you may be able to access them by linking your iPad and iPhone through iCloud or another service. Additionally, some apps allow you to sync data across multiple devices without requiring a direct connection.

Is there a difference in the unlinking process depending on the version of iOS running on my devices?

Yes, depending on which version of iOS is running on your devices, some steps or menus may change. It's best to consult Apple support or troubleshooting guides for detailed instructions that are tailored to the particular version.

This article was originally published on 7 Dec 2021 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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