Much of what makes an iPhone or an iPad great is the way it integrates all your data from device to device using your Apple ID and iCloud. With that being said, sometimes, there is a need to remove all that data from your device. Perhaps, say, you’re handing it over to someone new. Or maybe, you’re trying to sign into a new Apple ID in the old one’s place. Whatever the reason ultimately may be, it helps to know how to sign out of the App Store. This step-by-step guide — complete with photos — will help make the process simple and easy.
Why Sign Out Of The App Store?
As we alluded to above, there are a number of reasons why a person might want to sign out of the App Store. They range from handing the phone over to someone else to simply loving back in with a new Apple ID and numerous other reasons in between. While there doesn’t need to be an official reason to know how to sign out of the App Store, it nevertheless helps to understand some instances where you might need to log out yourself. A few of the most common reasons are as follows.
You Reset Your Password
One of the most common reasons to sign out of the App Store? When you’re planning to reset your Apple ID password. In preparation for a password reset, you can get ahead of the curve and sign yourself out of the App Store first. The iOS device will prompt you to sign back in after a reset anyway, of course. But, by signing out before you reset, you get the opportunity to sign back in on your own terms. That way, you can get around those pesky push notifications that start flowing in after a password reset.
You’re Getting A New Phone
Many cell service providers and mobile retailers offer enticing iPhone trade-in deals whenever the latest model drops. Through their services, you can bring your old phone in and trade it in for a great deal on a new one. While they claim to handle the data wiping and factory resetting themselves, it does help to do so yourself. In this instance, you can sign yourself out of the App Store before initiating a factory reset. That way, you can be absolutely certain none of your personal data or login info remains on the phone when you go to trade it in.
You Need Some Extra Space
To be clear, signing out of the App Store doesn’t delete any of the apps you’ve downloaded. However, signing out of the App Store can still clear up some space on your iOS device. This is because plenty of your data and information is stored in the iCloud and linked to your Apple ID. So, by signing out of the App Store, you effectively remove that data and information from your iPhone or iPad until you sign in again. This can be a good way to free up some extra space on your device when you need room for storage. (Which, as many of us can attest to, happens quite often.)
How To Sign Out Of The App Store
With some of the main reasons now understood, let’s break down the steps required to do it for real. No matter if you’re working with an iPhone or an iPad, these steps instructing you on how to sign out of the App Store will remain the same. For the sake of this guide, we’re using an iPhone. Now, let’s get into it. Here’s exactly how to sign out of the App Store, step by step with photos.
Step One: Open The App Store
First thing first: Open up the App Store on your device. You know the one: That blue app, usually located next to the purple iTunes Store app? Tap it, then wait for it to load. It usually takes a second, as it wants to update you with the latest and greatest App Store offerings on the front page. Be patient and let it load.
Step Two: Tap The Profile Icon
Once the App Store has loaded, you’re going to tap the profile icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. It looks like a profile icon on a social media site: A circle and the silhouette of a person. Tap that, and you’ll be taken to your App Store profile.
Step Three: Scroll To The Bottom
Once on your App Store profile, scroll straight to the bottom. Depending on how many apps you’ve downloaded, you might be scrolling for a while. This is the place where Apple complies with your entire App Store download and purchase history. The sign-out button is at the very bottom. Once you find it, stop right there.
Step Four: Tap Sign Out
Lastly, you’re simply going to tap the sign-out button. With this easy move, you are officially signed out of the App Store. You’ll now find a space to sign back in at the top of the page. What you do next is ultimately up to you. You can sign back in, sign in with a new Apple ID, or do a factory reset of the phone… the choice is yours. Regardless, you are now signed out of the App Store.