Apple’s “Find My iPhone” is a great feature that helps users track stolen or misplaced iPhones, iPads, and, with iCloud, Macs. It’s also a great way for families to keep track of each other.
If you’re like us, however, and you have many Apple products that you’ve churned through over the years, your device list has begun to look like this:
Old devices that have since been sold, donated, destroyed, etc. clutter up your “My Devices” list, making it more annoying and difficult to quickly select and find the device you’re looking for.
First, using the web interface, log in to your iCloud account at iCloud.com and click on “Find My iPhone.”
All of the devices you’ve ever logged in to with your iCloud account (and enabled the Find My iPhone feature on) will be presented in the list on the left. Select a device you no longer need on the list and press the small “X” that appears to the right.
You’ll get a dialog asking you to confirm that you’d like to remove the device. It also notifies you that the device will be added to the My Devices list again if it reappears online while logged in to your iCloud account, reassuring you that a device can be recovered if it’s accidentally deleted.
Once you click “Remove,” the device will disappear from the list. Repeat this process for the remaining devices you wish to get rid of.
You can also remove devices from your list using the Find My iPhone iOS app.
Open the app and log in with your iCloud credentials. Once loaded, click the “Devices” button in the upper left corner. The same list of devices that you would find in the iCloud web interface will be presented here.
Find the device you’d like to remove and then swipe your finger from left to right across the device’s entry in the list. A red “Delete” button will appear on the right.
Click “Delete” and you’ll get a similar dialog to the one presented by the web interface. Click “Remove” and the device will disappear from the list. Repeat for the remaining devices.
Once all the extra devices are gone, you’ll be left with a nice and tidy list of only your current devices.