When someone says they wish to Stop Syncing iPad and iPhone, they could mean a variety of things. One or more of the following options may be appealing to you:
- Stop syncing photos
- Stop syncing text messages
- Stop syncing emails
- Stop getting phone calls on the iPad
- Completely disconnect your iPad and iPhone so that they share nothing
- Wipe your iPad so that someone else can use it
We’ll show you how to do the first four in this article. However, in the last two scenarios, you’ll probably want to detach your iPad from your Apple ID and Factory Reset it.
You can also set up another Apple ID on the iPad at the same time (for your child, for example). You could also wish to set up Family Sharing in this situation.
iCloud syncs your images, texts, and other data across all of your devices. On your iPad, navigate to Settings > [your Apple ID] > iCloud to view these options.
The settings for your Mail app and phone calls are located elsewhere. This article will walk you through the procedures for unsyncing the Photos, Messages, and Mail apps on your iPad, as well as how to turn off phone calls.
Removing an app icon from your Home Screen is one of the things you might want to do instead of or in addition to the rest.
Remove the Photos, Messages, or Mail app from your Home screen
You can also remove app icons from your Home Screen if you desire. Although this would conceal the app from the display, there is no way to completely wipe Photos or Messages from your iPad; they will always be accessible through your App Library.
To delete an app from your Home Screen, follow these steps:
- Hold down the app icon until you see a menu appear.
- Select Remove App.
- Remove from Home Screen is the option.
How to turn off photo sharing between iPad and iPhone
There are a variety of reasons why someone might want to stop synchronizing their images between two devices. You may not require your images to be stored on your iPad, or you may wish to free up storage space.
One typical explanation is that you have a child who uses your iPad and you don’t want them looking through your images or potentially deleting them.
You can disable iCloud syncing for Photos if you don’t take photos with your iPad or don’t mind having photos saved exclusively on your iPad rather than in iCloud.
If you only have a few images on your iPad that you don’t want others to see, consider putting them in a hidden album.
To stop synchronizing photos, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app on your iPad.
- At the top of the Settings menu, tap on your Apple ID name.
- After that, go to iCloud and then Photos. If you wish to stop syncing images because you don’t have enough storage on your iPad, you can pick Optimize iPad Storage. This will ensure that your photos don’t take up too much space on your iPad.
Toggle the option next to iCloud Photos to turn it off to stop photos from syncing to your iPad.
- A pop-up window will appear with the options to Remove from iPad or Download Photos & Videos. If you opt to delete the images, they will still be accessible via iCloud on your other devices. Choose Download Photos & Videos if you wish to save copies to your iPad.
- No further photographs from your other devices will be synchronized after you disable iCloud Photos on your iPad.
How to stop syncing text messages between iPhone and iPad
You can stop seeing your text messages on your iPad by taking the following steps:
- iCloud sync must be turned off.
- On your iPad, delete all of your messages.
One or both of these options are available to you. Before deleting texts from your iPad, make sure to turn off iCloud sync.
Disable iCloud sync for Messages
You may disable iCloud sync for Texts if you don’t want your Message messages to appear on your iPad.
To turn off iCloud Messages sync, go to Settings > iCloud Messages > Disable iCloud Messages
- Go to the Settings app on your iPad and choose your Apple ID user name at the top of the menu.
- Select iCloud from the drop-down menu.
- Toggle the switch off for Messages in the list of apps.
- You’ll be given the choice to Disable and Download Messages, as well as Cancel. No future messages will appear in the Messages app if you select to Disable and Download Messages.
Delete all of the messages on your iPad
It’s possible that you’ll wish to delete all of the texts on your iPad. For further information on how to remove a message or conversation in Messages on iPhone (or iPad), see How to Delete a Message or Conversation in Messages on iPhone (or iPad).
- If you haven’t already, disable iCloud sync; else, all of your messages will be deleted across all of your devices.
- Open the Messages app on your phone.
- Select Messages from the Edit menu in the upper-left corner of your screen.
- To pick all of your discussions, swipe your finger down the column of “check circles.”
At the bottom of the screen, tap Delete.
Turn off email sync for Mail on iPad
To disable an email account on your iPad, follow these steps:
- On your iPad, go to Settings, then scroll down and tap on the Mail app.
- Go to Accounts and choose it.
- You can do the following for each of your (non-iCloud) accounts:
- Remove the Mail app from your list of apps (and other apps if you wish).
- Choose Delete Account to remove the account entirely from your iPad.
- For an iCloud account, follow these steps:
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- To stop getting email at your @icloud.com address, toggle the option next to iCloud Mail.
How to stop your phone ringing on an iPad
You’ll need to change the settings on your iPhone to stop receiving phone calls on your iPad.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll down to the Phone app and hit it.
- Select Calls on Other Devices from the Calls section.
- Toggle the switch next to your iPad’s name under the Allow Calls On section to turn off Allow Calls on Other Devices or to disable calls only on your iPad.