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How to stop iPhone and iPad sync?

6 ways to unlink your iPhone and iPad

Having Apple ID has many advantages. Without it, you wouldn't be able to use your Apple device to its full potential. Having the same Apple ID on your devices like iPhone and iPad allows them to share information effortlessly. Your photos, emails, messages, and other data are automatically synced, which is very convenient.

Even though device sync is a great feature, you might not want to receive emails or calls from your iPhone to your iPad. In that case, you need to unlink both devices and stop app sync. There are a couple of ways you can do that.

How to stop iPhone and iPad sync?

You can stop syncing a specific app like Mail, Photos, Messages, etc. Or you can stop iCloud sync in general. The best way to unlink both devices is to remove your iPhone or iPad from the Apple ID. In that case, you'll need to create a different Apple ID for the other device to keep them completely separate.

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Stop Messages app sync between devices

If you want to keep using the same Apple ID for both devices but don't want your messages showing up on the iPad, you can disable the Messages app sync.

To disable messages sync between devices, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
2. Tap on your Apple ID name.
3. Then, tap on "iCloud".

Go to iCloud

4. Locate the "Messages" option and next to it, toggle the switch to disable sync.
5. Tap on "Disable and Download Messages" to confirm the action.

Disable Messages

You can also disable other features like Notes and other app syncs.

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Stop Mail app sync between devices

If you don't want to receive emails from the Mail app on your iPad, you can either stop Mail sync or delete your account from the Mail app.

To stop Mail sync on iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Mail".
3. Then, tap on "Accounts".

Go to Accounts

4. Choose your Mail account.
5. Next to "Mail", toggle the switch to disable email sync. You can also disable other options.

Disable Mail

To delete your Mail account on the iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Mail".
3. Then, tap on "Accounts".

Go to Accounts

4. Choose your Mail account and select "Delete Account".

Delete Mail account

5. Tap on "Delete from My iPad" to confirm the action.

You can also disable iCloud Mail sync. To do that, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down and tap on "Mail".
3. Then, tap on "Accounts".
4. Tap on "iCloud".
5. Tap on "iCloud" again and select "iCloud Mail".
6. Next to "iCloud Mail", toggle the slider to stop sync.

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Stop Photos app sync between devices

You can also stop photo sync between your iPad and iPhone.

To stop photo sync on iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap on your Apple ID.
3. Select "iCloud" and tap on the "Photos" option.

Go to Photos

4. Next to "iCloud Photos", toggle the switch to disable the sync.
5. Then, tap on "Remove from iPad" to delete everything from your iPad or "Download Photos & Videos" to save copies on your iPad.

Disable iCloud Photos

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Disable calls on your iPad

When your devices are linked together, the calls you get on your iPhone will also ring on your iPad. If you don't want your iPad ringing when someone calls you, you can simply disable calls on other devices from your iPhone.

To disable calls on the iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Tap on "Phone".
3. Then, tap on "Calls on Other Devices".

Tap on Calls on Other Devices

4. Next to "Allow Calls on Other Devices", toggle the slider to disable the feature.

Disable Allow Calls on Other Devices

If you want to disable calls only on the iPad, under "Allow Calls On" next to your iPad name, toggle the switch to disable them.

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Disable Handoff

Turn off Handoff on both iPhone and iPad to avoid unwanted connection.

To disable Handoff on iPad, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
2. Go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "AirPlay & Handoff".

Go to AirPlay & Handoff

4. Next to "Handoff", toggle the switch to disable the feature and confirm the action.

Disable Handoff

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Remove iPhone or iPad from Apple ID

The best way to stop any communication between your iPhone and iPad is to use different Apple IDs. That means you'll need to delete one device from the current Apple ID.

To remove your iPad from Apple ID, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Tap on your Apple ID name.
3. Scroll down and select your iPad.
4. Scroll to the bottom and tap on "Remove from account".
5. Tap on "Remove" to confirm the action.

To remove your iPhone from Apple ID, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
2. Tap on your Apple ID name.
3. Scroll down and select your iPhone.

Select iPhone

4. Scroll to the bottom and tap on "Remove from account".

Tap on Remove from account

5. Tap on "Remove" to confirm the action.

We hope this guide provided you with the information you were looking for and helped you unlink and stop syncing your iPhone and iPad.

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