If you don’t want to use iCloud, you can either turn off iCloud entirely on your device or disable individual iCloud-related apps and services that you don’t want to use on your iPhone or iPad.
Turn off iCloud on iPhone and iPad
While it’s possible to use iPhone or iPad without being signed in to iCloud, signing in provides access to Apple services like iCloud backups, iCloud Photos, Find My Device, Photo Stream, and others.
To use Apple’s popular iCloud-related services on iPhone or iPad, all you have to do is sign in to your device with Apple ID and turn on the available iCloud services you want to use.
You can always turn off every single iCloud service you don’t want to use, and even turn off iCloud entirely on your device, by signing out of iCloud.
However, you need to be aware that signing out of iCloud will also sign you out of Find My iPhone, FaceTime, and iMessage.
Although there’s no way to use Find My iPhone without being signed in to iCloud, you can use iMessage and FaceTime using your phone number instead of using your iCloud account.
1. Completely turn off iCloud on iPhone and iPad
To completely turn off iCloud on iPhone or iPad, you simply need to sign out of your Apple ID.
Open settings and tap yours Apple ID name > On the next screen, scroll down and tap Deliver Possibility.
In the pop-up window, enter yours Apple ID password and tap Turn off. In the next pop-up window, select the type of iCloud data you want to copy to your device and tap Deliver.
On the confirmation pop-up, tap Deliver option to confirm.
2. Turn off iCloud Drive, iCloud Mail, iCloud Messages and others
The other option is to turn off iCloud services that you don’t want to use one by one and only turn on the iCloud services that you find useful and want to use on your device.
Go to settings > AppleID > iCloud > On the next screen, toggle off Individual iCloud Services that you don’t want to use.
You are not done yet! – There are other services like iCloud Photos, Shared Albums, Find My iPhone and other iCloud related services that need to be disabled one by one.
Note: Enabling iCloud Messages helps sync your message history across all your devices.
3. Disable iCloud Photos, Photo Stream and Shared Albums
iPhone automatically uploads photos you take with your device to iCloud so you can access them from any of your other devices.
If you want your photos to be stored in iCloud, or if you only have 5GB of storage in your free iCloud account, you can turn off iCloud Photos.
Go to settings > AppleID > iCloud > photos and move the switch next to iCloud Photos into the exhibition.
Select in the popup Remove from iPhone Option (to remove photos from other devices from iPhone). If not, choose Download photos and videos Possibility.
Note: Original iCloud photos from other devices are available on your other devices even if you select Remove from iPhone option.
On the same screen, scroll down and disable My photo series & Shared Albumsif you don’t want to use them.
Note: Before turning off Photo Stream, you should check out this guide: How to turn off Photo Stream without losing photos.
4. Turn off Find My iPhone.
If you sell your device or give it to someone else, you need to turn off Apple’s Find My service on your iPhone.
Go to settings > AppleID > find mine > find my iphone and move the switch next to find my iphone to OUT Position.
In the pop-up window, enter yours AppleID, password and tap the Switch off Possibility.
5. Turn OFF iCloud backups
With automatic iCloud backups turned on, iPhone automatically backs up all important data to iCloud when connected to charge and a Wi-Fi network is available.
If you don’t want to use this feature and prefer to download a full iPhone backup to computer, you can turn off iCloud backups on your device.
Go to settings > AppleID > iCloud > iCloud backup and move the switch next to iCloud backup to OUT Position.
After that, your device will no longer back up its data to Apple’s iCloud servers.