How to Remove Old Devices from Screen Time on Your iPhone or iPad

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Remove Old Devices from Screen Time on iPhone or iPad

Just the other day, I was looking at my Screen Time because ya boy here likes to waste most of his time away either redditing (my new word) or watching random shithousery on YouTube.

It’s bad but not as bad as seeing my old devices appear under Screen Time.

First thought was it was a glitch, so I closed the Settings app and opened it back again and still, the old devices were there, stuck in a void of nothingness.


Remove Old Devices from Screen Time on iPhone or iPad
An example. You seriously thought I named my devices “Juli” didn’t you?


Anyways, I tried a lot of things.

I scoured various guides, skimmed through Apple’s support communities posts, and even managed to get a hold of Apple’s support.  

I did manage to find a few worthwhile tricks so that is why I wrote up this piece because I felt you may find it useful.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to remove old devices from Screen Time on iPhone or iPad in less than 3 minutes of your time. 🙂

Let’s dive right in.



How to Remove Old Device from Screen Time on iPhone or iPad: 5 Ways


1.  Check your Apple Profile.

  1. Jump into your Settings app in your iPhone (or iPad) and then tap General.
  2. Next, tap on your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Do you see the list of all the devices down below the page? Yes, find the old device that doesn’t belong there and tap on it.
  4. Simply, tap the option to Remove from Account, then confirm.

Voila! You’ve now removed your older device from Screen Time.

If you’re looking for another solution or if the previous method didn’t work, you can keep reading on how you can further try other methods to completely remove your older device from Screen Time on your iPhone (or iPad).



2.  Using the Find My iPhone App.

You can also use the Find My iPhone app to remove it completely from showing up in Screen Time.

The way it works is when you turn the old device off from inside the Find My iPhone app and also have iCloud Backup turned off (don’t worry, I’ll show you both :)) the older device will no longer be synced to any service that is still used with your current iPhone (or iPad).

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go ahead open up your Settings app and then once again tap on your name at the very top of the screen.
  2. Next, select iCloud.

Remove old devices from screen time


  1. Now under Apps Using iCloud, tap on Find My iPhone. Just switch it off.

Remove Old Devices from Screen Time on iPhone or iPad


  1. Once again under Apps Using iCloud, tap on iCloud Backup. Switch it off too.

Remove Old Devices from Screen Time on iPhone or iPad


Done! You can turn them back on again and see if the old device still annoys the hell out of it. 



3.  Changing the Name of the Old Device. 

One other way to remove the old device from Screen Time is to actually just change the name of the device.

Of course, this assumes you still have the device in hand. You may even know how to do this yourself but I’ll still show for the purposes of this guide. 

  1. Grab your old device, open up its Settings app.
  2. Next, tap General and then tap About.
  3. Lastly, tap the Name and simply just change the name of the device to something that is different from before. 

You’re done.

BTW you can also choose to …



4.  Turn Off Screen Time.

Perhaps you may not even find yourself using the Screen Time feature on your iPhone (or iPad) so why not just turn it off?

Here’s how you can turn off Screen Time on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Grab your iPhone or iPad (or both) and then jump into the Settings app.
  2. Next, tap Screen Time.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Turn Off Screen Time.

Turn off Screen Time


Done! You can have turned back on any time. Trying these steps and then turning Screen Time back on can also work wonders at times since you’ll be setting Screen Time as new once again and the syncing will be carried out. 

Try it and see which works to fit your needs.



5.  Rebooting your Devices.

You can also try and reboot every device that’s listed under Screen Time. Most people only have like 2-3 devices max however if you have more than that figure then this method may be tedious (which in that case the above methods should do the trick).

A reboot should give the kick that old device needs to understand that it is no longer needed and proceed to un-sync from your main device.



6.  If all fails, reach out to Apple.

Although this is an ongoing issue that hasn’t been resolved, for the most part, reaching out to Apple can definitely be helpful to shed some light on what is in the works and whether the device needs to be brought into an examination.

You can also go to your nearest Apple Store if you wish but know that this is a small issue and these kinds of “bugs” do get fixed with an iOS system update sooner or later.

Ooh, one last thing! Don’t forget to check the comments down below provided by our amazing readers. They have some of the most effective tricks listed that has personally worked for them.


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  1. I spoke to a senior technician in Apple Support, he basically said as the feature is new it has teething problems and will hopefully be addressed in the future. He has logged a support/fault report to the iOS team maybe for a future fix.

  2. None of these fully worked for me but for anyone else having this problem on a child device,
    if after doing the above steps you remove the child from the family and re-add them then
    the old devices disappear.

    If they are 13 or older, this is easy. If they are younger than 13 you will likely need to change their
    birthday first before you will be allowed to remove them.

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