How to Remove Phone Number from iTunes in 2024

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  • 3 July 2024
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Having your iTunes details up to date is critical for safety and ease. If your phone number has changed, you may wish to remove the previous one from your iTunes account. 

Fortunately, deleting a phone number from iTunes is quick and simple. In this blog post, we'll show you how to do it on your iPhone or iPad and through your Apple ID settings on a web browser.

What is iTunes?

iTunes is a software tool that acts as a media player, library, mobile device management utility, and iTunes Store client app. 

It was created by Apple Inc. and is used to purchase, play, download, and organise digital media on personal computers running the macOS and Windows operating systems. 

It can also be used to rip songs from CDs and play content from dynamic, smart playlists. It has options for sound enhancement and wirelessly sharing iTunes libraries.

Why Is It Important to Remove Your Phone Number from iTunes?

Removing an old phone number from your Apple ID (which was previously your iTunes account) has many reasons:

Lower Safety Concern

  • Inactive phone numbers can pose a safety concern. If your Apple ID requires two-factor authentication (2FA) for logins and actions, you will receive a verification code via text message. 
  • If the number is no longer yours, you will not receive the code and may be locked out of your account.

Account Recovery

  • When you forget your Apple ID password, you'll need a valid phone number to retrieve it.

Remain Informed

  • Having an accurate phone number guarantees that you receive necessary notifications and messages from Apple regarding your account or purchases. 

Maintaining Privacy Controls

  • If you have switched phone numbers and do not require the previous one linked to your Apple ID for privacy reasons, you should remove it.

How to Remove Your Phone Number from iTunes

While iTunes no longer stores phone numbers, there are two ways to remove the outdated number associated with your Apple ID (previously your iTunes account):

Use Your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  3. Select Password and Security.
  4. Tap Edit next to Trusted Phone Number.
  5. You may need to input your device's passcode here for verification.
  6. Choose the phone number you wish to remove and tap the red minus symbol next to it.
  7. Tap Delete to confirm the removal.

Using the Web Browser

  1. Using your computer's browser, navigate to the Apple ID website (
  2. Sign into your Apple ID account.
  3. Scroll down to the Security section, then click Edit next to Trusted Phone Number.
  4. You may be requested to enter your Apple ID password for verification.
  5. Click the minus symbol next to the phone number you wish to remove.
  6. To confirm the removal, click Delete.

Crucial Factors to Consider Before Removing Your Phone Number from iTunes

However, removing the phone number from your Apple ID (previously your iTunes account) can have the following consequences:

Removal of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) access

  • Removing the phone number will disable that method if you use SMS verification for 2FA on your Apple ID. 
  • To avoid being locked out, disable the phone number before setting up an alternative verification process, such as a trustworthy email address.

Challenges in Account Recovery

  • If you lose your password and need to retrieve your Apple ID, a valid phone number is essential. 
  • Without it, the process could be more complicated.

Missed Notifications

  • Apple may send crucial alerts about your account, purchases, or safety concerns to your phone number. 
  • Removing it means you may miss these updates.

Is iTunes Considered Safe?

iTunes is generally considered secure, as long as you download content from the official iTunes Store. However, downloading applications or files from unauthorised sites can pose security risks. 

These sources may contain malware that might steal your data, track your activities, or damage your device. To reduce those risks, you should only use authorised channels within iTunes.

Although iTunes is safe, illegal downloads carry a risk. PurePrivacy can help by focusing on social media sites you may link to your Apple ID. 

It can assess your social media settings for privacy threats, provide recommendations, and even remove your search history or outdated postings. This reduces the amount of data exposed via social media, even if your Apple ID is compromised.

Optimise Your Privacy and Limit Data Logging

PurePrivacy is a single platform for controlling your social media privacy. It helps you understand your current exposure, recommends improvements, and even simplifies certain processes, like data removal requests.

How PurePrivacy Helps You Stay Safe Online

Get Privacy Score

  • This function assigns a score to represent the total safety of your social media settings. 
  • It helps you see how vulnerable your information may be based on the current permission given to various sites.

Allow Customised Recommendations

  • Based on its research, PurePrivacy makes specific suggestions to improve your privacy. 
  • These may include changing particular settings or permissions on your social media accounts.

Manage Data Removal 

  • PurePrivacy includes a "Remove My Data" function that allows you to request that your details be removed from data brokers. 
  • It optimises the procedure and keeps you informed on its status. 
  • It also calculates the risk score for your data kept by these brokers based on their privacy requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How can I remove a phone from my iTunes account?


    - Open the Settings application.
    - Tap your name, then select Media & Purchases.
    - Tap View Account. You might be required to log in.
    - Scroll down and tap Remove This Device.

  • How can I remove an account from iTunes?


    You can also delete many users by choosing Edit in Users and Roles, checking the box next to each user's name, and then clicking Delete. Remember that you can not delete your account.

  • Can I change my iTunes account?


    You can change your Apple ID's name, password, and billing information at any time. Log in to the iTunes account after selecting Account > View My Account in the PC app. Do one of the following: Change your Apple ID's name or password: Select "Edit at"

  • How can I stop my iPhone from connecting to iTunes?


    Connect your iPhone to the work computer, and then do the following: * Within iTunes, click on the device and then the "Summary" tab. Click on the "Options" button and uncheck the option next to "Open iTunes when this iPhone is connected."

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Keep Your iTunes Account Clean by Removing an Old Phone Number and Improving Privacy

Maintain your Apple ID information (including phone number) for safety and comfort. Follow our instructions to remove an out-of-date phone number from your iTunes on an iPhone, iPad, or web browser. 

Before removing the number, consider potential disadvantages, such as losing 2FA access.

While iTunes is safe, unauthorised downloads present a risk. PurePrivacy helps by maintaining the social media privacy associated with your Apple ID, decreasing the exposure of information even if it is stolen.