When you use an iPhone alongside your Mac, almost always both devices communicate with each other in one way or another. This is what makes the Apple ecosystem so seamless and unique.
But if you want to disconnect your iPhone from a Mac, there are many different ways you can do it. We'll get into all of them below.
1. How to Disconnect iPhone from Finder on Mac
If you want to prevent your iPhone from showing up in the Finder on a Mac, all you need to do is unplug it from the USB cable. But if that doesn't help, you have likely configured the Finder to discover the iOS device over Wi-Fi.
To stop this from happening, first select your iPhone in the Finder's sidebar. Then scroll down to the Options Section and uncheck the box next to Show this iPhone when WiFi is enabled.
If you don't own the Mac, you can revoke the permissions you originally granted when you connected your iPhone to it. To do this, open the iPhone settings App and go to General> Reset. Follow this by tapping Reset location and privacy.
2. How to disconnect a Mac from an iPhone personal hotspot
The iPhone's personal hotspot feature gives your Mac quick access to the Internet without another Wi-Fi network. But when you want to disconnect, click your iPhone on Mac Wireless Internet access Menu or selecting another hotspot should do the job.
Additionally, you may want to prevent the Mac from constantly asking you to connect to your iPhone. To do this, open the Apple Menu and go to System Settings> Network> WLAN. Then uncheck the box next to Ask to join personal hotspots. You can still use the Wireless Internet access Menu.
You can also prohibit devices (like a Mac that you don't own) from joining your iPhone's personal hotspot. Go to on your iPhone Settings> Personal Hotspot and turn off the switch next to it Allow others to join.
3. How to break the bluetooth pairing between iPhone and Mac
If you've paired your iPhone with a Mac via Bluetooth (which is another way to get a Mac online), you can disconnect the two devices by opening the Mac's control center, expand the Bluetooth Control and click on your iPhone.
If you want to permanently disconnect the Bluetooth pairing between these devices, open the Apple Menu, choose System settings, and choose Bluetooth. Follow this by clicking on X-shaped symbol next to your iPhone. Then choose Removed.
Alternatively, you can remove the Mac from the list of paired Bluetooth devices on your iPhone. To do this, go to Settings> Bluetoothand tap The information Icon next to the Mac. Next, tap Forget this device.
4. How to Disconnect AirDrop between an iPhone and a Mac
If you want to prevent your iPhone from showing up as an AirDrop location on your Mac, you'll need to turn off AirDrop on your iOS device. To do this, open the iPhone settings App, go to General> AirDrop, and choose Reception off. However, this also prevents the iPhone from receiving files from other devices via AirDrop.
Conversely, you can prevent your Mac from showing up in AirDrop on iPhone. Just open the Finder app, choose AirDrop in the sidebar and set Let me discover from: to No one.
If any of the devices don't belong to you, set up AirDrop Contacts only on your iPhone or Mac, and removing all of the other device's contact information from the Contacts app should prevent it from appearing in AirDrop.
5. How to stop iCloud syncing between an iPhone and a Mac
If you want to prevent your Mac from syncing features and data such as photos, contacts, and calendar events with your iPhone and other Apple devices, open that Apple Menu and go to System Preferences> Apple ID. Follow this by unchecking the boxes next to the services you don't want.photos, contacts, calendar, Etc.
Or, you can prevent your iPhone from syncing data with your Mac (and other devices associated with your Apple ID). To do this, open the settings App, go to Apple ID> iCloud, and turn off the switches next to the services you want to turn off.
6. How to separate handoff between an iPhone and a Mac
Handoff can be incredibly useful when you want to continue your activity from iPhone to Mac and vice versa. But those constant visual cues on the dock can be a distraction.
If you want to turn off Handoff on your Mac, go to System settings> General and uncheck the box next to Allow handover between this Mac and your iCloud devices.
Note, however, that disabling Handoff also disables the universal clipboard between the iPhone and the Mac.
If you want to keep using Handoff on Mac but just want to stop the prompts from your iPhone, open that of the iOS device settings App and go to General> AirPlay & Handover. Follow this by turning off the switch next to it Hand off.
7. How to Stop Retrieving iPhone Text Messages on Mac
By default, your Mac will receive both text and iMessage responses destined for your connected iPhone. If you want to prevent that, call the Messages Open the app on the Mac settings, switch to the to iMessage Tab and uncheck the boxes next to the phone numbers.
You can also turn off all email addresses (e.g. the one related to your Apple ID).
Alternatively, you can prevent your Mac from sending and receiving text messages through your iPhone. Go to Settings> Messages> SMS Forwarding and turn off the switch next to the Mac.
8. How to Disconnect Incoming iPhone Calls on Mac
Does your Mac keep bothering you with incoming phone and FaceTime calls from your iPhone? To prevent this from happening, open the FaceTime app and go to theirs. on settings Field. Then switch to the settings Tab and disable Calls from iPhone.
Or, you can configure your iPhone so that it doesn't transfer incoming calls to your Mac. Open that settings App and tap Phone> Calls on Other Devices. Next, turn off the switch next to the Mac.
9. How to Remove iPhone from Apple ID on Mac
Your iPhone and Mac are always connected as long as they use the same Apple ID. If you want to completely separate both devices, you will need to sign out of Apple ID on at least one device.
You can find the possibility to do this under System Preferences> Apple ID on a Mac or below Settings> Apple ID on the iPhone.
When you don't have your iPhone with you, you can use your Mac to unlink it from your Apple ID. Among System Preferences> Apple ID, select your iOS device in the sidebar and select Remove from account.
Similarly, you can remove a Mac with your iPhone by going to. walk Settings> (your name. Then select the macOS device and tap Remove from account.
You have parted with almost everything
The above pointers should have helped you in disconnecting your iPhone from Mac. If you ended up removing one of the devices from your Apple ID, you may want to set it up with a completely new iCloud account.
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Dilum Senevirathne is a freelance tech writer and blogger with over three years of experience contributing to online technology publications. He specializes in topics related to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows and Google web apps. Dilum holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and AICPA.
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