> How do I successfully leave my iPhone behind?
I’m going overseas where I can’t use or take my iPhone. Will my iCloud account lapse while I’m not using it? Is there anything else I should do to care for my iPhone while it’s out of use? As far as we can tell, Apple doesn’t disable an iCloud account unless you instruct it to explicitly (or break its terms and conditions). Even if you’re away for six months or more, when you return you shouldn’t find that your account has been archived, removed, or made inaccessible.
When you are sure that you won’t be able to access your account for several months, and want the peace of mind in knowing that no one else will be able to access it either, you can ask Apple to temporarily deactivate it. The snag is that you’ll then be unable to access anything associated with your Apple ID until Apple reactivates your account upon your request. Also, email sent to your mac.com, me.com or icloud.com email address and iMessages to your Apple ID will not be delivered to you.
So, you must be certain that you won’t want to use your iPhone for a couple of weeks in the middle of that period. If you’re absolutely sure you want to proceed, start the process at privacy.apple.com.
Also, ensure your iPhone’s battery is cared for. Apple says to store the device at around 50 per cent charge, powered down, in a cool, moisture–free place between 10–30˚C. Every six months, it should be charged back up to 50 per cent. Avoid leaving it at 100 per cent charge or you risk a slow fall in maximum charge capacity.
Use Apple’s Privacy site to deactivate or delete your Apple ID, as well as to check your private data.