> How do I suc­cess­fully leave my iPhone be­hind?

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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 Even if you’re away for six months or more, when you re­turn you shouldn’t find that your ac­count has been archived, re­moved, or made in­ac­ces­si­ble.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.

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