I have been a loyal iPhone user for years. I did have two Apple IDs previously. The other one has already been deleted by Apple formally.

The current Apple ID I am using was set up years ago when you had the option of opting out from iCloud features. So basically the iCloud was never set up at the first place with regard to this ID. Under my ID profile in the setting, the iCloud status was off.

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So can I confirm if my data of phone were all kept locally on my device without being uploading to any cloud own by Apple without my knowledge?

I am not using Safari for either but Firefox or Google Chrome. Even if you have an iCloud activated, would the data of these 3rd party apps also be transmitted to Apple Servers through iCloud?

closed as off-topic by Steffen Ullrich, Conor Mancone, Xander, MechMK1, Jeroen Sep 24 at 6:42

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    From a pure technical point of view there is no human consent needed in order to transfer some data. This means that the question is a legal one and therefore off-topic. Please try Law. – Steffen Ullrich Sep 16 at 15:46

theoretically you can't confirm. Apple can lie to you. But you got no reason to think they will.

The real answer is for data linked to your Apple ID you can confirm. By going to the Apple privacy portal. You can request to download every single bit of data they got on you. And see for yourself.

This includes:

  • Apple Media Services information Includes App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, Apple Music, Podcasts activity
  • Apple ID account and device information
  • Apple Online and Retail Stores activity Show more Apple Online and Retail Stores activity
  • Apple Pay activity
  • AppleCare support history, repair requests, and more Show more AppleCare support history, repair requests, and more
  • Game Center activity
  • iCloud Bookmarks and reading list
  • iCloud Calendars and Reminders
  • iCloud Contacts
  • iCloud Notes
  • Maps Report an Issue
  • Marketing communications, downloads, and other activity
  • iCloud Drive files and documents
  • iCloud Mail
  • iCloud Photos
  • Other data

No need to download everything. Just what you want to view.

  • @schroeder To be honest I'm not trying to cover all the theoretical scenarios. This guy is clearly concerned about personal data ending up in an Apple server. And I'm simply trying to help him and any future users with the same concerns to address these concerns, in a straight forward way. I'm not trying to give a robotic unhelpful answer to prove a point to anyone. – tomer zeitune Sep 16 at 19:13
  • @schroeder OP is clearly referring to user data, they are asking about iCloud, a service linked to their Apple ID. I think answering the question as if OP is asking about some anonymous log data unrelated to their Apple ID is nit picking the question. – tomer zeitune Sep 16 at 19:46
  • @schroeder Thank you for you advice. I edited the question to add some sense of incompleteness although personally I prefer some common sense. – tomer zeitune Sep 16 at 19:58
  • You could confirm - keeping the phone on a wi-fi network and sniffing packets to look for requests to Apple (though you probably wouldn't be able to tell WHAT is sent you could rule out certain requests by statistical analysis) – LTPCGO Sep 16 at 23:44
  • @LTPCGO that can only work for future data unless you have some logs of past traffic somewhere. – tomer zeitune Sep 17 at 4:56

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