How To Eject a Phone From Mac

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Do you want to avoid unplugging your phone directly from a Mac? Luckily, there are a few workarounds to eject it safely without losing important data.

Quick Answer

To eject your phone from a Mac, click the Finder icon from the Dock and select your phone from the navigation bar in the left pane. Next, click the eject icon next to your phone name and unplug the USB cord.

To make things more understandable, we took the time to write a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to eject a phone from your Mac. We will also discuss removing your phone from iTunes to disconnect it from your computer.

Ejecting a Phone From Your Mac

If you don’t know how to eject your phone from a Mac, our two step-by-step methods will help you complete this task without a problem.

Method #1: Using Finder

To eject your phone from a Mac using Finder, follow these steps.

  1. Drag the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen to access the Dock.
  2. Launch Finder.
  3. Scroll down in the left pane and select your phone.
  4. Click the eject icon right next to the phone name. 
  5. Unplug the cable of your phone to disconnect it from a Mac without losing data!

You can also eject a storage device (USB) from Mac with the same steps mentioned above.

Method #2: Using iTunes

With the following steps, you can also use iTunes to eject your phone on a Mac. 

  1. Launch iTunes from your Mac’s Dock. The phone connected to your MacBook will be displayed.
  2. Click the phone icon to access the connected phone. 
  3. Click the eject icon next to the name of your phone in the top left navigation bar. 
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  4. Quit iTunes and unplug the cable to disconnect your phone from the Mac.

Another way to eject a phone using iTunes is as follows. 

  1. Drag the mouse cursor to the Dock and find the iTunes logo.
  2. Right-click from your mouse and select “Eject [your phone’s name”.
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  3. The phone is successfully ejected and disconnected from your Mac computer!

Method #3: Using the Volumes Folder

Ejecting your phone from a Mac within the Volumes folder is possible by doing these steps.

  1. Press the Command + Shift + G keys on the Finder to access the Go to Folder.
  2. Type “/Volumes” to go straight to the “Volumes” folder. 
  3. Verify that the phone connected to your Mac is displaying there.
  4. Press the Command + E keys on the keyboard to eject the phone.
  5. Confirm that the connected phone is not showing anymore in the “Volumes” folder, and unplug the attached cable from the computer. 

Removing Your Phone From Mac Settings

If the above methods have not resolved your problem, you can remove your phone from Apple’s list of devices using your Mac with these easy and quick steps. 

  1. Select “Account” from the Mac menu bar or Dock and click “Account Settings”.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Click “Manage Devices”.
  4. Click your phone under the list of connected devices.
  5. Click “Remove from the Account”.
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You can also open iTunes on your Mac to remove your phone in the following way.

  1. Drag the cursor at the bottom panel and open iTunes from the Dock.
  2. Click “Account”.
  3. Click “View My Account”.
  4. Click “Manage Devices” and select your phone under the list of connected devices.
  5. Click “Remove from the Account”, and your phone will be ejected and disconnected from your Mac!


In this guide, we’ve discussed how to eject a phone from a mac using Finder, iTunes, and the Volumes folder. We have also discussed removing the phone from Apple’s device list as a last resort.

Hopefully, your question is answered, and you can now safely unplug your phone after ejecting it without losing data.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen if I unplug my phone without ejecting it?

Unplugging your phone without ejecting it is a bad idea as it can interfere with the file-transferring process. Additionally, it can cause you to download corrupted files; in severe cases, you may even lose precious data without warning. Therefore, it is recommended to always eject your phone before unplugging it. 

How do I access a USB drive on my Mac?

To access a USB drive, start by plugging it into your Mac’s USB port. Now, launch Finder and select the name of the USB drive from the Navigation Bar to open the files.

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