My ex-husband registered my iPhone and I have found out he has been using iCloud to check up on my every move (the iPhone he got me is connected to his iCloud account). Will he have been able to read all of my personal text messages exchanged through the iPhone? And is there anything I can do to prevent him from reading my messages in the future?

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    The less-than-clear question gleaned from this post is "how do I prohibit my ex-husband from accessing my iCloud," which is answered admirably by John Ramos below. OP - please edit your question to omit any legal questions (rights) and ask succinctly how to disable iCloud.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 12:30
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    @IconDaemon Thanks! I agree that we can't give legal counsel here, though we can give helpful tech advice. So yes, Jenny, edit your question to fit the goal of the site and the knowledge of its members.
    – owlswipe
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 20:32
  • @Allan There are certainly non-legal aspects to the question so edit out the off-topic parts instead of closing. Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 8:37

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Will he be able to read all of my iPhone's text messages?

Yes. If he has an iPad, Mac, or iPhone hooked up to the same iCloud account as you use on your iPhone, then all of the texts you receive will notify him too, and he can see your sent texts and send some of his own too. He can also (if he's crafty) restore a new iPhone from an iCloud backup of your iPhone and thus copy data from all of your apps.

Do I have any rights?

You can certainly sign out of his iCloud account (go to the Settings app on your iPhone, scroll down and tap iCloud, then scroll down again and tap Sign Out). Then, create your own new iCloud account (go to https://icloud.com in a web browser). Be very sure to set it up with a strong, original password you've never used before, and ensure that your ex does not have access to the email account you set up iCloud with. Then as an added security precaution, you should set up Two-Factor Authentication on your iCloud account which ensures that anyone signing on to your account would need physical access to your iPhone. For a guide on setting up Two-Factor Authentication, see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204915. Now your ex will not be able to see your iCloud data.

Tip from user Alexis: do not set the recovery questions to something your ex would be able to guess. Instead, make up false answers and store it somewhere local (not anywhere in the cloud!!) like on a flash drive, an offline note, or even a piece of paper.

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    OP has an additional right in many jurisdictions - a restraining order that forbids this sort of stalking. Talking to the police might be well advised.
    – ceejayoz
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 17:39
  • "Will he be able to read all of my text messages? Yes." Are you sure? Wouldn't it be only the iMessages and not the SMSes?
    – msh210
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 20:09
  • @alexis Very good tip! I amended my answer with that.
    – owlswipe
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 20:26
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    @msh210 With iOS 8 + OS X Yosemite sharing SMS/MMS messages between devices became possible just like the iMessage sync features that came about with Mountain Lion. And yes, I am sure, so long as the ex had physical access to the device after setting it up with his iCloud account and was able to approve the new user of iMessage on that iCloud account.
    – owlswipe
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 20:29
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    @ceejayoz Yes. I would advise the OP (Jenny) to check with the police about this if she isn't confident switching iCloud accounts solved her problem.
    – owlswipe
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 20:31

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