Starting with macOS Catalina, Apple has given us a new way to access and manage our Apple credentials: through System Preferences. With a new preference panel, we can change name, phone, email, payment method, shipping details, manage our devices, and more.
The first thing we need to do is access the corresponding panel in System Preferences:
In the Apple () menu, we choose System Preferences. We touch the Apple ID at the top right. Once here, in the sidebar, we find three sections: Apple ID details, iCloud, Content and Purchases and, finally, Devices.
Manage our Apple ID details
This section is the one that allows us to manage the preferences of our Apple ID, it is made up of several sections:
iCloud, content and purchases
This section is the one that allows us to manage iCloud preferences as well as purchasing and content preferences.
iCloud: where we decide which apps use iCloud to store and sync data. We may also enable and disable Optimized Storage and Manage the storage we use in our account. Content and purchases: here we can manage our account, decide if we want to use Touch ID for purchases (if our Mac is compatible), as well as choose if we want to be asked for the password to make purchases. In addition, we can manage our subscriptions to services and applications.
Here we find a list of all devices linked to our Apple ID. We can click on each of them to get more information or perform certain actions.
We can see the device model, its serial number and the software version it is running for all devices. We may use the Remove from Account option if we have given or sold the device and it is no longer ours. And we can use the search app through Show on Web to see the location of the device (except HomePod or Apple TV), and if it is compatible with Apple Pay, we can remove all the cards. If it is an iPhone or an iPad, we can also see if the backups are activated and the date of the last copy.
The Apple ID is by far the most important account we have. Without a doubt, being able to easily manage your options and information is extremely important. Fortunately, Apple makes it easy for us on macOS Catalina and later.