Are you trying to login to iCloud using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod? But don’t see any login options to sign in to iCloud.com? It’s unbelievable how difficult Apple makes logging into your iCloud.com account from your iPhone or iDevice. I mean this is their service, so why make it so challenging?
Well, we’ve got you covered! Use our top tips to sign in to Apple’s iCloud from your iPhone or any other iDevice!
- 1 Quick tips
- 2 Good news for iPads using iPadOS! iPadOS fully supports icloud.com natively
- 3 Can I log into my iCloud on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod with an older iOS version?
- 4 Apple limits access to iCloud.com on legacy iOS versions
- 5 No time? Check out our quick video tips
- 6 So how do I sign in to iCloud on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod using any iOS version?
- 7 Try a third-party browser using Desktop Mode
- 8 Give the beta version of iCloud’s website a shot
- 9 Seeing a welcome screen or iCloud Find My screen instead?
- 10 So Why Even Bother to log in to iCloud.com?
- 11 Additional techniques to log in to iCloud.com
- 12 Want to login to icloud.com using an Android device?
- 13 Send Apple your feedback!
- 14 Summary
Follow these Quick Tips to get to your iCloud login page from an iPhone or iPad
- Update to iPadOS or iOS 13+ to get instant access to iCloud’s website
- iPadOS fully supports desktop sites and applications including icloud.com. So consider updating to iPadOS if possible–iOS 13+ support a stripped-down version of iCloud’s website as well
- For older iOS versions, try using this site address instead (it’s a beta version of icloud.com)–loading this site appears to take a lot longer than usual, so be patient
- Use the Menu Feature Request Desktop Site from your browser of choice and visit the beta site of iCloud
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The Basics of iCloud
If you are new to iCloud, check out our articles on signing up for iCloud. And learn how to set it up on your iDevice.
Good news for iPads using iPadOS! iPadOS fully supports icloud.com natively
Apple upgraded Safari for iPadOS to make Safari on iPad a desktop-class browsing experience. That means with iPadOS you get the desktop versions of websites on your iPad including icloud.com.
Folks that updated their iPads to iPadOS are now able to access icloud.com without any workarounds or impediments. That’s due to Safari’s expanded role in iPadOS. When you type in icloud.com as your URL on your iPad using iPadOS+, you are automatically routed to the desktop icloud.com site!
icloud.com also works for iPhones and iPods with iOS 13+; however, when you type in the icloud.com address, the icloud interface is stripped down to just the Photos app, Notes app, Find iPhone, and Account settings.
Here’s how to access icloud.com on your iPad with iPadOS+
- Open Safari or your browser of choice
- Type in icloud.com (or beta.icloud.com) as the URL address (on an iPad with iPadOS, if you type in icloud.com, you redirected automatically to the full iCloud site)
- A pop-up asks if you want to sign in with the Apple ID that you use on your iPad (for iPadOS and iOS 13+ using the Sign In With Apple feature)
- Tap Continue if you want to sign in with that Apple ID and confirm your identity with Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode
- Tap Use Different Apple ID to sign in with another Apple ID and sign in with your Apple ID and password
- If you don’t see the pop-up, just log in with your Apple ID and password
- Enter the two-factor authentication code if requested–Apple sends these codes to one of your registered devices including Macs. If you didn’t receive the code, tap didn’t get a verification code and choose from the options to resend code, send to one of the phone numbers associated with your Apple ID, or more options for folks that don’t have access to the previous options.
- If this is your first time to this site on this device and browser, you’re asked if you want to trust this browser or not
- Tap Trust (the default) to accept. Once accepted, you won’t be asked for a verification code the next time you sign into this site
- Choose Don’t Trust if this is not your device or if you don’t want to save the trust settings
- Tap Not Now if you don’t want to make any trust decision
- Your Apple ID and iCloud account opens, giving you access to the same settings and apps as the desktop version of iCloud including your account settings
- To sign out, tap your name and choose Sign Out
How to access icloud.com on your iPhone or iPod touch with iOS13+
- Follow the same steps as listed above for iPad using the URL for the iCloud site (use either icloud.com or beta.icloud.com)
- Once logged into your Apple ID, you see a bare-bones version of the icloud interface with access to Photos, Notes, Find My iPhone, and account settings
If you want to access your full suite of Apple apps on icloud.com, you need an iPad or a computer. There is currently no workaround to get the full set of apps on an iPhone or iPod.
Can I log into my iCloud on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod with an older iOS version?
It’s quite easy to into iCloud.com using iPadOS, iOS13+, or any web browser on your computer (PC or Mac.) But not so for Apple’s iDevices using iOS 12 and lower.
Apparently, Apple sees no real reason to log into your iCloud account from your iOS device with a legacy iOS version. They think that you already have access to all of your iCloud account’s content on your iOS device.
As mentioned, Apple did not design the iCloud.com website for mobile devices. But with Apple products, there are almost always workarounds. And luckily, we have a couple of those up our sleeves here at Apple ToolBox that just might do the trick!
Apple limits access to iCloud.com on legacy iOS versions
Apple appears to have locked down access to iCloud.com. Readers tell us that when they access iCloud’s site on their iPhones, they see a sign-in page for Find My iPhone. Or they keep getting a blue loading bar moving from left to right without ever loading any content.
Unfortunately for folks that cannot (or don’t want) to update to iPadOS or iOS 13+, iCloud.com is no longer accessible on any iOS device, including iPhones, iPad, and iPods.
Need to Access Just Your iCloud Files?
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11 or later, access your files from the Files app
- On iOS 9 or iOS 10, find all your files on the iCloud Drive app
No time? Check out our quick video tips
To get the big picture quickly, check out our Apple ToolBox video on how to log into iCloud.com from your iPad, iPhone, and other iDevices!
So how do I sign in to iCloud on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod using any iOS version?
Currently, when you open iCloud’s website (icloud.com) with any browser, including Safari, you either see just the Find My iPhone or three options to Set up iCloud on this device, Open Find My iPhone, and Open Find My Friends.
So where the heck is the option to sign and login to iCloud.com? And why is there no login option?
Try a third-party browser using Desktop Mode
Desktop mode is your Mobile iCloud login workaround!
You work around this by accessing iCloud.com on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, and even an Android device by using a browser feature called “Request Desktop Site.”
For some reason, using browsers OTHER than Safari consistently allow you quick access to iCloud’s site.
So if space permits, download a new browser to your iPhone or another iDevice. Chrome, Firefox, or Dolphin are good choices. There are other browsers as well, just check out the app store for your browser options–and be sure to look at reviews first.
How to log into the iCloud’s site from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with Desktop Mode
- Open Chrome, Firefox, or another third-party browser in desktop mode (this does not work in Safari, even in desktop mode)
- Type in icloud.com into the URL address bar
- If the URL changes to icloud.com/find, remove the /find from the URL and refresh the page
- Be patient, it takes a while to load!
- For two-factor authentication, enter the verification code sent to another device
- If needed Trust the browser on your device
- For iPads, your iCloud information should show up with the same options as the desktop version
- For iPhones & iPods, your iCloud information is limited to Photos, Notes, Find My app, and your account settings
Give the beta version of iCloud’s website a shot
Some readers also found that this iCloud beta site worked on all types of devices (iPhones, iPads, and iPods), even if they had not yet updated to iOS 13 or iPadOS. It only worked when using a third-party browser like Chrome, Firefox, etc.
We even got this working on an old iPad with iOS 10.3.3 using request Desktop Mode and Chrome instead of Safari!
This beta site seems to take a lot longer to load and you often have to try it more than once to get it to work!
And unfortunately, at this time this iCloud beta site does not always work. When you try loading the beta icloud URL, you often get re-directed to the Find My service yet again.
The downside of Requesting Desktop Sites
Desktop sites are usually not responsive to mobile device screens, meaning that you need to scroll around your device’s screen to adjust the screen’s layout. For some, it may even be may be too small to read.
If you find this is the case for you, put your iPhone or iPod into landscape mode and then touch your screen to zoom and scroll as needed.
Seeing a welcome screen or iCloud Find My screen instead?
If your browser presents a welcome URL or iCloud-Find My iPhone screen rather than the iCloud browser login screen, first confirm you are using Desktop Mode for your browser. Then, try a URL refresh by tapping and holding the Refresh symbol in the browser’s URL address bar or the browser’s method for bringing up the desktop site.
You may also need to type in the URL again in the address bar.
This action should bring up the iCloud’s browser login page.
So Why Even Bother to log in to iCloud.com?
Your iCloud account contains what’s most important to you in your mobile life. Things like your contacts, Files app or iCloud drive, photos, notes, reminders, calendar, mail, and most importantly your backups.
And iCloud shares this information across all of your devices, including iDevices and your computers.
- By logging into iCloud.com, you view and change any information you have stored in your iCloud account
- When you sign in to iCloud.com from a browser, you are also able to check multiple iCloud accounts including iCloud accounts that are linked and not linked to your iPhone and other iDevices
- Since iDevices allow only ONE iCloud account (and Apple ID) to connect to your device, using this browser-based method to access your iCloud accounts lets you move photos and other information between accounts!
- And while logged into iCloud.com, you can use any of the iCloud.com apps. Any changes or updates you make are automatically stored and up-to-date on all your connected devices
But Apple does not make checking our iCloud accounts on our iPhones and iDevices mobile browsers easy!
Additional techniques to log in to iCloud.com
I’ll outline a couple more choices below. These steps might work or might not work. There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reasons as to why they work one day and not the next. But it never hurts to try!
Just remember that Apple is inconsistent in allowing access to iCloud.com.
Example with Chrome: How to access iCloud.com
- Open Chrome
- Visit icloud.com or beta.icloud.com
- Tap on the Settings Menu (3 dots on screen right)
- Select “Request Desktop Site” from the menu options
- If the desktop version doesn’t appear, re-enter icloud.com or beta.icloud.com in the URL address bar
- Log in to the desktop version with your Apple ID as you usually do
How to view Desktop Mode
- For Firefox, tap the three dots Page Action menu
- For Dolphin, tap the gear icon then the settings button and toggle on Desktop Mode
Want to login to icloud.com using an Android device?
Just like iDevices, try requesting the desktop version of icloud.com (or beta.icloud.com) using your Android ‘s browser.
Send Apple your feedback!
If you don’t like these changes to iCloud.com and find it makes using your iDevices cumbersome, consider adding your voice by providing Apple your user feedback using this link: Feedback for Apple’s iCloud services including iCloud.com
Using browsers other than Safari tricks iCloud’s servers to think you are using a computer. And that is what lets you log in to iCloud.com!
The biggest advantage of signing into iCloud.com from a browser is that you can check multiple iCloud accounts. AND you can check accounts linked and not linked to your iPhone and other iDevices.
iDevices allow only ONE iCloud account (and Apple ID) to connect to your device. So using a browser to access your iCloud accounts helps you to move photos and other information between accounts!
Whatever browser you use, it does not remember the Request Desktop setting for iCloud. So the next time you want to visit, request the desktop version again as the mobile version is the default.
Hope this tip helps. Let us know in the comments if you have any other ways to login to iCloud.com from your iDevices.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.