Are you trying to login to iCloud using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch but don’t see any login options to sign into iCloud.com? Well, we’ve got you covered! Follow these tips to quickly sign into Apple’s iCloud from your iPhone or any other iDevice!
- 1 Quick tips
- 2 Update 2019: Apple limits access to iCloud.com
- 3 So How Do I Sign Into iCloud on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod?
- 4 Good news for iPads using iPadOS!
- 5 Can I log into my iCloud on my iPhone?
- 6 The Super Quick Method To Access The iCloud Login Screen From an iDevice
- 7 So Why Even Bother to log in to iCloud.com?
- 8 Additional Techniques to Login to iCloud.com
- 9 Want to login to icloud.com website using an Android device?
- 10 No Time? Check Out Our Quick Video Tip
- 11 Summary
Follow these Quick Tips to get to your iCloud login page from an iPhone or iPad
- For iPads, 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
- iPadOS fully supports desktop sites and applications including icloud.com, so consider updating to iPadOS if possible
- Use the Menu Feature Request Desktop Site from your browser of choice
- For Safari, find it in the Share Menu
- On Chrome, see it in Settings Menu
- For Firefox, find it in the Share Menu
- Tap and hold the Refresh symbol in the URL address bar. A quick menu appears with an option to Request Desktop Site
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The Basics of iCloud
If you are new to iCloud, check out our articles on signing up for iCloud and setting it up on your iDevice.
Update 2019: Apple limits access to iCloud.com
Starting in June 2019 Apple appears to have locked down access to iCloud.com by preventing Request Desktop Site from working. Readers tell us that when they try to access iCloud’s site on their iPhones, they either see a sign-in page for Find My iPhone or keep getting a blue loading bar moving from left to right without ever loading any content.
According to the most recent guide for Apple’s System requirements for iCloud, iCloud.com is no longer accessible on any iOS device, including iPhones, iPad, and iPods (indicated here by the slash under supported device type.)
iPadOS seems to support icloud.com natively
However, folks that updated their iPads to iPadOS are now able to access icloud.com without any workarounds or impediments, due to Safari’s expanded role in iPadOS as a desktop experience.
For folks with iPads, some readers also found that this iCloud beta site worked, even if they had not yet updated to iPadOS. The downside is that 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 work on iPhones or iPods–at least not yet! When you try loading the beta icloud URL, you get re-directed to the Find My service.
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
So How Do I Sign Into iCloud on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod?
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?
Currently, when you open 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?
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
Good news for iPads using iPadOS!
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.
Accessing icloud.com with iPadOS couldn’t be easier!
- Open Safari or another browser
- Type in icloud.com as your URL
- Currently, you are redirected to beta.icloud.com
- A message appears asking if you want to sign in with your Apple ID (that’s on the device you’re using), if so tap continue. But you can also log in with a different Apple ID by tapping use different Apple ID
- iOS confirms your identity via FaceID, TouchID, or password
- iCloud.com menu appears on-screen–the full desktop version
Can I log into my iCloud on my iPhone?
It’s quite easy to log into iCloud.com using any web browser on your computer (PC or mac.) But not so for Apple’s iPhone and iPod. Apparently, Apple sees no real reason to log into your iCloud account from your iOS device as you already have access to all of your iCloud account’s content on your iOS device.
As mentioned, Apple’s did not design the iCloud.com website for mobile devices. But with Apple products, there are always workarounds. And luckily, we have a couple of those up our sleeves here at Apple ToolBox!
As reported above, with the recent changes to iCloud many of the options below no longer work.
The Mobile iCloud Login Work Around!
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 the iCloud.com site. So if space permits, download a new browser to your iPhone or another iDevice.
Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Mercury 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.
The Super Quick Method To Access The iCloud Login Screen From an iDevice
Both Safari and Firefox have this option. To quickly request the desktop version of iCloud or any other site, tap and hold the Refresh symbol in the browser’s URL address bar (for Safari) or at screen bottom (for Firefox.)
Pressing and holding Refresh brings up a quick action menu with the option to Request Desktop Site. Select that button, and it takes you to the desktop version of iCloud.
The downside of Request Desktop Site is that it is 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, touch your screen to zoom and scroll as needed.
Seeing a Welcome Screen Instead?
If the refresh method presents a welcome URL rather than the iCloud browser login screen, try another URL refresh by tapping and holding the Refresh symbol in the browser’s URL 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.
And while logged into iCloud.com, you can use any of the iCloud.com apps, and any changes or updates you make are automatically stored and up-to-date on all your connected devices.
When you log in to iCloud.com, you check both 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!
But Apple does not make checking our iCloud accounts on our iPhones and iDevices mobile browsers easy!
Additional Techniques to Login 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.
Chrome: How to access iCloud.com
- Open Chrome
- Visit https://www.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 i.cloud.com in the web address bar
- Login to iCloud.com desktop version with your Apple ID as you usually do
Safari Browser: How to access iCloud.com
- Open Safari
- Visit https://www.icloud.com/ (for iPads, try ://beta.icloud.com/)
- Tap on the Share button in the lower menu bar
- Swipe the bottom menu options (starts with Add to Favorites)
- Select “Request Desktop Site.”
- You may need to repeat step 3 again to get the desktop site
- Results are inconsistent
- Login to iCloud.com desktop version with your Apple ID as you usually do
Want to login to icloud.com website using an Android device?
Just like iDevices, try requesting the desktop version of icloud.com (or beta.icloud.com) using your Android ‘s browser.
No Time? Check Out Our Quick Video Tip
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!
Using browsers other than Safari on your iDevice makes the iCloud server think you are accessing iCloud.com from a desktop Mac. 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.
Since iDevices allow only ONE iCloud account (and Apple ID) to connect to your device, 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, you need to again request the desktop version since the mobile version is always the default.
Hope this tip helps. Let us know in the comments if you have any other ways to login into 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.