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 No time? Check out our quick video tips
- 3 Can I log into my iCloud on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod?
- 4 Apple limits access to iCloud.com
- 5 Good news for iPads using iPadOS! iPadOS supports icloud.com natively
- 6 So how do I sign in to iCloud on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod using any iOS version?
- 7 Seeing a Welcome Screen Instead?
- 8 So Why Even Bother to log in to iCloud.com?
- 9 Additional techniques to log in to iCloud.com
- 10 Want to login to icloud.com website using an Android device?
- 11 Send Apple your feedback!
- 12 Summary
Follow these Quick Tips to get to your iCloud login page from an iPhone or iPad
- 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–iOS 13+ support a stripped-down version of iCloud’s website as well
- 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 learn how to set it up on your iDevice.
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!
Can I log into my iCloud on my iPad, iPhone, or iPod?
It’s quite easy to into iCloud.com using any web browser on your computer (PC or mac.) But not so for Apple’s iDevices.
Apparently, Apple sees no real reason to log into your iCloud account from your iOS device. They think that 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!
Apple limits access to iCloud.com
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.
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.) With desktop browsing for iPadOS, we expect this requirement to change–at least for iPads that support iPadOS.
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! iPadOS 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, 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 redirected to beta.icloud.com.
icloud.com also works for iPhones and iPods with iOS 13+; however, you need to type in the beta address (beta.icloud.com) and 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 beta.icloud.com as the URL address (on an iPad with iPadOS, if you type in icloud.com, you redirected automatically to the beta 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 beta iCloud site
- 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
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 the beta version of iCloud’s website
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.
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 always work. When you try loading the beta icloud URL, you often get re-directed to the Find My service yet again.
The 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 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–if not, type into the URL address icloud.com again and it should direct you now to the desktop version.
The downside of Requesting Desktop Site for icloud.com
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 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 or the browser’s method for bringing up the desktop site.
You may also need to type in the icloud.com 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, and 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.
Chrome: How to access iCloud.com
- Open Chrome
- Visit 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 www.icloud.com (or 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.
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 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.