Apple devices such as iPhones, iPad, iPod Touch, and Macs, all come with the ability to store data in the cloud. The iCloud storage service from the company helps you free up space on your iPhone or iPad, without losing access to all your data.
iCloud is deeply integrated into iOS. You can access the photos stored on iCloud via the Photos app, and the rest of the data such as documents, is accessible from the Files app.
To access iCloud outside of these apps, you will need to head over to iCloud.com. However, Apple doesn’t let you login to iCloud.com from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
If you ever tried to launch Safari and login to the cloud service, you would have been greeted by options such as Find my iPhone. There is no easy way to directly login to the iCloud web portal from your iDevice.
You may not really need to login to iCloud on iPhone or iPad, but in some cases it could be useful.
Logging Into iCloud
As mentioned earlier, iCloud stores all your important data such as photos, videos, notes, contacts, mail, and backups. The need to login to iCloud arrives if you want to make some changes to your data or just to make sure that everything is stored safely.
The iCloud.com website also allows you to check multiple accounts. You can also use other iCloud apps when logged in and make changes to them. Whatever you do, everything is updated immediately across all of your devices. If you delete some photos, they will be removed from all your iDevices and Mac computers.
If you use different iCloud accounts or want to move data from a partners account to yours, then the iCloud website would come in handy. On your iPhone, you can only have one iCloud account, so you can’t check what’s on the other accounts. Using the browser to login to iCloud.com, you can now check all accounts and then move things around if you like.
1. Using Safari
Now Apple doesn’t really allow you to check iCloud.com on your iPhone or iPad, but there are a few methods. When you open Safari or any other browser, and head to iCloud.com, you will need to request a desktop website. Follow the steps below to gain access to the desktop mode on the Safari browser.
1. Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Head to iCloud.com. You should see the mobile version of the website.
4. On the top right hand corner, you should see the refresh button.
5. Tap and hold the refresh button till you see the ‘Request Desktop Site’ pop-up.
6. Select the Request Desktop Site option and the website should now load in to the desktop mode. Sometimes it doesn’t load immediately, so keep trying till it does.
2. Using Chrome
1. Launch Chrome browser on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Type iCloud.com in the address bar.
3. Now, using the three dot menu bar on the bottom, select the Request Desktop site option.
4. The website should now load in the desktop mode.
5. You can login to your account using the required credentials.
The same thing can also be done with other browsers such as Firefox and Opera. Once the desktop version is loaded, you can now log in with your Apple ID and access the contents of your iCloud account from the iDevice.
The Safari browser always provides inconsistent results when you try to do this. Therefore, it is better to use third-party browsers such as Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Dolphin, Mercury, and others, to login to iCloud.com.
The layout of iCloud.com isn’t really set up for mobile screens, so you may not have the best time navigating the site on the phone. You will need to move around the display to find the appropriate buttons and links. Still, if you do not have access to a Mac or PC, and need to head over to iCloud to check or manage something, then this is a good way to do it.
Remember, every time you visit iCloud.com on your iDevice, you will need to select the Request Desktop option. The browser will not remember this requirement, which means that you will have to do it manually. This is a small inconvenience really, and you do, at the end of it, get access to all your data and photos through your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
We are not sure why Apple made it so complicated to login to iCloud on your iDevice. Perhaps, they thought that the user may not want to do it since all of the iCloud services are already available on the iPhone or iPad. To access the iCloud features on your iDevice, follow the steps below.
3. Access iCloud in iOS Device
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. If you’re on iOS 10 or later, you should see your Apple ID and Name right at the top.
3. Select your account name and you will be shown details such as iCloud, iTunes and App Store, Payment etc.
4. Select iCloud and you can now manage your storage and change backup options.
By default, Apple provides 5GB of free storage on iCloud. If you own an iDevice without a lot of internal storage, then you may need to purchase some extra cloud storage to save your data. iCloud storage is available at a nominal monthly fee and you can backup photos, mail, notes, and more to save space on your iPhone or iPad.
There you go, this is how you login to iCloud on iPhone or iPad and access your details.