How to Login to from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with Full iCloud Access

Nov 14, 2016 - 18 Comments

Sign in to iCloud login page with full features from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

The website allows users to access various iCloud features including the endlessly useful Find My iPhone from anywhere with a web browser, but if you have tried to visit from an iPhone or iPad, you’ll notice rather than the traditional sign-in to iCloud login page that is mobile friendly, you’ll be redirected to an iOS specific page that attempts to launch local iOS apps for the services instead. This isn’t desirable if someone is using someone else’s device to locate a misplaced iPhone or iPad, or just to access other iCloud services, and thus a better solution than logging into those apps is to access the full iCloud login website directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using a web browser instead.

We’ll show you how to login to from an iOS device and have full access to all of the features and abilities.

How to Login to on iPhone or iPad with Safari for Full Access

To access and sign-in to the page with all features from iOS Safari, simply do the following:

  1. Open Safari if you haven’t done so already and launch into a new browser window or tab
  2. When you see the generic iOS iCloud page with the app shortcuts, ignore everything on the page and instead tap on the Sharing button which looks like a box with an arrow flying out of it
  3. Access login page from iPhone and iPad

  4. Navigate the sharing options to choose “Request Desktop Site”
  5. Access the sign in page for from iPhone and iPad

  6. will automatically reload as the complete desktop version, tap on the user name to sign into iCloud as normal from the desktop website
  7. Access and sign in to the login page from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in Safari

Once signed into from iPhone or iPad, you can access all of the normal desktop functions, including the all-important Find My iPhone feature for tracking down lost or misplaced devices (even when their battery is dead), but also access to disable iCloud lock, access to iCloud Contacts, Notes, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, remote wipe, and every other iCloud web app function and feature.

Using the desktop version of works fine on an iPad, but on an iPhone or iPod touch it is a little cumbersome because of the smaller screen size, and it’s obviously not intended for this purpose, but it’s use potential and use cases are obvious (perhaps a mobile site is in the works for exactly this purpose).

The trick is to remember to request the desktop site in Safari for iOS 9 and later, you can also request desktop sites in iOS 8 and iOS 7 but it’s slightly different than modern versions of iOS. And if you don’t have access to modern iOS versions or Safari isn’t your browser of choice, you can use Chrome or another browser that lets you request desktop versions of as well, as we’ll show you next with the Chrome mobile app.

How to Sign In to Full Version from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with Chrome

You can also access the login on any iOS device from the Chrome browser app as well:

  1. Open Chrome browser and go to, then click on the three dots option button in the upper right corner of Chrome app
  2. Select “Request Desktop Site” from the dropdown settings list to refresh the as the desktop sign in page
  3. login page from iPhone, iPad, iPOd touch with Chrome browser

  4. Login to as usual from the Chrome mobile browser
  5. login page accessed on an iPhone or iPad

And yes, this works to access full sign in page from Android Chrome browser as well.

Obviously for most users, the site is better used on a desktop browser, whether it’s a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux machine, but if you’re in a bind and need to access the iCloud featureset while on the go from either your own device or someone else’s iPhone or iPad, this trick can be invaluable, particularly if you lost or misplaced your device and want to make it beep, or just need to access an iCloud feature from iOS while on the go, whether it’s a specific note, a contact, or for checking iCloud activation lock status through the official iCloud service.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Rob says:

    This does not work. I’ve tried following exactly those prompts and there is no desktop button to select. I can send a pic of what I see following those prompts they do not work

  2. Frank says:

    It appears that People’s I phone are slow due to you cell phone service: eg Verizon. Therefore: I’d pay to upgrade your service & add that into your Budget: if your Budget is tight: cut some expensive; Cable Televions: nothing but junk & Ton of Commericals. I cancelled cable & only have Desk Top High Speed Internet. & cut out junk food, when eating out Especially @ Fast Food. If possible, use Public Transit, when going to your Employment. Doing so will give you more value on your I phone.

  3. Katie says:

    I am looking for certain pictures I believe they may have got deleted will I be able find these photos in my iCloud?

  4. Tanzila says:

    If i donot select the “Request Desktop Site” option ,will i not be able to access all of the normal desktop iCloud functions?

  5. Odirile Ernest says:

    I want to get a new i cloud

  6. Wendy Smith says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  7. Shirley Whitley says:

    Why can ‘t I log into iCloud???

  8. Jan says:

    my iphone has been stolen. battery is dead.
    signal was not available. what can i do????

  9. Nikita gray Tingle says:

    Sing in to my

  10. Nooralam Mansuri says:

    Sir my iPhone is lost my old mobile number is 9860562120 this number lost with my iPhone together sir my new number 7743902364 please send verification code

  11. Victoria Chandler says:

    Hi …..Am I too assume that in order to “request desktop version ” for iCloud dot com full version from iPhone you must have higher than iOS 7.1.2 which is what I have on my iPhone 4.

    I tried the instructions re: tapping the url, double tapping the url and thank you Tony, I tried holding the re-load button. I’m unable to get any response so I’m guessing that it must be iOS 7.1.2

    Thanks to anyone with advice,

  12. Lala says:

    Thank you for this information. Just what I needed!

  13. lynnette regalado says:

    i still dont know how to send a document from word i got lucky the frist time

  14. Magic Parrot says:

    Excellent tips, but there is an issue with iPhone : scrolling is not possible

  15. Jane says:

    Thank you!

  16. Tony says:

    In Safari on iOS you can also request the desktop site by pressing and holding the reload button in the address bar. When you do this a drop down menu appears with the option to request the desktop site.

  17. Steve says:

    Excellent information and will prove useful!

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