For the first time: iCloud.com portal accessible from iPhone and Android through browser

For the first time: iCloud.com portal accessible from iPhone and Android through browser
Until recently, when trying to access iCloud.com from a mobile device browser, you landed on a page informing you that you have to download and use apps to sign-in to your iCloud account. Luckily, as reported by NewsLanded, we now see that Apple has changed the page and users are now able to access certain iCloud content by visiting iCloud.com from an iOS or even an Android device.

The iPhone is able to log in directly while remaining in the browser (without redirection) to access photos, notes, reminders and the Find My iPhone option. However, the page still suggests that for other functionality you will have to use a desktop computer or an iPad.

The situation is similar when logging in from a device running Android. The interesting part is that, however, if you have enabled two-factor authentication, you will still need your iPhone around to access the account. Having said that, if you have been using your Android device for two-factor authentication, you will still be able to use it as usual.

Accessing iCloud Photos on mobile is pretty similar to the desktop experience with the slight difference that the button for download can be found with the additional options, rather than next to the sharing option as is on the desktop experience. Users can also view and modify their notes and reminders and use the Find iPhone option, which again requires login before proceeding. Users are also able to access iCloud Settings, but the options for data recovery and the list of signed-in devices are accessible only from a PC or an iPad.

Even though Apple has been taking their time to provide this functionality, users can now profit from it without the need of a desktop computer, even on Android. The important thing to remember is that you need your iPhone around if you have additionally protected your iCloud account with two-factor authentication and that not all features are available without a desktop computer or an iPad.

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8 Comments

8. ninjajoe96

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 22, 2013

To be fair, it's only the mobile view that is new here... You've been able to access the full iCloud website with all of these same features and limitations for years! You just needed to request Desktop View. Still, progress is progress.

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 711; Member since: May 02, 2016

I don't use iCloud at all ..

3. Venom

Posts: 4109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So nice if Apple to finally join us in 2020. We have been able to do this on Google Drive for years now.

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Idiot. Everything android can access with google services - iOS was able to as well. Sometimes google even adds features to iOS counterpart before android.

6. tbreezy

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol, it’s not an Apple thread without the usual Android users needing to tell everyone they have or had something :D they cannot help it, I think it’s the best part of their day so let them be, this is as good as it gets for most of them.

7. gadgetpower

Posts: 335; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

So nice to troll and get jealous that apple is catching up.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

iCloud is 100% turned off on my iP11 so this is useless to me.

1. j_grouchy

Posts: 193; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

How very generous of them.

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