Use On an iPad or iPhone

Usually you cannot use on an iPad or iPhone because you are automatically redirected to a screen that asks you to set up iCloud on the device. But by using the Request Desktop Site button, you can access your account on someone else's iPad or iPhone, or access settings on your own iOS device.
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Here's a problem that happens pretty often. Say you want to access your account but on somebody else's computer. Easy enough you just use the web browser, go to You can access your email, you can access Calendars, Reminders, all sorts of things. What if their computer is an iPad or an iPhone.

Then if you try to go to you get this. A screen telling you to setup iCloud on this device. This also happens if say you want to access a special function of on your iPad or iPhone, something you can't access any other way. There are certain preferences and settings, and like rules in Mail, and things like that you can only get at But you try to go there on your iPad or iPhone and you can't seem to do it. It always redirects you to this page.

But there is a trick that allows you to go to regular using an iPad or iPhone.

So what you need to do is when you're at this screen you hit the Action button or the Share button which is the box with the up arrow in it. It's at the top of the screen here on the iPad. On the iPhone it's the bottom of the screen. Look around you'll find it.

You get all these different commands and things you can do. The bottom list of buttons includes one, usually all the way to the right, called Request Desktop Site. What you need to do is tap that and it will change it so that it loads the pages you normally would load it on a computer.

So now you just need to enter your Apple ID and your password. Then you can sign in just as you would on a desktop computer. You can see all of your stuff there. This is very useful for checking your email. It's very useful for looking at Reminders, for looking in Notes. Even Photos it works really well and Calendar. But it's not maybe so useful for looking at Documents or at least editing documents in Pages, Numbers, or Keynotes because you don't have a keyboard, or trackpad, or a mouse. But it'll work. So you can use all these different things, even Find My iPhone and of course your iCloud Settings.

So it's a great way to access this stuff on an iPad or iPhone that you normally wouldn't be able to do because it seems to not let you go to in the Safari browser on those devices.

One more thing. When you are done you want to make sure you sign out because if you're using somebody else's device then you want to make sure you're signed out.
Now if you're doing this on your own iPad then it's not so important.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Use On an iPad or iPhone”

    Mr. Luigi
    2 years ago

    Genius tip! Thank you!

    2 years ago

    Another method to request for “Request for Desktop Site” function, is to tap and hold on the reload icon at the far right of the URL address bar. It will also prompt for the same function.

    Gary Bart
    2 years ago

    Wonderful video, I just wonder why apple make this so difficult in the first place. Thank You.
    gary b

    Bill Braun
    2 years ago

    This is great – I have often wondered how to get there, but never knew about this option. Thanks much, I really enjoy you tips and find them very useful.

    2 years ago

    Can I use this method to check my Apple Mail from an Android phone? Or is there another way since Apple seems to have blocked the generic Android Mail app from accessing Apple Mail?

    2 years ago

    Nate: Yes. Try it. But also note that you can set up your Android email app to get your iCloud email. Apple even has a page about it:

    Barry Lewis
    2 years ago

    As ectan says, tap and hold the Refresh icon in the URL bar and you’ll see the option to “Request Desktop Site” at the bottom.

    2 years ago

    I did this successfully on my iPhone 7, but was unable to pan around the screen to accomplish tasks. I was trying to generate an app specific password, but was unable to do this as I couldn’t pin, zoom, or pan. I tried my iPhone in both orientations, but that didn’t help. I had a similar experience trying to pan or pinch on my iPad. I effectively couldn’t accomplish anything within iCloud Settings on my iPad. Do you have any ideas on this, Gary? Thanks.

    2 years ago

    Larry: It is tough to do on an iPhone. Looks like the current site code doesn’t let you zoom or pan for some reason. Hopefully they will update to fix that.

    2 years ago

    Great tip – this has been annoying me for ages! Thanks

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