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Cannot access iCloud through Safari on iPad?

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umun2 Calculating status...
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Apr 16, 2012 1:23 AM

Greetings from Malawi



iCloud is working on my iMac and according to all settings is actually on with the iPad 2. When I try to get access to icloud through Safari on the iPad it diverts me from to


I then get suggested to "Set up iCloud on this device" But everything that this tells me to do I have done.


I have managed to upload some documents from iPad to my mac so something is working!


Should I delete account and start again?


What happens if I delete the account? Do i have to get new mail address and reset the desktop as well?


My iMac is on 10.7.3


Thanks in advance

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iOS 5.1
  • apple_master Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 1:27 AM (in response to umun2)

    Unlike a computer, isn't accessible from any iPad browser AFAIK and that's almost certainly by design. If you have iCloud set up properly, everything you do on the iPad is already syncing (mail, contacts, Pages, Photo Stream, etc.).

    You can also make any adjustments to your iCloud settings on the iPad. Settings > iCloud...

    So there doesn't seem to be a need to access iCloud via Safari (or any web browser) from the iPad.

    Others may figure out a work-around, but I'm not sure what it would accomplish.

    I can see the need on a computer...particularly if you don't have yours with you and you want to access your mail or contacts...but it seems redundant to do it on the iPad.

    Was there a reason you needed to have access with Safari?

  • Addinghamjf Calculating status...
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:20 AM (in response to apple_master)

    It isn't obvious you cant access iCloud directly from iPad so thanks for this advice.


    We wanted to put contacts into groups so support page suggested we could do this on yet we kept getting message to upload iCloud....which of course we already had...Access denied!


    Frustratingly The apple store suggested once we had uploaded iOS 5 the iPad would be standalone from a computer. That's clearly still not the case. The iPad IS our only key device so we rely on occasional updates via others' computers... We're a bit frustrated but will continue to find solutions via apps ...:)

  • chiphotog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to umun2)

    I think it's terrible that a $900 device is designed so that a second iCloud user can't even access their data on even a third party browser like dolphin. I'm so angry at apple. I knew I wouldn't be able to have iCal or other apps sync because my wife is the iCloud user on this iPad. But not even being able to access it online?!  C'mon apple have a heart!

  • CheeryChick Calculating status...
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    Jul 24, 2012 5:32 AM (in response to apple_master)

    I recently experienced problems syncing contacts on my iPod to iPad through ICloud (i was getting duplicate entries) and part of the AppleCare Support fix required that I go into  The patient tech had to wait until I booted my PC which is running on XP.  I don't think Steve would have been impressed!


    In the case of the Contacts Ap, there IS functionality that is available only if you go into the account:  setting up groups, and organizing the groups ( adding/changing the composition of the groups).  Apple advertises going into the account to manage and organize things.  Why would I want to have to boot up a computer to do that?


    An Apple product with a  "dumb" loop - sending me back to do something that it is not sensing I have already done?  By design?  I'm not convinced.  Oversight? Probably.  Steve would most certainly not be impressed.


    We do need access to via Safari on our mobile devices.



  • NoMan99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:16 AM (in response to apple_master)

    That does answer the question. It also points out a fundamental difference in perspective between technology providers and many technology users. Apple and Microsoft (yes, they do have the same perspective) believe in designing smart devuces and smart software for dumb users. Some of us dumb users would like to see a little less second guessing about what we want / need, a little less knowing what's best for us, and a little more flexibility in allowing us to persue our objectives -- even if that allows us to make a mistake.


    I'd like to be able to access iCloud from my iPad simply to be able to see what's there and what isn't, without having to use my Mac or Windows netbook (HA HA -- the chink in Apple's lock-down armour). Even with the upgrades to iWork for MAC that just came out to automatically save documents to iCloud, that feature apparently only works under Mountain Lion, not Lion -- a fact that Apple does not reveal in the update. So I upgrade to Lion in June (waited for others to spot the bugs), then must pay to upgrade again to Mountain Lion to get the feature I upgraded to Lion to get in the first place? Perhaps I'll just wait to see if the feature is really there before I buy and rely on it.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:23 AM (in response to chiphotog)

    I knew I wouldn't be able to have iCal or other apps sync because my wife is the iCloud user on this iPad.


    That's where you are wrong. You can setup your iCloud account as a secondary account on the iPad and have your contacts and calendars sync also.



  • Darwin Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2012 12:35 AM (in response to umun2)

    The free Mercury browser app allows you to log in to iCloud.


    Click just right of the Google search bar. You will get a drop down menu that allows you to select user agent Safari (Mac OSX).

    Kind of slow to respond but it does work.

  • NoMan99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 3:00 AM (in response to Darwin)

    Selected Safari (Mac OSX) as the User Agent. No difference on my iPad. Reloading or deleting the "ipad_welcome/" results in redisplaying the same iPad welcom screen; not the OS X welcome.

  • Darwin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to NoMan99)

    It works. iPad3 and Mercury browser allow full access to iCloud through the web.


    When you changed the User agent to Safari(MacOSX), did you follow the instruction displayed to open a new tab? If not, try to access again in a new tab.


    Pics or it didn't happen? My Reminders grocery list in the Mercury browser:

  • NoMan99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 11:49 AM (in response to Darwin)

    Indeed it does work -- exactly as Darwin advertises (including being kind of slow). Thank you, Darwin.


    NB: Apparently I missed the instruction to open a new tab. That does make the difference.


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