iCloud email access for second user

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  1. whiteshadoww macrumors 6502

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    I have the primary iCloud account on my iPad. How can my wife access her iCloud email account on the iPad? Cannot through safari or other web browsers. Is there a work around?
     
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    I was trying to do the same using my wife's ipad while traveling, unfortunately I found no way to do it. At the end I just set up a new Mail account on her iPad with my iCloud credentials and of course that worked. :cool:
     
  3. whiteshadoww thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The problem is that my wife has her existing "____@me.com" email address and I have my own different "___@me.com" emal address. And we each have different Apple IDs. Surely there is a way for both of us to check our emails on the iPad.

    Silly if that's not possible on a $800 machine.
     
  4. joshforman macrumors regular

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    Each of you should be able to login with your respective usernames and passwords, either via a browser or by setting each up in iOS mail. You might need to use @me.com as the login address, rather than @icloud.

    Source: just tried it with my mom's account
     
  5. ATC macrumors 6502a

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    There is, you just have to add an additional email account (your iCloud) to the Mail app.

    Can you elaborate on that? On my wife's iPad via Safari when I go to icloud.com it won't allow me to log in, saying something like I have to set up iCloud on the iPad. As mentioned above, the only way I was able to check my email on her iPad was to add my email account in the Mail app or Settings (Mail settings), not via browser.
     
  6. whiteshadoww thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did manage to create our own email account through the mail app. But then we can access each others email and there is no privacy. The benefit of access through the web is sign on, sign off. Perhaps there are third party apps that allow you to password protect access to an icloud email account?
     
  7. amorya macrumors 6502

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    That's a conscious decision by Apple: there's no support for multiple users with separate privacy settings on one iPad. Of course, Apple want everyone to have their own personal iPad rather than sharing them…

    Could you maybe set your iCloud account to forward all your mail to another account (such as a Gmail account) that does have a web client that works on iPad? There's an option to do that in the Preferences screen of the icloud.com webmail site (accessed on a computer). Then, when you're using the iPad, just check that Gmail account. I think there's a way to configure Gmail to send mail with your icloud.com address as the From address, too.
     
  8. ATC macrumors 6502a

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    Yes this method would have no privacy but if you only have to do it temporarily, say while traveling, then it might be OK. But unfortunately that's the nature of the beast right now. I can see them allowing web-based iCloud access via browser on iOS in the future but who knows if or when it will happen. Frankly I'm still wondering why they didn't do that from the beginning. :cool:
     
  9. whiteshadoww thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the replies. Have you guys read anything about icloud.com access on iPads and iPhones in iOS6?
     
  10. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

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    whiteshadoww,

    You could always get an alternative email App, and set your wife's email up on that. Sparrow and other apps that support IMAP mail should work.

    You can search for tips on accessing iCloud via IMAP. You need to poke around to discover what server your wife's account is on, but other than that it's simple.

    That way your mail will be in the main Mail app, and your wife's mail will be in what ever 3rd party mail app you picked.
     
  11. Menel macrumors 603

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    iPad was designed as a personal computing device. Not a shared one. Much like a phone, in fact it is essentially the phone OS ported over to a larger display and interface.

    As mentioned, another email app from app store such as Sparrow should solve your issue short of buying her a second one. We each have our own iPad like we have our own individual iPhones here.
     
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    Its unchanged.
     

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