iCloud has been the go-to cloud storage service for many users since it was first introduced by Apple. Easy device management options, specifically organized data, seamless integration with all Apple devices, and a single management portal via your Apple ID are all that make iCloud a great cloud storage option for many users.
Sadly, despite all these features, the data in your cloud remains vulnerable to attackers via iCloud for web, a service offered by Apple to access all your stored iCloud data via desktop browsers. Thankfully a new feature now allows you to disable this access thus increasing the security of your cloud data and here’s how you can make the most of it.
How to disable access to your data on iCloud.com
You will need to meet the following requirements when trying to disable access to your iCloud data via iCloud.com. If your device meets all these requirements, you can use the subsequent guide to disable access to your iCloud data via iCloud.com.
- iOS 15.4 or higher
- An active internet connection
- Two-factor authentication enabled on your account
- Your Apple ID credentials
Note: As iCloud is an Apple ID-specific service, if you have multiple IDs, you will have to disable access for each one individually by repeating the steps below.
Open the Settings app and tap on your Apple ID at the top of your screen.
Now tap on ‘Password & Security’.
Scroll down and you should find a toggle for ‘Access iCloud data on the Web’. Tap and disable the same on your device.
Tap on ‘Do not access’.
And that’s it! Access to your iCloud data via iCloud.com should now be disabled for your current Apple ID.
Why is nothing happening when I turn off the toggle?
If the toggle doesn’t seem to do anything then there could be a couple of reasons why you could be facing this issue. Firstly this feature is still being gradually rolled out to all users. This means that you could be in an unsupported region where Apple doesn’t support this feature for your Apple ID yet.
It could also be that you are still trying to use this feature on the beta version of iOS 15.4 which is the first time this feature was seen. As such this feature was only supported in a few regions by the OS at the time and more importantly, this feature was facing a known bug with the same.
In such cases we recommend you update to a higher stable version or try resetting your device to get this feature up and running.
Why disable access to iCloud data?
There could be several reasons to disable access but most importantly it is to increase security. If you are someone that uses iCloud for personal data and professional documents then you probably wish for your data to be super secure. Sadly, in case your Apple ID is hacked or the password is leaked, anybody with your credentials will be able to access all your data via iCloud.com. However, disabling this access will force the malicious user to use an Apple device which will get flagged by the servers as a new device.
This, in turn, will force two-factor authentication which should prevent access to your data as you will be getting the two-factor authentication code and not the malicious user. You can then blacklist the device and proceed to change your Apple ID password as intended.
Another added layer of security by enabling this feature will be access to your data where only verified devices using your Apple ID will be able to access this data and nobody else.
Is my iCloud data safer when using this feature?
Yes, your iCloud data is certainly a tad bit safer when using this feature but it isn’t a complete all-round solution. Your device is still vulnerable to attacks and theft. Additionally, iCloud servers though one of the most secure in the world, can still be hacked on a larger scale which could put your data at risk.
We recommend you keep local encrypted backups of confidential and important data on a physical drive stored in iCloud that can be kept safe by you. This way, in case something, like we discussed above, happens in the future, you won’t lose your important documents and data in the worst-case scenario.
Can I turn on access again?
Yes, you can easily turn on access again by using the guide above. Simply turn on the toggle instead of turning it off this time to enable access to your iCloud data via iCloud.com again.
What data can be accessed when using iCloud for the web?
You can virtually access all your data and files stored in iCloud when using iCloud for the web. However, you won’t have access to app backups and other service-specific data backups that are managed by these individual services. This includes things like your Whatsapp backup, Discord backup, Instagram backup, and more.
Here’s a list of all the data accessible to you when using iCloud.com
- Account Settings
- Calendar data
- Contacts stored in the cloud
- iCloud+ data
- Find my iPhone
- iCloud Drive data
- Keynote data
- Mail data
- Notes data
- Numbers data
- Pages data
- Photos data
- Reminders stored in the cloud
We hope this post helped you easily disable access to your iCloud data via iCloud.com. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.