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On some iOS devices, “Sign in to iCloud” message keeps popping up every few seconds/minutes, breaking the workflow. It's annoying to say the least and the frequency of the popup is so bad that it doesn't even let you fix it on the iPhone/iPad. (Here is how to fix iPhone stuck in sign in to iCloud popup loop in iOS 8.)

After dabbling in this trouble much, it looks very certainly that the problem is with Wi-fi. If you are not connected to Wi-fi, if your iOS device has trouble latching onto a network or if there's something else blocking your device from connecting to a Wi-fi network, this “Sign in to iCloud” loop will happen.

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Fixing this requires that you connect your iPhone/iPad to a Wi-fi network. That means you head over to Settings → Wi-fi and then join a network and enter the password for the network. The only problem is that the popup message prevents you from doing this simple activity. Every time the popup shows up, it blocks the workflow, prevents you from doing anything in the background until you dismiss the popul by entering a password.

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There are some ways to fix this. The trick, it turns out, is to somehow get the iPhone some breathing space and time so it can latch on to a Wi-fi network before the popup reappears.

#1. Hard Reset + Wi-fi Setting
Hard reset is when you press and hold the home button and power button till the screen goes blank. Then, press the power button to boot the iPhone. When you do a hard reset, and when the iPhone reboots, the iPhone takes some time to initialize things before thinking about iCloud.

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This time can be used to connect the iPhone to a Wi-fi network. So when the iPhone boots up after the hard reset, the first thing you do is head over to Settings → Wi-fi and join a network.

#2. iTunes Backup + Sync
If hard-reset doesn't work, you might have to seek the help of iTunes on your PC/Mac. To do this:

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer and fire up iTunes
  • From the side-bar, select your iPhone. Right-click on it and click Back up Now…
  • Ignore the “Sign in to iCloud” popup (or dismiss it)
  • When the iPhone is being backed up, the popup will not come up on the screen. Use this time to join a Wi-fi network.
  • After the backup, disconnect and go to Settings → iCloud and then re-sign-in to your iCloud account. (Or if the popup shows up, enter the password in the same)

#3. Restore
In the event that even the previous method didn't work, your only option is to restore. This is mostly because the only other time when you can connect to a Wi-fi network without a problem is when you are setting up your device from a fresh restore.

When you restore and set up your iPhone as new, you will be asked to join a Wi-fi network. And then you can sign in to iCloud without a popup loop killing your iPhone.

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A restore is also your only available option if there is no Wi-fi.

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  • MrIkeTurner

    The problem is you cannot signout of iCloud unless you are connected to the internet and you cannot connect to regular WiFi Connection because it keeps getting reset by the constant iCloud login prompts. However connecting via Bluetooth occurs faster than regular WiFI allow you to connect in between iCloud prompts.

    I had the same problem with my iPad. Here is what I had to do.

    1. Turn on Personal HotSpot on my iPhone(Wifi and USB)

    2. Turn on Bluetooth on my iPad between iCloud popups

    3. Connect to the Hotspot on the iPhone from the iPad

    4. Settings -> iCloud -> Signoff

  • Donald

    Apple is trying to monopolize/control all handphones.. Damn shit!!!!!

  • MelB77

    That’s not the problem for me. My phone is connected to wifi but I’m still getting the pop up

  • Lyla Burnor

    Has anyone tried turning off WiFi?

    • Madeline

      Yep it didn’t work for me

  • pello

    Set the date of your device to a latter date, say 7 years back. That helped me.

    • nathannnnn

      omg omg thank you soo much, it worked it help a lot thanks :))

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        • Justin Miner

          TOTALLY worked! Thank you so much!

    • Melo

      Thanks you!

    • john

      finally, someone with the actual answer!

    • Deb

      3 months been trying to fix this bug….cant believe it worked. thank you

    • Tony

      This is the only fix that worked !!!!!!!
      Thanks !!!!!!!!!

  • Pucketter

    Apple needs to fix this very annoying issue!

  • nic mik

    What if I don’t have an iCloud account and don’t want to join iCloud?

  • Sandy Digerness

    i’m trying to restore an iPhone 4s but it won’t let me because when i sing in to iCloud it tells me my password is incorrect. I have changed my password 4 or 5 times and I write it down and finally realized it is not me

  • gman8336

    This fix makes no sense to me. This does not seem to be related to wifi at least not for me. After upgrading to iOS8.2 i get the icloud login prompt on my phone and ipad and it is annoying as hell.

    • I think you mean iOS 8.1. Are you on beta version? That could be a
      problem too. If not, try to disable all the iCloud services – iMessage,
      Facetime, iTunes & App Store, iCloud. As a last resort, there’s
      complete restore.

  • nogol

    I’m getting the same msg but my phone indicates that I am already connected to wifi

  • sahil

    What you need to do is quickly tap on your wifi name and fill the password ( you also have to cancel the annoying pop up lots of time while typing your password). After you are connected, either the pop up will stop coming or you can just reset your password.

  • Will Findlay

    Thanks! This is a perfect description of the problem. Thank you for taking the time to make these recommendations!

  • Johan Flote Rosén

    Thanks, this helped me. Another way to activate wifi though is If you click “forgot password” or whatever it said, it brings up safari, and if you’re quick enough to actually click one of the network names, the wifi login trumps the iCloud login. No need to reset this way. :)

    • Georgia

      OMG! This has been driving me crazy for months. I’ve finally cracked it. Thank you!

      • Omobaba

        I have forgotten my iCloud password. If I try to reset it, it only resets iTunes. I have I’ve reset this several times. The popup continues to Ge s nuisance.
        How do I retrieve forgotten iCloud password please?