I am interested in using iCloud for Windows for syncing bookmarks between Windows browsers (as a replacement for Xmarks, which is shutting down). I installed iCloud for Windows and used my AppleID to log in, but it said I needed to first use an iOS device. I do not have an iPhone or iPad, nor intend to have, so maybe the iOS simulator in Xcode could be enough for this purpose of mine. So my question is: does Xcode's iOS simulator allow me to sign in my AppleID account? Or does it work "offline", account-free?

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Yes, it is possible to sign-in to iCloud via iOS Simulator. Simply launch the Settings app and click on Sign in to your iPhone to log into iCloud.

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    Doesn't work. After entering correct username/password, it always shows alert "iCloud: User name or password is incorrect.". Yes, I double checked my password, and tried multiple times. (Using iOS 13.3 iPhone 11 Pro Max simulator.)
    – alizaliz
    Commented Feb 25, 2020 at 7:26
  • @alizaliz I can sign in on iPad Pro emulator (3rd generation) iOS 13.3.
    – Hong
    Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 14:55
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    Note, need to log into icloud.com first and accept terms if haven't already done so with that account. stackoverflow.com/a/30634478/1032372
    – shim
    Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 21:24
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    @shim you my saver. I searching this answer several days. I cant understand "Why I cannot sign_in in simulator?" And only and first thing it is accept that F### terms
    – Alma Z
    Commented Aug 11, 2020 at 23:26

I faced the same issue several times on 2 different machines. I solved it by going to icloud.com and sign in, accept the terms and conditions and when I tried logging in again, it worked.

Hope it works for you also.

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