FIX: iCloud won’t let me sign in on Mac

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • It can be very annoying to not be able to sing into iCloud on your Mac, but we have some solutions for you.
  • In order to fix this issue, you will need to start by moving the keychain files, and then follow the next steps.
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Although iCloud can be extremely useful, many users reported that iCloud is not letting some users to sign in. This can be a problem, and in this article, we’ll show you a couple of solutions that you can use to fix this problem.

What to do if iCloud is not letting you sign in on your Mac?

1. Try moving the keychain files


If iCloud is not letting you sign in, the problem might be the keychain files. To fix this issue, it’s required that you move these files to a different location. By doing so, the files will be recreated and the issue will be fixed. To move the keychain files, do the following:

  1. Click on Go > Go to folder.
  2. Enter ~/Library/Keychain.
  3. Move the contents of the Keychain directory to a different folder. You can create a folder on your desktop and move them there.
  4. Now log out of your system and log back in.

After doing that, the keychain files will be recreated and the issue should be resolved.

2. Reset keychain

According to users, sometimes iCloud sign-in issues can be caused by your keychain. To fix the issue, you need to reset your keychain. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities.
  2. Select Keychain Access.
  3. From Keychain menu select Preferences. Go to the General tab.
  4. Select Reset My Default Keychain button.icloud not letting me sign in mac reset my default keychain
  5. Enter your new login password and restart your Mac.

After doing that, check if the problem is still there.

3. Delete the iCloud folder

According to users, sometimes deleting the iCloud folder fixes the issue. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Sign out of your account and delete contacts, calendars, etc., from your Mac. Bear in mind that your data will be stored in iCloud if you’ve backed it up earlier.
  2. Optional: Check if the iCloud accounts are gone from Mail, Address Book, and iCal. If not, be sure to remove those accounts manually.
  3. Try to sign in to the iCloud again. If it still doesn’t work, move to the next step.
  4. Open Finder, go to the Go menu and hold the Option key. Now select the Library from the menu.
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  5. Navigate to the Application Support directory.
  6. Locate the iCloud folder and create a backup of it on your desktop.
  7. Remove the original iCloud folder from the Application Support directory.
  8. Restart your Mac and try to login to the iCloud again.

These are the best solutions that might come in handy if you can’t sign in to iCloud on your Mac.

FAQ: Learn more about iCloud issues on Mac

  • Why does my Mac keep asking me to sign in to iCloud?

The most common reason for Mac asking you o sign in to iCloud is a problem with your internet connection. To fix this, restart your device and WiFi router.

  • Where are my iCloud settings on my Mac?

You can find your iCloud settings on Mac inside the System Preferences app, inside the Apple menu.

  • Does my Mac automatically backup to iCloud?

Yes, your Mac will automatically back up to iCloud if you don’t stop the process manually, and as long as you still have space available.