Saving SharePoint login Credentials on iPad and iPhone

There is a common need for SharePoint users to access SharePoint sites using iPads and iPhones without having to constantly input their log in information each time. There is no native way in Apple Safari to cache user name and passwords for SharePoint. Any time a site is accessed the user is presented with a login screen like this one. Close your browser, or come back at a later time and Safari will ask again for that login and password.

This post talks about some good and viable options to caching / storing your login info iPads and iPhones.

Option 1: Using Atomic browser to cache passwords

Option 2: Username and password embedded links

Option 1: Using Atomic browser to cache passwords

 

Advantages: Passwords are cached securely. Users can access sites with a single click on a bookmark.

Disadvantages: You must download Atomic Browser. Good news is it is free.

We believe this is one of the best options you have. It costs nothing and gives you a good secure solution.

How to set it up

  1. On your iPad, search and download Atomic Browser
  2. Launch Atomic Browser
  3. Go to the site you wish to bookmark
  4. Once, it loads select the additional options button
  5. Click “Add as Bookmark”

  6. Click Save
  7. Type the username and password
  8. Click “Save Values”
  9. Click Submit

You’re done. Next time you click on the bookmark, it will log you on automatically.

A great single sign on solution.

Option 2: Username and password embedded links

Advantages: Can be used with native Safari Browser.

Disadvantages:

  1. Cannot save book marks. However you can create links somewhere else to mimic a book mark. For example use Notes.
  2. Password is saved directly in URL and is not therefore secure.

How to set it up

  1. Open Notes on your iPad / iPhone
  2. Type in the SharePoint URL of your site as follows:

    https://[USERNAME]:[PASSWORD]@mysite.portalfront.com

     

    [USERNAME] – Your Windows Active Directory username (not your email login)

    [PASSWORD] – your Password

     

    Note: don’t include brackets.

    Note 2: Do not include the domain name in the username

     

    After the @ site type in your domain that is hosting your SharePoint site.

     

  3. Press Return on the iPad keyboard to go to a new line. After about 30 seconds, the URL you just typed will turn into a clickable link. If that doesn’t happen you may copy and paste the URL into Safari.
  4. Click on the link
  5. You will see this page. Simply Click on Ignore this Warning

You will be logged in automatically.

Next time you want to access your site via single sign on, simply go to your Notes and click on that link.

Note: if you try to save a bookmark of the site, iOS will automatically omit the username and password.

Conclusion

Those are the most viable options available to caching SharePoint credentials in iOS. Please leave any feedback with issues or thoughts or even better ways of caching credentials.