How to Access Icloud Photos on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

Are you an Android user who wants to access your iCloud photos? While iCloud is primarily designed for Apple devices, there are still ways to access your iCloud photos on an Android device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Download Google Photos

To access your iCloud photos on Android, you’ll need to download the Google Photos app from the Play Store. This app allows you to store and organize your photos in the cloud, making it a great alternative to iCloud.

Step 2: Sign in to Google Photos

Once you have downloaded and installed Google Photos, open the app and sign in with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you can create one for free.

Step 3: Enable iCloud Photo Library

On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Then, select “iCloud” followed by “Photos.”

Here, make sure that “iCloud Photo Library” is enabled. This will sync all your photos from iCloud to the Google Photos app.

Step 4: Set Up Automatic Backup

To ensure that all your new photos are automatically backed up to Google Photos, go back to the main settings screen and select “Backup & Sync.” Toggle on the “Backup & Sync” option. This will upload any new photos taken on your iPhone or iPad directly to Google Photos.

Step 5: Access Your iCloud Photos

Now that you have set up Google Photos on both your Android device and iPhone/iPad, it’s time to access your iCloud photos. Open the Google Photos app on Android and sign in with the same Google account you used in Step 2.

Once signed in, you will see all your iCloud photos displayed in the app. You can browse through them, search for specific images, and even organize them into albums.

Step 6: Download Photos to Your Android Device

If you want to download any of your iCloud photos to your Android device, simply select the photo and tap on the download icon. The photo will be saved to your device’s local storage, allowing you to access it even when you are offline.


With the help of Google Photos, accessing your iCloud photos on an Android device is now possible. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily sync and view all your iCloud photos on your Android phone or tablet.

Remember to keep both Google Photos and iCloud Photo Library enabled for seamless synchronization. Now go ahead and enjoy your iCloud photos on your Android device!

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