How to Get Icloud Photos on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to get iCloud photos on Android! If you have been wondering how to access your iCloud photos on your Android device, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Download the Google Photos App

To get started, you need to download the Google Photos app from the Google Play Store. This app allows you to store and access all your photos and videos in one place.

Step 2: Sign in with Your Google Account

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


If you already have a Google account set up on your Android device, you can skip this step and proceed directly to Step 3.

Step 3: Enable iCloud Photo Library on Your iPhone

To transfer your iCloud photos to your Android device, first make sure that iCloud Photo Library is enabled on your iPhone. To do this:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Select your name at the top of the Settings menu.
  • Tap “iCloud” from the list of options.
  • Scroll down and toggle on “Photos”.
  • Select “Download and Keep Originals” under “Transfer to Mac or PC”. This ensures that your photos are stored in their original resolution.

Step 4: Install iCloud for Windows

To transfer your iCloud photos to your Android device, you need to install iCloud for Windows on your computer. This allows you to access your iCloud photos from your computer.

Here’s how:

  • Open a web browser on your computer and go to the Apple website.
  • Navigate to the iCloud for Windows download page.
  • Click the “Download” button to download the installer.
  • Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Step 5: Set Up iCloud Photos on Your Computer

To access your iCloud photos from your computer, you need to set up iCloud Photos. Here’s how:

  • Open the iCloud for Windows app on your computer.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  • Select “Photos” from the list of available services.
  • Select “Options” next to “Photos”.
  • Select “iCloud Photo Library” and click “Done”.
  • Note:

    If you want to store optimized versions of your photos on your computer, select “Optimize Mac Storage” or “Optimize PC Storage”. This will save space on your computer while still allowing you to access all your photos through the Google Photos app on Android.

Step 6: Sync iCloud Photos with Google Photos

Now that you have set up iCloud Photos on your computer, you can sync your iCloud photos with Google Photos. Here’s how:

  • Open the Google Photos app on your Android device.
  • Tap the menu icon (three horizontal lines) at the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select “Settings” from the menu.
  • Select “Back up & sync”.
  • Toggle on “Back up & sync” to enable automatic backup of your photos to Google Photos.
  • Note:

    If you only want to upload selected photos, you can choose specific folders or albums in the “Back up & sync” settings.

Congratulations! You have successfully transferred your iCloud photos to your Android device using Google Photos. Now you can enjoy all your precious memories on any device!

I hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of getting iCloud photos on Android. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out!

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