Q: How do I access iCloud photos from an Android device?
"I am moving over from iPhone to Android. I plan on keeping my iCloud data and accessing data that is on it so I can move from my MAC to my Android and vice versa. Why isn't there an app that allows me to access iCloud data from my Android device?" - From Apple Communities
Developed by Apple, iCloud allows iOS users to sync and save different files on cloud storage, such as photos, videos, notes and more. However, unlike Android to Android file transfer, iCloud only works for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but not Android devices, so Android users can't directly access or download files from iCloud.
If you are in need to access iCloud photos on Android, lucky for you, you have come to the right place. This article will offer you different effective ways to access or download iCloud photos from Android device, or transfer iphone photos to Samsung phone or tablet with ease. let's check it out.
iCloud for Android Assistant - The Great Tool to Access iCloud Photos on Android
Many people have mistakenly thought that there is no app that allows them to access iCloud data from an Android device. Actually, there is one, called iCloud for Android Assistant (Windows/Mac).
With it, you are allowed to directly access and download iCloud data including iCloud photos, iCloud messages, iCloud calendars, iCloud call logs and iCloud contacts to Android. So, of course, you can access iCloud pictures from Android device with the iCloud for Android Assistant. And it is fully compatible with almost all Android phone or tablet, including but not limited to Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Huawei, ZTE, Motorola, OPPO, Meizu, Xiaomi and more. For Samsung devices, it works for Samsung Galaxy S9+/S9/S8+/S8/S7/S6/S5/S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 8/Note 7/Note 6/Note 5/Note 4, Samsung J3/J3 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A9/A8/A7/A5 and etc.
Actually, this iCloud for Android Assistant is an all-in-one data transfer for two devices with the same or different operating system. So you can take full advantage of it to transfer data from iCloud to Android, from iCloud to iOS device, from iCloud to WinPhone, and also you can copy data from Android to Android, from iOS to Android, from WinPhone to Android, from BlackBerry to Android, from Kies to Android, from OneDrive to Android, from iTunes backup to Android, etc. In a word, you can transfer data from one phone to another without any restrictions.
Now, why not have a try on it to access iCloud photos on your Android phone with ease? Both Windows version and Mac version are available and free now. Please choose the right version to download on your computer.
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As mentioned above, with the iCloud for Android Assistant, you can freely access and download iCloud photos to Android phone or tablet. To do so, only 3 steps are needed, let's see how to complete it.
Step 1. Make your Android phone detected by the program.
First of all, please open the iCloud for Android Assistant on your computer after you downloaded and installed it. Then please connect your Android device to computer with a USB cable, which might have the program automatically recognize your device. Simply click "Restore form Backup" > "iCloud" options on the main interface to move on.
Step 2. Sign in to iCloud to access iCloud backup files.
After that, you are required to enter your Apple ID and password to log into your iCloud account. Then you will see a list of iCloud backup files you have made on your iCloud account. Here, you can check if there is a "Connected" notification under your device on the program to confirm your device is successfully connected.
Step 3. Restore iCloud photos to Android and access iCloud photos on Android.
Finally, please check "Photos" and other desired contents from the middle panel and click "Start Transfer" button to start importing iCloud photos to Android device. When the transferring process is complete, you might open the Gallery app on Android to access iCloud images on Android phone or tablet now.
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What to do if you don't have a computer besides you but you want to access iCloud photos on an Android phone? Luckily, you can take advantage of iCloud's official website to access iCloud photos on Android.
However, actually, it is not suggested to do so. Because loading and previewing iCloud photos on Android phone with a small screen will take a long time and also consumes a lot of cellular data. Also, it is not easy and user-friendly to view iCloud photos on Android phone, and adding to many photos to Android phone will take up a lot of space on Android and slow down your device as well.
Anyway, it is an optional way for you. If needed, you can check the instructions to view iCloud images on Android phone or tablet by visiting iCloud's website. Let's get started.
Step 1. Unlock your Android phone and open any web browser to visit https://www.icloud.com/.
Step 2. On the browser page, please tap the Settings button (three-dot icon) at the top-right corner. From the pop-up window, please choose "Require Desktop Site" option to change it to desktop version. By default, the browser on Android device displays the mobile version of the site. If in this way, you won't be able to easily view iCloud photos on mobile version.
Step 3. Once you have loaded the desktop version of the site, please enter your Apple ID and password to log in to your iCloud account on your Android phone.
Step 4. On iCloud's Home screen, please tap "Photos" tab to view the saved pictures on your iCloud account.
Step 5. Next, if you want to download iCloud photos onto your Android device, please choose the photos or albums you want and tap the Download icon.
Step 6. When the download prompt shows up on your device, please accept it. And wait for a while till the selected photos or albums have stored on your device.
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