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How to Access iCloud Photos on Android

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

Moving from an iOS device to android? But how to access iCloud photos on android? That is the question.

It is tricky to migrate between these two platforms without losing your data. Photos make the biggest part of your phone or tab data and you always want to keep these cherished memories safe.

iCloud has a very efficient system to store and restore your data, however, iCloud and android are two entirely different systems that do not sync with each other. Are they doing it intentionally? Like really, they should make an effort to collaborate and make things easier for their users. Till they come up with a solution; you need to use a third party app to transfer iCloud photos to android. Many people who do not know about these apps end up losing their precious data while migrating from one platform to another.

Part 1: Download iCloud Photos to Android with MobileTrans - Copy Data to iCloud

To transfer iCloud photos to android phone can be tricky, but let us introduce you to MobileTrans. MobileTrans is a lifesaver here. Like literally, it saves the part of your life you have captured and stored in your Apple device lovingly. MobileTrans is an app that allows you to transfer iOS photos, videos, contacts and messages to android. With MobileTrans-Copy Data To Android, you can download iCloud photos to android without using the PC securely and efficiently.

With MobileTrans, transferring iCloud photos to android phone is just a few clicks away. All you need is an iCloud backup and a stable internet connection. Yes, this is it!

Follow these steps to transfer iOS photos to android phone.

Step 1: Install App on Your Android

MobileTrans - Copy Data to Android is an application you need to have on your phone to access iCloud photos on android. To install the app, go to Google Play and install MobileTrans - Copy Data to Android to your android phone.

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Step 2: USB or Import from iCloud

Open the app. It will show you two options namely, import from iCloud and import from USB cable. Since here you are concerned with accessing iCloud photos on android, choose import from iCloud. We will take care of import from USB later.

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Step 3: Sign In

Next, it asks you to sign into your iCloud account. Use your Apple ID and password to sign in. MobileTrans will detect your iCloud data backup file. If you are like me, chances are you've forgotten your password. I do some hit and trial and finally hit the right password eventually.

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Step 4: Choose Data to Transfer

Now, it asks you to select the type of data to transfer from iCloud to android. Choose photos and move on.

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Step 5: Start

Press Start Importing and Voila! You have done it!

Last but not the least, Mobile Trans is free for transferring the iCloud photos to android. For other data types like contacts, calendars, reminders and documents, you can purchase the full version.

Supported Versions

The latest MobileTrans version supports

  • • iCloud 8.0 or above
  • • iOS 5.0 or above
  • • Android 4.1 or above

Additional Tips

  • • Keep your internet connection stable when you move your iCloud photos to android.
  • • Taking backup of everything is not recommended. Always make smart choices and transfer what is important. You can always hit delete for the photos that show you like a little weirdo, isn’t it?
  • • To manage iCloud storage, log into your iCloud account at the official iCloud website.
  • • Always use the latest backup. Alternatively, you can consider making a new backup right before the transfer.

Part 2: Access iCloud Photos on Android with Browser

Not an app person or having an issue with that? No problem, there is another way round.

We have already discussed downloading and accessing iCloud photos on android using an app. The other way to access photos is your iCloud account. Apple has done a pretty good job there and made it pretty convenient to access iCloud anywhere using any device. You can access your iCloud photos on your android phone using your browser. Yes, your very simple Safari, Chrome or iExplorer would do the deal for you.

Accessing iCloud photos on android is a pretty simple task. You just need to follow a few steps.

Step 1: Reach Out To

Open your browser. Point to This will take you to the sign-in page if you are already not signed in.

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Step 2: Sign In

Sign in to your official Apple account using the Apple ID and password. This is the ID you use on your phone for signing in to Apple apps.

Step 3: Photos Are Here

Once you have successfully signed in, you will see a listing of all your apps, much like your beloved iPhone. Locate the Photos app.

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Photos app takes a rather long time if you have a lot of photos in your account. This is particularly the case for our younger lot who want to capture every moment of their lives. Well, how can you not capture that lovely caterpillar on the green leaf, the cheesy pizza you ate for lunch and obviously the selfie in the new shirt!

While the photos are loading, let us have a cup of coffee.

Step 4: Organize

Your photos are there in a grid. You can run a slideshow and can also download them on your android phone for future use. Since the photos are now accessible on the android device, you can organize them easily.

You probably would want to delete all the useless and less cool photos you have there and have not noticed till yet. You can now delete them easily.

If you have any favorites and do not want to keep scrolling every time you need to access them, then go ahead and add them to your favorites. Double click the photo to open it and click that little heart on top of the screen. You can now access your favorites by going to the favorites tab on the left side menu.

iCloud on browsers also makes organizing the photos pretty easy. You can create albums, add photos to albums, move them between albums, upload photos and download photos as well. You can recover the deleted photos from the Recently Deleted tab in the menu.

Organizing photos in the albums is a very useful feature available in iCloud on browsers. You have a ‘My Albums’ tab in the left side menu. You can add albums by clicking the ‘+’ button in the upper right corner. The newly created album will be empty. Now, you can upload new photos here or can move photos already in iCloud storage to this album.

In short, you can access your iCloud photos on android very conveniently using a third party app or browser. For the third party app, you have to download the application and allow it to access your iCloud account. While using the browser to access your iCloud data gives you a complete tool to organize and view photos. Though, initially it takes some time to load the photos using your browser. Having enough memory in your device definitely helps.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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