How to Access iCloud From Your Android Phone

Even if you ditched your iPhone, you can still access iCloud

What to Know

  • Access iCloud Photos: Sign in to iCloud from any mobile browser and tap Photos.
  • Access iCloud Email: Open Gmail and tap Menu > Settings. Tap Add account > Other and then enter your iCloud login info.
  • Access iCloud Calendar/Contacts: You'll need an iPhone or iPad and a computer to transfer data from iCloud to Android.

This article explains how to access iCloud photos, email, calendars, and contacts from an Android device.

Accessing iCloud Photos on an Android

To access your iCloud photos on an Android, sign in to your account from a mobile browser. Tap Photos, and you'll see every image you saved to iCloud.

Apple iCloud on Android

You can also create iCloud links for sharing photos and videos, view albums, and see account settings.

Working with Apple iCloud on Android

Another option, if you still have your iPhone, is to download the Google Photos app for iOS and sync your photos there. You can work with your photos there similar to the way you use iCloud Photos.

If you move your photos to Google Photos using the app for iOS, the upload might take a while (depending on the number of photos).

Accessing iCloud Email

If you have an Apple email address, such as @mac, @me, or @icloud, you can access your messages in the iCloud inbox. On an Android smartphone, set this up using Gmail.

  1. Open Gmail and tap the Menu button in the upper-left corner.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Add account > Other.

    Adding an email account to Gmail
  4. Follow the prompts to enter your iCloud email address and password. Gmail then finishes the process, and then you can access your iCloud inbox.

Accessing iCloud Calendars and Contacts on an Android

There's no straightforward way to access your iCloud calendar or contacts on an Android. You'll need an iPhone or iPad and a computer to transfer the data.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings.

  2. Tap your name.

  3. Tap iCloud.

  4. Toggle on Contacts and Calendars.

    You might need to sign in to your iCloud account first if you're not already signed in.

    iCloud settings for Contacts and Calendars
  5. On your computer, open a web browser, go to, and log in to your account.

    The homepage with icons for mail, contacts, calendar, and other apps.
  6. Click the Calendar icon.

  7. On the left pane, click the Share Calendar button next to the calendar that you want to export. In the pop-up window, select Public Calendar. Click Copy Link, then OK.

  8. Open a new browser tab or window and paste the copied URL.

  9. Change webcal at the beginning of the URL to http and press Enter. Doing so opens a Save File dialog box. Save the file in a folder of your choice. You can rename it too as long as you don't edit the .ics extension.

  10. Open and log in to Google Calendar on your web browser.

  11. On the left pane of the Google Calendar interface, click the menu arrow at the right of Other Calendars. Click Import Calendar.

  12. Select the exported calendar file that you downloaded from iCloud. You can also choose the destination Google calendar (if you have more than one) in the same dialog.

  13. Click the Import button to upload the file.

  14. Once importing is finished, you should be able to see the imported entries in the Google Calendar web interface and on your Android device.

You can follow a similar process to transfer your contacts from an iPhone to an Android smartphone.

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