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How to access iCloud services on Android

  ICloud Website Login

Apple users can store their notes, pictures, contacts, and settings in their iCloud storage and sync them on multiple Apple devices. Accessing your iCloud data on Android is a more difficult process, but it is possible. Here's how.

First, you have to be aware of the limitations. Apple generally does not play well with devices other than Apple. You can easily use iCloud on your Mac, iPhone or iPad, but you won't see an official Android app for iCloud appear anytime soon.

Using iCloud Online on Android

The only way to access your iCloud services on Android is to use the iCloud website. Your access is still quite limited ̵

1; to start with you only have access to your saved photos and notes, as well as the "Find iPhone" service.

To start, go to the iCloud site on your Android device and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

 Sign in to iCloud online on Android

If you have set up two-factor authentication on your iCloud account, you may need a macOS, iOS or iPadOS device connected to your account to get a code that lets you log in.

If this is the case, enter the code displayed on your Apple device during the sign-in process on Android.

 A two-factor authentication code for an iCloud login is displayed on a macOS device

The ICloud website will ask you if you trust the browser you are using to log in. If your device is yours, press the "Trust" button – you do not need to enter a six-digit code from another iOS, iPadOS or macOS device to log in again.

Otherwise, click "Don't Trust" or "Not Now" to continue without trusting the device.

 Click Trust to trust your device when you log in to iCloud on Android

Using iCloud Photos, Notes and Finding iPhone on Android

If your login details are correct, you should see (quite limited) iCloud dashboard on Android.

You can press "Account Settings" to access your Apple Account settings or select one of the three icons listed to access notes, photos, or find iPhone services.

 iCloud Web Panel Displayed on Android

These are the only services that Apple allows you to easily view on your Android device with a mobile browser.

Accessing iCloud Photos

By tapping the "Photos" icon, your saved iCloud photos will be displayed.

You can press the "Upload" button to upload new photos. Select any of the items to view or remove from your iCloud storage or to download them as local files to your Android device.

 The Photos section of the iCloud site, displayed on Android

Accessing iCloud Notes

By touching the "Notes" icon, your saved iCloud notes are displayed.

As with iCloud Photos, this section has been optimized for mobile viewing. You can view, edit and delete your existing notes or press the "Add" button in the upper left corner to create a new note.

 iCloud Notes, displayed on Android with the Chrome browser

Using Find iPhone on Android

The latest service that you can easily access on Android using the iCloud site is Find iPhone -service. Click the "Find iPhone" icon in the iCloud main panel to get started.

You may need to enter your Apple account password and enter a six-digit authentication code at this time.

 Sign in screen for iCloud Find iPhone service, which is displayed in a Chrome browser on Android

When a confirmation is displayed, a list of Apple devices (including iOS, iPadOS and macOS- devices) associated with your account. Click on any of the devices that are displayed to see where they were last seen and if they are currently active.

Press the "Play audio" button to locate the device or "Delete iPhone", "Delete iPad" or "Delete Mac" to wipe the device. You can also use the Lost Mode feature to display a message on Apple,

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Press the "Lost Mode" button to do this.

 Find the iPhone service on Android, showing an iPad device

Using other iCloud services on Android

Although you can access some iCloud services in third-party apps, these are apps not official and their quality and success in accessing iCloud will vary.

The easiest service to access is your iCloud email account. You can set up iCloud email access on Android with Gmail or another email This allows you to send and receive emails from your iCloud email account with your Android device.

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Other services can be accessed through the iCloud website, but you have to switch to the desktop desktop mode to see them. We will not sugarcoat it, this is not the easiest way to view your iCloud calendar or contacts, even if you have a large mobile screen. It should still work, but don't expect the same user experience you find on an iOS or iPadOS device.

To use these iCloud services on Android, log in to the iCloud site with Chrome for Android. Once logged in, tap the hamburger menu icon in the upper right corner and then select the "Desktop Site" checkbox.

This interrupts the mobile page and loads the corresponding desktop version of the iCloud site. [19659003]   Click the Desktop site option to disable mobile site display on Chrome for Android

The full range of iCloud services will be displayed, although the page becomes more difficult to read. You may want to switch to landscape mode on your Android device for better navigation at this point.

From here, tap any of the services to access them. For example, pressing "Reminders" loads a list of your saved iCloud reminders.

 The iCloud dashboard on Android, appears in desktop sleep mode

As this is not a supported mode, the features of these services on Android may vary. Navigating these services is difficult, but you should be able to use this view mode to access your saved contacts, calendar, and iCloud Drive file storage.

Other services such as pages and numbers should technically load and allow you to view files, but they will not be used in any meaningful way.

Install iCloud as a progressive web app on Android

If you want to use your iCloud services on Android regularly, it may be worth adding it to your home screen as a progressive web app (PWA). This allows you to open the iCloud page as a "real" app without having to open Chrome first.

To do this, go to the iCloud site in your Android Chrome browser. Click the hamburger menu icon in the upper right corner and then select the "Add to Home Screen" option.

 Touch Save to Home screen to save a page as a progressive web app on Android [19659003] You must give your iCloud PWA a suitable name. Use the name of "iCloud" or rename it, then press the "Add" button to confirm.

 Name your iCloud PWA app, then tap Add to add it to your Android home page [19659003] You have to long press and drag the icon that appears on your home screen and place it anywhere which suits you best. Your onscreen instructions may vary depending on your version of Android.

Alternatively, you can press the "Add" button to have the app automatically placed on your home screen.

 Press the Add button to add your iCloud PWA app to the home screen

This will add the iCloud icon to your Android home screen. Touching this icon loads iCloud in a completely isolated application environment.

 Touch the iCloud icon on your home screen to download iCloud PWA on Android

You will not be able to switch to desktop mode using a PWA, so you will be restricted to access to your iCloud photos, notes, and Find iPhone services.

We have covered the list of possible iCloud services that you can access on Android, but some are out of reach. You can't use iMessage on Android at all, nor is it possible to use Apple AirDrop on Android.

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You will need to use platform alternatives such as WhatsApp and Snapdrop to replace these services.

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