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How to Access Your iCloud Photos from Apple, Windows and Android Devices

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This article explains how to access your iCloud photo library on a variety of devices, including iPhones and iPads, Macs, Windows PCs, and Android devices. The instructions in this article apply to iOS 13, iPadOS 13, macOS Catalina (10.15), Windows 10, and Android 10, but they may also work with earlier versions.

How to Access iCloud Photos from iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Before you can use iCloud Photos on your iOS or iPadOS device, you must turn it on. Then complete the following steps to access your photos:

1-Tap Photos on your device.

2-Tap the Photos tab in the Photos app.

Photos is a great app to view your pictures or create video memories from photos. It’s also a directory of documents where you can share photos via email, text message, or social media; Send files to a nearby Apple device using AirDrop; or save images to other cloud-based services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

The Photos app goes hand-in-hand with the Files app on iOS and iPadOS. In the Photos app, tap a photo, tap the Share icon, then tap Save to Files. From here you can save the photo to any service you have set up in Files (for example, iCloud Drive or Google Drive) or to your device.

How to Access iCloud Photos from Windows

If you want to access iCloud Photos from a Windows-based device, you must first download and install iCloud for Windows on the PC. Complete the following steps to set up iCloud Photos on your device:

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1-Open iCloud for Windows.

2-Select Options next to Photos.

3-In Photo Options, select iCloud Photo Library and then Done.

4-Select Apply.

To access your photos in iCloud Photos, open File Explorer. Expand Quick access in the navigation pane, then select iCloud Photos. In the details pane, Windows divides iCloud Photos into three categories:

Downloads: These are the photos you took on your iPhone or iPad. These files should automatically download to your PC.

Uploads: Here you can upload photos to your Apple devices.

Shared: This folder gives you access to all shared photo albums available in iCloud.

How to Access iCloud Photos from Android?

Apple offers a browser-based version of certain iCloud apps for Android. It works pretty much the same as on iOS or iPadOS, although it has fewer options. For example, you can only share photos via email or by copying a link.

To access iCloud Photos on an Android device, open a browser and go to “www.icloud.com”. Sign in to iCloud when prompted, then tap Photos.

How to Access iCloud Photos from a Web Browser

If you don’t want to set up iCloud on your device, or if you’re using someone else’s device (including a Chromebook device), your iCloud Photos library can be accessed from a web browser. To access your photos from a browser, complete the following steps:

1-Open a web browser.

2-Type www.icloud.com in the address bar and then press Enter.

3- If prompted, sign in to your iCloud account.

4-Choose Photos on iCloud web page.

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