Until recently it seemed practically impossible enter iCloud on Android and access Photo, Note is Reminders in iCloud using an Android smartphone. Dedicated apps for iCloud services were – and still are – simply non-existent on the Google Play Store. To make matters worse, iCloud.com did not present any mobile support. Yes, you can "log in" in some way by accessing the browser in desktop mode, but the user interface has responded abysmal. But that changed.
Apple recently updated iCloud.com, which means that a handful of iCloud services – Photos, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone – are now accessible in mobile format. So, if in addition to an Apple device you also have an Android smartphone, you can finally use it to view and interact with these services, even if to a limited extent.
Enter iCloud on Android
To enter iCloud on Android start by going to iCloud.com, using Google Chrome or any other browser on your Android smartphone. Log in by entering your Apple ID credentials.
If two-factor authentication is enabled for your Apple ID, enter the code you receive on your iPhone, iPad or Mac to proceed.
Alternatively, you can also request a text code on Android, provided that the mobile number associated with the device is set as the trusted number for your Apple ID.
Later, you may want to "trust" the browser when prompted, only to avoid having to repeat authentication repeatedly on subsequent attempts.
Once logged in, you should see the available services listed in a compact mobile format on the iCloud launchpad. At the time of writing, you can only access four services: Photos, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone.
Click on a box to access the desired web app. You can also view a limited number of account details by tapping the link Account settings.
iCloud Photo lists all the photos and videos you've uploaded in thumbnail format, sorted in order by date.
Tapping on any thumbnail enlarges the photo: then you can scroll through the library by scrolling on the screen. After that, perform a downward gesture to return to the thumbnail view.
At the bottom of the screen are additional tabs that allow you to check your shared albums and iCloud links. Just below the photos, you have an upload option consisting of a circle with three dots, which allows you to upload photos and videos that are located on your Android device.
You can also select multiple items for upload. Just make sure to keep the browser tab running until the upload progress indicator fills up.
iCloud Note will show all the folders and notes you have created over time on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.
You can also create new folders or delete existing ones directly from your Android smartphone using the icons respectively in the shape of "+?And in the shape of a gear at the bottom of the screen.
After opening a folder, simply touch any note to edit it or create new notes from scratch using the icon New note. However, notes cannot be locked, moved, or deleted.
But compared to iCloud Photos, the Note web app has many problems. Often the notes don't load or the onscreen keyboard may disappear completely. Quite annoying. Hopefully these issues will be fixed in subsequent site updates.
iCloud Quite limited reminder in terms of functionality. While it readily shows your lists that you have created on an iPhone or Mac, it does not allow you to enter new lists. This is in line with the desktop version of the web app, so don't expect it to change.
You can create new reminders within existing lists. But again, you can't configure them like you can do it on an iPhone or Mac (like adding time or location, prioritizing things to do, adding secondary tasks, etc.).
Therefore, you may want to use the web app only for simple activities such as adding simple tasks to do or checking the to-dos present in the lists.
Find my iPhone
Despite being signed in to iCloud.com, Find my iPhone requires you to log in every time you log into iCloud, for good reason. also necessary to go through two-factor authentication (if enabled).
Then, add your Android phone as a trusted number to your Apple ID. That way, you won't have to rely on an iPhone or Mac for authentication codes.
Once you enter the portal Find my iPhone, all as usual. Just select a listed device and you can use the features Play sound, Lost mode is Clear iPhone. The user interface works well and you shouldn't have any problems locating your devices.
The account related functions listed in iCloud.com are practically basic. There is only an iCloud storage indicator and controls to change the time zone and language.
There is also a link to the Apple ID management portal, where you can configure security settings (such as adding a trusted number), manage the devices connected to your Apple ID, change payment information, etc.
However, you can access this portal without first visiting iCloud.com.
Despite the obvious limitations, using iCloud Photos, Notes and Reminders on Android can be a breath of fresh air for those of us who don't like being stuck in the Apple ecosystem. The inclusion of Find My iPhone should also allow for greater flexibility and security while traveling.
Of course, these web apps still need serious optimization (in particular Notes). But things seem to be going in the right direction, at least for now.