Q: How do I use iCloud for Windows to accept an invitation for a Shared Photo Album without an iOS device or a Mac?

I have an Apple ID, I can see my iCloud files and photos with a web browser, and I can use the PC iCloud app to upload and download photos but I do not have an iOS device or a Mac.

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You cannot subscribe to a shared album without a Mac or an iOS device.

See this message from Apple when trying to subscribe to a shared photo album:

iCloud Photo Sharing is not available for this device

To subscribe to (sender's name)’s “Sample Photo Album Name” shared album on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, open your invitation in the Mail app, and click the Subscribe button in the message.

To subscribe you need to be signed in to iCloud on:

  • an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 6 or later, or
  • a Mac with macOS 10.8.2 or later and iPhoto 9.4 or Aperture 3.4 or later
  • If I did have an iOS device and subscribed, and then later went to PC would the shared album be available? Sep 8, 2017 at 15:14
  • @mattwilkie no, it won’t be visible in any browser without enabling “public website” in the album
    – oa-
    Sep 10, 2017 at 21:38
  • ...sorry, I meant go to "the program iCloud installed on a PC" not a web browser on PC Sep 11, 2017 at 2:19
  • Yes that would work
    – JcMaco
    Jan 17, 2021 at 5:50

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