How to Fix Photos Not Uploading to iCloud

04/10/2019 Posted by FoneGeek

My photos on iPhone are not uploading to iCloud since this morning. I have enabled iCloud photo library and updated my iPhone to iOS 12. Is there anything I can do to get it working again?”   — Laura

Many people use iCloud to sync their important data including photos and contacts. It's a good and convenient way to avoid completely data loss. But sometimes, the iPhone photos won't upload to iCloud the way they should, nor show up on other devices. If you have the same experience with Laura, read this article to get your problem solved. 

Why Photos Are Not Uploading to iCloud

When you find the photos in iCloud are not up-to-date, that means your photos in iPhone are not uploading to iCloud. Below are reasons why it happens:

– Unstable network connection.
– iCloud Photo Library not enabled.
– iCloud storage exhausted.
– Incorrect Apple ID.

How to Fix Photos Not Uploading to iCloud 

Now you know the reasons that may cause photos not uploading to iCloud. There are different solutions to fix this problem. We will show 5 methods below. Read to find the most workable methods for you.

Method 1. Check The Wi-Fi Network Connection

iCloud is a web service, so you need a good Wi-Fi connection or cellular data plan to keep it work well. Since iCloud usually consume too much data, it often works with Wi-Fi network. If you find your photos on iPhone are not uploading to iCloud, you'd better check the Wi-Fi network connection. Go to Settings > WLAN, select the name of the Wi-Fi you would like to join, then enter the password to connect. Keep the Wi-Fi network connection stable during the uploading.   

Method 2. Enable iCloud Photo Library

Another reason that may cause photos not uploading to iCloud is that you haven't enable iCloud Photo Library. Just go to Settings > iCloud > Photos, and turn on iCloud Photo Library, things will be all right. If the iCloud Photo Library is enabled but photos are not syncing, try to turn it off and on again. 

Turn On iCloud Photo Library

Method 3. Check iCloud Storage

 The iCloud free storage is limited. When you upload the photos on your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, you are using the iCloud storage. If the storage space is full or short, you will be not able to upload photos to iCloud. To check your iCloud storage left space, you can go to Settings > iCloud > Storage. If you have used out all the free storage, you can delete some unwanted pictures in iCloud to save space or upgrade your storage plan. Simply go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, tap Change Storage Plan, and you will be able to buy more storage space.

Upgrade iCloud Storage Plans

Method 4. Check your Apple ID

Some people use different Apple accounts on iPhone and computer. If there are different Apple IDs, then the photos won't be able to sync. To check whether you are using the same Apple ID, just go to the Accounts section of iCloud in Settings. If you find you are not using the right Apple ID, you can simply sign out and resign in with the correct one to solve the problem.

Method 5. Alternative Way to Backup Photos on iPhone

To make a backup or to sync your photos on iPhone, iCloud is not the only way. Here we recommend an alternative way to help you to upload photos from iPhone to computer, and view photos on computer directly. 

FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore is a great tool that enables you to back up and restore your iPhone photos in one click without any technical knowledge. Besides, it can also backup iPhone contacts, messages, WeChat or WhatsApp and more data to your computer. You can freely view the data you backed up on computer and then selectively restore the data to any iOS device. No matter you are using the newest iPhone XS or old iPhone 6, it can support you to backup all your important data without data loss. It is also compatible with iOS 12.

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Follow the steps to backup iPhone photos by Fonegeek iOS Data Backup & Restore: 

  1. Install and launch the program on your computer, connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. Choose iOS Data Backup & Restore, then click iOS Data Backup. 
  3. Choose Standard Backup or Encrypt Backup according to your need.
  4. Check the boxes shown on the screen, and select Photos, then click Next to start the backup.


Above we suggest 5 methods to fix photos not uploading to iCloud. If you or your friend is in trouble with such problem, you will know how to do to help yourself out. Furthermore, you can also backup photos on your iPhone by iTunes. If you have any other good ideas about how to fix photos not uploading to iCloud, please share with us via comments. We are committed to provide solutions to iPhone users with their mobile problems.

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