How to Fix Photos Not Uploading to iCloud

Want to fix iCloud not uploading photos but don’t know how? Here in this post, we will tell you four ways to fix this issue.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Aug. 18, 2020

Q: Hey guys, I don’t think iCloud Photo Library is uploading my photos. I have 347 photos on my iPhone and want to sync them to iCloud. However, A few hours passed, the phone still says it has 347 items to upload. What should I do? Any ideas?

A: The issue that Photos not uploading to iCloud is indeed annoying. If photos from iDevices can’t be uploaded to iCloud, once lost, those photos are hard to retrieve without any backups. Here in this post, we summarized a few possible ways to help you fix photos not uploading photos. Please pick one of those solutions below catering to your needs.

Before start, please make sure you have connected your iDevice to a stable network. An unstable network may cause a sudden stop of uploading.

Fix iPhone Photos Not Uploading to iCloud

Method 1. Reconnect iDevice to Network

Go to Settings on iDevice, click Wi-Fi, choose the network you are connecting, then tap Forget This Network. Connect iDevice to a network and try if photos are being uploaded to iCloud.

Method 2. Turn on iCloud Photo Library Again

Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos, then switch the button next to iCloud Photo Library to your left to disable iCloud Photo Library. Reboot your iDevice, then enable iCloud Photo Library again. Check if iCloud is uploading your photos.

Method 3. Restore iDevice from The Latest Backup

If the two methods above don’t work for you, please try to restore your iDevice from the latest backup. After restoring, iCloud Photo Library should be able to upload photos on your iDevice.

Restore from Latest iTunes Backup:

Connect iDevice to your computer, then launch iTunes. Click Summary, select Restore from Backup.

Restore from Latest iCloud Backup:

Go to Settings on iDevice, tap General, click Reset, and select Erase All Content and Settings. After the iDevice reboot itself, choose the latest iCloud backup to restore your iDevice.

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Method 4. Uploading Photos to iCloud with An Alternative Tool

If either method above works for you, there is a third option – uploading photos to iCloud with an alternative tool instead of iCloud Photo Library. Normally, we can only sync photos from iPhone to iCloud server with iCloud auto-sync service. Now we have AnyTrans, it could help you upload photos from iDevice to iCloud by copying photos to computer then add them to iCloud.
Here are merits when using AnyTrans to transfer photos from iDevice to iCloud.

AnyTrans – iCloud Photo Upload

  • Allow users to batch transfer photos to iCloud Photo Library.
  • Support users to preview the photos they want to transfer.
  • No harm to iPhone picture and will be kept in original quality.
  • Work well with all iPhone models as well as iOS systems.

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Below are detailed steps of how to upload photos from iDevice to iCloud.

How to Upload Photos from iDevice to iCloud with AnyTrans

Step 1. Download AnyTrans and connect your iDevice to the computer. When AnyTrans has detected your iPhone, click Photos on the right side.

Go to Device Manager and Click Photos

Go to Device Manager and Click Photos

Step 2. All your iPhone photos will be listed. Choose one or two photos you want to upload, then tap on More and click the Upload on the upper right corner.

Click More and Choose Upload

Click More and Choose Upload

Step 3. Then AnyTrans would tell you to log into your iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and Password, then log in.

Sign in your Account to Receive Photos

Sign in your Account to Receive Photos

Step 4. Now choose all the photos you want, click the Upload to iCloud button again to start uploading.

The Bottom Line

Here are four ways of fixing iCloud not uploading photos, if you have problems about this article, please don’t hesitate to leave comments below or email us. In the end, AnyTrans could also help you transfer other kinds of iOS data. Give AnyTrans a try and it will surprise you!

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.