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 five ways to fix this issue.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 15, 2023
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Hey guys, I have 347 photos on my iPhone and want to sync them to iCloud. However, after a few hours passed, iCloud photos still stuck at 1, photos absolutely not uploading to iCloud. Why is iCloud not uploading my photos? How do I upload photos to iCloud? Any ideas?

Unable to upload photo iPhone to iCloud is annoying. Since iCloud photos syncing allows us to upload and keep our photos and videos securely stored in iCloud we can share photos and videos among iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac/PC seamlessly.

If photos from iDevices can’t be uploaded to iCloud, once lost, those photos are hard to retrieve without any backups. If your photos not uploading to iCloud from iPhone or PC, or Mac photos not uploading to iCloud, here in this post, we summarized 5 possible ways to help you fix photos not uploading to iCloud.

Also Read: How to Delete Photos from iPhone but Not iCloud >

Why Aren’t My Photos Uploading to iCloud?

  • Firstly, please make sure you have connected your iDevice to a stable network and enough storage. An unstable network and insufficient storage can cause a sudden stop of uploading.
  • Secondly, iPhone settings may be disabled accidentally, older iOS/macOS version glitches, iCloud photos crash, etc.

Keep reading and pick one of those solutions about how to upload photos to iCloud from iPhone catering to your needs.

Fix Photos not Uploading to iCloud Manually

How do I manually upload photos from iPhone to iCloud? AnyTrans, as a professional iPhone data manager, can help you upload photos from iOS/iPadOS devices or computer to iCloud. You can upload photos, videos, etc. from iPhone to iCloud, and download iCloud data to iPhone quickly. No longer to wait for a few hours. Besides, feel free to transfer data from iPhone to computer, and vice versa.

Check how can AnyTrans help you upload photos to iCloud successfully:

AnyTrans – Upload Photos to iCloud

  • Allow users to batch transfer photos to iCloud Photos.
  • Support users to preview the photos they want to transfer.
  • Upload photos from Mac/Windows PC to iCloud directly.
  • Also support to transfer videos, contacts, notes, etc to iCloud.

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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 to your Account to Receive Photos

Sign in to your Account to Receive Photos

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

Upload Photos from Computer to iCloud

Step 1. Go to iCloud Manager and sign in.

Go to iCloud Manager and Sign in iCloud Account

Go to iCloud Manager and Sign in iCloud Account

Step 2. Enter Photos.

Click Photos Category

Click Photos Category

Step 3. Click the Upload button and choose photos from Mac > Click Open to move.

Choose Photos from Mac and Upload to iCloud

Choose Photos from Mac and Upload to iCloud

6 Ways to Fix iPhone Photos Not Uploading to iCloud

So, once you have upload photos from iPhone/iPad/Computer to iCloud using AnyTrans, it means that the most important problem is solved and we can spend more time to fix iPhone photos not uploading to iCloud issue.

Method 1. Reconnect iDevice to Network

  1. Go to Settings on iDevice > Click Wi-Fi > Choose the network you are connecting to > then tap Forget This Network.
  2. Connect iDevice to a network and try if photos are being uploaded to iCloud.

Method 2. Check iCloud Photos Settings

Sometimes the iPhone becomes less responsive under long hours of work, try turning it off and on to see if that improves the state of service.

On your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos, then switch the button to iCloud Photos and turn it off and on again.
Turn on/off iCloud Photos on iPhone

Turn on/off iCloud Photos on iPhone

On your Mac:

  1. Go to Photos app > Choose Preferences from the menu > iCloud.
  2. Toggle off iCloud Photos then on.

On your Windows PC:

  1. Launch iCloud > Go to Options > Enable iCloud Photos.

Also Read: How to Fix Photos Missing from iCloud Photo Library >

Method 3. Update your iOS/macOS/Windows

For iOS:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update
  2. Download and Install the latest iOS 15.1.

For macOS:

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update.
  2. Click Update Now or Upgrade Now.

For Windows PC:

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on Windows 10.
  2. Go to Start > Settings > Windows Update on Windows 11.

Method 4. 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:

  1. Connect iDevice to your computer, then launch iTunes.
  2. Click Summary > Select Restore from Backup.

Restore from Latest iCloud Backup:

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

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Method 5. Check Your iCloud Space

If you don’t have enough iCloud storage, your iPhone or iPad won’t be able to upload pictures and videos to iCloud Photos or other features. You need to check how much iCloud storage space you have used and decide whether to clean up to some unneeded data or buy more iCloud space.

Check iCloud Storage

Check iCloud Storage

Method 6. Update your iOS version

Updating the software or updating the version of your iPhone is always a good way to fix system issues that occur with your iPhone. Because, often, the new version of software or iOS version is a fix for some problems that appeared before.

Check Software Update

Check Software Update

The Bottom Line

Here are five ways of fixing iCloud not uploading photos, if you have problems with this article, please don’t hesitate to leave comments below or email us. In the end, AnyTrans could also help you transfer photos to iCloud from iPhone/Mac/Windows PC. Give AnyTrans a try and it will surprise you!

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