Photos not uploading to iCloud

Photos not uploading to iCloud

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Hey Team! I think that iCloud has a lot of advantages, and it is easy to use. I sync all my photos and videos with the cloud, but lately, I have had problems with it. My photos not uploading to iCloud! Please, help me! How to upload videos and photos to iCloud?

Thank you,

Is your iCloud giving you attitude? Does it act like you’re complete strangers and make uploading photos a pain? We’ve been there. To ease your suffering, we’ve compiled a guide for people whose photos are not uploading to iCloud no matter what.

If your iCloud is not uploading photos, see what we’ve got below!

iCloud photos not uploading

Upload photos to iCloud

using CopyTrans Cloudly

If you already have photos on your PC, combating syncing issues is a child’s play. We developed an instrument called CopyTrans Cloudly that will help you upload your photos in a few simple steps. You will be guided by the app’s user-friendly interface: CopyTrans Cloudly is always glad to see you and does not want you to get confused!

💗 What CopyTrans Cloudly can transfer for you:

Videos: upload MOV, MP4, M4V files to iCloud;

Photos: upload HEIC, JPEG, PNG images to iCloud in great numbers;

👍 After you’ve uploaded your files to iCloud, you can move or delete them from the PC folder – they will still be available in iCloud.

Here is what to do:

  1. Download, install and run CopyTrans Cloudly. If you need help, refer to the installation guide.

    Download CopyTrans Cloudly

  2. Sign in with your Apple ID. We use SSL connection to protect your data, so you’re safe!

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  4. On the welcome screen, choose “Upload”.

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  6. Select the files you want to upload to iCloud.
    Once you’re ready, press “Upload!”

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  8. Wait until the program carefully delivers your photos to your iCloud account… There they are.

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  10. Your photos sit tightly in your iCloud. If your device is synced to iCloud, the photos will appear on it as well. Thank you for using CopyTrans Cloudly!

⚡ If you’re using a trial version of the app, you can upload the first 100 photos for free and see how it works out for you. No automatic charges! We allow trial actions so that you can get acquainted with Cloudly’s style and benefits.

CopyTrans Cloudly also can:

  • Rescue your permanently deleted photos from Apple servers.

  • Download all iCloud photos to PC in one go.

  • Delete all iCloud photos if necessary.

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Troubleshooting tips

If you are not in a hurry, try a couple of steps to make your iCloud alive and well again. Here is what you can do to upload photos to iСloud by potentially improving its well-being.

These troubleshooting steps will also prove helpful in case you faced the “Uploading to iCloud paused” issue. In most cases it it caused by poor internet connection and low battery. If that is nothing of the sort, follow our lead to fix uploading to iCloud paused.

1. Check the internet connection

If your network connection is unreliable or experiencing issues, iCloud might refuse to play with you. To avoid the iCloud photos not loading issue make sure that your Wi-Fi is up and running and you have stable access to the internet. Reconnect to your WiFi just in case.

On iPhone: See the quality of connection in the upper part of your screen. Or, swipe down the right side of the screen to bring up the control panel: it will show you whether you have WiFi connection and Mobile Data enabled.

photos not uploading to iCloud: check internet connection

On Windows: Click on the WiFi icon in the lower right corner of the screen. You will see the status of your WiFi connection.

check wifi connection on PC

2. Make sure your Apple ID is correct

Maybe iCloud is not at fault, after all… Check that your credentials (Apple ID and password) have been entered correctly. If not, it might be worth the effort reentering them.

On iPhone: open Settings -> Apple ID -> Check the email address displayed under your name.

Photos not syncing to iCloud: check email address on iPhone

On Windows: Launch iCloud for Windows. Once signed in, you will see your name and email address under the iCloud logo.

photos not syncing to icloud: check email address in icloud for windows

In the same window, you can make sure iCloud Photos is enabled on your PC.

3. Reconnect to iCloud

In case of iCloud photos not uploading sometimes the syncing glitches are just plain mood swings: iCloud is feeling grumpy and taking it out on you. Try turning it off and on to see if it improves the service’s disposition.

On iPhone: Go to Settings -> your Apple ID -> iCloud -> Photos -> Toggle the switch next to iCloud Photos off and on again.

iCloud not uploading photos: reactivate iCloud Photos

On Windows: open iCloud for Windows. In the lower left part of the screen, you will see the button “Sign out”. Once you’ve clicked it, you will be taken to the sign-in screen again. This is a bit of a merry-go-round, but it may help.

iCloud not uploading photos: sign in to iCloud again

4. See how much iCloud storage you have

There is another reason for you to ask “Why aren’t my photos uploading to iCloud?” It could be that iCloud just can’t handle the pressure you’re putting on it, i.e. doesn’t have enough storage. If this is the case, clearing some contents may get you back in iCloud’s good graces.

On iPhone: Go to Settings -> your Apple ID -> iCloud -> Manage Storage. You will how much free space you have and what takes up most of your space. If you’re lacking storage, see our tips on how to free up iCloud space.

photos won't upload to icloud: see the amount of free space on iPhone

On Windows: In iCloud for Windows, sign in to your profile to see a report on how you’re doing storage-wise. From this screen, you may opt to delete part of the data (Click “Storage” to see all data types available for cleanup).

why are my photos not uploading to icloud: check free space

If you are wondering Is iCloud for Windows really as good as Apple says it is? Then read the article and find it out!

5. Update your iOS version

This tip is for iPhone users providing that photos wont upload to iCloud. On your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update -> see if you have any updates available.

why won't my photos upload to icloud: Update iOS

If you’re a real diehard, you can also restore your device from a previous backup to try and get back past the point where it all went wrong.

iPhone photos not uploading to iCloud

After performing the troubleshooting steps | What do I do?

If troubleshooting got you nowhere and you are still unable to upload photos to iCloud, you may consider other means to achieve your goal. We have a couple of tricks up our sleeve. If you are willing to give it a try, choose your scenario:

Back up photos to your PC using CopyTrans Photo

It is quite possible that you checked your iPhone one day and your photos just won’t upload to iCloud. If that’s how things stand, we can help you upload your photos both to PC and to iCloud. For this, we developed two tools, called CopyTrans Photo and CopyTrans Cloudly.

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💙 What CopyTrans Photo can do for you:

▪ Transfer photos in HEIC, bmp, gif, jpeg, jpg, dng, tiff, tif, tga, png, pcx, dng (ProRAW);

▪ Convert HEIC to JPEG Windows 10, 11, also 8.1, and 7;

Choose the format: HEIC, JPEG or both;

▪ Transfer photos from PC to iPad or iPhone preserving the original quality and EXIF data;

▪ Copy photo albums back and forth, preserving the album structure;

▪ Work offline.

❤ We currently have a great deal – you can get 75% off CopyTrans 7 Pack. It’s cheaper than buying just two programs 😉

Here is what we suggest:

  1. First, back up your photos to PC. To begin, you will need CopyTrans Photo:
    Download CopyTrans Photo

  2. Download, install and run the program. If confused, see the installation guide.

  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings -> iCloud -> Photos and select Download and Keep Originals. Then, turn off iCloud photos.

  4. After that, connect your device to PC. You will see a window with two panes: the device pane on the left and the PC pane on the right. The leftmost and rightmost sections are navigation panels.

  5. CopyTrans Photo interface

  6. Select the device photos you want to transfer and drag-and-drop them to the area on the right.

  7. Drag and drop iPhone images to PC
    NOTE: If you want your entire library transferred, opt for Full backup. This will save you time selecting all your photos.
    Back up all photos button

  8. Click on “Apply changes” and wait for the photos to be transferred.

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  10. You’re awesome! And to prove that, you now have all your photos on your PC hard drive.

Now you are ready for Step 2: uploading photos from PC to iCloud. Jump to the section with CopyTrans Cloudly to learn how to upload pictures to iCloud.

We have recently published an upgraded version of an iPhone photo backup and transfer tool named CopyTrans Studio. We’d be glad to know how you find it!


We hope you got the most out of our troubleshooting tips and alternative solutions to avoid the iCloud photos not syncing issue. If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, we have an article enlisting all the ways to sync PC photos to iCloud.

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