8 Troubleshooting Tips When iCloud Photos Won’t Sync

iCloud Photos lets you sync and access your photos across all your iCloud-compatible devices. This feature works fine most of the time. However, you may sometimes find that iCloud Photos isn’t syncing. When this happens, your photos won’t upload from your device to the iCloud service.

There are many reasons for this to happen. Maybe the server you’re trying to upload your photos to is down? Or maybe your mobile data is limiting photo uploads? We show you how to fix that below.

Make sure the iCloud server doesn’t go down

When you have any issues with iCloud, including photos not syncing with iCloud, the first thing to do is check if Apple’s servers are experiencing an outage. Apple provides a website that displays the status of its servers.

  1. Open a new tab in your browser and go to Apple’s status website.
  2. You will see the status of each Apple server. Find the server said Picture and check the status.
Apple Statue Website with Bookmarked Photos

If the Photos server is down, that’s why your photos aren’t syncing to iCloud. You need to wait for Apple to bring the server back up.

Make sure iCloud Photo Sync is enabled on your device

One reason why your iCloud Photos isn’t syncing could be that the sync option is disabled on your device. You need to enable iCloud Photos option on each of your devices where you want to access your synced photos.

Enable iCloud Photos on iPhone/iPad

  1. Open Setting application on your device.
  2. Tap the banner of your name at the top of the screen.
Apple ID in Settings
  1. Touch icloud on the following screen.
iCloud Options in Apple ID
  1. Option Picture from all the options available on your screen.
iCloud Photos Preferences
  1. Turn on iCloud Photos right to buy.
iCloud Photo Converter

Turn on iCloud Photos on Mac

  1. Click Launchers in the Dock, search Picture and open it.
Image in Search Bar
  1. Choose Picture in the top menu bar and click Interests.
Options in the Photo menu
  1. Choose icloud on the following screen.
  2. Tick iCloud Photo Library right to buy.
iCloud Photo Library checkbox

Check iCloud storage requirements

By default, your iCloud account offers 5GB of space to store your photos and other files. If you’ve exceeded this storage limit, that could be why your iCloud Photos aren’t syncing.

One way to fix that problem is to create space in your account. You can do this by deleting unnecessary files from your account. This includes your Drive files, photos, videos, and other data.

Current plan window

Another way to solve the problem is to upgrade your current package. Apple offers a variety of paid professional plans for more storage in your account. You can also sign up for a larger plan directly from your iPhone and iPad.

Allow your iOS device to use unlimited mobile data

Your iPhone and iPad have a feature that limits the number of photos that can be synced with your iCloud account while you’re on cellular data. If you have big data permission from your mobile data provider, you can turn this off and fix the issue where your iCloud Photos won’t sync.

  1. Open Setting app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Picture right to buy.
Photo options in the Settings tab
  1. Choose Mobile data right to buy.
Cellular Data Options in Photos
  1. Activated Unlimited Updates right to buy.
Unlimited update conversion

Sign out and back into your iCloud account

One thing you can try to possibly get rid of photo sync issues on your iOS devices and Mac is to sign out of your iCloud account and then sign back in.

On iPhone / iPad

  1. Open Setting app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap your name banner at the top.
Apple ID Banner
  1. Scroll down and tap Log out right to buy.
Sign Out Button
  1. Sign back in to your iCloud account.

On a Mac

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner and select System Preferences.
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  • Option icloud.
  • iCloud in System Preferences
    1. Click Log out button.
    Sign Out Button in iCloud
    1. Sign back in to your account.

    Update the iCloud app on your Windows PC

    If your iCloud Photos isn’t syncing from your Windows computer, one reason why it could happen is that you have an older version of the iCloud app. Updating to the latest version should fix the problem.

    Update iCloud for Windows with Update Manager

    1. Search Update Apple software using Cortana search and open it.
    Update Apple software in Windows Update Manager
    1. Option icloud in the software list and click Setting at the bottom.
    Apple Software Update Window
    1. Wait while iCloud is updated on your PC.

    Update iCloud for Windows by reloading it

    1. Open a browser and go to the iCloud for Windows website.
    2. Click the download link to download the iCloud app to your Windows computer.

    Reset network settings on your device

    Your iPhone or iPad uses network settings to connect to Apple servers. If there’s a problem with these settings, your iCloud Photos won’t sync.

    If you’re not sure which setting is causing the problem, resetting all network settings to default will help.

    1. Launch Setting app on your iOS device.
    2. Scroll down and tap the option that says Shared.
    General in the Settings menu
    1. Scroll all the way down and tap Reset right to buy.
    Reset preferences
    1. Choose Reset Network Settings right to buy.
    Reset network settings in Reset
    1. Your iPhone will ask you to enter your passcode. Enter your passcode and your network settings will be reset.
    Enter the passcode window

    Update your Apple device

    If you’re running an outdated version of iOS or macOS on your device, that could be the reason your iCloud Photos aren’t syncing. Updating your device to the latest version of the respective operating system should fix the problem.

    Update iOS on iPhone/iPad

    1. Open Setting application on your device.
    2. Touch Shared right to buy.
    3. Touch Software updates right to buy.
    General software updates
    1. You will see Download and install optionally if an update is available. Tap this option to update your iOS device.

    Update macOS on a Mac

    1. Click the Apple logo at the top left of your screen and select About this Mac.
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  • Click Software updates button.
  • Software update button
    1. The Mac App Store will open allowing you to update your version of macOS.

    Did any of the methods suggested above fix the issue of iCloud Photos not syncing on your device? Let us know in the comments below.

    In case your problem is still not resolved, consider using Google Photos on your iOS device.

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