[Solved] iCloud Photos Not Syncing Problems

iCloud problems not syncing photos Posted by Estrella H.| Last Updated: Feb 4, 2021

iCloud does not sync photos on computer? Or your iPhone 11/11 Pro Max failed to connect to iTunes to sync photos to iCloud? Here's how to fix it.

iCloud is the best way of Apple to backup and restore iPhone, while iCloud Photo Library was introduced into iOS since the 8.3 version, Mac OS X since 10.10.3 and Apple TV since tvOS 9.2. So any Apple devices with the eligible OS can access, upload, sync and edit the iCloud Photo Library with related iCloud account - Apple ID signed in. But iCloud photos not syncing problems happen at times. This guide will show methods on how to fix iCloud not syncing photos.

Note: iCloud Photo Library also supports uploading new photos on/from Windows 7/8(.1)/10. >>Download iCloud for Windows

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[Basic Fixes] iCloud Photos Not Syncing Errors

1. Make sure you have a reliable internect connection. iCloud Photos may get stuck when the internet is weak. Restart your WiFi router or switch to another internet if neccessary. You should know that iCloud Photos won't sync photos or videos when your device is on cellar data.

2. Sign out/in your iCloud account. Go to your Settings > find and tap Sign Out > then restart your device and go to Settings and sign into your account again. It goes the same on your PC/Mac.

3. Check if the iCloud status is OK. Go to Apple's System Status page and find Photos. If there is a red or yellow dot, instead of a green dot next to Photos, it means that something is wrong with the app. Then you should have to wait until Apple solves it.

4. Check your Apple ID. If iCloud Photos is not syncing, it may be because you're using a different Apple ID on the devices.

5. Check iCloud Photos storage. Check if your disk have enough storage to save the photos. iCloud won't sync if the location is full.

How to Fix iCloud Photos Not Syncing to PC/Mac

Q: I've upgraded both iPhoto and OS on my devices to the latest versions. My iPhone and iPad can sync photos without problem via iCloud. But my Mac does not sync at all. I can take a picture on my iPhone and it appears on my iPad in 5 seconds while the iPhoto on my Mac just will not update at all. I have logged out of iCloud and logged back in several times to restart it. Not sure why but it is really frustrating. Any help will be appreciated!!!

If your Mac or Windows 10/8/7 iCloud cannot sync photos, try those troubleshooting tricks one by one:

1. Make sure the iCloud Photo Library in turned on the computer:
Photos > Preferences > iCloud Photo Library is checked, or iCloud system preferences -> Options -> iCloud Photo Library is checked
2. Close and reopen the Photos app on computer;
3. Rerun the computer;
4. Disable and restart the iCloud Photos Library on the photos not syncing device.

Note: On macOS 10.15 Catalina, Finder will take over the sync and other features that were on iTunes. Check how to sync iPhone iPad iPod with Finder >>

How to Fix iCloud Photos Not Syncing between iPhone, iPad and iPod

How to Turn on iCloud Photo Library on iDevice

Q: iCloud not syncing photos! My iPhone Xs and iPad Pro are not syncing pics using the same Wi-Fi and iTunes account to iCould. Both devices have iCloud pic settings turned on. Thanks for your help!

Firstly, you must guarantee the iCloud Photo Library in turned on under Photos & Camera at Settings. Then you can try disabling photo stream on the iPhone and iPad (settings > iCloud), restarting your devices and then re-enabling photo stream. If it still fails, just reset the photo stream. Those steps are also available for resolving iCloud photos are not fully syncing problem.

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[Quick Fix Method] - Transfer Photos between iPhone iPad and Computer to Upload to iCloud

Each iOS user can enjoy 5GB free iCloud photo storage. If you don't want to pay for the upgrade plans (up to 1T), you can look for some unlimited cloud services like Google Photos, or directly transfer the photos from iDevice to local hard drive and upload photos from computer to iCloud when mobile to mobile not syncing trouble occurs. In reture, if your computer failed to upload photos to iCloud, it's also feasible to sync those photos to iPhone/iPad for smoothly syncing them to iCloud. Of course after this, you'd better delete the photos for more storage space.

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Connect iPhone to Windows (10) PC

Step 1

Connect iDevice to computer via a USB cable to have WinX MediaTrans recognized it. (Tap "Trust" on thes screen if it's the first time to connect to PC.)

Tap Photo Transfer to Export Photos from iPhont to PC

Step 2

There are mainly 4 blue options on the main interface. Here you just need to click "Photo Transfer" section to switch to photo exporting screen.

Select Photos for Exporting

Step 3

Select photos or group(s) as you prefer. Photo group can be shown here by Day/Month/Year or None to check. "Export with Encryption" is free to tick.

Start Exporting Photos from iPhone to Windows (10) PC

Step 4

Click "Export" to fast save those iPhone photos to local folder. When loading HEIC/HEIF photos, it will permite you to convert HEIC to JPEG.

Still cannot sync photos between iPhone and iPad or so after trying the workarounds? It's worth a shot to search or ask question on Apple discussion community.

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