[Solved] iCloud Photo Library Not Uploading Problems & Solutions

Last Updated : January 22, 2018

" For a week my iCloud Photo Library not uploading anything, even if the Wi-Fi works fine when watching videos or sending emails, I kept iPhone 8 plugged-in throughout the night and in the morning, but it keeps saying 'uploading 490 items' unchanged, what should I do? " ----Antonio

Such occasion is no single case if you use iCloud Photo Library to save photos, and there're typically 4 practical occasions, and you may address them accordingly:

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Tips and notes

One or a mixed number of reasons can lead to iCloud Photo Library not uploading properly. Check above to see if your iPhone is suffering from one of the problems above, and clicking on the problem will take you to corresponding resolve instructions to iCloud Photo Library not uploading. If you couldn't identify what's wrong with the iCloud account, try out the "4-step general fixs for iCloud Photo Library not uploading".

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[Solved] One Bad Photo Caused iCloud Photo Library Not Uploading

Photos edited through popular APPs like Instagram, SnapSeed, etc may occur format errors when the replica is being saved, thus terminating the whole process of photo uploading via iPhone 8's iCloud Photo Library. If that is the case, you'll first need to find out the broken picture by visiting iCloud.com > Sign in with ID & code > Photos, where you may locate to the last photo been uploaded.

Once located, get back to iPhone's camera roll to delete the very next picture after your located photo on icloud.com, completely delete it first from the camera roll (Snapseed/Meitu Pic folders) > then from Recently Deleted folder.

When all is done, re-plug iPhone 8 to the jacket board & connect to Wi-Fi to see if photos uploading returns to normal.

iCloud Photo Library Not Uploading: iPhone 8 Storage Less than 500 MB

Possessing an iPhone 8 with over 1000 pictures, wishing to use iCloud Photo Library to free up some space & clear out part of the pictures on iPhone, but the uploading process just won't kick off however many times you plug the authoritative Apple USB cord to the jack board with smooth Wi-Fi on. That been said, how to get iCloud Photo Library not working back to work?

Technically speaking, a least amount of 500MB physical storage is pre-requisite if you're to tweak iCloud Photo Library uploading properly, however large your iCloud plan covers.

That been said, delete some photos (backup them up via e-mail is optional if you still need the pictures) both from the respective folder and Recently Deleted Folder will make room for iCloud uploading to work properly.

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Apple Care offers a rather all-you-can eat answer responding to its iCloud Photo Library errors, which asks you to upgrade the iPhone to the latest iOS 11 version. Follow the steps below to bring iCloud back and work:

4-Step General Fixs for iCloud Photo Library Not Uploading

Sometimes uploading troubles occur even when your iPhone is in a healthy condition, then the follow-up 4-step general fixs should be helpful in most of the cases involving iCloud Photo Library:

 iCloud Turn Off & Turn On
iCloud Turn Off & Turn On

1. Toggle-off & on iCloud Photo Library
2. Log out of iCloud account & back in through:
Settings > iCloud > Photos.

Reconnect Wi-Fi
Reconnect Wi-Fi

3. Reset the iPhone's wireless network by visiting "Wi-Fi > your home network > Ignore this network" before re-connecting your device to it again.

Restart iPhone
Restart iPhone

4. Re-start your device which you want to backup the iCloud: Including iPhone 8/X/7/7 Plus or earlier, iPad Pro/Mini/Air, iPod. This often proves to be helpful.

Reboot Home Router
Reboot Home Router

5. Reboot the router all from the start. Re-setting its pass code is also optional as there might be visitors or neighborhood stealing the bandwidth.


By design, iCloud Photo Library helps your access all photos, albums and selfies on all your devices without manual syncing. However, plenty of 3-rd party iPhone photos backup tools have stand out to be rather usable and stable, and DearMob iPhone Photo Manager is just one case in point.

The best alternative to iCloud Photo Library to secure your complete backup of all pictures, photos and albums is DearMob iPhone Photo Manager. Featuring speed guarantee to losslessly transfer 100 4K iPhone live photos in 80 seconds, this freeware proves much an overachiever when compared to Apple's cloud photo services, which often result in iCloud backup could not be completed or iCloud backup not enough storage. Either this is your first time stucking with iCloud freezing errors or a seond, or third time, it's worth free downloading the free iPhone photos transfer tool to get a faster-than-ever transfer experience!

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