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How to Solve iTunes Won't Sync Photos to iPhone/iPad from Computer

By Joakim Kling | Last Update:

Do you have gigabytes of photos on your computer that need syncing to iPhone or iPad through iTunes but the iTunes Sync Photos function is not working at present? The reason why iTunes won't sync photos varies, and the solution is also diverse. Therefore, this article will focus on why and how to solve iTunes not syncing photos to iPhone iPad from different aspects.

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iTunes Sync Photos not working, how to transfer photos to iPhone or iPad from computer? DearMob iPhone Manager is the best iTunes alternative that you can use to bulk or selectively sync pictures from computer to iOS 17/16/15/14 etc., as well as sync music/videos/TV shows and backup iOS with encryption.

iTunes Won't Sync Photos Cases

When the iTunes won't sync photos issue happens, the symptom may be:

  • iTunes shows "Preparing to copy" and then it will just stop continuing further syncing.
  • iTunes just gets stuck with the message "Reading photos from Pictures".
  • iTunes shows no photos when trying to choose a folder to sync despite that there are photos on the computer.
  • iTunes not syncing all photos or albums, only part of the contents are synced to iPhone or iPad.
  • After updating iOS, iTunes displays an alert that there is not enough room to sync photos.
  • The error shows "Some of your photos, including the photo '[photo name], were not copied to the iPhone '[device name]' because they cannot be displayed on your iPhone."
  • The error appears "iTunes cannot sync photos to the iPhone 'name' because your Photos Library is not yet available. Please try again later."
iTunes Won't Sync Photos

The iTunes won't sync photos problem has been mentioned again and again in the forums. Some people have got the workarounds, while others are still wandering as Apple will no longer update the corresponding solutions officially. If you have checked that your USB, USB port, computer firewall, and anti-virus software are in the right condition, and iTunes won't recognize iPhone iPad doesn't happen, the method below may give you some help.

How to Solve iTunes not Syncing Photos to iPhone iPad

On Windows

1. iCloud Photo Library is disabled

Make sure that the iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone or iPad is not turned on. When iCloud Photos is turned on, iTunes Sync Photos won't work and photos can be downloaded from the computer to iPhone wirelessly without iTunes.

2. There is not enough space for the synced photos

Make sure that there is enough storage space on your iPhone or iPad to save the synced photos.

3. Uninstall and reinstall iTunes

Open iTunes, and click the "Help" menu at the top of the iTunes screen. Click "Check for Updates" on the sub-menu to check for the latest iTunes for Windows 10/8/7 on your PC. On a Mac, click the "iTunes" menu at the top of the screen, and click on "Check for Updates" on the sub-menu. Alternatively, you can download the latest version of iTunes on Apple's official site.

Advisably, you are suggested to uninstall all the Apple components on Windows before reinstallation including Apple Application Support, Apple Mobile Device Support, Apple Software Update, and Bonjour.

4. Update or Downgrade Your iOS

Some people have complained that their iTunes won't sync photos though they did nothing to their iTunes or computer except update the iOS. iOS 11 is to blame as most users think. So, if you did nothing but changed your iOS, you could try to upgrade or downgrade the iOS to see if it works.

5. iTunes Won't Sync Photos GIF/BMP

iTunes does support GIF/PNG/JPEG/JPG/TIFF syncing from computer to iPhone iPad, however, all the formats will be automatically converted to JPG during syncing, and thus the GIF images will lose animated effects. If you want to keep the animated GIF photos on iPhone or iPad, you'd better choose DearMob iPhone Manager to transfer photos from computer to iPhone. Besides, after testing, iTunes won't sync some photos in BMP to iPhone iPad though Apple says it can.

6. iTunes "Selected folders" turns grey causing iTunes not syncing photos

When the "Selected folders" in the iTunes Photos tab gets grey, you are only allowed to check "All folders" and choose a folder from the drop-down menu of "Copy photos from" to find the one on the computer you want to sync. If you want to see the folders in iTunes, you can click on "Choose folder…" from the drop-down menu of "Copy photos from:" > click on the drop-down arrow besides "Pictures" > select "My Pictures" > click on "Select Folder", and then you will see all the sub-folders. Choose one or more folders to sync with iTunes.

iTunes Won't Sync Photos

On Mac

When iTunes fails to sync photos on Mac, the common error is "iTunes cannot sync photos to the iPhone/iPad 'name' because your Photos Library is not yet available. Please try again later." To solve this iTunes not syncing photos to iPhone/iPad issue, please follow the below checklist.

1. The message "not available" suggests that the Photo Library is in use by another process, iTunes can only sync from the System Photo Library, so you should make it your System Photo Library by opening Photos > Preferences > General > select "Use as System Photo Library". Then, restart your Mac and try to use iTunes Sync Photos.

2. Make sure the Photo Library is accessible and readable.

3. The version of iTunes you are using needs to match the version of macOS. If you are using macOS Mojave, you need to update your iTunes to the version compatible with Mojave.

How to Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone iPad without iTunes

As Apple had officially said it will no longer update the page '' about iTunes won't sync photos, you won't find any official solutions. It is obvious that Apple is trying to push you to use iCloud to sync photos, however, iCloud is not that ideal regarding the needing for internet and different paid plans.

If you want to find a perfect iTunes alternative when iTunes Sync Photos is not working, DearMob iPhone Manager is what you are looking for to transfer photos from computer to iPhone without iTunes. It is a professional iOS data backup transfer tool that is compatible with iOS photos, music, videos, contacts, messages, apps, and more. To transfer photos, DearMob iPhone Manager offers you the easiest steps without iTunes.

Step 1. Launch DearMob iPhone Manager on your Windows PC or Mac. USB-connect your iPhone to your computer.

Open DearMob iPhone Manager

Step 2. Click on the Photo Transfer icon, and create a new album by clicking on the "+" in the left bar.

Step 3. Click on "Add Photo" and choose photos or photo folder from the computer.

Step 4. Hit the Sync button at the bottom right corner.

Photo Transfer

DearMob iPhone Manager offers bidirectional sync methods that you can also use to export iOS photos to Windows/Mac selectively or in bulk for backup with encryption. Or, delete synced photos from iTunes to free up the space, convert HEIC o JPG, and turn Live Photo into still.

About The Author

Joakim is a tech addict and mobile enthusiast ever since the Symbian era. Now as a technical writer, he loves to test software and devices, and share his discoveries in plain language. Jogging helps him think better and stay energized throughout the day.

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