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How to Solve Photos Missing from iCloud Photo Library Problem?

Last Updated : December 20, 2018 | Written by Amanda

"I recently enabled iCloud Photo Library on my iPhone. Just underneath the toggle, it said it was uploading the 2 live photos I've taken. Then, it said it finished uploading. When I go to icloud.com and look at the photos, there is nothing there."

When you turn on iCloud Photo Library, normally, it will automatically upload and sync photos to allow for accessing photos and videos from all your devices. However, the disappointment is that you don't see photos you want to see on any other iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC. Photos missing from iCloud Photo Library? Why and how to solve it?

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How to Solve "iCloud Photo Library Photos Disappeared" ?

Make sure you have signed in with the right Apple ID on all devices
After syncing photos with one account on one device through iCloud Photo Library, make sure that you use the same account to login on the other device if you want to see the synced photos.

Is there no enough iCloud space to save what you want to sync?
iCloud only offers 5GB space for free for each account, and provides different levels of paid storage space in case needed. If you exceed your iCloud storage limits, photos and videos won't upload to iCloud and thus your iCloud Photo Library won't stay up to date with new photos or videos across your devices. And missing photos from iCloud Photo Library is inevitable. To continue using iCloud Photo Library, please upgrade your iCloud storage plan or delete photos or videos you don't need any more from your devices or icloud.com.

Check if the photo syncing process is completed or not
iCloud photos disappeared, because you may not have completed the syncing process. Sometimes, the process might look complete, but your device is still uploading photos to iCloud Photo Library in the background. So, keep your device connected to the network, and do not turn off iCloud Photo Library immediately.

Did you by accident delete some photos on one of your devices?
If you delete some photos on your device, there is a message showing "These photos will be deleted from iCloud Photo Library on all your devices." Once you tap the "Delete Photo" no matter intentionally or by accident, iCloud Photo Library photos will disappear on all devices.
Luckily, you can find the mistakenly obliterated pictures in your "Recently Deleted" album, where the deleted contents will remain up to 30 days before permanent removal. You can go to the Recently Deleted album in Photos app or icloud.com to find the photos to recover. Please make sure that your iCloud Photo Library is turned on, so that the recovered photos will be uploaded to iCloud and synced to all devices.
Notice: To prevent incautious deletion, you are highly suggested to backup iPhone photos regularly.

Have you ever hided your photos?
When iCloud Photo Library is turned on, the photos you hide on one device are also hidden on your other devices too. It is hard for you to identify every photo, so unhide photos on your devices.
On iPhone or iPad: Open the Photos app and go to the Albums tab, tap the Hidden album, select the photo that you want to unhide and tap Unhide.
On Mac: Open Photos and in the menu bar, click View > Show Hidden Photo Album > open Albums view > open the Hidden Photos Album > select the photo you want to unhide > Press Control and click on the photo > click Unhide Photo.

Photos Missing from iCloud Photo Library Still Exists? How to Solve?

I recently enabled iCloud Photo Library on my iPhone. Just underneath the toggle, it said it was uploading the 2 live photos I've taken. Then, it said it finished uploading. When I go to icloud.com and look at the photos, there is nothing there.

Things I've checked already:
• The Apple id logged into iCloud is the same Apple id logged into icloud.com on my computer
• The photos on my iPhone are not hidden. Or deleted.
• I waited overnight to let the servers catch up. Still nothing.
• The page at https://www.icloud.com/#settings says I'm using 8.35 MB on photos and videos (but nothing at all shows up at https://www.icloud.com/#photos )
• I've logged out of icloud.com on the web, and back in.
• There are only two live photos on my iPhone, nothing else. (There is a 3rd live photo in the trash.) No still photos or videos have been taken.
What can I do to try to force it to "reset"? Any other troubleshooting ideas?

– from StackExchange user

The question put in the forum is still unanswered. It seems that this is an annoying bug that needs Apple's help. Once there is any workable solution, we will update the way here in time.

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Backup & sync photos with DearMob iPhone Manager

1. Download DearMob iPhone Manager, install and launch it on your Mac or PC.

2. USB-connect your iPhone to computer, tap Trust to continue on iPhone if there is a message.

3. Click on Photo Transfer on main UI of DearMob iPhone Manager, choose the photos you want to backup.

4. Click on the "Export" on the top bar, and then DearMob iPhone Manager will automatically backup iPhone photos to computer.

5. If you want to sync photos from computer to iPhone, simply click on the "Add Photo" button.

iCloud Photo Library Photos Disappeared

DearMob iPhone Manager's bidirectional sync method is somewhat a good alternative to iCloud Photo Library sync that you can use to transfer iPhone photos to other devices as well as import pictures from devices. Though it is not a wireless way, it never asks for additional storage space that iCloud does often and never cause photo missing.

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