Your videos and photos on an Apple device (like iPhone) will be uploaded and synced automatically with the help of iCloud Photos. In this way, you can get easy access to a specific video or photo from different devices. However, the iCloud Photos may stop working suddenly. This post on MiniTool website shows you how to fix iCloud Photos not syncing.

iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service provided by Apple October 12, 2011. It’s a good way to back up files. Till now, iCloud owns tens of millions of users. You can upload important videos, photos, documents, and other files to iCloud, and then download them to iPhone, Mac, and Windows computers easily via network.

What is iCloud Photos?

The iCloud Photos is a useful app to keeps all of your photos and videos automatically. With it, files can be loaded across different Apple devices so that users can access them quickly from iPhone, Mac, etc. However, some people find their iCloud failed to sync files as usual. To help them out, I’d like to show how to fix iCloud photos not syncing in different cases.

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iCloud Photos Not Syncing on iPhone/iPad

The iCloud Photos is an option you can find on your iPhone/iPad or other iOS devices. You can sync any photos and videos to iCloud by enabling this feature. However, it may go wrong and stop syncing your photos. How to fix iCloud photos not syncing on iPhone/iPad?

Check the Internet Connection

You should first go to check the internet connection when finding photos not uploading to iCloud.

Make sure iCloud Photos is enabled.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click on the username (the first option).
  3. Select iCould.
  4. Select Photos.
  5. Make sure iCloud Photos is On.

Enable Wi-Fi and cellular data for Photos:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to find Photos option.
  3. Access Wireless Data.
  4. Click on the Wireless Data.
  5. Select WLAN & Cellular Data.
  6. Make sure the Wi-Fi network you’ve connected to is stable and working or make sure the cellular data is enabled.

How to connect to WiFi on Windows 10?

Wireless Data

Check the iCloud Storage

You may find iCloud not syncing when the iCloud Storage is running out.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on your username.
  3. Select iCould.
  4. Choose Manage Storage.

If you are running low on storage space, you should get more space by deleting some photos/videos or buy extra storage by clicking Change Storage Plan.

iCloud Storage

Turn Off Low Data Mode

Disable Low Data Mode for WLAN:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select WLAN.
  3. Click on the info button (looks like a lower-case I) next to the network you are using.
  4. Toggle the switch of Low Data Mode to Off.

Disable Low Data Mode for cellular data:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Cellular.
  3. Select Cellular Data Options.
  4. Toggle the switch of Low Data Mode to Off.

Low Data Mode

iCloud Photos Not Syncing to Mac/Windows 10

Check Apple ID

  1. Open Settings and click on the username on iPhone to know which Apple ID you are using.
  2. Open System Preference and click iCloud to check whether you are using the same Apple ID on Mac.
  3. Open iCloud app to check whether you are using the same Apple ID on Windows.

Enable iCloud Photo Library


Navigate to System Preference -> select iCloud -> choose Options -> check iCloud Photo Library.


Go to iCloud for Windows -> open iCloud -> select Photos -> choose Options -> check iCloud Photo Library.

Tip: Please make sure the iCloud for Windows is up to date.

iCloud Photo Library

Photos Not Syncing to iCloud

Many users are wondering how to sync photos to iCloud. Please read these pages:

Check Apple ID

Also, you need to check whether you’re using the same Apple ID on different devices.

Update iOS to the Latest Version

Go to check whether the iOS you’re running on the device is the latest version; if not, please update to the latest iOS version available. On Windows, you should update the Apple Software Update utility.

Reset Network Settings

You should go to reset the network settings (it will remove the saved network settings) on your device to fix iCloud photo not syncing caused by network issue.

Besides, you can try to fix iCloud Photos not syncing by restarting device or signing out & signing in again with your account.

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