By Lena / Last update September 1, 2021

iCloud helps us backup iPhone photos in an easy way. When we turn on the iCloud Photo Library, it will automatically upload photos to iCloud. Besides, we can access these photos on any device.

However, this feature is not error-free. We receive inquiries from users about the problems with iCloud from time to time. You are not the only one who sees the message saying “items have not been uploaded to iCloud”.

Here in this guide, we will tell you all possible solutions to fix the photos not uploading to iCloud from iPhone issue, hope one of them can help your photos find their way to iCloud.

How to Fix Photos Not Uploading to iCloud from iPhone?

Works for all iPhone models including:
iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X/XR/XS (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max), iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 12/12 Pro (Max)/12 mini

Tip 1. Check Apple System Status Page

iPhone photos not uploading to iCloud problem may occur because of outages. Apple sometimes does routine maintenance on specific iCloud services. You can open a web browser and go to Apple System Status Page to have a check if there are interruptions of iCloud. If you see a red dot meaning the service is down, just be patient and wait for Apple to fix it.

Apple System Status

Tip 2. Hard Reset Your iPhone

This is one basic step when you meet any problems. Force restart can help clear the data cache and fix minor glitches that cause the photos not uploading to iCloud issue.

● Force restart iPhone 8 and later with Face ID :

Quickly press and release the Volume Up button > Quickly press and release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Side/Power button until Apple logo appears.

● Force restart iPhone 7/7 Plus:

Press and hold the Top button and Volume Down button together > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

● Force restart iPhone 6s, SE and earlier with Home button:

Hold down the Home button and the Top (or Side) button at the same time > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

Hard Reset iPhone

Tip 3. Check iCloud Account

Make sure that you have logged in with the correct Apple ID. You can also try to sign out iCloud. Some users say this method worked. Go to Settings > Tap your account > Tap Sign Out option > Sign in after a while.

Tip 4. Refresh the Sync

Go to Settings > Tap your account > Tap Photos > Turn off iCloud Photo Library > Restart your iPhone > Turn on iCloud Photo Library.

Tip 5. Check Internet Connection

Any issues with the network may lead to photos not uploading to iCloud problem. To upload photos to iCloud, a stable Internet connection is required. Please make sure your iPhone has connected to strong Wi-Fi. You may turn on/off Airplane mode to refresh the Internet.

You can keep your iPhone charging and connected to Wi-Fi overnight. In addition, please make sure that the Low Power mode is turned off.

Tip 6. Check iCloud Storage

When iCloud storage is insufficient, your photos will fail to upload from iPhone and you see the “items have not been uploaded to iCloud” message.

You may go to Settings > [your account] > iCloud > Manage Storage to check how much storage you have. There are only 5 GB of free storage space. You can delete some files to free up storage space or you can buy more space.

Manage iCloud Storage

If you find that iPhone photos not uploading to iCloud after upgrading storage, you can wait for a while and check again. It takes a little bit before the phone actually starts uploading.

Tip 7. Update iOS to the Latest Version

Apple continues to release new iOS updates to fix glitches and bugs in operating systems. You can try to update to the newest iOS to fix the bug that may cause the iPhone photos not uploading to iCloud issue.


That’s all about how to fix iPhone photos not uploading to iCloud issue. Hope this article answers your doubts.

● If all methods don't work, you may need to contact Apple support online or visit the nearest Apple Store to let Apple specialists look at it.
● If you want to backup photos immediately, you may try other tools to help you. To save photos to the cloud, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive can do you a favor. To transfer photos from iPhone to computer, one iPhone backup & transfer tool named AOMEI MBackupper is the way to go.

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