Fix Photos Not Uploading to iCloud from iPhone: 7 Ways

The message says “items have not been uploaded to iCloud”? Get solutions in this guide to fix photos not uploading to iCloud from iPhone issue.


By Kathy / Updated on May 31, 2024

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iCloud helps us back up iPhone photos in an easy way. When we turn on the iCloud Photos, 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 uploading issue, hope one of them can help your photos find their way to iCloud.

How to Fix Photos Not Uploading to iCloud from iPhone

There are 7 ways for you to fix the issue, and Tip 5 may be the most effective way to upload your iPhone photos to iCloud from PC.

Tip 1. Check Apple System Status Page

The uploading problem may occur because of outages. Apple sometimes does routine maintenance on specific iCloud services. You can open a web browser and go to the Apple System Status Page to 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 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 Photos> Restart your iPhone > Turn on iCloud Photos.

Tip 5. Check Internet Connection

Any issues with the network may lead to photos not uploading to iCloud from iPhone problem. To upload photos to iCloud, a stable Internet connection is required. Please make sure your iPhone is 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.

If the iPhone's network connection is unstable, you can try to upload photos to iCloud from computer. First transfer photos from iPhone to computer and then save photos to iCloud.

Move iPhone photos to PC

To easily transfer photos saved in different albums, you can let the easy-to-use iPhone data transfer tool named FoneTool help you make it. Its USB connection will protect all your iPhone data in an absolutely secure environment.

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Step 1. Open the software and connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable > If asks, tap Trust on iPhone to continue.

Step 2. Click Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC and tap on Get Started to continue.

start to transfer photos

Step 3. Check the Photos icon to preview and select the targeted pictures > Then click OK to start the transfer.

Transfer Photos

Now you can use FoneTool to upload your photos to iCloud. Its creators own 14+ years of experience in safeguarding data security, ensuring absolute safety during the upload process. If you prefer use the official way to upload data to iCloud, you can go to to make it.

Import photos to iCloud via FoneTool

Step 1. Launch FoneTool > Go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID > Click Manage iCloud to continue.

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Step 2. Click the Photos icon > Tap on Upload.

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Step 3. Select photos from PC > Click Open to begin the task.

choose photos to upload

Except for the iCloud data management feature, you can also use FoneTool to transfer iCloud data from one Apple ID to another. Then transferring notes from iCloud to iCloud will be so easy.

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 not enough storage” message.

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

manage icloud storage

And FoneTool mentioned in Tip 5 can also help you delete iCloud data from PC manually, just go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID > Choose Manage iCloud to delete some data.

Or you can buy more space to save more data. 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 photos uploading issue. Just go to the Settings app on iPhone > Choose General > Software Update > Click Download and Install to start.

If your device can't check for updates, just find solutions in this Fix Update Error guide.


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. Saving photos to the cloud like OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox can do you a favor. To transfer photos from iPhone to computer, one iPhone backup & transfer tool named FoneTool is the way to go.

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Kathy · Editor
Kathy is an editor of FoneTool, who prefers to help more users address a series of iOS-related problems. She likes traveling and being close to nature makes her relax. She is also keen to engage in social activities and spend much free time with her friends.