iPhone Photos not Loading? Try These Tips

What can you do when you head to the Photos app but find iPhone photos not loading? The tips introduced in this guide may get you out of the trouble.


By Demi / Updated on June 12, 2024

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Photos not loading on iPhone

When I click a random pic from my iPhone back camera then the phone captures the pic. However, when I go to the Photos app to see those pics, those photos look so blurry and it says that photo is not loaded. Is there any way to fix it out? 

- Question from Apple Community

Since the camera of iPhone keeps improving with iPhone updates, many users tend to capture high-quality photos using iPhone. However, what’s disappointing is that you may encounter issues when loading photos on your iPhone if you’re used to managing your photos with iCloud Photos.

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You may need this guide when you find iPhone photos not loading but only an exclamation mark at the bottom left of the screen. Keep reading and try to fix it with the tips below.

Why Pictures Won't Load on iPhone?

You may wonder, "Why won't my photos load?". The main reasons below may explain why and give you some inspiration to solve the issue at the same time.

▶ An enabled Optimize iPhone Storage. You may once turned on the Optimize iPhone Storage option, the original version of the photos will be saved in iCloud, which is the main reason why photos on iPhone are not loading.
▶ iPhone storage almost full. If your iPhone storage is almost full, it may take you some time to wait for iPhone photos to load.
▶ Unstable Internet connection. If your photos are saved on the cloud, your iPhone may have trouble loading photos when the Internet doesn’t work properly.

3 tips for iPhone photos not loading

You can wait for a few minutes to download your photos. Sometimes, you can open one photo to trigger the other photos to load. If it doesn’t work, the three tips below are nice tries.

Turn on Download and Keep Originals

As mentioned above, if you have turned on the Optimize iPhone Storage option, iPhone will reload your photos and the process may corrupt for kinds of reasons. Thus, please switch the settings to Download and Keep Originals by following the steps below.

Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap your profile > Select iCloud > Photos > Choose Download and Keep Originals instead.

iCloud Photos

Check your Internet connection

Since the quality of the Internet will directly affect how fast your iPhone loads photos, you can have a check whether there is something wrong with your Internet. You will be unable to load photo on iPhone due to a poor network condition.

If you’re using Wi-Fi when encountering such trouble, you can try to connect your iPhone to another Wi-Fi or reset network settings to avoid Internet errors. Just go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings and enter your password to make it.

Reset Network Settings

Free up space on iPhone

When your iPhone storage is nearly full, it will run slower and slower, which leads to iPhone photos not loading and many other iPhone issues. You may need to try your best to free up space on your iPhone. Just for reference, you can free up iPhone storage space by visiting this guide.

iPhone Storage Full

A better way to manage iPhone photos via FoneTool

iCloud is not the only way you can backup your iPhone photos. You can totally choose a better tool to help you manage iPhone photos. Here FoneTool is recommended. When it comes to manage iPhone photos, the multiple functions of FoneTool can meet your needs. 

1# Backup selective iPhone photos to computer
FoneTool provides you with an incremental backup service to selectively backup and restore iPhone photos without any data loss.

Backup Photos

2# Transfer iPhone photos to computer for editing and browsing
The transfer functions offer you a simple way to share photos from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to computer, and vice versa with no effort.  You can decide to transfer all or selective photos during the transfer process. It won’t take you much time to finish the task. 

Transfer To Computer

3# Automatically delete duplicate and similar photos
The Photos Deduplication function in FoneTool helps you filter duplicate photos automatically, making it simple and fast to delete duplicate photos on iPhone.

Click Photo Deduplication

Now, free download FoneTool and discover more useful functions by yourself.

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Hopefully, your issue iPhone photos not loading can get fixed and you can view all photos now. If you have any other queries, feedback, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.