A lot of iPhone users have been reporting that they have been having problems sharing photos on the device. Whenever they try to share a photo, an error message will appear on this screen with the message: "There was an error while preparing to share. Please try again later.".

If this is the situation you face, this guide will share with you some of the most effective solutions to help you overcome this iPhone photos error.

There are many reasons why you may be unable to share photos on your iPhone. From a problem with the internet connection to a problem with the iOS system itself, these problems or a combination of them can cause photos on your device to malfunction.

Part 1. 4 Basic Checks to Fix iPhone Unable to Share Photos

The following are just some of the simple checks we recommend you try first before attempting any advanced solutions.

1. Check the Internet Connection

You need a stable internet connection to be able to share photos on your device. Therefore the first thing you should check before anything else is the connection.

You can try to connect to Wi-Fi if you are using Cellular data or switching to another Wi-Fi network.

change to another wifi network

2. Check the Low Power Mode

Like we've already seen, when Low Power mode is turned on, you may not be able to share photos. To check go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode and turn it off if it is enabled.

turn off low power mode

3. Check iCloud Photos Library Settings

You may also want to turn off the iCloud Photo Library and then turn it on again. This will fix any bugs that could be preventing you from sharing your photos.

To do that go to Settings > Photos & Camera and toggle the "iCloud Photo Library" off. When prompted, choose "Remove from iPhone". Then wait a minute or so, before turning it back on.


4. Check Find My iPhone Settings

Another good way to try and fix this problem is to turn off "Find My iPhone" and then removing all the photos before loading them again.


Part 2. 3 Advanced Ways to Fix iPhone Unable to Share Photos

If the simple checks above don't work to fix this problem, then we recommend the following advanced solutions.

Way 1. Sign out and in Your iCloud Account

If you use iCloud to store your photos, signing out of your iCloud account may resolve the problem very easily. To do that, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Open Settings and tap on your name

Step 2: Tap "Sign Out" at the bottom.


Wait a few minutes and then log in to see if the problem has been resolved.

Way 2. Force Restart Your iPhone

Force restarting your device may also help resolve this issue, particularly if there are settings that may be interfering with the photos. To force restart your iPhone, follow these simple procedures.

For iPhone 8/X/11/12 - Press and quickly release the Volume Up button and do the same with the volume down button. Then, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.


For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - Press and hold down both the power and the volume down buttons until the Apple logo appears.


For iPhone 6s and earlier - Press and hold both the home and the power buttons until you see the Apple logo on the screen.


Way 3. Fix iPhone Unable to Share Photos Error without Data Loss

If all the solutions you've tried so far and have failed, you may need a third-party iOS system repair tool to help you resolve this problem. One of the best is iMyFone Fixppo which is effective and easy to use and has features designed to make it an efficient solution. These features include the following:

  • It fixes all issues associated with the iOS system without data loss.
  • It is very easy and safe to use, allowing you to repair the iOS system with a 100% success rate.
  • It supports all iPhone models and all versions of iOS like iPhone 12/11 and iOS 14/13.

Windows version    Mac version

To use iMyFone Fixppo to fix the iPhone unable to share photos problem, download and install the program on to your computer and then follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Launch Fixppo and then click on "Standard Mode". Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. Unlock the iPhone if you are running iOS 12 or later. You can follow the on-screen instructions to put the device in DFU/recovery mode if it is not detected.

 connect your device to your computer

Step 2: Once the device is in DFU/recovery mode Fixppo will detect the device model and present several firmware options. Choose your preferred one and then click on "Download".

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 3: When the firmware has been downloaded, click on "Start" and the program will begin repairing the device. When the repair process is complete, the device will restart in normal mode.

finished fixing your device

This tool is an ideal solution not just for this issue but many other iOS-related problems and many users have sent their feedback to us. Download the free trial version today!

user feedback

Windows version    Mac version


If you are having trouble sharing photos on your iPhone, the solutions we've outlined above will help you resolve the problem. You can always share your thoughts with us in the comments section below and we'll do our best to help you.