"iPhone photos are not uploading to iCloud. The device is updated to iOS 14 and uses iCloud Photo Library but it says that it has 2,373 items to upload. It doesn't seem to be working? Any ideas what I can do?"

Maybe you have photos on your iOS device such as iPhone 12 in iOS 14 that you want to sync to iCloud. The problem is that these photos are not uploading to iCloud. This is a common problem that some of the iOS device users who use iCloud for backups experience. This can be an annoying issue. If you happen to lose your photos without backup, it can be hard and sometimes even impossible to retrieve them. The good news is that this can be fixed. But, before we show how to fix it, let鈥檚 find out why the photos in your iMac Photo app and those in iCloud are not up to date.

Part 1: Why Photos in iCloud and in iMac Photo App Are Not Up to Date

If the pictures on your iMac Photo app and those in iCloud are not up to date, it can only mean one thing: your photos are not uploading to iCloud. There are several reasons which can cause this issue. The most common ones include:

  • iCloud Photo Library not being enabled.
  • Lack of enough iCloud Storage.
  • A network connectivity issue.
  • Your device is having trouble connecting to your iCloud account due to an Apple ID or sign in issue.

Part 2: How to Fix Photos Not Uploading to iCloud

There are different solutions which can be applied to fixing the photos not uploading to iCloud problem. Whether these solutions will work for you is largely dependent on the reason as to why the photos are not uploading. Here, we have outlined the most common solutions. Start with the first solution and then move on to the next if the first one does not work for you.

Method 1: Enable iCloud Photo Library

The reason as to why your photos are not uploading to iCloud may be because you have not enabled your iCloud Photo Library. The following steps should help you fix this issue on your iPhone/iPad and Mac.

On iPhone/iPad:

    • Go to your device Settings> Apple ID> iCloud> Photos.
    • Toggle on iCloud Photo Library.

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On Mac:

  • Go to System Preferences > iCloud, then check iCloud Photo Library.

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Method 2: Check iCloud Storage

When your iPhone or iPad uploads your photos to iCloud, they use your storage space. Most iCloud users have limited iCloud storage space. This means that your storage space may become full without you knowing. So this is another reason for photos not uploading to iCloud. To check whether your iCloud storage is the issue, follow the steps below:

    • Go to your iPhone or iPad Settings, tap on Apple ID>iCloud.

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You should see the storage percentage you have already used. If you have already used all your storage space, you can upgrade to another plan that offers you more storage or delete old backups to free up space.

To Upgrade, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Settings>Apple ID>iCloud.
  • Under iCloud, tap on Manage Storage>Change Storage Plan.
  • Select an option, then click on Buy on your top-right corner.

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To delete old Backups, follow the steps below:

    • Go to Settings>Apple ID>iCloud.
    • Select Manage Storage, tap Backup.
    • Select the device you wish to delete its backup.

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  • Tap Delete Backup at the bottom and then click Turn Off & Delete.

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Method 3: Check Your Apple ID

Sometimes the reason for your photos not uploading to iCloud may be because you are using the wrong Apple ID on your device. To check whether you are using the correct Apple ID, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Settings, tap your name. This should be at the top of your screen.

If you notice that you are using the incorrect Apple ID, you can easily switch to the correct one. Or you can simply sign out and re-sign in your iCloud account to fix your problem.


Method 4: Check Your Internet or Wi-Fi Connection

Your iOS device has to be connected to Wi-Fi for your photos to be uploaded to iCloud. So first you have to check whether your iPhone is connected with a WiFi network. iCloud will not work with cellular network since it can consume too much data. To connect to a Wi-Fi network, follow the steps below:

  • Visit the device Settings>WLAN and then toggle on WLAN.
  • Tap the name of the Wi-Fi you would like to join.
  • Enter a password if prompted to.

In case that your iOS device has already been connected with a WiFi network, go ahead to check the WiFi internet speed. Or, you can directly reset your network settings:

  • Turn off the iCloud Photo Library and then remove or download photos.
  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Choose Home Network> Forget this Network.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and then turn off the device.
  • Turn the device back on and then connect to Wi-fi.
  • Turn on iCloud Photo Library to see if the problem has been fixed.

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Part 3: An Alternative Solution to Backup Photos with TunesMate(iOS 14 and iPhone 12 Supported)

iMyFone TunesMate is the best third-party tool that allows you to transfer all your media files for free between your iPhone and iTunes/Computer. This tool is compatible with all the iOS devices and versions including iPhone 12 and iOS 14. The features this tool offers include:

Main features of iMyFone TunesMate:

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Key Features:

  • 2-way transfer: Import and export your photos freely.
  • It does not have any limits for PCs and devices.
  • You get to preview and transfer your media files selectively.
  • TunesMate allows you to bypass iTunes.
  • It enables one to transfer files without fear of accidentally deleting any files during the transfer process.

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TunesMate is very easy to use. To avoid the problem of photos not uploading to iCloud. You can transfer your photos to your PC from your iPhone, follow the steps below:

    1. Run TunesMate on PC and use a USB cable to connect your device to the computer.

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    1. Click the Photos icon at the top of the page, choose the photos you want to export. Either Click Export and then Export to PC at the tool鈥檚 top bar or you can right-click the photos you have selected and then choose Export and then Export to PC from a drop-down list that appears.

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    1. Choose the target folder on your PC from the pop-up window that appears. Click on Select Folder to Start the Export process. All your selected photos will be exported from your iPhone to your Computer where you can access them anytime.

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