iCloud is the essential part of iOS for almost 5 years and it’s still a must-have backup and sync service for iPhone and iPad users. Just like the rest of iOS features, iCloud is well-designed, simplistic, user-friendly, and it does its job flawlessly. At least, most of the time.

Namely, some users reported a stall within iCloud Photo Library. They were unable to update recent photos or videos for no apparent reason. In order to help you, we enlisted a few trusted workarounds. If you have had alike or similar issues, make sure to check them out below.

How to reinitialize uploading photos to iCloud in iOS

Restart your device

In this and similar scenarios, it’s quite obvious to go for the restart. Even though iOS and iOS-powered devices are celebrated for overall stability in regard to pre-installed features, occasionally something goes wrong. So, the first step to take is to follow the instructions below and restart your device. After that, maybe the uploading deadlock ends.

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.
  2. After it appears, use the slider to turn your device Off.
  3. After the device turns off, use Sleep/Wake button to turn it ON again.

Disable and re-enable iCloud Photo Library

If just a simple restart isn’t sufficient to address the issue at hand, you can always apply the same medicine to update-related features. Namely, you should navigate to iCloud and disable iCloud Photo Library which is cloud storage part dedicated to photos. After that, you can re-enable it and look for changes.

If you’re uncertain how to do it, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your account name/Apple ID.
  3. Open iCloud.
  4. Tap Photos.
  5. Toggle Off iCloud Photo Library.
  6. Restart your device.
  7. Follow the same path and re-enable iCloud Photo Library.

If even that fell short and your photos just won’t upload to iCloud Photo Library, there are additional steps you should take into consideration.

Delete all backed up photos

This procedure is screaming ”time-consuming annoyance!” but it is as it is. You’re stuck with your iCloud misbehaving like an obnoxious child and previous steps are, obviously, underwhelming. However, don’t worry, your Camera Roll photos are not endangered. We only need to clear photos and videos stored on iCloud. If you ask yourself ”why?”, the answer is simple: due to corrupted photo or video, all others suffer. One rotten apple (pun not intended) and everything suddenly goes south.

  1. Make sure that all photos you need are either on phone storage or safely backed up on PC or Mac.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap your account name/Apple ID.
  4. Open iCloud.
  5. Tap Photos.
  6. Toggle Off iCloud Photo Library.
  7. Restart your device.
  8. Use your computer to access iCloud and delete all photos and videos.
  9. Re-enable iCloud Photo Library.

All photos from your device storage should start uploading and everything should be resolved.

Reset the device to factory settings

Finally, if you’re still stuck in the iCloud’s purgatory, you still have one last resort. Yes, it’s the factory reset. If the problem somehow surpassed reinitialization, the hard reset should be the right tool for the job.

Follow the instructions below to perform a factory reset:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Select Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. This will erase all of your data, so be sure to back it up before performing the reset.
  6. Confirm selection and start the process.
  7. Later on, you should choose Restore from the iCloud Backup feature, and retrieve your data.

In addition, it might be more convenient to run with iTunes:

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes app on your PC.
  2. Connect your device to a PC.
  3. Start iTunes and choose Summary.
  4. Remember to backup your iPhone data.
  5. Select Restore iPhone.
  6. Move on to restoring process.

That should be it. Don’t forget to share your questions or alternative solutions with us and other readers in the comments section below. We’ll appreciate it. Thanks for reading.

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