6 Top Ways to Fix iCloud Upload Stuck [100% Useful]

When your iPhone/iPad data failed to upload to iCloud, you can find solutions in this article. And FoneTool mentioned below will be the most useful app to help you upload, download and delete iCloud data or fully/selectively back up iPhone/iPad data on PC.

Kathy by Kathy Updated December 5, 2023
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Why are my photos not uploading to iCloud?

When I sync my data with iCloud at random moments it gets stuck and never finish uploading. So my iPhone photos not uploading to iCloud. What should I do to troubleshoot the issue?

- Question from Apple Community

Why upload to iCloud failed?

iCloud allows users to upload iPhone/iPad photos, videos, contact or other data to avoid sudden data loss or access them on other Apple devices. But in some situations, you may find that your iCloud is stuck on uploading process or it will tell you that iCloud taking forever to upload.

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There are several reasons when you encounter the iCloud uploading issue. 

⭕ iCloud storage space runs out.
⭕ The internet connection on your device is poor.
⭕ Some bugs or excessive cache exist on your device.
⭕ The Low Power Mode is enabled on your device.
⭕ An outdated iOS system is running on your iPhone/iPad.

How to fix iCloud upload stuck issue

There are 6 ways for you to solve the iCloud uploading problem. Solution 6 may be the most useful way to upload your iPhone/iPad data to iCloud successfully.

Method 1. Check the Internet connection

Sometimes, iCloud stuck in the uploading process can be caused by unstable network settings. You can check the Internet on your device and switch to a more reliable network to solve this issue.

Or you can reset network settings to fix it: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Choose Reset Network Settings to make it.

reset network settings

Note: Reset Network Settings doesn't erase any data on your device, and it will remove all network settings, including your stored Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth pairings, and APN setups.

Method 2. Force restart iPhone/iPad

Sometimes, performing a force restart on your iPhone/iPad can effectively solve the iPhone/iPad data such as videos sent via iCloud not loading issue.

For iPhone 8 Plus/8/X or later: Press and release the Volume Up button > Press and release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

restart iPhone

For iPhone 7 Plus or 7: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears on your screen.

For iPhone 6 or earlier: Press and hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time until the Apple logo is displayed on your screen.

For iPad with Face ID: Quickly press and then release the Volume Up button > Quickly press and release the Volume Down button > Hold down the Power button until the Apple logo becomes visible.

For iPad with the Home button: Simultaneously press and hold the Power and Home buttons > Release both buttons when the Apple logo shows on your iPad screen.

Method 3. Check the Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode is designed to conserve your device's power by limiting certain operations. However, it can also cause the iCloud upload stuck issue.

To avoid it, follow these steps to disable Low Power Mode: Open the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad > Scroll down and tap on Battery > Locate the Low Power Mode option and toggle the switch to off.

low battery mode

Method 4. Update software on iPhone/iPad

Sometimes, the problem may caused by an outdated iOS system. And updating your software can solve the problem easily. Before the process, it’s better to back up iPhone/iPad to avoid data such as contacts missing after update. Then the powerful FoneTool can help you a lot.

Fully backup iPhone/iPad with the professional tool for free

Compared with iCloud, FoneTool’s backup feature can give you more excellent experience.

yes Full or selective backup: You can fully back up iPhone/iPad like iCloud or selectively back up photos, videos, music, contacts, messages as you like.
yes Much faster transfer: FoneTool’s super-fast transfer speed can help you backup all data in a very short time. And 100 photos can be moved in 3 seconds.
yes No data leakage: FoneTool’s USB connection ensures all data can be moved in absolute security.
yes Universal restore: You can restore your iPhone/iPad backup to another iOS device even if they are using different Apple IDs.

You can click the download button to install it on your Windows PC and learn how to fully back up your iPhone/iPad in a few clicks.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to the PC with a USB cable > Launch FoneTool and choose Phone Backup > Full Backup > Click Get Started to continue.

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Step 2. If need, check Enable Backup Encryption to protect your private data > Click Backup Storage Path to choose a storage folder on PC > Tap on Start Backup to begin.

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Update software on iPhone/iPad without any data loss

Then you can go to Settings > General > Choose Software Update and click Download and Install to make it.

update ios

After updating the iOS, you can launch FoneTool again, and go to Backup History > Click Restore to restore your iPhone/iPad full backup. With its universal restore feature, you can even transfer notes from iPhone to iPad without iCloud.

restore backup

Tip: In the Backup History page, you can also click the View dot next to Restore to access your iPhone files from the backups easily.  

Method 5. Clear up iCloud storage

If you're facing issues with iCloud data uploads, it could be due to insufficient storage space. To address this problem, consider deleting old backups and creating room for new uploads.

Just open the Settings app on your device and tap iCloud from the settings page > Scroll down and select Manage Storage from the iCloud settings page to review your current iCloud storage and potentially free up space by removing old backups.

manage icloud storage

In addition to backup and data transfer functions, FoneTool can also help you easily delete iCloud data on PC.

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Step 1. Open FoneTool on PC > Go to My iCloud > Log in with your iCloud account > Click Manage iCloud to continue.

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Step 2. Choose the data you need to delete > Click the Delete button > Confirm the choice by clicking Yes to finish the process.

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Method 6. Use FoneTool to upload data to iCloud for free

If all ways above can't solve this iCloud wait-to-upload issue, then you can use FoneTool to easily upload data to iCloud. This all-in-one iCloud data management tool can help you easily upload and download data for free.

For people who have 2 iCloud accounts, you can also use FoneTool to move iCloud data from one account to another. Now you can follow the guidance below to finish the process.

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Transfer iPhone/iPad data to PC

Step 1. Download and launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your iPhone/iPad to PC via a USB cable.

Step 2. Go to Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

transfer data

Step 3. Check and click each icon to preview and select the targeted files > Then click OK.

select phtoos

Step 4. Click Transfer Settings to choose a storage path > Click Start Transfer to begin the task.

start to transfer

Now you can use FoneTool to upload your iPhone/iPad data to iCloud.

Upload iPhone/iPad data to iCloud

Step 1. Go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID > Choose Manage iCloud.

manage iCloud

Step 2. Click the icon you need to upload > Click Upload to continue.

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Step 3. Choose the targeted files from the computer > Click Open to begin the task.

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These 6 top ways will help you solve the iCloud upload stuck issue efficiently. If you need a better app to upload, download and delete iCloud data or you need to back up your iPhone/iPad data on PC, FoneTool will be an ideal choice. 

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