Having problems with iCloud photos downloading VERY slowly and making duplicates?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by ToddJ, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. ToddJ macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    I am having a lot of problems with my iCloud library when I edit photos or share photos ...it takes forever to download from the cloud (it keeps saying ‘Preparing...” and the circle (that indicates the download progress) barely moves. Also, when I use the ‘share sheet’ it takes forever for it to download the photo to share it.....at first I thought it was a problem with my WiFi at home but it seems to do this everywhere…Also, when i try to edit these photos that are slow to download, for some reason, duplicates show up…the duplicates usually are lower resolution and if the original photo is a Live photo, the duplicate is usually not a Live photo
  2. ToddJ, Apr 14, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018

    ToddJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    Also, my internet seems to be fine (55 mbps)...however, i have a LOT of photos (over 100,000)
  3. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    Are you trying to download these one at a time? If you try to do them all at once it can take very long. Also if your phone has enough storage you might want to disable iCloud Photo Library.
  4. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
  5. ToddJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    I was just downloading them one at a time...
  6. ToddJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
  7. drmacnut macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2005
    Yes! All the darn time. I also cannot understand why single photos that one selects to share (via an iMessage for example) just sit on the “preparing” sheet waiting ... even with high broadband connections. It’s ridiculous to be honest.
  8. JDPZ, Oct 21, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2018

    JDPZ macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2018
    I have a similar problem but with videos stored in the iCloud library: download time takes forever and some videos simply cannot be watched. I’m thinking in storing my library in an external hard drive to solve this issue....cannot understand why Apple won’t allow streaming videos stored in iCloud
  9. Jdrake90 macrumors newbie


    Oct 29, 2018
    I've had this problem with iCloud FOR YEARS. Any time I want to show family members old videos of photos I have taken it's a tedious struggle to get iCloud to consistently download photos and videos without completely freezing and stopping altogether. Doesn't matter that I have completely acceptably fast WiFi/internet access. It's like the whole world runs on 55mbps and iCloud operates like it's run out of a 56k modem.

    In contrast, Google Photos is lightening fast. But I still use iCloud because I really want to believe that this system can work.
  10. JDPZ macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2018
    --- Post Merged, Oct 30, 2018 ---
    How does Google Photos interact with the Mac Photo app?
  11. luezuve macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2010
    I'll just add some fuel to the fire. I have Windows 10. I right-click on the icloud taskbar icon, then click download photos. Gives me a polite message saying I have a large amount of information so it might take a while. It starts downloading about 2500 files. I only have 200GB of icloud space and 90GB of that is free AND it's shared with my family. So I figure there's no way it's more than 10-20gb of photos/videos of mine.

    Been over 24 hours and I still have 1557 items to download, not even half done.

    I have a 300mbps connection. I downloaded a 16GB Microsoft Virtualization session for VMWare in about 4 or 5 minutes. 10-20gb, even slowly should take 30 minutes at the most. Looking like 48 hours plus.

    The whole icloud photo system is a stink bomb. No permanent backup. Slow downloads. I guess I really pay apple for icloud storage so I can backup my devices but it sure is annoying for photos.

    Google photos is a good option, photos are free, but you have to pay for video space. I'm already paying Apple, I'd have to pay Google too.

    Is it really too much to want to download my icloud photos to my computer in a timely fashion? These are jpg and mov files. Not full length blu-ray movies.

    I guess the bottom line is that I have one question for Apple: "Huh?"

    Oh, and don't get me started about using icloud with a VPN.
  12. JDPZ macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2018
    Is there anyway to use Onedrive with the Mac Photo library? And what about Bropbox?

  13. nieldv macrumors newbie


    I was using Google Photos until recently, which worked really well, but I decided to move over to iCloud so that everything's in one place. What a mistake, thumbnails are there but if I try to open any of them my phone freezes. I have around 28gb worth of photos, I really can't believe that that's a lot. It's a new iPhone XS as well

Share This Page