iCloud Photo Library Upload Slow / Stuck

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Flex29, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. Flex29 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2013
    Hi all

    I have just installed the new photos app, imported my 50GB iPhoto library and enabled iCloud Photo Library. The app downloaded just over 100 photos then got around to uploading 12,556 photos, it has not uploaded one yet... It's been 2 hours

    Has anyone else got a stuck/slow upload?

    I'm not sure what was in my iCloud photos before (the 100 photos), it seems like that may be confusing things... Can't delete the current iCloud photos as then it refuses to upload anything new!

    Help!!!! I've paid for the extra storage, just want it to work!

    Thanks, I'm sure I'm not the only one....
  2. Flex29 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2013
  3. kieru macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2015
    Not only is it slow (Mine is currently uploading ~1300 photos) but it seems to have no built-in throttle for ensuring that Photos doesn't hog your available bandwidth.

    Right now I'm trying to let Photos upload my files to iCloud and I can barely navigate websites... Photos is just taking up too much of my available stream.
  4. porkozone macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2004
    Is there a way to pause the upload - does it continue to upload while Photos is closed, for instance, or does it stop?
  5. kieru macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2015
    I believe it continues to upload when Photos is closed. Since replying to the post earlier I've discovered two things:

    1.) Yes, you can pause the upload for one day by going to Photos -> Preferences -> iCloud
    2.) Deleting all photos from "Recently Deleted" may DRASTICALLY reduce the number of photos being uploaded. For me it went from needing to upload 1200 to needing to upload 700.
  6. gpspad macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    Great trick, saved me a ton of time. Cut out about 1,000 photos, now only if there was a way to remove the recently deleted from my iPhone.
  7. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    Go into the recently deleted album. Tap select. Tap remove all.
  8. gpspad macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    Thanks, I might be starting to like this app, now that I am understanding all these little quirks.
  9. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2009
    Olympic Hills GC
    I've been attempting to upload 19000 photos and videos for a week now. Anyone else experience this long?

    My service is pretty good. Comcast internet with 25 down and 5 up. I've only got 2517 items to go but a week is a long time to upload 75gb of data I feel like.
  10. rkRusty macrumors member


    Sep 6, 2014
    Apologies if this is a foolish question, where is the 'Recently Deleted' folder in Photos for OS X?
  11. elvisidal macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2010
    File > Show recently deleted (2nd from bottom)
  12. AlwaysHopeful macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2007
    Has been jammed for days


    I set my photos upload going before I went away for a week. Had hoped it would just get on with it, however....

    it has now been stuck for days!

    I have returned home from vacation and tried the "Pause for a Day" button, and then hit "Resume", but it is not moving on. :mad:

    Anyone else seemingly genuinely stuck? I have decent fibre broadband so it should just rattle through it.

    Any ideas are most welcome!!
  13. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2009
    Olympic Hills GC
    Having the same issue here. I posted this morning right before you. I've been stuck at 2591 for a couple of days now. Got through about 17000 though.
  14. elvisidal macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2010
    I got jack of this and made a new Photos library and imported smaller batches.
    Took about 1/4 of the time to upload 1500 photos this way than it did to upload 1500 pics out of 10,000
  15. ElSpectre macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2016
    Any updates or solutions on this thread?

    I'm stuck at 56,463 items of a 300+ GB library.

    The upload was actually knocking out my internet connection. I tested it multiple times and each time I started Photos, my internet would get knocked out.

    Maybe TWC thinks I'm file sharing or something.

    For some reason it works on my neighbor's router, so they must have some built in load balancing.

    Pretty crappy cloud experience all round, after using Dropbox.

    Anyway, any magic setting that will fix this?

    El Capitan 11.6
    Photos Version 1.5 (370.42.0)
  16. BStyle105 macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    --- Post Merged, Feb 22, 2017 ---
    The only way I could resolve this was to change to a new photo library (hold down option while opening the photos app) - thankfully all of my photos were already uploaded to the iCloud. I tried everything before that, repairing the library, signing out of iCloud but nothing worked.
  17. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    Still very helpful under High Sierra. Thanks for the tip!

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