Super slow iCloud Drive Upload

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by NStocks, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. NStocks macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2008
    I'm uploading approx 100GB of data to iCloud Drive and within 3 hours it has uploaded a measly 5GB!

    Is this normal?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Depends on your Internet connection. 5GB in 3 hours comes to an average upload speed of 500KB/s. On most residential Internet connections, the upload speed is about 1/10th of the download speed.

    You can verify your speeds by pausing the upload and running a test through If your upload speed shows as 4Mb/s, this would come to 500KB/s, and therefore the upload speed would be consistent with your Internet connection.

    If your upload speed is considerably faster, ensure you're on the latest OS. Restart your Mac with the 'reopen windows when logging back in' option unchecked. Restart your Internet router and try a PRAM reset on your Mac.
  3. ne0tic macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2018
    I have 90Mb/s but my speed in iCloud is only 0,6Mb/s. Do you know Why? Im on an PC BTW.
  4. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Yep, iCloud is not the greatest with upload speeds. I have 96/96 FIOS. OneDrive takes the medal for upload speeds for me (100GB in less than a few hours). iCloud took like 5+ days for 100GB for me. Don't get me started on iCloud Photos :mad::mad:.

    As much as I like Apple, iCloud is horrid.

    In this order for upload speeds: (BEST) OneDrive --> Google Drive --> Dropbox --> etc...
  5. ne0tic macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2018
    Good that it isnt
    Okey, great to know that it is a problem for everyone and not just me. I needed to save about 100GB of videos and photos before formatting my computer. If I had known this before I would definitely use something else...
  6. Hrbarnett, Jun 10, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019

    Hrbarnett macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2019
    Thank you so very much BigMcGuire! Ditto the one who “thought it was me”
    Just wasted 54 with an AppleCare tech* trying to find out why the mere 49 pics I shot today aren’t available for view tonight on iCloud

    The guy Did claim it could take 24 hours for photos to update, but I thought he was mistaken and protested earnestly and said: do you mean an engineer could go out, take pictures with his iPhone and come back and not be able to show them to his office, clients, colleagues or work on them from his computer until the next day? I couldn’t believe it but are you saying it’s true? Remember, I’m talking 49 pictures, not 100GB here.

    * separate issue: perhaps users on this forum know, has A-care just gotten worse n worse to the point of being a service to avoid at this point and I’m just slow on the uptake, or was I just unlucky - again?! The guy claimed to be level two, but was looking up stuff on how to use iCloud and photos while we were working. I knew more and didn’t like that one bit

    Issue: why iPhone pictures from today weren’t available for viewing on iCloud this evening. They were only up to date for yesterday night.
    Also: I connected my phone to WiFi with great speeds when I got home, plugged into power, checked speed on phone, slower than computers around here but good. Even by 11pm nothing to show for just 49 new iPhone shots.
    I connected to WiFi before 6pm.
    Later I noticed below the last Photos on phone it says “64 photos uploading” with a grey progress bar. That was at 9pm but still nothing to show friends n family on the big screen logging in to my iCloud Acct

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