How to Fix My Photo Stream Not Working in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad

Are you stuck on My Photo Stream not working in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad? If so, learn 6 simple and effective tips to troubleshoot.

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Sofia Albert updated on Dec 01, 2022 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

“I am having problems getting new photos on my iPhone when I turn on My Photo Stream. I have updated my iPhone 6 to iOS 11 at the release day. I have tried everything but it just shows that it's uploading but nothing happens. How to fix this problem, any idea?”

My Photo Stream is one of the best tools Apple has that enables users to automatically upload new photos and send them to all of your iCloud devices when connected to Wi-Fi. Recently, some users have reported that My Photo Stream not working after updating to iOS 11 and they couldn't find My Photo Stream folder in iPhone Photos app although it's not common to see photos added on iPhone not show up on other devices like an iPad. This blog provides you following solutions that you can try to fix My Photo Stream not working in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad. As there are so many factors may cause iCloud photos not showing on iPhone or iPad and My Photo Stream not working, you can try the methods one-by-one until the problem is solved.

How to Fix My Photo Stream not working in iOS 11 iPhone and iPad

Up to now, there are 6 tips can work for My Photo Stream not working on iPhone or iPad in iOS 11. Check them all in turn.

1. Enable My Photo Stream on iPhone/iPad

Enabling My Photo Stream on your iPhone/iPad is the most crucial if you want to share and sync photos between two iOS devices. After updating to iOS 11, some settings may be changed, including My Photo Stream. Therefore, check the My Photos Stream is enabled or not manually.

My Photo Stream needs to be enabled at two places on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11:

In iCloud: Go to Settings > tap on iCloud > scroll down and tap on My Photo Stream.

In Settings: Go to Settings > scroll down and tap on Photos > turn on My Photo Stream if it is closed.

enable my photo stream

2. Make sure enough battery on your iPhone/iPad

If your device is below 20% battery power, My Photo Stream will be automatically disabled to save battery life. So plug into an electric power to keep enough battery power to access My Photo Stream if your iPhone/iPad in low battery. Besides, to improve battery life in iOS 11, there are much you can do, such as disable Siri, location service and some Dynamic Visual Effects.

3. Reconnect to/Change Wi-Fi

If your iPhone or iPad has connected to an unstable Wi-Fi network, My Photo Stream won't work normally. To fix this problem caused by Wi-Fi not working in iOS 11, you can turn off the Wi-Fi connection and reconnect to it after 30 seconds later or directly change to a better Wi-Fi network.  

reconnect to Wi-Fi

4. Close Camera app on iPhone/iPad

If the Camera app is on, My Photo Stream won't work. Double-click the Home button to check the Camera app is turned off or not. If not, swipe from the button to close it in multitasking interface.  

5. Make sure login iCloud with the same Apple ID

The iCloud on your iPhone and iPad should be logged in with the same Apple ID to share photos. Go to your iPhone and iPad Settings to check the Apple ID.

6. Reboot your iPhone

Rebooting or force restarting your iPhone/iPad is a plain old method that may work. Try it anyway.

Reboot iPhone 6 and former: press and hold down the Home button and the wake/sleep button until Apple logo appears.

Reboot iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: press the Home button and the volume down button until Apple logo appears.

Force restart iPhone 8/8 Plus/X: First press and quickly release the Volume Up button in seconds, press and quickly release the Volume Down button. At last, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo. Please don't release the Side button when the screen goes black but keep holding until you see the white Apple logo on your screen.

MORE TIPS: using iCloud to sync photos among different iOS devices is one way to sync and back up iPhone photos. Even though you can download and use the iCloud Control Panel on Windows to sync the photos between iPhone/iPad and Windows PC, it's far more complex compared to an easy-to-use iPhone data transfer tool that enables you directly export and back up all the photos on iPhone/iPad to the PC/laptop in Windows 7/8/10 with one-click. EaseUS MobiMover Free is such a program that can help you transfer photos in Camera Roll and Photo Stream from iPhone/iPad to the computer with ease without quantity and data size limitation. Why not download and try it now?

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer (Mac or PC) with a USB cable and run EaseUS MobiMover. In MobiMover, choose "Phone to PC" to back up all your iPhone photos to the computer at once. Then, click the "Next" button to go on. 

How to back up iPhone photos to computer without iCloud - Step 1

Step 2. Select the category/categories you'd like to back up. It's an excellent choice to make a copy of all the supported file types on your iPhone using the data transfer feature. You can see from the screenshot below, MobiMover enables you to back up iPhone data on your desktop or customize the storage path by yourself. 

How to back up iPhone photos to computer without iCloud - Step 2

Step 3. Now, click the "Transfer" button to start backing up your iPhone photos to computer without iCloud. The transmission is high-speed, and you don't have to wait too long. 

How to back up iPhone photos to computer without iCloud - Step 2



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