How to Fix the Uploading to iCloud Paused on iPhone 13/14 After iOS Update

Uploading to iCloud paused is a common problem that every iOS user might encounter. If you are now facing this problem, this guide will explain why uploading to iCloud paused and how to fix this problem with ease.

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Sofia Albert updated on Mar 16, 2023 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

What Does Uploading to iCloud Paused Mean?

iCloud is Apple's cloud storage service that is available for Apple device owners. It is available on iPhones, Macs, iPad, and even Apple Watch. Although it is a cloud-storage service, it also synchronizes settings and other data from one Apple device to another.

If you're seeing an error notification saying "iCloud paused," it means your iPhone or Mac data is not being backed up or getting synced across different Apple products.

Why Does It Say Uploading to iCloud Is Paused? 

There are a couple of reasons why your iCloud could pause unexpectedly, and the primary one for the majority of the population is that they didn't upgrade to a higher-tier iCloud storage plan.

Other reasons also include not being connected to the internet, a bug in the software that paused the iCloud, or a change in a setting that can also result in the uploading to iCloud getting paused.

How to Get Rid of Uploading to iCloud Paused Messages?

You can get rid of the warning "Uploading to iCloud paused" pretty easily. Try the solutions mentioned below to get rid of the warning.

Method 1. Restart your iPhone

If your iPhone starts to misbehave, underperform, or crash, restarting it fixes all of that.

Here's how to restart your iPhone:

Step 1. Press and hold the power button and the volume-up button simultaneously.

Step 2. Wait for a few seconds, and then you will see an option called "Drag the slider to the left." Drag the slider to the left, and your iPhone will turn off.

turn off iPhone by sliding the icon to the right

Step 3. Allow a few seconds, and then press and hold the power button to turn it on. Now enter the passcode/password to unlock your iPhone.

The iCloud should stop misbehaving now and should start syncing and backing up your iPhone data to the iCloud again.

Method 2. Check the WiFi connection

WiFi is needed for your iPhone to back up the data to iCloud. If the WiFi on your iPhone is turned off, your backup to iCloud is paused. This can be another reason why you are seeing the error "Uploading to iCloud paused."

What you need to do is turn on Wi-Fi if it is off. If it's already turned on, you may have accidentally enabled "Low Data Mode" under Wi-Fi, which you should disable. Here's how to do that:

Step 1. Open "Settings."

Step 2. Tap on "Wi-Fi."

Step 3. Select the Wi-Fi you are connected to.

Step 4. Tap on the "Low Data Mode" toggle to turn it off.

turn off Low data mode under WiFi settings

Now your iCloud should start backing up. In order to save data, the "Low Data Mode" disables most services on your iPhone and uses the internet for only crucial operations such as browsing, iMessage, and so on.

By turning it off, you are letting the iPhone use all the data that is required to keep it up-to-date and updated, including backing up files to iCloud.

Method 3. Update your iOS

Updating your iPhone to the latest iOS update removes any underlying bugs and issues that your iPhone is affected by. Check if there are new updates for your iPhone and update it. Here's how to do that:

Step 1. Open "Settings" from the home screen.

Step 2. Click on "General" and then click on "Software Update."

Check if there are new software updates

Step 3. Allow a few seconds for it to check for updates.

Step 4. Click on "Download and install" if you see an update.

Step 5. Allow a few minutes for the update to be downloaded to your iPhone.

Step 6. Once it is downloaded, it will start installing automatically.

Method 4. Charge your device

Your iCloud can be paused if you are low on charge to prevent battery drain. Charge your iPhone and then check if the iCloud is still paused.

Method 5. Sign out of your iCloud and re-sign in

If nothing has helped so far, sign out of your iCloud account on your iPhone and then sign back in. This should stop you from seeing the issue "Uploading to iCloud Paused."

To sign out of iCloud on your iPhone, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open "Settings" and then tap on your name at the top.

open iCloud account to sign out

Step 2. Scroll down and then tap on "Sign out."

After signing out of iCloud, here's how to re-sign in:

Step 1. Under "Settings," tap on "Sign in to your iPhone."

Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and Apple ID's password and tap "Done."

Step 3. Allow a few seconds for your iPhone to contact and authenticate your request with Apple servers.

Step 4. Once authenticated, you can be asked to enter the passcode or password of the iPhone. Enter the information and press "Done" on the keyboard.

Method 6. Check if there is enough storage space on your iCloud

As mentioned previously, if you've exhausted the free 5 GB of iCloud data, your iPhone will stop backing up your photos, videos, and other files.

If you're on a free iCloud plan, upgrade to a paid version. If you have already upgraded to a paid subscription plan, check if you have enough storage. If you've exhausted the limit, subscribe to a higher storage plan.

Concluding Thoughts 

Uploading to iCloud can be paused on any iPhone series. It could happen on the older series as well as the latest iPhone 13 and 14 series. But when it happens to you, follow our above solution to fix it.

The solutions mentioned above will definitely help you and will resume iCloud backup once again.


Here are some answers to your questions that we think you are looking for answers to online.

1. What does it mean to restore from iCloud paused?

It means iCloud servers are unavailable, and you cannot restore the data that is associated with your iCloud account until the services are resumed.

2. Why is uploading to iCloud taking so long?

It is entirely dependent on the speed of your Internet. If your internet connection provides faster upload speeds, the uploading of your iPhone data to iCloud will be faster.

3. How can I speed up iCloud upload on iPhone?

If you are on mobile data, disconnect and connect to Wi-Fi. Your upload speeds will increase.