How Long Does It Take to Upload 1600 Photos to iCloud?

I purchased a MacBook Air today, and I'm urgently trying to upload my photos from my iPhone 5 to my MacBook. I have 1600 photos, and it's been over an hour of 'Uploading 1606 items' on my phone. Do you know how long it may take, or am I being impatient?

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Myra· Answered on May 29, 2024

The time it takes to upload 1600 photos to iCloud can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the photos, your internet connection speed, and the current network traffic. In your case, it might take a while due to the number of photos you're uploading.

On average, it will take about 2 - 3 hours to upload 1600 photos of over 10 GB to iCloud via Wi-Fi. The process may be faster if you have a quick and stable internet connection. However, if your internet connection could be faster or if there is high network traffic, it may take longer.

If iCloud Photos sync is slow or taking forever, there are some tips to speed up the process:

  • Ensure you have a stable and fast internet connection. Slow internet speeds can significantly delay the upload process. Consider using a high-speed Wi-Fi connection or connecting to a wired network if possible.
  • Make sure you have enough storage space on your iCloud account. If you are running low on storage, iCloud may take longer to upload your photos. Consider upgrading your iCloud storage plan if necessary.
  • Close any other apps or programs that may be using up bandwidth on your device. This will help prioritize the upload process for your photos.
  • Enable iCloud Photo Library on your device. This feature allows your photos to automatically upload to iCloud whenever you are connected to Wi-Fi, making the process more efficient.
  • Use the "Optimize iPhone Storage" option in your iCloud settings. This will automatically reduce the file size of your photos on your device, allowing for quicker uploads to iCloud.
  • Restart your device or iCloud settings. Sometimes, a simple restart can help speed up the upload process by refreshing your device's connection to iCloud.

However, iCloud only provides 5GB of free storage. Once you exceed that, you need to upgrade your iCloud Plan. In this case, you can transfer photos from an iPhone to an external hard drive, USB, or computer, which will not cost extra money. EaseUS MobiMover is a professional data transfer tool that can transfer photos and videos across devices without losing quality. It is also an iCloud data manager, making it simple to sync iCloud photos to another iCloud or Google account.

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