5 Ways to Fix When iCloud Photo Sharing Not Working (2020 Updated)

iCloud Photo Sharing feature is one of iCloud's services for users to share photos and videos with their family members, friends or partners on their iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV. This service could also be used to upload photos to SNS sites (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and share them to the person that you invited to like the photos or videos. However, some users complain that iCloud Photo Library is not working sometimes. They always fail to upload their photos to the shared album.

Don't worry, the solutions shared in this article will help you fix the iCloud photo sharing issue.

How to Fix iCloud Photo Sharing Not Working Issue on iPhone

Solution 1. Enable iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone/Windows/Mac

To share photos and videos to other person via iCloud Photo Sharing on your computer or iPhone, you should ensure that this iCloud feature is enabled on these devices.

Enable iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and open iCloud Photo Sharing.

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Enable iCloud Photo Sharing On Mac

On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Select iCloud, click the Options button next to Photos, and turn on iCloud Photo Sharing.

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Enable iCloud Photo Sharing On Windows

On a Windows PC, open iCloud for Windows and select Photos. Click the Options button to confirm that iCloud Photo Sharing is turned on, then click Apply.

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Enable iCloud Photo Sharing On Apple TV

On Apple TV, go to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Photo Settings and open iCloud Photo Sharing.

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Solution 2. Sign Out of and Sign Into iCloud Again

The iCloud Photo Sharing may be ineffective if the iCloud account goes wrong. If you doubt that the iCloud account leads to the abnormal performance of iCloud Photo Sharing, you can choose to sign out of and sign into the iCloud account again. But this solution is not 100% workable. The steps below are mainly about how to log out and log in to iCloud on iPhone.

For iOS version of iOS 10.3 or higher:

  • Step 1. Go to Settings > [your name].

  • Step 2. Scroll down and tap "Sign out".

  • Step 3. Enter your Apple ID password and tap "Close".

  • Step 4. Tap "Logout".

  • Step 5. Tap "Logout" again to confirm that you want to sign out of iCloud.

For iOS version of iOS 10.2 or lower:

  • Step 1. Go to Settings > iCloud.

  • Step 2. Scroll down and tap "Sign out".

  • Step 3. Tap "Logout".

  • Step 4. Tap "Remove from my iPhone".

  • Step 5. Tap Keep or Delete data on your iOS device, such as iCloud Calendar, Safari browser data, reminders, and contacts.

  • Step 6. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Close.

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Solution 3. Check Internet Connection on Your iPhone

One of the preconditions to make iCloud Photo Sharing work properly is to ensure a stable WiFi or Cellular network on the device. Or you will definitely face the issue of iCloud Photo Sharing not working.

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Solution 4. Re-invite Your Friends to the Shared Album

If your friends don't join the shared album, they will not view the photos and videos shared on iCloud even though the iCloud Photo Sharing feature is enabled. You can re-invite the person to join into the album with the steps below.

If your iPhone signal is weak or no service, then use some common tips to improve the network or signal connection and check if the iCloud issue still exists or not.

Step 1. Open Photos app on iCloud.

Step 2. Click on Sharing and select the album that you would like to share and choose the person you like to add.

Step 3. Click on "Send Invitation".

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If the iCloud Photo Sharing is still not working after re-inviting your friends to join the group, you probably have to use the tool introduced below to fix this iCloud issue.

Solution 5. An iCloud Alternative to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC

One of the best iCloud alternatives to transfer data from iPhone to computer is FoneGeek iPhone Data Recoveryif you found that your iCloud Photo Sharing is not working properly. FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery gives you a chance to seamlessly export photos from iCloud, iTunes and iPhone without restoring your iPhone system.

Why Choose FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:

  • It offers 3 ways to transfer your iPhone to computer: from iTunes backup, from iCloud backup and from iOS devices directly.
  • More than 20 types of data can be transferred to computer in one click.
  • It is safe to use. You data will not be disclosed and be damaged.
  • You can preview the photos that you want to back up with the free trial version.
  • This program is highly recognized by many professional media sites, for example, PC Advisor and PC World.


Backing up photos with FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery couldn't be easier. Next, read the simple 3 steps to transfer all of the deleted and undeleted photos to your computer.

Step 1. To transfer photos from iPhone or iCloud to computer, you need to download, install and launch FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. 

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Step 2. Choose "Recover from iOS Device" or "Recover from iCloud Backup File" based on your needs.

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Step 3. The program will scan the data you selected and display them on the interface. After that, click "Photos" within the menu and transfer the selected photos to your computer.

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By Fay J. Melton

Posted on Jun 06, 2019, 22:54:28

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.