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Question: Photos Unable to upload to iCloud

I have about 2,000 photos that come up, unable to upload in iCloud. These are 24mb jpeg photos. Can not find a reason why they won't upload.

macOS High Sierra (10.13.3)

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These are 24mb jpeg photos.

Have the photos been externally edited in Luminar or using another photo editing extension?

Photos edited in photo editing extensions can be TIFFs, disguised a as .jpeg.


For example, the Insensify extension returned this large JPEG, when I edited a smaller jpg file. You can see the returned files, when you track them down in the Photos Library bundle:

Photos Library.photoslibrary/resources/media/version/8e/01/fullsizeoutput_18e24.jpeg


Looking at the JPEG in Preview, it shows as Kind: TIFF image, so the jpeg is a TIFF in disguise. These TIIFs may not be able to upload, if they contain an unsupported color sync profile.

User uploaded file

You can try to fix "Unable to upload" images by exporting them from Photos, then delete the photos from Photos (empty Recently deleted) and reimport them, as described here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205409



Unable to Upload

The third part ("Unable to Upload 2 Items") appears if there are any photos or videos on your Mac that couldn't be uploaded to iCloud Photo Library. You might be able to fix this with steps below. Note that any edits and keywords you've applied to these photos will be lost during this process:

  1. Create a new Smart Album by choosing File > New Smart Album.
  2. Name the Smart Album "Unable to Upload" and set the three pop-up menus to Photo - is - unable to upload to iCloud Photo Library.
  3. Select "Unable to Upload" in the left sidebar. If the sidebar isn't visible, choose View > Show Sidebar.
  4. Press Command-A to select all the photos in the Smart Album, and then choose File > Export > Export Unmodified Original For (#) Photos.
  5. In the dialogs that follow, choose the file name format and location for the exported photos.
  6. After the photos export, make sure the photos are all still selected in the Smart Album. Then right-click or Control-click one of them, and choose Delete (#) Photos from the contextual menu.
  7. Import the photos back into your library by choosing File > Import and finding the images in the location you chose in step 5.

After you finish these steps, the library status display will show the progress of uploading these newly imported photos to iCloud Photo Library.


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Mar 16, 2018 2:55 AM in response to mbjmcjohnston In response to mbjmcjohnston

These are 24mb jpeg photos.

Have the photos been externally edited in Luminar or using another photo editing extension?

Photos edited in photo editing extensions can be TIFFs, disguised a as .jpeg.


For example, the Insensify extension returned this large JPEG, when I edited a smaller jpg file. You can see the returned files, when you track them down in the Photos Library bundle:

Photos Library.photoslibrary/resources/media/version/8e/01/fullsizeoutput_18e24.jpeg


Looking at the JPEG in Preview, it shows as Kind: TIFF image, so the jpeg is a TIFF in disguise. These TIIFs may not be able to upload, if they contain an unsupported color sync profile.

User uploaded file

You can try to fix "Unable to upload" images by exporting them from Photos, then delete the photos from Photos (empty Recently deleted) and reimport them, as described here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205409



Unable to Upload

The third part ("Unable to Upload 2 Items") appears if there are any photos or videos on your Mac that couldn't be uploaded to iCloud Photo Library. You might be able to fix this with steps below. Note that any edits and keywords you've applied to these photos will be lost during this process:

  1. Create a new Smart Album by choosing File > New Smart Album.
  2. Name the Smart Album "Unable to Upload" and set the three pop-up menus to Photo - is - unable to upload to iCloud Photo Library.
  3. Select "Unable to Upload" in the left sidebar. If the sidebar isn't visible, choose View > Show Sidebar.
  4. Press Command-A to select all the photos in the Smart Album, and then choose File > Export > Export Unmodified Original For (#) Photos.
  5. In the dialogs that follow, choose the file name format and location for the exported photos.
  6. After the photos export, make sure the photos are all still selected in the Smart Album. Then right-click or Control-click one of them, and choose Delete (#) Photos from the contextual menu.
  7. Import the photos back into your library by choosing File > Import and finding the images in the location you chose in step 5.

After you finish these steps, the library status display will show the progress of uploading these newly imported photos to iCloud Photo Library.


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