I have recently enabled my Mac to backup photos from Photos.app to iCloud.

When I go to iCloud > Manage > Photos it says that there is 25MB of data in iCloud, however when I go to ~/Pictures and I right click on Photos Library and select Get Info it says that there is 1.1GB of data. I know this is true when I put them into another folder.

How do I force my Mac to upload my photos to iCloud?

This is not a duplicate of iCloud Photo Library - force upload since I have less then 250 photos so I am not exceeding the maximum limit.

  • The limits you reference in the other post are in regards to uploading to shared iCloud photo albums, not your personal iCloud Photo Library.
    – tubedogg
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 18:02
  • @tubedogg Thanks for clearing that up. Do you suggest to delete that comment I made then?
    – iProgram
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 18:11
  • related: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/181979/…
    – pkamb
    Commented Sep 18, 2020 at 21:37

2 Answers 2


I know this seems a bit stupid. I think it was because I was a bit impatient. My upload speed is 0.71Mb/s (that means it will take 3 hours 43 minutes to upload!). It has only uploaded 170MB/1.1GB. I have however had my computer asleep for a few hours though.

Even though I have posted this I would still like to know how to force upload incase I need to in the future.


Assuming you're on OS X 10.10 (with Photos.app): make sure you've enabled the appropriate checkboxes under "Options..." on the Photos row.

Screenshot of iCloud preference pane, with Photos option opened

  • I had (except photo sharing). That wasn't the issue though. Have a look at my issue.
    – iProgram
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 15:40

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