How do I confirm an iOS device has uploaded/synced all photos+videos to iCloud Photo Library?


I have yet to find a way to determine explicit status of the iCloud upload/backup/sync similarly to the 'Backup complete' explicit status that the Google Photos iOS app provides.

I can login to iCloud.com and see what photos/videos exist, and hope that, if the latest-dated photo/video on my iOS device is also found in iCloud.com, that all the photos/videos are saved in Cloud. However, this would not account for the iCloud Photo Library syncing the photo/video files "out of order" (like Google Photos seems to do, apparently syncing the largest photos/videos last).

For my immediate purposes, 'iOS device' = iPhone8 running iOS 11.1.


I notice now at the bottom of the iOS Photos app this status:

Photos.app uploading status

However, the upload has seemingly been stuck on '217 Items' indefinitely, even while connected to fast Wifi (speedtest.net-tested to be 10+ Mbps upload) and while the iPhone8 is externally powered. I also power-cycled the iPhone, and no change in behavior. I added a photo, counted incremented to 218, then quickly when back down to 217... and stayed there. What gives?

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    iCloud is a syncing solution and not really a backup solution. It does its work when there's available time, bandwidth, and resources so you won't see immediate updates. It's main job is to allow you access from all your signed-in devices. Be sure you have available space in iCloud (you didn't mention free space), too. – fsb Sep 13 '18 at 15:27
  • Thanks for the feedback. I have 100's of GB of free space on my iCloud account. The uploading has been stuck on "Uploading 217 items" for at least 5 hours now. I doubt it's a "iCloud is slow and not meant to be a backup solution" issue. I think some other obstacle is causing it to be overtly "stuck." But I speculate. Thanks again for the feedback. – Johnny Utahh Sep 13 '18 at 20:29
  • Try leaving it plugged-in and on the wifi overnight and see if there's any change. Make sure your device has the proper date & time. None of those work, sign out of iCloud and back in again. – fsb Sep 13 '18 at 21:06
  • Thanks @fsb. My phone status has not budged off of the 217-item "stuck" mode all day. I have signed out of iCloud, signed back in, and I plan on performing the procedure presented at my question (linked below( sometime soon. (And if iCloud doesn't get all my photos, oh well, I've grown tired of waiting for it.) apple.stackexchange.com/q/336356/13179 – Johnny Utahh Sep 14 '18 at 2:00
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    The title asks about "how to confirm that all photos have been uploaded", the edit basically answers that and adds a new question about why the process seems to be stuck (and implicitly how to restart a stuck process). So it's a bit difficult to see what a possible answer could be. – nohillside Jul 11 '19 at 15:37