My iPhone has thousands of photos. I'd like to store them in iCloud Photos, to help me migrate to a new iPhone with less storage.

I've set it up, following the section in the iPhone User Guide and the Set up and use iCloud Photos support document.

Looking at my photos in a web browser at icloud.com/photos, it seems my iPhone has only uploaded some of my photos. I can only see about my last 6 months of photos there, but I have many more on my phone.

The documentation I've linked to above is extremely minimal for a complicated feature like this, and doesn't seem to help.

How can I tell the status of the iCloud Photos upload process on my iOS 14 iPhone?

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On your iPhone, in the Photos app, at the bottom, select the Library tab. Then select All Photos.

Then swipe upwards. This should reveal some hidden information about the status of the iCloud Photos upload, which I've highlighted with a red box in this screenshot:

Status, revealed after swiping up

Here, this uncovers that the iPhone has paused the upload, to save battery power. I'm not sure if it warns you about this - perhaps it doesn't, or do you eg have a kid that might have dismissed an alert without telling you?

If you press the blue Resume "button" / link, it'll continue uploading.

The iCloud Photos support document does have a hint about this in the (literally) small print. Emphasis is mine:

Your collection is uploaded to iCloud each time your device connects to Wi-Fi and your battery is charged. When you have iOS 11 or later, your library can be updated over mobile data also.

If you've spent a long time trying to figure this out before finding this information, don't blame yourself. In my opinion, this is an example of poor design from Apple - this feature has low discoverability.

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