iPhone “Error downloading photo from iCloud photos!” The fix

Tim Vickers

While the iPhones and iPads now have larger storage spaces, the importance of cloud storage is unparalleled. The iCloud has redefined how we back up our photos within the Apple ecosystem. In some cases, unfortunately, you may see “error downloading photo from iCloud” error when you try to download, edit or duplicate photos on your iCloud.

Some of the probable reasons why you cannot download photos from iCloud include:

  • Unstable internet connection
  • Lack of enough storage on your iOS device
  • If your device is on Low Power Mode

Steps to fix “error downloading photo from iCloud photos!”

Fortunately, you can fix this error on your Apple device through the following simple steps.

Solution #1: If your iPhone is in “Low Power Mode” turn it off

Unlike in other tech ecosystems, iOS lowers the gadget’s functionalities when the battery is below 20%. While the intention of disabling some functionalities is to extend your battery life and not miss on calls and iMessage, you can’t get photos off iPhone.

To turn off the low power mode:

  • Go to ‘Settings’
  • Select the ‘Battery’ option
  • On the “Low Power Mode” turn the slider OFF

After disabling the Low Power Mode, you can access photos on your iCloud account. While this solution works when your iPhone won’t download pictures, it is advisable not to overuse your iOS device in a low battery.

Solution #2: Check your internet/WIFI connection

Poor internet connection or unstable WiFi may result in iCloud photos not downloading. To check whether your connection is stable:

  • Go to ‘Safari’ and type fast.com
  • The site will analyze your connection speed
  • Wait for 10 seconds
  • If the connection is less than 200 kbps, restart your router
  • Alternately, switch your mobile data OFF and then ON
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Solution #3: Optimize your iPhone’s storage

If your phone storage is full, you are likely to experience an error downloading from iCloud library. To check whether your storage is full or not:

  • Go to your device Settings
  • Tap ‘General’
  • Select “Device Storage”
  • If the storage is full, you will see suggestions on how to optimize your space.

If your device storage is almost full, follow the optimization suggestions provided. After optimizing your iOS storage, you should access backed up photos.

Solution #4: Sign out and log in again to your iCloud account

If your iCloud photos won’t download after turning off your Low Power Mode, you need to sign out and then log in to your iCloud account. To sign out of your iCloud account:

  • Go to Settings and select your name
  • Tap Sign Out
  • Type your Apple ID and then select “Turn OFF”
  • In case you want to keep a copy iCloud data, turn the data ON
  • Select “Sign OFF”

After signing out of your iOS device, restart it. Then, log in to your iCloud account by going to your gadget’s settings and select the first option, which is “Login.” You can now access, download and share pictures from your iCloud account.


As an Apple user, it is advisable to ensure your phone has enough battery when downloading photos from iCloud. It is also advisable to try out Google Photos on your iOS device, which is free and you can backup HD photos and videos.

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