How to Fix iCloud Photo Stream Not Syncing On Windows


Many Windows users faced this issue after installing or updating iCloud control panel in Windows. iCloud Photo Steam suddenly stopped updating.

Solution 1:-

Open iCloud for Windows and signed out.

iCloud Photo Stream

Open My Computer and then open C:/ drive. In Menu bar, go to organize/Folder and Search Options and click the View tab.

Select show hidden files, folders and drives radio button and click ok.

Go to C:UsersYour USER NAMEAppDataR­oamingApple ComputerMediaStream

Note : Appdata is a hidden folder in windows. So type everything in address bar.

Delete everything in MediaStream folder.

Then restart your computer.

Open up your iCloud control panel in Windows and log back in.

Once you log back in your folders should reappearing and it should start syncing again.

SEE ALSO: How to Fix iCloud for Windows installation Problems

Solution 2:- 

Close all open iCloud based windows in Windows Explorer or File Explorer.

First open iCloud control panel.

In Windows 8, go to start screen and click iCloud  shortcut.

In Windows 7, Go to Start -> All Programs -> iCloud -> iCloud.

Choose Sign out.

Now re-enter Apple ID and Password and click sign in.

Choose iCloud Photos or Photo Stream under favorites in folder window of  file explorer (Windows 8) or Windows explorer (Windows 7).

Double click the shared stream.

Solution 3:-

Right click the Photo Stream folder and choose Properties. Remove Read only attribute from the Photo Stream folder.

Solution 4:-

Open iCloud App and log out.

Uninstall iCloud software in Windows.

Open My Computer and then open C:/ drive. In Menu bar, go to Tools/Folder Options and click the View tab.

Select show hidden files, folders and drives radio button and click ok.

In C:/ drive, open Users folder and then open your user folder (your username or admin name).

Open Program Data folder.

Open Apple Folder (no Apple Computer folder).

Now Open the Installer cache folder.

In Details view sort on name.

Open the folder for the newest entry for iCloud control panel 2.x or 3.x or 4.x.

Right click on iCloud 64.msi and select install.

That’s all.

Solution 5:-

Uninstall iCloud from your computer. Download iCloud for Windows from Apple website.

Do not install first. Right click the setup file and change the compatibility mode for your Windows OS (Win 7, Win 8 or vista).

File properties -> compatability mode ->”compatability with Windows 7.

If you have any other doubts, do let us via comment.

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6 responses to How to Fix iCloud Photo Stream Not Syncing On Windows

Thanks for the tips. None of them worked for me, unfortunately. I tried all of them, one after another, but with no success.

iCloud will sync folders for photos (if I create a new folder/album on my iPad, it syncs to my PC) but the folders are always empty. In addition, when I open iCloud Photos on my PC, I'm told it's not enabled, but when I open iCloud control panel, photos are enabled.

Very shoddy work (but typical) by Apple. None of their software works well on Windows. You'd think that if they wanted to release Windows software, they'd want it to work, but apparently not.

"Signing out" of iCloud on the PC is no trivial matter as implied by the above. When you do, it deletes files and removes the plug-ins from Outlook. Setting them all up again is quite a procedure and if you have to do it regularly – at least once a week my Outlook stops syncing – it would soon become intolerable.

I found that if you have Amazon cloud sync installed then you can't use iCloud on the PC. I found that the system reports a login failure.

This is so pathetic. Exactly what you guys are saying, it doesn't download jack when I have clicked all the buttons and told it where to download the pics. I press "Apply" and "Ok" and it does nothing. All iCloud folders are empty. I have spent days and days jacking around with all this just to download my photos from my phone. I have kids and you would think Apple would not be so selfish as to make this such a disaster to the extent people miss spending time w their kids to try to get their photos. I'm better off just taking a camera w me everywhere so that I can easily save my pics.

I agree with K3. I have set up everything in accordance with all the suggested instructions but still the Photo Stream does not download to iCloud folder on my PC. It syncs between iPad and iPhone, but not the PC. Please can someone help??

I enabled "My Photo Stream" on my iPhone and leave "iCloud Photo Library" unchecked. Then I went to my Windows 10 PC, enabled "My Photo Stream" on my PC and leave "iCloud Photo Library" unchecked. I also set a valid folder path under "Download new photos to my PC" (and it was also enabled). Then I took a picture from my iPhone, and wait iPhone to upload the new photo to cloud (it did, since the photo downloaded back to iPhone's "My Photo Stream" folder), then I wait iCloud application to download it from cloud to local folder named "K:\iCloud PhotosDownloads". After 5 months, the folder on my Windows 10 is still empty.

Am I supposed to look for my photo stream downloads in this folder? It does not do the work at all.

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