How to Fix: Uploading to iCloud Paused

Written by Tijana Kargovska

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Key Points

If you get the ‘Uploading to iCloud paused’ error message, try these fixes:

  1. Turn off the iPhone.

  2. Check the Wi-Fi connection.

  3. Use a different charging cable to charge your device.

  4. Log out of iMessage on other devices.

  5. Update the iOS System.

  6. Sign out and sign back into iCloud.

One of the most beneficial services created by Apple is certainly iCloud.

Users can easily retrieve their personal data in case of an emergency or data loss by uploading it to a cloud server.

However, many users have reported experiencing a brand-new error message, namely ‘uploading to iCloud paused’, with the brand-new iPhone 13 models.

Essentially, the process automatically pauses and never resumes when users attempt to upload their data to the cloud server.

Reportedly, even when iPhone users have both Wi-Fi and a power supply attached to their 13 Pro, they still see the Uploading to iCloud Paused notification.

Keep reading if you, too, are struggling with this issue on iCloud.

This post will cover the reasons why you can have an unexpected error when uploading files to your iCloud account, and we'll look into how to resume the uploading process so that you may successfully store your files on the cloud platform.

Why am I having trouble uploading files to iCloud?

Most often, there are two reasons for this issue: a bad Wi-Fi or cellular data connection, and low battery problems.

However, in some cases, the issue persists, even when there’s a strong Internet connection and no low battery issues.

How do I fix ‘Uploading to iCloud paused’?

Check out some of these fixing methods:

Method 1: Turn off the iPhone

Turning off your device, and turning it back on later might help resolve the persistent ‘Uploading to iCloud paused’ error.

Restart your device, and let it rest for a couple of minutes before turning it back on to check if the iCloud error has resolved.

Press and hold the side button on your iPhone until the ‘Power Off’ slider shows up. Drag the slider to the right to turn off your device.

Method 2: Check the Wi-Fi connection

An unstable Internet connection will surely cause errors and glitches when uploading or downloading files from iCloud.

Make sure to double-check if your Internet connection is good. If not, either switch to a different Wi-Fi or restart the router to get the connection up and running again.

Method 3: Use a different charging cable to charge your device

In case your original charging cable has any damage, your phone might not charge as it should.

Try charging your iPhone with a different lightning cable, and let the iPhone charge fully before trying once again to upload or download files from iCloud’s services.

Method 4: Log out of iMessage on other devices

If you use the same Apple ID on multiple devices, and you have enabled messages on all of them, you might run into problems when downloading or uploading files to iCloud.

Log out of iMessage on the other devices temporarily, and check if you’re able to upload your iCloud backup once again.

Method 5: Update the iOS System

If your iPhone is running on older software, you might have trouble using any of Apple’s services, not just iCloud.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone, and tap on ‘General’.
  2. Next, scroll down, and tap on ‘Software Updates’.
  3. The device will automatically check for updates.
  4. If there are any updates available, tap on ‘Download and Install’.

Note: Depending on how big the update is, the whole process might take from 30 to 60 minutes.

Method 6: Sign out and sign back into iCloud

If the upload keeps pausing, it is recommended to try logging out and logging back in again.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone, and tap on your iCloud account.
  2. Scroll down, and tap on ‘Sign Out’.
  3. You will need to enter your Apple ID password to confirm you want to sign out.
  4. Tap ‘Sign Out’ again.
  5. Sign back in afterward.


Uploading and downloading backups to iCloud is crucial when you want to keep all your important data stored on Apple’s cloud service.

However, when issues such as ‘Uploading to iCloud paused’ happen, it can get frustrating.

In this article, we covered six different fixing methods. We hope you managed to resolve your problem.

You might also like to read how to fix it if you get the "To Continue Using iCloud Confirm Your New Passcode" message.

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