Why are My Google Photos Not Syncing with My iPhone?

Sync Google Photos with iPhone
Sync Google Photos with iPhone

You may know that there is a feature on the Google Photos app that can directly handle your “How to sync Google Photos to iPhone” problem. However, your Google Photos may fail to sync photos. So, why? There are some reasons and solutions to fix the Google Photos not syncing to iPhone problem.

  • Check Your Internet Connection: Make sure that your iPhone is connected to a stable internet connection. Poor internet connectivity can prevent the syncing process.
  • Update the Google Photos App: Ensure that you have the latest version of the Google Photos app installed on your iPhone. Outdated versions may have compatibility issues and can cause syncing problems. You can visit the App Store to see if there is any available update.
  • Restart the App and Your iPhone: Close the Google Photos app completely by swiping it off from the multitasking screen. Then, restart your iPhone by powering it off and on again. Relaunch the Google Photos app and see if the syncing works.
  • Check Storage Space: Make sure you have sufficient storage space on both your iPhone and your Google account. If either of them is running low on storage, it may affect the syncing process. Delete unnecessary files or free up space to increase Google storage and iPhone storage.
  • Reinstall the Google Photos App: If none of the above step work, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the Google Photos app on your iPhone. This can help resolve any software glitches that might be causing the syncing problem.

How to Sync Google Photos to iPhone via Google Photos Backup & Sync

Now, we are going to illustrate the simplest way to sync Google Photos and iPhone. As mentioned before, you can use the Google Photos feature to make it. We will go with the very beginning step, installing the Google Photos app on the iPhone. You must master the method as soon as finishing this section.

Step 1: Search Google Photos in the App Store and download it. Then open Google Photos and log in to your Google account.

Step 2: Click your account icon in the upper-right corner and choose Google Photos settings in the menu.

Open Google Photos Settings
Open Google Photos Settings

Step 3: Tap “Back up & sync” in Settings and turn on the “Back up and sync” button. Then your finish the operations on how to sync Google Photos to iPhone.

Turn on the Backup & Sync Button
Turn on the Backup & Sync Button

Note: You can adjust the size of the photos or videos you are going to sync by clicking “Upload size” when the button is on. Then you can choose to transfer photos or videos with reduced quality or original quality.

  • Storage saver: If you choose to sync photos and videos with this option, you can save space in your iPhone storage since the quality of photos is videos will be slightly reduced.
  • Original quality: The quality of your photos and videos will not be changed and they will be synced in their original size.

Bonus Tip: Sync Google Photos to iCloud Photos via MultCloud

If you want to use the iOS system to manage your photos but hesitate to sync Google Photos to your iPhone since it may occupy much storage, you can sync these photos to iCloud instead. iCloud offers various plans and the storage is easier to expand. To sync Google Photos to iCloud Photos, you can try MultCloud Cloud Sync.

Using Cloud Sync, the method for syncing photos from Google Photos to iCloud Photos, is as easy as syncing Google Photos to iPhone. You only need to click several buttons to connect MultCloud and these 2 clouds. Besides, this method can be used on more cloud-to-cloud sync because MultCloud supports 30+ clouds like iCloud Drive, Google Drive, and so on.

Let’s see how to use MultCloud Cloud Sync to sync photos between Google Photos and iCloud Photos.

Step 1: Create a MultCloud account on its website.

Step 2: Add Google Photos to MultCloud by clicking “Add Cloud” and then its icon. Repeat Step 2 to add iCloud Photos to MultCloud. But this time you need to go through the two-factor authentication to log in to your iCloud Photos account.

Add Google Photos and iCloud Photos
Add Google Photos and iCloud Photos

Note: After you connect Google Photos to MultCloud, you can directly manage it on MultCloud rather than turn to its website by sharing, copying, downloading, etc.

Download Photos from Google Photos
Download Photos from Google Photos

Step 3: Click “Cloud Sync” and select Google Photos and iCloud Photos in the 2 boxes respectively. Then tap on the “Sync Now” button to start the process.

Sync Google Photos to iCloud Photos
Sync Google Photos to iCloud Photos


  • If you will still use this Google Photos account and wish the upcoming photos can be also synced to iCloud Photos, you can use Real Time Sync. Then the photos on Google Photos will keep updating to iCloud Photos because the sync process runs constantly.
  • Also, you can make it in another way. The Schedule is used to make an appointment for the sync process. That means you can set a time in Schedule and when the time arrives, the photos will be updated to iCloud Photos automatically.
Cloud Sync Schedule
Cloud Sync Schedule


See, you can easily solve the question “How to sync Google Photos to iPhone” by Google Photos Back up & Sync. If you find this method can’t work, you can check the 5 solutions in the first section to find out the issue. Besides, it is recommended to sync Google Photos to iCloud Photos. With MultCloud Cloud Sync, you can simply realize it.

What’s more, MultCloud has more functions such as Cloud Transfer, Cloud Backup, Email Migration, and others. If you want to transfer iCloud Photos to Google Photos to free up iCloud Storage, you may try Cloud Transfer which can help you delete the photos after the transfer is completed.

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