How To Fix “iCloud Photos Could Not be Turned On” Error

iOS users have complained about getting the “iCloud Photos Could Not be Turned on” error while trying to restore photos from backup or after moving the library to the new drive. This could really be frustrating for the users, don’t worry we’re here to help you try to fix this issue.

iCloud Photos Could Not be Turned On

This error occurs mostly when you log into your iCloud after days and sometimes you get this message when you try to restore from a backup.

Remove Synchronized Photos and Videos from iTunes

Here are some steps you can follow to fix this problem

  1. Working Internet Connection

Make sure you have a working internet connection to turn on the iCloud Photos.

  1. Un-Sync from iTunes

Most of the times users have their photos synced with iTunes, while they try to restore it from iCloud. Your device only allows you to sync photos with iCloud or iTunes at a time. So before trying to turn iCloud Photos on, make sure you don’t have a synced it with iTunes.

To un-sync photos from iTunes follow the procedure below

  • Connect your device to iTunes using a working data cable.
  • Go to the “Photos” option given inside menu
  • You’ll find a sync Photos option, select this option and sync a single photo from iTunes (doing this will sync only a single picture with iTunes, which will replace all the other photos that have previously been synced with iTunes”
  1. Synchronize Photos with iTunes

You must have synced your photos with iTunes at some point, or in some other device. Some users don’t agree to this but this could be a major problem causing the error. It could either be the iTunes or iCloud to backup photos. Apple doesn’t allow users to use both at the same time.

  1. Enough iCloud Storage

Make sure you have enough space in your iCloud to back up all the pictures from your device. If you’re low on space, buy more iCloud storage space for a month to backup all your data.

  1. Buy more iCloud Storage

Sometimes when you try to restore from a backup previously created, there could be some metadata applied to the photos or have different edits and deleted pictures which make your device to make an assumption that all the photos are different and calculate the available storage space and gives you this error. Buying more space would fix this.

We hope this article has helped you fix your iCloud Photos error.


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