Do you often see the message ‘Error Downloading This Photo From Your iCloud Library’ when accessing your iPhone photos and videos?
The use of iCloud Library has been beneficial to many iPhone users as this automatically stores every photo and video that you take in iCloud. This allows users to quickly access their library from any devices at any time.
However, some users experienced a 180-degree turn after getting the error ‘Cannot Download Photo. There was an error downloading this photo from your iCloud Photo Library. Please try again later.’ when they view, edit, download, or perform other actions on the saved photos in their library.
In this guide, we made sure to ease your burden as we have prepared a list of reliable methods that you can try with your iPhone. It never hurts to troubleshoot the issue as this may help you work around this nuisance while waiting for a fix from Apple.
So let’s get started!
- 1. Check If There Is Enough Storage Space.
- 2. Change iPhone Photo Settings.
- 3. Turn Off Low Power Mode.
- 4. Do A Restart.
- 5. Re-Login To Apple Account.
- 6. Reset Network Settings.
- 7. Try Fiverr.
- 8. Update To The Latest iOS Version.
1. Check If There Is Enough Storage Space.
It might be considered as common sense to some, but if you are experiencing an issue with downloading the photo to your device, it is best to check first if you have enough storage space in that device.
Here’s how you can check your storage space:
- First, go to your iPhone’s Settings app.
- Now, select General.
- Next, click iPhone Storage and check if your iPhone storage is full.
If your storage is full, you will need to delete some of your files to make way for the photos and videos you want to download. Once that is all done, check if you will still see the message ‘Error Downloading This Photo From Your iCloud Library’.
2. Change iPhone Photo Settings.
By default, your iPhone is set to download and keep original images on your device. However, if this is not the case for you, you will need to revert it to this setting as some users reported that changing it to ‘Keep Originals’ from ‘Automatic’ fixed their issue.
If ‘Automatic’ is selected and your iPhone’s storage is full or nearly full, it converts the images to .jpg files which cause problems when accessing the photos or videos. Fortunately, changing the setting to ‘Keep Originals’ prevents this issue from happening.
Here’s how you can update your iPhone photo settings:
- First, open your iPhone’s Settings app.
- Then select Photos.
- After that, under Transfer to Mac or PC, select Keep Originals.
Now, try to see if the message ‘Error Downloading This Photo From Your iCloud Library’ will still appear. Luckily, this has resolved the issue for you as it did some users.
3. Turn Off Low Power Mode.
For most affected users, if not all, turning off or disabling ‘Low Power Mode’ has been the utmost solution to this troublesome issue.
It may sound absurd as this feature allows your iPhone to last longer, but having the ‘Low Power Mode’ also restricts the functionality of your iPhone, which includes accessing your iCloud Library.
On the other hand, this can also resolve the issue when your iCloud Photo link is not working, so you are hitting two birds with one stone!
Here’s how you can turn off ‘Low Power Mode’:
- First, open your iPhone’s Settings app.
- Then select Battery.
- After that, toggle the Low Power Mode setting to turn it off (if it is enabled).
When you’re done, we are hoping that this has resolved the issue for you, like what it did for most of the users. If it does not, do not give up as we still have some more options for you to try!
4. Do A Restart.
Before you try other complicated methods, make sure to restart your phone first to check if it was not just a temporary problem. This is a known troubleshooting step to find out whether the issue is on your iPhone’s software or hardware.
If the software is the issue, a few restarts might do the trick. On the other hand, this can also resolve the issue when your iPhone is stuck on updating the iCloud settings.
Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:
- First, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. This is located on the right side of your iPhone.
- Now, a prompt with a red slider that says ‘slide to power off’ will appear on your screen. Drag this slider to the right to power off your iPhone.
- Next, turn your iPhone back on by pressing and holding down the Power button again until you see the Apple logo.
With that out of the way, you may check if you still see the message ‘Error Downloading This Photo From Your iCloud Library’. Hopefully, trying this out fixed the issue for you.
5. Re-login To Apple Account.
Like turning off ‘Low Power Mode’, re-logging into the Apple account has been deemed one of the most popular resolutions for most affected users.
Re-logging in is similar to resetting your Apple account, but you do not need to worry as doing this will not delete your saved photos and videos. It will just reset and resync your connectivity to your iCloud Library, which might be similar to clearing caches.
Here’s how you can re-login to your Apple account:
- First, open your iPhone’s Settings app.
- Then tap on your name at the top.
- After that, scroll to the very bottom and click Sign Out.
- A window should open up on your screen asking for your ‘Apple ID’ and ‘Password’. Enable the option to keep a copy of the information that you store in iCloud.
- Next, select Sign Out and tap again to confirm.
- Then wait for a few minutes and reopen your iPhone’s Settings app.
- After that, click on Sign In and enter your ‘Apple ID’ and ‘Password’.
- Once that is done, you will receive a six-digit authentication code. Enter that when you are prompted.
Now, try to check if the message ‘Error Downloading This Photo From Your iCloud Library’ will still appear. Let us know if this resolved the issue for you.
6. Reset Network Settings.
If you still see the error after performing the previous methods in our list, you can try resetting your ‘Network Settings’. Some users have also reported success after resetting their network settings, so it is still worth a try.
However, keep in mind that resetting your network settings resets your Wi-Fi networks, Wi-Fi passwords, cellular settings, and VPN settings. For that reason, before resetting your network settings, we urge you to try the simpler steps that we have previously recommended.
Here’s how you can reset your ‘Network Settings’:
- First, open up your iPhone’s Settings app and go to General.
- After that, look for Reset.
- Then, select Reset Network Settings.
- Next, enter your passcode.
- A window should open up on your screen. Select Reset Network Settings to confirm.
Like all the previously mentioned methods, we are hoping that this has resolved the issue for you. However, if all else fails, let’s go over to our next recommendation!
7. Try Fiverr.
Are you currently looking for freelancers? Or are you probably looking for clients?
Have you tried Fiverr before? Fiverr is a marketplace where clients can look for the right freelancer suitable for their needs. This is also a venue for freelancers to utilize project-based rates instead of hourly rates, compared to other marketplaces.
To add to that, both freelancers and clients can also be secured, thanks to Fiverr’s protected payment scheme.
If you are an interested client, some of the available services that you can check out range from graphics and design, digital marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, programming and tech, and a lot more.
Furthermore, if you are a freelancer with the said niches, this is a marketplace that you should consider checking out as Fiverr has also provided some guides that you can check out to know how to grow your business.
8. Update To The Latest iOS Version.
There may be many known issues with iOS, but it is always important to be on the latest version. We cannot stress it enough that updating your iOS version should always be in your to-do list when resolving any iPhone issues.
First and foremost, before you proceed with updating your iPhone, make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and has at least 50% battery life.
Here’s how you can update to the latest version:
- First, open up your iPhone’s Settings app.
- Now, select Software Update and check if an update is available.
- Then if an update appears, select Install Now to begin the updating your operating system. It can take a couple of minutes or an hour for this to finish.
- Once that is done, your iPhone will restart once the update has been completed.
With that out of the way, you may check if you still see the message ‘Error Downloading This Photo From Your iCloud Library’. Hopefully, an update is all you need.
This concludes our article, and we hope that we have helped you resolve the ‘Error downloading this photo from your iCloud Photo Library’ error. If you have any questions, comment them down below, and we will gladly answer them for you.
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