Photo Stream not updating on PC

Photostream not updating on PC

I’ve been using the iCloud Photo Stream with my PC for few months already. It work fine every time, but suddenly not work for today. No matter I open the iCloud and setting again, the folder do not update and sync from iPhone or iPad anymore.

Solved Solution


I’m assuming that the your iCloud Photo Stream is working before, but not working at this time and you’ve been tried resetting in the iCloud.

Use Explorer to open the Photo Stream Folder.
The default location normally in C:\Users\Juz\Pictures\Photo Stream\My Photo Stream
I’ve changed mine to F:\Photo\Photo Stream Download

Right click the folder, and click Propeties

You can see the Read-Only has been checked.

So, you just need to Un-Check the Read Only, and click OK.

Your photos from iPhone / iPad will transfer to your PC automatically again.

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  • Amy

    Thanks! I had the same issue and this solved it instantly.

  • Jenna

    Thanks for posting, and I tried your suggestion–sure enough my access had been set to “read only” just as you surmised.
    However, after changing it, I notice no improvement. The pictures in “My Photo Stream” folder on my Windows 7 Pro PC remain as before, with nothing new added since 4/26/2012. Do I need to perhaps reboot my PC for it to update? I know Windows has it’s rebooting quirks, but after all, iCloud is Apple s/w so I would think it should have worked automatically.

  • Bart

    Thx..I have same problem and sure enough, the read only was checked. However, I unchecked it, “apply” it, and then “ok”. Nothing happened. I went back into properties, and it was checked again. I have tried several times now…to no avail. What am I missing?…thx! Bz

  • http://facebook.com/pt.fiction Pete

    I did this as well, but I noticed that after hitting OK and checking the properties of the folder, it remains as Read-Only. Quite Frustrating, I then looked at closing iCloud, figuring it might have locked the folder, but even that looks like a challenge as there is no “exit” for the iCloud. What the Hell is wrong with Apple that they feel there is no reason to exit the iCloud application from running in your tray. I am thinking my next step is to start up windows in Safe mode make the change then reboot back into Full.

  • Bill

    Also not working on Vista. After unchecking the box and closing Properties, it remains partially checked on reopening of Properties.

  • http://gravatar.com/carld123 Carl

    I had the same problem, changing the checkbox didn’t work (didn’t stick). I went to the iCloud control panel and unchecked the Sync Photos option, hit apply, then re-checked and Applied again. Now it is updating…

  • http://twitter.com/MarysMacs Mary (@MarysMacs)

    No matter what I do, it isn’t working yet. I unchecked the box then checked for updating from iPhone to the PC and it isn’t. I checked the properties again and the box is checked again!! What happened to stop the updating of the photostream that worked before? I’m going to try what Carl did and see what happens next.

  • http://twitter.com/MarysMacs Mary (@MarysMacs)

    Blast it!! The checkbox problem is still a problem. I’ve even gone as far as resetting the photostream. No idea of what to try next.

  • http://gravatar.com/couwehand Mrs.Oleander

    Thank you!! Was already waiting for days to exchange, now it finally works! Instantly!

  • Jck

    Having the same problem. Anyone figured out a solution?

  • James

    Unchecked the read only in photo stream properties and then rechecked the sync option in the ICloud control panel and now it is working. Thank you!

  • Richard

    Hi

    I’ve been struggling with this problem for an age but I’ve just found a simple solution that works (for me). I just have to say first that I downloaded version 2 of iCloud for PC via the Apple Software Updater (which I think is part of/comes with iTunes so you may not have it) before finding this solution but that didn’t help at all. After reading up on the Folder Permissions/Read Only problem I discovered that (on Vista anyway) you need to ‘Run as Administrator’ for a program to write to folders (irrespective of the folder properties that you have set). Do that and Vista gives the permissions required apparently! I hope this solves the problem for at least one other poor soul :o)

    Regards
    Richard

  • Mr Smith

    Found the solution here at the icloud Help page: http://help.apple.com/icloud/#mmbc2c0a9e
    You need to RESET your Photo Stream in at the icloud.com site.

  • Gordon

    From your Windows desktop

    From your Windows desktop, drag any photo to the Photo Stream Uploads folder you chose in the iCloud Control Panel.

  • Roger Loh

    Thanks for this article and thanks for that comment by Carl. I did what Carl suggested by going to my Windows PC’s iCloud control panel and unchecked the Sync Photos option, hit apply, then re-checked and Applied again. Now it is updating… Thanks a million for making my day!

  • Bruce

    Apple must have changed something very recently: iCloud control panel on Windows/Vista and Windows/7 version 2 DID NOT WORK (kept having “iCloud photo has quit working” (not the exact statement). TODAY, 11/18/12, it suddenly started working and updated all my “Photo Stream”. I had backed out V2 on the Windows/7 system to V1 which fixed that, but could not on Windows/Vista since to do so would have screwed up my calendar, contacts, etc on Outlook. Seems to be working now, and since I made NO change to iCloud Control Panel, it must have been something at the Apple end.

  • Lady Loki

    I just made mine restart (and photo started downloading immediately) by doing the following:
    close outlook –
    open iCloud Control Panel –
    disable Photostream.-
    Open Photostrem folder –
    uncheck “Read-Only” box & click to apply –
    go back to iCloud control panel –
    check to activate Photo Stream -
    Go back to Photo Stream folder and refresh.

  • Lady Loki

    I just made mine restart (and photo started downloading immediately) by doing the following:
    close outlook –
    open iCloud Control Panel –
    disable Photostream.-
    Open Photostrem folder –
    uncheck “Read-Only” box & click to apply –
    go back to iCloud control panel –
    check to activate Photo Stream -
    Go back to Photo Stream folder and refresh.

  • ko

    I solved mine.
    By logout and login icloud again.

  • Rob Crouse

    What worked for me just now was to go to the icloud control panel on my pc, uncheck the photostream box, push Apply, then I got a box that said I had disconnected from photostream but that my photos were saved, then I reversed the process and clicked on the photostream box and hit apply – and instantly my iphone photos began streaming in to my pc. For two days I have been going nuts over this. What a relief. :)

  • Scott

    Found your post. Simple and easy fix! Thank you!!

  • Scott K.

    Simple and easy fix. Thank you!!

  • TobyHolland

    brilliant, thankyou!!
    why did they make it do this in the first place, though ??

  • Bob Gill

    Wow! I’m not sure how you ever figured that one out, but that did it for me. Thanks!

  • Matt

    I found the reason for this and the solution couldn’t be simpler. The issue is compatibility. So, search for Icloud using Windows search on bottom left and right click on it. Go to properties>compatability>Windows 7>apply>ok. do the same for iCloud photos. Then sign out of icloud and sign back in. Presto! You’ll notice it will be a lot quicker to load too. After a year trying to figure it out I stumbled on it….It’s worked ever since.

  • Chet Stovepiper

    this fixed my issue which had been frustrating me for months!

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