Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How I fixed "iCloud not updating" my photos (cheating a little)


When I moved into my condo, I got a new cable-Internet (Cox) and pretty soon noticed that even though I was connecting my iPhone to wifi, my iCloud backup stopped working.

Then I find that scheduling an appointment with the “genius bar” at an Apple store is much harder than it used to be.  It was over a week in advance.  When I got there, they didn’t solve it.
So here is what finally happened.  I managed to change the PW to the iCloud account on my iPhone from the Settings, my name, ICloud. 

With the new one, I changed the logon to the  (https) icloud site on a macbook.  It took.  The Macbook keeps flashing two extra logons where the PW takes but it never sends back the two-step verification box on the MacBook.  This seems like an OS problem, might go away with a new OS.

I bought a new phone-USB connector at a Best Buy, and tried both windows machines and then the MacBook.  On Windows, I couldn’t easily get to the photos on the phone (without some third party app). But on the MacBook I did, and under iPhoto, it quickly added all the new photos to the MacBook HD.  Then suddenly, with the Icloud site logged on, it started updating the iCloud from the MacBook.   The whole event took about 90 minutes for 300 photos (it was slow), just before Trump’s SOTU. 

Update: February 2

Here is a detailed article on how iCloud works. 

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