iCloud Photo Library has high CPU usage? Fix it fast

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • The high CPU usage when the iCloud photo library is open might interfere with your ability to manage your library.
  • To resolve this issue, you should try temporarily disabling iCloud Photo Library, waiting for some time, and using Terminal.
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Fix iCloud Photo Library has high cpu

iCloud Photo Library is a great way to keep all your photos synced, but many users reported that the iCloud Photo Library causes high CPU usage. This can be a problem, and in today’s article, we’ll show you how to fix it.

What to do if iCloud Photo Library causes high CPU usage?

1. Temporarily disable iCloud Photo Library

Few users reported that you can fix this problem simply by disabling the iCloud Photo Library temporarily. To do that on your MacBook, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to System Preferences.
  2. Now select iCloud.
  3. Click the Options button next to Photos.
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  4. Uncheck iCloud Photo Library and click on Done.

After doing so, the syncing should be disabled. Wait for a couple of minutes, and enable the iCloud Photo Library. Few users reported that they had to upgrade their iCloud storage space because they used up the storage space, so be ready to do that if needs be.

2. Just wait it out

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Sometimes synchronization and indexing of your photos can cause high CPU usage in the iCloud Photo Library. This is nothing out of the ordinary, but depending on the number of photos that you have, the process can take a while.

Few users reported that the process lasted more than 20 hours, so you might have to wait patiently for the process to finish and for CPU usage to drop.

3. Use the Terminal

If you’re having problems with iCloud Photo Library and high CPU usage, you might be able to fix it simply by running a couple of commands in the Terminal. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder and go to Applications > Utility.
  2. Start the Terminal.
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  3. Run the following commands:
    • launchctl disable gui/$UID/com.apple.photoanalysisd
    • launchctl kill -TERM gui/$UID/com.apple.photoanalysisd

After running these commands, the problem should be gone. You can also run these two commands to stop or to start the service. Here are the commands:

  • launchctl kill -STOP gui/$UID/com.apple.photoanalysisd – this one disables the service
  • launchctl kill -CONT gui/$UID/com.apple.photoanalysisd – this one starts the service

iCloud Photo Library can cause high CPU usage, but if you’re having this problem these solutions should be able to help you out.

FAQ: Learn more about iCloud Photo Library issues

  • How do I restore my photo library?

To restore your photo library, simply press and hold the Control key and click the library. This will allow you to choose the Restore Photos Library option, and next, you can select the location of the restore process.

  • Can Apple restore deleted photos?

If you deleted the photos both from your hard-drive and from any backup you might have in the iCloud, then there is no way to restore the photos.

  • How can I recover permanently deleted photos from my iPhone after 30 days?

The best way to go about restoring permanently deleted photos from your iPhone is to use a backup file. To do this, you will need to open the iTunes app, select your iPhone from the list, and click the Restore backup button.