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Google Photos Waiting for WiFi? Fix it in 1 Minute

Chances are, you set the Google Photos to auto-backup only when it’s connected to the WiFi. But still getting ‘Google Photos Waiting for WiFi’ notification even when you’re connected to the home WiFi network? I will help you fix it in a jiffy.

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Most of the media backup services recommend you enable the auto-backup feature only when you’re connected to the WiFi network. This is, in fact, the safest method to preserve your costly mobile data. So, whenever your smartphone gets connected to a reliable and unmetered WiFi network, it either resumes the paused backups or begins a fresh upload session.

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But a few users have reported that Google Photos stuck at Waiting for WiFi notification on the WiFi connection itself! The causes may vary, but the most prominent one is your Ad Blockers. Let’s see how you can easily fix the Google Photos Waiting for WiFi issue by considering the below measures.

How to Fix Google Photos Waiting for WiFi Notification

Step 1: Disconnect your device from the WiFi network/mobile data.

Step 2: Reboot the smartphone.

Step 3: If you installed any Ad-blockers say, AdGuard or NetGuard, open its settings.

Step 4: Under ‘Apps’ section (Apps Management – AdGuard, Manage system apps – NetGuard), add the Google Photos app to the list. If you couldn’t find Google Photos, make sure you tap on the system apps section.

Step 5: Save the preferences.

Note: The options may vary for different ad blockers. However, the logic is almost identical. Just find the whitelist menu and add Google Photos app to the list. Done!

Alternative Option

1. Open the Google Photos app.

2. On the top left, click on the ‘Menu’ icon.

3. Click on the drop-down next to your email address and choose ‘Remove active account’.

Once the account is removed, please re-add it to check if this issue is fixed.

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If you don’t use an ad-blocker and still get the Waiting for WiFi issue in the Google Photos, you may need to check whether you’ve installed any data metering apps such as Google’s Datally. If nothing works for you, simply re-install Google Photos app and reconnect to the WiFi network. This will most likely fix ‘Google Photos Waiting for WiFi’ issue.


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