React UseEffect Hook Does Not Fire When Prop Dependency Changes

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I am using a useEffect hook to make an API call depending on data from a photos prop being passed in.

const ImageCarousel = ({ src, photos }) => {
  const [photoList, setPhotos] = useState([]);
  const storageRef =;
  console.log("photos prop:", photos);

  const getImage = photoId => {
    return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
        .child("images/" + photoId)
        .then(url => resolve(url))
        .catch(error => reject(error));

  useEffect(() => {
    Promise.all( photoId => {
        const url = await getImage(photoId);
        return url;
      .then(photoUrls => {
      .catch(e => console.log(e));
  }, [photos]);

return (...)

I have passed the photos prop into the dependency array of my useEffect hook, so it should fire when the photos prop changes. I can see that the prop is indeed changing in the console, but my useEffect hook does not fire when the prop change comes through. This is what appears in my console:

Console logs

Why is the useEffect not firing twice? From my understanding it should fire when the component renders the first time, and fire again every time the photos prop changes.



Try to make sure your photos prop is immutable, meaning, you send a new array each time there is a change and not mutating the array