Photostream Keeps Turning Off in iPhoto? Fix it!

So Photostream is a great feature of iCloud, but sometimes getting it to work properly can be a major problem. I’ve had several problems with Photostream including it not showing up on my iPad 2 and it disabling itself in iPhoto all the time. These are really annoying problems because the photos have to keep being re-downloaded and you end up wasting so much time changing the settings to get them to work properly.

In this post I’m going to talk about the issue where the Photostream is disabled whenever you shut down iPhoto and re-open it. After trying a couple of different solutions, one of them seemed to work for me and I no longer have the issue. It’s been a couple of months, so hopefully it won’t come back. I’m not really sure what solution fixed the problem, so feel free to try all the options mentioned below.

Method 1 – Delete iLifeAssetManagement

Follow these steps in the precise order. Go to System Preferences – iCloud and turn off the Photostream. If it’s checked, simply uncheck it. Then close System Preferences.

disable photostream

Now go to the Finder and go to ~\LIbrary\Application Support\ and find the folder called iLifeAssetManagement. Go ahead and drag it to the trash and then empty the trash.


Now you need to restart your Mac. Once it’s back up and running, go to System Preferences – iCloud again and enable the Photostream. Finally, go ahead and open iPhoto. Hopefully, your photos will appear and not go away again once you have completed the steps. If not, keep reading.

Method 2 – Delete Preferences Files

The other thing you can try is to delete the plist files in the Preferences folder. Again, if you go to the Library folder, then Preferences, you should find 4 files that start with Delete all four of these files.


If you’re still not lucky enough to have Photostream working in iPhoto, keep reading!

Method 3 – Disable Photostream Participants

Another thing you can try that has worked for some people is to disable the Photostream option on other devices, especially if you have the iCloud Control Panel installed on Windows 7. You can also try disabling Photostream on the iPad/iPhone/Apple TV and then check to see whether that fixes the problem with iPhoto on your Mac. You would think it wouldn’t matter, but it seems to cause issues sometimes.

Method 4 – Uninstall Integrated Programs

If you have recently installed a program on your Mac that integrates with iPhoto or something related to photos or iCloud, try uninstalling it and see if that fixes the issue. For example, one client had installed Droplr for Mac and that was causing problems with his Photostream in iPhoto. You can also try disabling DropBox if you have that installed as it has been heard to cause issues.

Method 5 – Spotlight Enabled?

Some people have mentioned that they disabled Spotlight for various other unrelated issues and re-enabling it magically fixed the Photostream problem. If you have Spotlight disabled for any reason, try enabling it and see what happens.

Method 6 – Rebuild iPhoto Library

If none of that has worked for you, you can try to rebuild the iPhoto library, which can fix issues such as missing photos and other problems. To do this, quit iPhoto and then hold down the Command and Option keys together. Then open iPhoto and keeps the keys pressed down until you get the following dialog box:

rebuild iphoto database

Go ahead and try Repair the iPhoto Library Database option.

As of now, that’s all the solutions I tried on my computer and it seems to be working well now. If Photostream is still disabling or turning off in iPhoto, post a comment here and I’ll try to help!


Comments [2]

  1. Ugh, this keeps happening to me…only I use a Windows 7 computer. It doesn’t matter what I do, each time I log out of the iCloud control panel, I receive a prompt that says: Photo Stream has been turned off.

  2. I’ve done all of this and it keeps happening.

    Running Lion 10.7.4 on a MBP.

    Any thing else you can think of?

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