The Photostream feature allows you to automatically sync all your photos between iOS devices and Mac computers via iCloud. However, if you prefer to manually transfer all the snapshots from a smartphone to a computer, it may take up a significant portion of the hard disk. The fact is that “Photostream” often creates duplicate photos that the user has already copied, and now we will figure out how to prevent it.

Many users sometimes do not suspect that they have “Photostream” enabled.

Delete iLifeAssetManagement to Recover Lost Disk Space in macOS

Where are the duplicates created by “Photostream” stored? This is the LifeAssetManagement folder, which can be found through the Finder. Therefore, for those who do not want to rely on the “Photostream”, but wants to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, it is better to permanently disable this feature.

Difference Between Manual Snapshot Management and iCloud Synchronization

In fact, everything is very simple. If you constantly connect your iPhone via USB cable and transfer photos to your computer using, for example, iPhoto, Image Capture or Aperture, the need for a “Photostream” will disappear automatically.

Back Up iLifeAssetManagement

Before starting all the procedures, it is necessary to make backup of this directory. Why do you need it? This folder contains many of your photos that you may want to access in the future. In addition, once again safe from the loss of important images will never hurt.

Read more: How to Use a External Hard Drive for Time Machine Backups?

Back up only when using an External Hard Drive in other way use your iCloud drive or other Cloud service:

  • Connect an external hard drive;
  • Open Finder;
  • Press Command + Shift + G and go to the following folder in the pop-up window:
How to Delete iLifeAssetManagement to Recover Lost Disk Space in macOS?
~/Library/Application Support/
  • Find the iLifeAssetManagement directory;
  • Copy it to an external hard drive.

Have you made a backup? Well, it is time to free up space on your Mac hard drive.

Turn Off the “Photostream” in macOS

Now that you have backed up the above folder, you should turn off Photostream through the iCloud control panel. Otherwise, it will create the directory again and again.

  • Open System Preferences -> Internet Accounts;
  • In iCloud section search for Photos and choose “Options” key;
How to Delete iLifeAssetManagement to Recover Lost Disk Space in macOS?
  • Turn off “My Photo Stream” and press Done;
How to Delete iLifeAssetManagement to Recover Lost Disk Space in macOS?

Remove iLifeAssetManagement

  • Let’s return to the Finder;
  • Press the combination Command + Shift + G and go to the Assets folder:
How to Delete iLifeAssetManagement to Recover Lost Disk Space in macOS?
~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/Assets/
  • Select the folder “Sub” and move it to trash.


As you can see, on my Mac it occupied only a couple of gigabytes, but that’s just because I don’t use Photostream on my devices at all. There are also such computers on which the size of the folder iLifeAssetManagement exceeds 20 gigabytes.

We cleared the cache, deleted some unnecessary files, system logs, and everything is small? In this case, disabling “Photostream” and deleting related photos will help solve your problem.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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