Photo Stream is this awesome feature in iCloud that automatically distributes your photos across all of your devices. Despite the benefit of not needing to connect your device to your Mac to access the photos, there is one drawback. For instance, to access photos in your Photo Stream, you need to launch iPhoto on your Mac. It’s not the fastest way and luckily, there is a better solution.
The Iconmaster posted a tutorial about how to quickly access iOS screenshots on your Mac. Here’s how you do it:
Enable Photo Stream on your devices
Update your iCloud settings on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iMac, and MacBooks.
Locate Photo Stream in Finder
Photo Stream is hidden by default, but there is a way to locate it. On Terminal, navigate to the folder using the following command:
cd Library/Application\ Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/
Then, open the
sub folder like so:
You can also locate the folder via Finder as well if Terminal doesn’t suit you. First, navigate to your username’s folder. In the Finder menu, head to Go > Go to Folder and search for “Library.” From there, follow the following path: Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub.
Define your search criteria
Once you have the
sub folder open in Finder, hit CMD+F. Here, you will need to limit your search scope to the
sub folder, and filter the folder by Kind is Image. Iconmaster’s tutorial only specifies that you should limit the search by PNG, but that was for the purposes of locating screenshots. I prefer viewing all of my photos.
Once you’ve defined your search criteria, save the search and give the folder you’ve just created an appropriate name. I left the “Add to Sidebar” option checked for convenience.
I noticed that after awhile, the saved search would not update the search results, so recent images from Photostream were not being pulled. One way to fix this is to rebuild your Spotlight index via
sudo mdutil -E /. More details here.