How to use Memories in the Photos app on Mac

How do you rediscover all the amazing moments lost inside your library? With the Memories feature in Photos for Mac!

You've probably snapped some truly memorable photos and captured some awesome video, but it's probably been buried beneath thousands more over the years. That's why Apple made Memories. It bubbles up your favorite events in Photos for Mac, complete with music, transitions, related content, and more!

Here's how to navigate and get creative with Memories in the Photos app on Mac.

How to find Memories in the Photos app

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

You will now be able to see all of your available Memory slideshows.

How to watch a Memories slideshow in the Photos app

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like to watch.
  4. Click the play button. It looks like a triangle.

    Double-click the memory and then click the play button.

  5. Click Play Slideshow at the bottom of the menu that appears.
  6. Your slideshow will begin playing automatically on a full-screen mode.

    Click play slideshow at the bottom of the menu, Your slideshow will begin playing automatically.

How to change your slideshow theme in Memories in the Photos app

You can customize and change your Memory theme depending on the type of story your photos tell. It's a really great, simple, creative way to showcase a certain period of time or event!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like to watch.
  4. Click the play button. It looks like a triangle.

    Double-click the Memory and then click the play button.

  5. Click on the slideshow theme you would like to select.
  6. A preview will appear in the window on screen.

    Click on the slideshow theme and a preview will appear.

How to change your slideshow music in Memories in the Photos app

Just like customizing the theme of your Memories slideshow, you can also change up the music!

You can either choose your Memories music from your iTunes, or from their list of chosen songs.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like to watch.
  4. Click the play button. It looks like a triangle.

    Double-click the memory and then click the play button.

  5. Click Music.
  6. Select the song you would like to play in the background of your Memory slideshow.

    Click music and then select the song you want.

How to view all photos that are in your Memories' slideshow

Get a better idea of how many photos and videos will be in your Memories' slideshow by taking a peek at all your pictures.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like.
  4. Click Show all.

    Double-click the Memory you would like and click show all.

All of the photos that are in the specific Memory will appear.

How to see who was in a Memory

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like.
  4. Scroll down until you find the People section.

    Double-click the Memory you would like and scroll down until you find the people section.

You can scroll left and right to see who was in the Memory.

How to add a Memory to your favorite Memories

Keep your favorite moments close and quick to access by marking your favorite Memories' slideshows!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Double-click the Memory you would like.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

    Double-click the Memory and scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

  5. Click Add to Favorite Memories. If this is your first favorite Memory, a little icon will appear in the menu bar to the left of the screen that's called Favorite Memories.
  6. Click Favorite Memories to view your favorite Memories.

    Click add to favorite Memories and then click Favorite Memories to view your favorite memories.

To remove a memory from favorite memories, simply scroll to the bottom of the memory and click Remove from Favorite Memories.

How to delete a Memory

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Click the Memory you would like.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

    Click the Memory you would like and scroll to the bottom of your screen.

  5. Click Delete Memory.
  6. Click Delete on the prompt that appears to delete your memory.

    Click Delete Memory and then click Delete on the prompt that appears.

How to show an album as a Memory

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Click the album you would like to show as a Memory.

    Launch the Photos app and click Memories on the menu on the left of the screen.

  3. Click Show as a Memory in the upper right corner.
  4. Double-click the memory to play it.

    Click show as memory and then double-click the memory to play it.

What do you think of Memories?

Now that you've had some time to explore Memories in the Photos app, what do you think about this new feature?