Iphone Photos HeroSource: iMore

Great digital cameras like on the iPhone and iPad mean we can take as many photos as we want, whenever we want. This is good, but it also means your Photos app ends up with so many pictures that could be on your storage.

The Memories feature in the Photos app changes that by surfacing not only images we haven't seen in a while, but grouping them together, adding music, and turning them into something more.

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How to use Memories in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the For You tab.

    Source: iMore

  3. Locate the Memories section and then tap See All.

  4. Tap on a memory that you want to view.

    Locate Memories and tap See All. Tap on the Memory you want to viewSource: iMore

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Search tab.

    Launch Photos, tap SearchSource: iMore

  3. Input the search terms you're looking for to help find a particular memory.

  4. Scroll down and you'll find your Memory at the bottom.

    Input keywords, tap search for resultsSource: iMore

How to start a slideshow in Memories

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the For You tab.

    Launch Photos, tap For YouSource: iMore

  3. Go to the Memories section and tap See All.

  4. Select a memory that you want to view.

    Source: iMore

  5. Tap the play button on the memory cover to start the slideshow.

    Tap the Play button to start slideshowSource: iMore

How to change your slideshow theme

  1. Follow the instructions for starting a slideshow in Memories above.
  2. Tap anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap on the pause button at the bottom.

    Play slideshow, pause to bring up themesSource: iMore

  4. Scroll left or right on the menu bar directly underneath the slideshow.
    • The themes are: Dreamy, Sentimental, Gentle, Chill, Happy, Uplifting, Epic, Club, and Extreme.
    • Themes will change the background song choice and the font face for the memory title.
  5. Once you select your theme, it's applied automatically.

    Find a theme you want, it saves automatically upon selectionSource: iMore

How to edit your title, music, duration, and photos in a Memories slideshow

  1. Follow the instructions for changing your slideshow above.
  2. Underneath the theme menu bar are the duration options. You can select the default length options if desired: Short (31 seconds), Medium (1-minute and 1-second), or Long (1-minute 20 seconds).
  3. Tap Edit in the upper right corner.

    Edit default duration, or tap edit for more optionsSource: iMore

  4. Tap on the slideshow elements that you want to customize.

  5. Once you've made all of your changes, tap on Done to save them.

    Tap the element you want to change, tap Done to saveSource: iMore

How to save a Memories slideshow

  1. Make sure that you've made all of the changes that you want to a Memories slideshow using the method above.
  2. Tap on the Share button in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap on Save Video from the Share Sheet, or whatever sharing method you prefer.

    Tap share, then select Save VideoSource: iMore

  4. The Photos app will automatically export your video. You'll find it in the Library tab of the Photos app.

How to delete certain photos from a Memories slideshow

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the customizing a Memories slideshow section from above.
  2. Tap on Photos & Videos in the Slideshow Edit Menu.
  3. Scrub through the photos and video timeline until you find a photo that you don't want.
  4. Tap on the Delete button on the bottom right corner to delete it from the slideshow (this does not delete the media from your Library, only the slideshow).

    Tap Photos & Video, find a photo to delete, tap delete buttonSource: iMore

  5. Tap Done to save your changes.

  6. Tap Done again to save the slideshow.

    Tap Done, Tap Done againSource: iMore

How to favorite a Memories slideshow

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go to the For You tab.

    Launch Photos, tap For YouSource: iMore

  3. Under Memories, tap See All.

  4. Tap on a Memory that you want to view.

    Tap See All Memories, tap the Memory you want to viewSource: iMore

  5. Tap on the options menu. That's the "..." button in the top right corner.

  6. Select Add to Favorite Memories.

    Tap the dot button, select Add Favorite MemoriesSource: iMore

  7. Go back to the All Memories screen.

  8. Tap Favorites in the top right corner to check out your Favorite memories.

    View all Memories, tap FavoritesSource: iMore

How to delete a Memory slideshow

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go to the For You section.

    Launch Photos, go to For YouSource: iMore

  3. Under Memories, tap See All.

  4. Select a Memory you want to delete.

    Tap See All Memories, tap Memory to viewSource: iMore

  5. Tap on the options menu. That's the "..." button in the top right corner.

  6. Select Delete Memory.

    Tap menu button on memory, select Delete MemorySource: iMore

  7. Tap on Delete Memory.

How to see who was in your Memories slideshow

Part of learning how to use memories in the Photos app on iPhone or iPad, is knowing who was with you in the Memories slideshow. It's pretty simple, here's what you need to do.

  1. Launch Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go to the For You section.

    Launch Photos, tap For YouSource: iMore

  3. Tap See All under the Memories section.

  4. Tap on a Memory you'd like to view.

    See All Memories, tap Memory to viewSource: iMore

  5. Scroll all the way down to the bottom where you see Groups & People.

  6. Swipe left and right to view all of the people in your Memory.

    View memory, scroll down, scroll to see who is in memorySource: iMore

How to see where your Memories took place on a map

  1. Follow the instructions for seeing who was in your Memories slideshow section from above.
  2. Underneath Groups & People, you'll find the Places section.
  3. Tap on the map to view where the photos in your Memories slideshow were taken.

    Tap on Places map, view Nearby PhotosSource: iMore

  4. Tap on Show Nearby Photos to view all photos taken in the map's vicinity, including ones that aren't included in the current Memories slideshow.

    Viewing Nearby Photos means photos and videos that aren't in the MemorySource: iMore

Any questions?

If you have any questions about how to use Memories in the Photos app on iPhone or iPad, ask away in the comments!

Updated November 2020: Updated for iOS 14.

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