How to use Memories in Photos on iPhone and iPad

Great digital cameras like on the iPhone and iPad mean we can take as many photos as we want, whenever we want. That's amazing, because we can record any moment, at any time. It's also terrible, because we end up with so many photos we forget about the ones we took even a short time ago.

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 making them into something more.

How to find Memories in Photos

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap on a memory to watch it.

    Launch the photo app from your home screen, tap memories and then tap on a particular memory to watch it.

How to find Memories in Photos in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

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

    Launch Photos, tap For You

  3. Locate the Memories section and then tap See All.
  4. Tap on a memory that you want to view.

    Tap See All in Memories, tap on Memory you want to view

How to search Memories

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the Search button in the upper right corner. (Looks like a magnifying glass.)

    Launch the photos app from your home screen and tap memories. Then tap the magnifying glass in the upper right corner.

Enter a time or search term to help find a particular memory.

How to search Memories in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

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

    Launch Photos, tap Search

  3. Input the search terms that you are looking for to help find a particular memory.

    Input keywords, tap search for results

How to start a slideshow in Memories

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.

    Launch the photos app and tap memories in the menu bar.

  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.
  4. Tap the play button on the large photo at the top of the screen.

    Tap the memory you would like to see and then tap the play button on the large photo at the top of the screen.

To pause the slideshow, simply tap the screen and a pause button will appear along the bottom menu bar.

How to start a slideshow in Memories in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

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

    Launch Photos, tap For You

  3. Go to the Memories section and tap See All.
  4. Select a memory that you want to view.

    Select See All Memories, tap Memory to view

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

    Tap the Play button to start slideshow

How to change your slideshow theme in Memories

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the photos app, tap memories in the menu bar and tap the memory you would like to see.

  4. Tap the play button on the large photo at the top of the screen.
  5. Tap the screen anywhere.

    Tap the play button and then tap the screen anywhere.

  6. Tap the pause button that appears at the bottom of the screen.
  7. To pick your theme, swipe left and right on the menu bar directly underneath the slideshow to pick from options like dreamy, sentimental, gentle, chill, happy, uplifting, epic, club, extreme.

    Tap the pause button at the bottom of the screen and swipe left and right to pick a theme.

How to change your slideshow theme in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  1. Follow the instructions for starting a slideshow in Memories in iOS 13 above.
  2. Tap anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap on the pause button at the bottom.

    Play slideshow, pause to bring up themes

  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.

    Find a theme you want, it saves automatically upon selection

  5. Once you select your theme, it's applied automatically.

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

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the Photos app from your home screen, tap Memories and select the memory you would like to see.

  4. Tap the play button on the large photo at the top of the screen.
  5. Tap the screen anywhere.
  6. Tap the pause button that appears at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap the play button on the large top photo of the screen, then tap the screen anywhere. Tap the pause button.

  7. Tap the editing menu in the lower right corner.
  8. Tap on title, music, duration, or photos & videos to adjust your settings.
  9. Tap Done when you are happy with your settings.

    Tap the editing menu and then tap on title, music, duration, or photos and videos. Tap done when you're happy with your edits.

How to edit your title, music, duration, and photos in a Memories slideshow in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  1. Follow the instructions for changing your slideshow theme in iOS 13 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 options

  4. Tap on the slideshow element 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 save

How to save a Memories slideshow

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the Photos app from your home screen, tap Memories and select the memory you would like to see.

  4. Tap the play button on the large photo at the top of the screen.
  5. Tap the screen anywhere.
  6. Tap the pause button that appears at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap the play button and then tap the screen anywhere. Tap the pause button.

  7. Tap the share button in the lower left corner of the screen.
  8. Tap save video.

    Tap the share button in the lower left corner of the screen and then tap save video.

How to save a Memories slideshow in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  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 Video

How to delete certain photos from a Memories slideshow

Let's say a memory contains someone you no longer see and no longer want to see, or a place that you left and don't want to be reminded of. Delete it, and Memories will move on and help you do likewise!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the Photos app from your home screen, tap Memories and then select the memory you would like to see.

  4. Tap select in the upper right corner.
  5. Tap the photos you would like to remove from the slideshow.
  6. Tap the garbage can in the lower right corner.

    Tap select in the upper right corner. Tap the photos you would like to remove and then tap the garbage can in the lower right corner.

When the prompt appears, you can either choose to delete the photos or cancel the action altogether if you made a mistake and picked the wrong pictures.

How to delete certain photos from a Memories slideshow in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  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 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 button

  5. Tap Done to save your changes.
  6. Tap Done again to save the slideshow.

    Tap Done, Tap Done again

How to a make Memories slideshow a favorite

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the Photos app from your home screen, tap Memories and then select the memory you would like to see.

  4. Scroll until you make it to the bottom of the screen.
  5. Tap Add to Favorite Memories.

Scroll until you reach the bottom of the screen and tap add to favorites.

If you want to remove a memory from your favorites, simply repeat the same steps. "Add to Favorite Memories" will be "Remove from Favorite Memories".

How to favorite a Memories slideshow in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

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

    Launch Photos, tap For You

  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 view

  5. Tap on the "..." button in the top right corner.
  6. Select Add to Favorite Memories.

    Tap the dot button, select Add Favorite Memories

  7. Go back to the All Memories screen.
  8. Tap Favorites to check out your favorited memories.

    View all Memories, tap Favorites

How to delete a Memories slideshow

If an entire memory slideshow isn't too your liking, you can get rid of the whole thing.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the Photos app from your home screen, tap Memories and then select the memory you would like to see.

  4. Scroll until you make it to the bottom of the screen.
  5. Tap Delete Memory.
  6. Tap Delete Memory again when the prompt appears on your screen.

Scroll until you reach the bottom of the screen. Tap delete memory once, and then again when the prompt appears.

How to delete a Memories slideshow in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

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

    Launch Photos, go to For You

  3. Under Memories, tap See All.
  4. Select a Memory you want to view.

    Tap See All Memories, tap Memory to view

  5. Tap on the "..." button in the upper right corner.
  6. Select Delete Memory.

    Tap menu button on memory, select Delete Memory

How to see who was in your Memories slideshow

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the Photos app from your home screen, tap Memories and then select the memory you would like to see.

  4. Starting scrolling down until you see the "Groups & People" section.
  5. Swipe left and right to see whose faces appeared in your slideshow.

Start scrolling down and then swipe left and right in the Groups & People section of the screen.

How to see who was in your Memories slideshow in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

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

    Launch Photos, tap For You

  3. Tap See All under the Memories section.
  4. Tap on a Memory you'd like to view.

    See All Memories, tap Memory to view

  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 photos.

    View memory, scroll down, scroll to see who is in memory

How to see on a map where a specific Memories slideshow took place

  1. Launch the Photos app from your home screen.
  2. Tap Memories in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. It looks like a triangle with an arrow circling it.
  3. Tap the memory you would like to see.

    Launch the Photos app from your home screen, tap Memories and then select the memory you would like to see.

  4. Starting scrolling down until you see the "Places" section.
  5. Tap the map to see where each of those photos were taken.

    Start scrolling down until you see the places section and then tap the map to see where each of those photos were shot.

You can also tap show nearby photos at the bottom of the screen to see some other pictures taken close to the ones in the memory you're looking at.

How to see where your Memories took place on a map in iOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  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 Photos

  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 Memory

Any questions?

If you have any questions about how to use Memories in Photos, ask away in the comments!

July 2019: Updated with iOS 13 beta.

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