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Important: In Google Photos, you now have more control over the types of videos you can create with highlight videos. In the Google Photos app, highlight videos replace movies.

Make highlight videos

Important: This feature is currently unavailable on tablets or foldable devices.

With Google Photos, you can quickly create highlight videos with your memorable moments. Select the people, places, themes, or dates you want to include, and a highlight video is automatically created for you.

  1. On your Android phone, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then Utilities.
  3. Under the “Create new” section, tap Highlight video.
  4. Choose the subject of your highlight video.
    • With Search: In the Search box, type a few words about the people, places, themes, or dates to include in your highlight video. For example, "Birthday," "Museum," or "Japan."
    • With suggested people, places, and time frames: From the suggested items, select "Who," "Where," "When," and more.
  5. At the top, tap Next.
  6. Tap Save.

Tip: If you don’t see the people or time frame you would like in the suggestions, tap Add person person add or Date range date range.

Make a highlight video manually

If you have an older device, you may not be able to create highlight videos.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then Utilities.
  3. Under the "Create new" section, tap Highlight video.
  4. To choose the photos and videos you want in the highlight video, tap or select photos.
  5. Select your photos or videos.
  6. At the top right, tap Create.
  7. When you’re done, tap Save.
  8. To watch your highlight video, tap Play Play or wait to be notified when the highlight video is ready.

Edit a highlight video

  1. On your highlight video, tap Edit Edit
    • Change music: Tap Music .
    • Reorder clips: Tap and hold a clip to drag it to a different order.
    • Remove clips: Next to the clip you want to remove, tap More More and then Remove.
  2. When you're done, tap Save.

If you delete photos or videos from Google Photos:

  • If you delete a photo or video that's in one of your highlight videos, that photo or video will stay in the highlight video unless you edit the highlight video.
  • If you edit a highlight video that features a photo or video that was deleted, that item will automatically be removed from the highlight video.

Learn how to delete photos or videos.

Make animations

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then Utilities.
  3. Under "Create New," choose Animation.
  4. Select the photos you want in your animation.
  5. At the top right, tap Create.

Create a cinematic photo

Important: Your device must have at least 3 GB RAM and Android 8.0 and up.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Photos Photos.
  2. Tap the photo you want.
  3. Swipe up.
  4. Tap Create and then Cinematic photo.
  5. At the bottom right, tap Save.

Tip: You can also create Cinematic photos another way:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Photos Photos.
  2. Tap Library and then Utilities.
  3. Under "Create new," tap Cinematic photo.
  4. Select a photo.
  5. At the bottom right, tap Save.

Find your highlight videos & animations

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Photos Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Search .
  3. Under “Creations,” tap Saved creations.

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