Watch & manage your Memories

Memories are collections of some of your best photos and videos whether from previous years or recent weeks.

View your Memories

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Photos.
  3. At the top, tap a memory.
    • To move to the next or previous photo, tap on the right or left of the screen.

    • To skip to the next or previous memory, swipe right or left on the screen

    • To pause on a photo, touch and hold it.

Add the Memories widget to your home screen
Important: This feature is available for iPhones and iPads with iOS 14 and up.
If you recently installed the Google Photos app, you’ll need to open it before the widget appears in the widget gallery.

Memories widget

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, touch and hold the home screen.
  2. At the top, tap Add Add.
  3. Enter “Google Photos” into the search bar.
  4. Tap the Google Photos app Photos and then Add Widget.
  5. Place the widget on your home screen.
  6. Tap Done.
Tip: To add a widget to multiple accounts, follow the on screen instructions on how to switch accounts. 

Change your settings

Control which Memories you receive 

You can select the types of Memories you want to appear above your photo grid. When at least one memory type is selected, the Memories carousel appears above the photo grid.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings Settingsand then Memories
  3. Turn off Show memories

Hide someone

Important: When you hide someone, you won’t get their face in memories, creations, or on your search page.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings Settingsand then Memories
  3. Tap Hide people & pets.
  4. Choose who you want to hide.
  5. Tap Done.
    • To show someone, tap their face again.

Hide a date

Important: When you hide a date, you won’t get photos taken on that date in your new memories.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings Settingsand then Memories.
  3. Tap Hide Dates.
  4. Add dates you want to hide.
    • To remove a hidden date, tap Remove Remove.

Control whether your Memories contain creations

You can select which types of creations you can find in your memories.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings and then Memories.
  3. Tap Advanced.
  4. Select which types of creations you want to find in your memories.

Manage your Memories notifications

You control what notifications to receive when there is a new memory, or a new creation available to view.
 
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial and then Photos settings and then Memories
  3. Tap Manage memories notifications.
  4. Under Memories, turn on/off the toggle to receive Memories from previous years, themed memories or creations. 

Creations

Creations made for you appear in your Memories carousel. You may find a color pop appear in “Recent highlights” or a “They grow up so fast” movie as a standalone memory. You can also make your own creations such as a collage, animation, or movie.

Check if something was created for you

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Photos.
  3. Creations will arrive in your Memories carousel at the top.

Save Creations

You can save creations that are made for you like movies or animations.

To save creations from your Memories carousel, at the bottom of the creation, select Save. Saved creations appear in your photos view.

Find Creations you saved

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Google PhotosPhotos.
    • In the Photos tab, your saved creations appear with other photos and videos.
  2. To search for the creations you saved, at the bottom, tap Search.
  3. At the bottom, in the "Creations" section, tap the type of creation you want, or tap All creations.

Make Creations

You can make your own collage, animation, or movie from your photos and videos. 

To make your own creation:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Google Photos Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then Utilities.
  3. At the bottom, find options to create an Animation, Collage, or Movie.

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