Enjoy your Memories in Photos

Rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from deep in your photo library. Memories automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos.

 

With iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Photos automatically scans your library for meaningful people, places, holidays, and more, and presents them in curated collections called Memories. Day after day, you’ll find new Memories ready for you to enjoy. You can also create your own Memories, view Memories as slideshows or as automatically-edited movies, and share them with friends and family.

Before you begin

Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 10 or later and your Mac to macOS Sierra or later.

If you want to get the same Memories on all of your Apple devices:

  1. Set up iCloud on all of your devices.
  2. Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  3. Turn on iCloud Photo Library on all of your devices that you want to use with Memories.
  4. Update your Apple TV (4th generation) to tvOS 10 or later.

Explore your Memories

You can see Memories on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. Just open the Photos app and select the Memories tab. On your Mac, you can also see your Memories in the Photos sidebar. Tap or double-click a Memory to open it. 

You'll see a summary of the Memory's contents, chosen from the very best photos in your library. You can choose Show All to see every photo and video in the Memory. Scroll down to see the people included in the Memory, a map showing where the photos and videos were taken, and a list of related Memories for you to explore. At the bottom of your Memory, you can find options to add the Memory to your favorites or delete it.

     

People

Select a person to see more photos of that person or group of people.

Places

Tap or double-click the map to see more photos taken nearby. Then select a badge on the map to see the collection of photos at that location.

Related Memories

Discover other Memories related to the one you're currently viewing. They're organized by people, places, scenes, or events—like the beach, mountains, or Thanksgiving Day.

Watch a Memory movie


What's even better than a collection of photos and videos from your vacation or event? A beautifully-edited video featuring those photos! On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can watch a movie of your Memory, complete with transitions and music. And you can watch the Memory movie that your device creates from your Apple TV when you turn on iCloud Photo Library.

The Photos app automatically makes a movie for each Memory on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Tap on the movie to play it. Then if you want to edit the movie, just tap the screen while it's playing. You can adjust the movie music, length, and content.

Set the mood

Tap a different mood like Dreamy, Chill, or Epic to match your Memory's content. Your movie's music and title style will match the mood you choose.
 

Pick the length

Depending on the number of photos in the Memory, you can set the duration of the movie to Short, Medium, or Long.

Customize the movie

Tap  to customize the movie even further—you can change the title, font, music, pick the photos included in the Memory movie, and more.
 

Memory movies only work on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. You won't see Memory movies on your Mac.

Create your own Memories

Photos automatically creates Memories—but you're the best curator of your photos and the stories behind them. So you can make a Memory from any Moment, Collection, Year, or Album in your photo library.

On your Mac, open an Album and click Show as Memory in the header. If you're in the Photos tab, click the title of a group of photos to open them as a Memory.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap on the header of any Moment, Collection, Year, or Album. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Add to Memories.

Save and share your favorite memories

Want to save a memory for later? Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap or click Add to Favorite Memories. You'll find it in the Favorite Memories album of your Photos app. If you decide that you don't want to save a Memory anymore, tap or click Remove from Favorite Memories. 

When you add a Memory to your Favorites, you preserve it and keep it from going away when Photos creates new Memories.

You can also share your unforgettable experiences with friends and family. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can share Memory movies just like you would share any other video. Play a Memory movie, then tap on it to show the editing and sharing options. Tap  and choose to share the movie through Messages, Mail, iCloud Photo Sharing, and your favorite social media sites. On your Mac, you can share the photos and videos from your Memory when you click .

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