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Photos scans your library for significant 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
Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is running iOS 10 or later and your Mac is running macOS Sierra or later.
If you want to get the same Memories on all of your Apple devices, follow these steps:
- Set up iCloud on all of your devices.
- Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
- Turn on iCloud Photos on all of your devices that you want to use with Memories.
- Update your Apple TV HD 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 For You tab, then scroll down to Memories. On your Mac, you can find 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 and videos in your library. You can choose Show More or 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.
Tap the More button to share the Memory with friends, add it to your Favorite Memories, or delete it. On your Mac, the options to Add to Favorite Memories or Delete Memory appear at the bottom of the Memory.
Select a person to see more photos of that person or group of people.
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.
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
A Memory movie is a beautifully edited video, complete with transitions and music, featuring curated photos and videos from your library. You can watch a Memory movie on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch; you can also view Memory movies on your Mac and your Apple TV when you turn on iCloud Photos.
The Photos app automatically makes a movie for each Memory on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Tap 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 Edit or the Edit button to customize the movie even further—you can change the title, title image, duration, photos, and music that appear in the Memory movie.
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Use a Soundtrack
Choose from specially chosen Soundtracks that adjust to the duration of your Memory movie.
- Open a Memory movie.
- Tap the movie to show customization options.
- Tap Edit.
- Tap Music.
- Tap Soundtracks.
- Tap a genre to find the perfect accompaniment. Or browse Soundtracks by mood: tap Filter, then tap Mood.
- Tap the Soundtrack that you want to use.
- Tap the back button .
- Tap Done.
Use music from your library
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You can also select your own music to accompany a Memory movie. Follow steps 1–4 above, but tap My Music instead of Soundtracks in step five. Then search or browse your Apple Music library to find the song you want to use.
Create your own Memories
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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 Moments or Collections tab, click the title of a group of photos to open them as a Memory.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the header of any Moment, Collection, Year, or Album. Tap the More button , then tap Add to Memories.
Save and share your favorite memories
Want to save a memory for later? Tap the More button , then tap Add to Favorite Memories. On your Mac, this option appears at the bottom of a Memory. To see your Favorite Memories, go to For You, tap See All next to Memories, and then tap Favorites. On your Mac, click Memories in the sidebar and then click the Favorite Memories tab at the top of Photos. 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 the Share button and choose to share the movie through Messages, Mail, Shared Albums, and your favorite social media sites. On your Mac, you can share the photos and videos from your Memory when you click the Share button .