How to Cre­ate Mem­o­ries Using the Pho­tos App on iPhone and iPad

Parth Shah

The modern gallery apps such as Google Photos, Apple Photos, and Samsung gallery come with cloud storage support, face recognition, advanced editing tools, and the ability to create a video/movie using many functions. Apple Photos is also catching up with them. You can create a beautiful memory montage using the photos and videos in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad.

Create memories on i Phone

Apple continues to improve the Photos app on iPhone and iPad with every major OS update. As soon as you upload photos and videos to iCloud, it will create a Memory using similar photos and videos from the date and create an amazing Memory with animations and music.

You can also go ahead and manually create a memory from your selected images and videos. What’s more? With the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates, users can integrate music tracks from Apple Music directly.

Can’t wait to create a memory in the Apple Photos app? Let’s get started.

Automatically Create Memories In the Photos App

Apple automatically creates a memory based on your uploaded photos and videos to the iCloud platform. If you want some ready-to-go memories in the Photos app, enable iCloud Photos from the Settings app.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on iPhone.

Step 2: Go to Profile > iCloud menu.

Profile in settings
Select icloud

Step 3: Select Photos and enable iCloud Photos from the following menu.

Select photos
Enable icloud photos

The Photos app will upload all the photos and videos to the iCloud platform. Now, you don’t have to do anything. You can let iCloud work magic behind the scenes and create amazing memories in the app.

Give it some time. You can open the Photos app and go to For You tab from the bottom bar. You will see Memories at the top. Tap on See All, and all the iCloud-created Memories are ready to amaze you. No manual input is needed.

Go to for you menu
Memories menu

iCloud does a fine job in the Photos app. But you can do a better job by yourself. For example, you can select which photos to add to memories and select a song to go with the mood. Here’s how.

Make Memories in the Photos App on iPhone and iPad

Since you create a Memory using images and videos in the Photos app, you don’t have to upload the media to iCloud. Here's how to proceed.

Step 1: Open the Photos app on your iPhone and go to the Library menu.

Step 2: Tap the Months tab at the bottom of the screen.

Select more in photos

Step 3: You will see all your recent photos and videos neatly categorized by events.

Step 4: Tap on the three-dot menu and select Play Memory Movie.

Play movie in memories

The Photos app will take you to the dedicated Memory editor. Here are all the functions for creating a beautiful memory on iPhone.

Change Title

By default, Apple Photos uses the date as the default title for the Memory. After all, you won’t want to use a date as the title for Memory.

Change memories title
Edit title

Tap on the three-dot menu at the top and select Edit Title. Add a new title and a subtitle to give it a more personalized look.

Adjust Photos and Videos

From the Memory editor menu, you can tap on the organize tab at the bottom and see all the media for the memory.

Menu for managing photos
Manage photos

Tap on the three-dot menu at the top and select Manage Photos. You can remove media from the Memory and add new ones from the Photos Library.

Make key photo in memories

You can long-press on any photo from the same menu and make it a Key Photo for the Memory.

Add Music from Apple Music

The Photos app adds random music to your Memory. You can easily change it. Tap on the Music icon at the bottom, and you will see the current music track. Tap on the Music icon and select a new track to implement in Memory from Apple Music.

Add music
Add music in memory

Use a Filter in Memory

Similar to Photos and Videos, you can apply a filter to created Memory in the Photos app. Tap on the Music icon from the Memory editor menu and select Filters. Next, select a relevant filter from the Memory Looks menu and hit the Done button at the top.

Add filters to memories
Memory filters on i Phone

After making all the relevant changes, you can exit the Memory editor menu and iPhone or iPad in the For You section in the Photos app.

You can favorite a Memory and view it from the Favorites menu in the Photos app.

Create an Amazing Memory With Photos on iPhone

Get ready to amaze everyone with the Memory function in the iPhone. Apple Photos comfortably beats Google Photos video creating capabilities with Apple Music integration, filters, and more built right into the Memory editor. In addition, those who prefer big screens can use the Photos app on iPad to create a memory quickly.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.