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How to Make Memories Slideshows in Photos in iOS 10

Here is a guide on how to use iOS 10’s Memory Slideshow feature.

iPhone cameras have become one of their most used features and we are constantly documenting our days and trips with pictures and videos. There have always been ways to accumulate these items into a cohesive slideshow using iMovie or third-party applications yet iOS 10 brings a new feature to its Photos app to do just that.

Memories is a new tab in the Photos app and will reveal all of your events based on a certain context it gathers based off of location or time.

How to Make Memories Slideshows in Photos in iOS 10

Here are the steps to view and customize your Memory slideshows in iOS 10.

Watch the above video for more information on creating slideshows from your Memories.

Automatically Generated Memories

The first thing you will likely see when navigating to the Memories tab is one or more automatically generated Memories that are ready to view as a slideshow. Again, these will be generated based on a certain location, person’s face, time period and will be ready to play at the tap of a finger.


These slideshows are fairly well constructed, sampling from your photos for the given context. When you tap the play button for your Memory, the iPhone will automatically create a movie for you complete with Ken Burns zooms and a soundtrack from their stock music.


The slideshows are actually great quality and would serve perfectly as a method of showcasing a trip or event to friends or family! You can adjust the settings here for clip duration and the mood of the soundtrack yet tapping the Edit Slider will reveal more customizations.

Customizing Memory Slideshows

Now that you understand how Photos aggregates your photos for a given event or location, you can tweak the settings for these slideshows to make them more to your personal liking. This includes creating your own custom memories within albums, adding custom titles and music and more.

The advantage of the Memories feature is that you are able to rely on the Photos app to create a fairly competent and flashy slideshow in no time at all. Yet if you are interested in making these slideshows more to your personal liking, the tools are still readily available to custom further.


The Title field will give you options to change the title and date of your slideshow and change the font selection as well.

Music will allow you to choose from the Apple branded tunes or dig into your own Music library and use locally downloaded songs from Apple Music or iCloud Library.

Duration will dictate the overall length of the slideshow, therefore shortening or extending clip length.

Lastly, the Photos and Videos tab will give you access to what the slideshow is actually using for content and allow you to add or delete at your will.

Memories Within Albums

If you are the type of user who categorizes your photos into albums on your iPhone, you will be able to see Memory Slideshows for any album you create!

After creating your album (or accessing one you already have) you will sill see the date range for the photos at the top of the page for your added content. Tapping this will open a Memories panel within your album.

Just as any of the pre-loaded Memories, you can let Photos do the work or completely customize it within the Edit tab.

Photos has received quite a face-lift within iOS 10 and with this new Memories feature, iPhone users will be able to again create very professional looking content with minimal effort. I have found that using these slideshows as presentations or even just vacation recaps is a very concise and clean way to present your photos and videos.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 

Camera and Photos

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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