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.

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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.

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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.

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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 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

What's New in iOS 11.4.1

The iOS 11.4 update added Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2, but it also brought issues along with it. The iOS 11.4.1 update keeps these long anticipated features and includes fixes for some iOS 11.4 problems. 

Specifically the iOS 11.4.1 update;

  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in Find My iPhone. 
  • Improves reliability of syncing mail, contacts and notes with Exchange accounts.  

This update also includes other bug fixes and security upgrades. It's possible that this update includes a fix for bad iOS 11.4 battery life. 

Messages in the Cloud allows you to backup your iMessage conversations to the cloud just like you back up your notes, contacts and photos. This means they are backed up in case something happens to your phone, but that's not all. 

Messages in the Cloud syncs deleted messages and threads across your iCloud devices. This means everything will show up the same across your Apple devices. With this in place you should see the same conversations everywhere, all of the time. 

This also backs up the photos and attachments in the cloud so you have more room on your iPhone or iPad. When you get a new device all of the messages sync to that device so you don't lose anything. 

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