One of my favorite parts of iOS 15 Photos is the Memories feature. This is the auto-created collection where your iPhone is smart enough to recognize photos taken at the same event or on the same day and group them into a slideshow with transitions, crossfades, and proper soundtrack. Of course, it’s nice to see those forgotten photos appear on my iPhone, but what I love most is that it requires very little intervention on my part.
But if I wanted to tinker with the memories Photos put together, I can do that. And thanks to a few updates in iOS 15, I have more tools at my disposal to polish Memories to my particular style.
Apple calls the additions of iOS 15 “Memory Mixes”, and this allows you to change the background music that plays while in memory. (If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you will have access to songs in this streaming service’s library.) You can also change the look of photos with types of filters that adapt the color and contrast of the photos in a memory to help them change their look.
The best thing about this feature? Although it does require some intervention on your part, it is quite easy to manage. And the end result is also quite eye-catching.
Here’s how to edit memories in iOS 15 Photos using the new music and filtering tools available to you.
1. Launch the Photos app and tap the For You tab. Memories are at the top of this page and you can tap View All for a full list.
2. Select the memory you want to edit by tapping on it. The memory will begin to play.
3. To change the music playback, press memory while it is playing (or press the pause button if you want to edit without playing the slideshow). Tap the music note icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
4. A band will appear at the bottom of the screen indicating the name of the song being played and the filter used. For more examples, you can tap the music icon.
Alternately, you can swipe left on this bottom band to see more sample songs associated with different filters. For now, let’s just focus on the music.
5. When you tap the music icon, you will see the music suggested by the best suggestions, soundtracks and apple music suggestions. Note that for this third option, you can listen to a preview, but only Apple Music subscribers can make the selection permanent.
You can scroll to see different music samples. Tap a song to play an audio sample.
6. When you find the selection you want, press done. Your slideshow will resume with the new music in place.
7. To change the filter, tap the Memory Looks icon in the lower right corner.
8. You will see a selection of a dozen different looks. Tap the one you prefer.
9. Tap Done and your slideshow will resume with the new filter in place.
10. When you have finished editing, just tap memory again and tap the X in the top left corner. You will be returned to the For You page.
Do you see too many identical memories? Or did the photos generate a memory you don’t particularly like? Here’s how to take more control over the memories that are served in iOS 15 Photos.
1. Tap the Options icon in the memory overview window. It’s the circle with three dots in it.
2. In the contextual menu, you can ask Photos to present less memory or to delete it entirely. You can also change the title.