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How to edit Memories in iOS 15 Photos

How to edit Memories in iOS 15 Photos
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One of my favorite parts of iOS 15 Photos is the Memories feature. These are the auto-created collection where your iPhone is smart enough to recognize photos take at the same event or on the same day and group them together into slideshow with transitions, dissolves and an appropriate soundtrack. Sure, it's nice to see those forgotten photos pop up on my iPhone, but what I like best is that it requires very little intervention on my part.

But what if I wanted to tinker with the Memories that Photos has assembled I can do that. And thanks to some updates in iOS 15, I have more tools at my disposal for tweaking Memories to my particular style.

Apple calls the iOS 15 additions "Memory mixes," and it allows to change the background music that plays during the memory. (If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you'll have access to songs in the library of that streaming service.) You can also change the look of the photos with types of filters that adapt color and contrast for the photos in a memory to help change their look.

The best thing about this feature? While it requires some intervention on your part, it's pretty easy to manage. And the end result is pretty eye-catching, too.

Here's how to edit Memories in iOS 15 Photos using the new music and filter tools at your disposal.

1. Launch the Photos app and tap the For You tab. Memories are at the top of that page, and you can tap See All for a Complete list.

Launch Photos and go to the For You tab to edit Memories in iOS 15 Photos

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2. Select the Memory you want to edit by tapping it. The Memory will begin playing.

a memory plays in iOS 15 Photos

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3. To change the music playing, tap the Memory as it plays (or press the pause button if you'd like to edit without the slideshow playing). Tap the musical note icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Tap the musical icon to edit memories in iOS 15 Photos

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4. A strip will appear at the bottom of the screen showing the name of the song playing and the filter being used. For more examples, you can tap the music icon.

Alternatively, you can swipe left on that bottom strip to see more song samples paired with different filters. For now, though, let's just focus on the music.

Here's how to select a new song when you edit memories in iOS 15 Photos

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5. When you tap the music icon, you'll see suggested music by Top Suggestions, Soundtracks and Apple Music Suggestions. Note for that third option you can listen to a preview, but only Apple Music subscribers can make the selection permanent. 

a list of songs to select to play during Memories in iOS 15 Photos

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You can swipe around to see different music samples. Tapping a song will play an audio sample.

6. When you find the selection you want, tap done. Your slideshow will resume with the new music in place.

Tap done to finish editing music for Memories in iOS 15 Photos

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7. To change the filter, tap the Memory Looks icon in the lower right corner.

Edit the filter for a Memory in iOS 15 Photos

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8. You'll see a selection a dozen different looks. Tap the one you like best.

select a filter for iOS 15 Photos Memories

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9. Tap Done and your slideshow will resume with the new filter in place.

How to finish editing your memory in iOS 15 Photos

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10. When you're done editing, just tap the Memory again and tap the X in the upper left corner. You'll return to the For You page.

finish editing memories in ios 15 photos

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Are you seeing too many of the same Memories? Or did Photos generate a Memory you don't particularly care for? Here's how to take more control over the Memories that get served up in iOS 15 Photos.

1. Tap the Options icon on the Memory preview window. It's the circle with three dots in it.

edit memories in ios 15 photos

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2. From the pop-up menu, you can ask Photos to Feature the Memory less or delete it entirely. You can also edit the title.

edit memories in ios 15 photos

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Philip Michaels
Philip Michaels is a senior editor at Tom's Guide. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics and old movies. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.