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How to disable Memories on Google Photos

If there are some photos you’d rather leave in the past, you have options with Google Photos.

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Quick Answer: To disable Memories on Google Photos, you’ll need to head to the Photo settings menu on the mobile app. We’ll walk you through the process below.

If you enjoy being reminded of events and moments from the past years, Memories on Google Photos is a great feature.

That said, sometimes there might be things from your past that you want to keep but would prefer not to be reminded about.

Nothing can mess up your mood like seeing a moment from your life that you weren’t prepared for.

So if you feel the same, you can thankfully adjust the feature on Google Photos. Here’s how to do it.

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How to tweak your Google Photos Memories feature

Google Photos gives users the option to select people or animals that they do not want to be featured in memories, as well as dates.

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However, the only way to change the configurations is through the Google Photos app (Android and iOS). The web version does not offer the same functionality.

  1. Open the Google Photos app and tap your profile picture at the top of the screen
Google photos profile picture
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  1. Go to Photos settings if you’re using an Android device or Google Photos settings if you have an iPhone
Google photos photos settings
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  1. Select Memories
Google photos memories settings
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  1. Select Hide people & pets
Google photos memories hide people and pets
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  1. If you want to avoid memories from certain dates, tap Hide dates
Google photos memories hide dates
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That’s it! You’ve now successfully improved your Google Photos experience.

It is also possible to disable all Google Photos notifications

This will also have to be done using the mobile app. We’ll walk you through the process below:

Select Notifications from the Memories pageGoogle photos memories notifications

Go to the Memories section and select which notifications you want to disableGoogle photos notifications memories section

That will let you manipulate the Memories notifications you get. There you go! A quick and easy guide to changing your Memories on Google Photos.

Make Google Photos Memories work for you

Google Photos Memories is a nice little feature to remind you of certain times or experiences you’ve had. But not all photos deserve to be a part of your memory notifications.

Fortunately, the app gives you some control over the memories it shares. You can block faces and pets or remove certain dates from your memories altogether.

Plus, you can adjust the notifications that the app sends out. Use these features to turn Google Photos Memories into a pleasant feature that you will appreciate.

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Krima Desai is a passionate technology journalist with extensive experience in leading online media outlets.

1 Comment

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  1. Avatar for miyu_kt


    July 18, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    this useless advice has been cut and pasted from other sites.

    It does not work.

    I have turned all memories off and yet i am still getting “Best of Month” rubbish in my photos.

    You would think a KnowTechie would test these things first.

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