How to Disable Memories Alerts in iOS 12

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    Have you ever woken up to your iPhone or iPad alerting you to the fact that "You Have a New Memory" on this day, in the form of photos and videos you shot years ago? If the answer is yes, you've been the willing (or unwilling) recipient of a Photos feature notification called Memories.

    In iOS 12, the Photos app automatically curates photos and videos that you've taken into specific memory collections. Essentially, these are homemade movies of past events like family gatherings or vacations which your device generates without any input required on your part (although you can edit them).[*]How to Use the New Photos App Features in iOS 12Despite Apple's good intentions, the risks inherent in its Memories feature are pretty obvious. So if you're less than enthusiastic about the idea of your iOS device digging up bygones from the annals of your Photo library, here's how to switch off those Memory alerts.

    How to Disable Memories Alerts in iOS 12
    1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
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      Tap Notifications.
    2. Select Photos from the list of apps.
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      Tap Memories.
    3. Toggle the Allow Notifications switch to the OFF position.
    Note that this doesn't disable the automatic Memories feature, which will still appear in the Photos app's For You tab, but at least you won't receive unexpected reminders about events that you intentionally consigned to the history books long ago.

    Article Link: How to Disable Memories Alerts in iOS 12
     
  2. Porco macrumors 68030

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    ‘You have a new memory’

    Oh good, I’d forgotten. :rolleyes:
     
  3. sfobear macrumors newbie

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    What would be even better is Apple letting me take care of my own photos.

    Let me decide what albums I want to see, if I want collections of people created automatically, if I want to have albums by filters, and all the other stupid add ons they force on my content trying to make Photos "friendly" (or more accurately I suspect, demo-able).
     
  4. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    Like with many features of this kind, there doesn't seem to be a way to tell it not to give me… bad memories. Remind me of deceased people, for example. (Facebook can be particularly "smart" with this one.) I'm a bit disappointed nobody has tried to tackle this problem, such as by at least letting us flag people whom we still want to keep in our contacts, but not… be actively reminded of any more.

    Then there's also the problem that a notification isn't really always appropriate. But that's not as big a deal.

    The actual memories I've mostly found to work well.
     
  5. sos47 macrumors regular

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    the question should be „how to enable functions on iOS Photos“ instead of disabling them?
    So many things are missing from the macOS version. Photos is a very poor and basic App on iOS devices. ok offtopic... xcuse me.
     
  6. vicviper789 macrumors regular

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    Are there any simple alternatives for the Photos app like iOS 5.0? I do not want “memories” or algorithms to analyze my photos for faces and objects and I sure as hell hate swiping up (or on that scrolling thing) and it showing photos I don’t want to show.
     
  7. zorinlynx macrumors 603

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    I turned this off a while ago.

    I didn't need to see a notification of photos of myself with my ex at that particular moment when I with my current girlfriend. Luckily she understood, but it could have very easily gone badly!!
     
  8. Seoras macrumors 6502

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    Memories has to be one of best things Apple has done for its users. My kids love seeing the Memories of themselves (I've tagged their faces and "it" finds them in my pictures and makes great videos with music).

    As a parent you take 1000's of photos of your kids but you rarely take a chance to look back over them. Memories is a fabulous way to enjoy exactly that - memories. It's especially good if you have an Apple TV. Makes great family viewing once a month I find.

    Yet there will be those who will gripe, especially here on MR, about interference, annoyance and just general negativity towards anything Apple does. I seriously doubt most of the posters on MR forums are genuine apple users. If they were they'd have moved off onto some other company's platform long ago where I'm sure they'll find it's all fluffy clouds and unicorns of tech goodies and empowerment and root access for their mother.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Or, you know, some things, as nice and useful they may be for some, could still have some issues and/or would really benefit from some options or improvements. Not every issue or critique is automatically an absolute put down essentially just for the sake of it (even though those certainly exist).
     
  10. Jakewilk macrumors member

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    Not sure why I never thought of this myself, but thanks for the idea!
     
  11. pat500000 macrumors G3

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    Apple will take care of it for you.
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    What if you have bad memories.

    “Here are your memoriable photos”
    (Photos of yourself in jail)
     
  12. sfobear macrumors newbie

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    Wow, you don't judge at all, do you? lol My "general negativity" is that I can't turn off or opt out of a feature that takes control of my content. People would be quite annoyed if Finder put all Word documents in one folder and all Pages documents in another, just because of the file type. (Oh, wait...iCloud. Never mind.)

    The point is some people want to hand curate their photos based on criteria Apple's machine learning may never get. Some people, like you, love the memories-type functionality. Both are great ways to use the product, but let the user make the choice.

    (And I've been in Mac app development since my first job going back to 1989. I love the Mac. lol)
     
  13. YankeeSR23 macrumors member

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    I guess I don’t take enough pictures because I have everything turned on and I don’t get these notifications.

    I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing.
     
  14. iSayuSay, Dec 17, 2018
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    How about

    1000's photos of ex wife who leaves you for someone else?
    Or 1000's photos of deceased bestfriend that would hurt you if you're looking back?
    Or 1000's photos of you naked butt with your ex gf last year when you're dating a new girl?

    You know life is not like Disney stories when you're just a happy parent taking 1000s of happy kids playing on the beach or cute dogs that makes you just live your life happily ever after?
    Sometimes you just don't want to look back and Memories INTERVENES that process!
    But of course Photos don't give you an easy way to just delete some group of photos with just one process. You just forget, it's buried deep down in the past and now it reappears as MEMORIES.
     
  15. Seoras macrumors 6502

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    Did I miss something in iOS? Is there no DELETE button for photos if they make you that ***** miserable?

    A lot of high and mighty retorts to my post with really little content other than the usual tripe from under a stoney bridge somewhere in neverland.

    Memories is awesome.
    If your life sucks that much it 'aint my problem or Apples.
    Suck it up and sort it out instead of landing it on someone else as their responsibility to make you happy.
     
  16. I7guy macrumors P6

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    Good tip. Thank you MR.
     
  17. Brien macrumors 68030

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    Some of us don’t want or need all these smart features. I’d much prefer a barebones camera roll and nothing else.
     
  18. B4U macrumors 68000

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    These creepy "features" are why I would prefer not to get a new OS.
     
  19. iSayuSay, Dec 17, 2018
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    Or you can just comprehend and read the whole article to the point of sentence

    “Despite Apple's good intentions, the risks inherent in its Memories feature are pretty obvious. So if you're less than enthusiastic about the idea of your iOS device digging up bygones from the annals of your Photo library, here's how to switch off those Memory alerts."

    I don't need someone to make me happy, but **** happens and this is a good article for someone who FOR SOME REASON needs to disable Photo memories.
    Those heartbreaking photos may not be the brightest moment of your life. But would you delete the last photos of deceased friend or family member? You might wanna keep it, but don't want to reflect back by the time it appears on Memories. Like I said, life is not just black and white moments.

    Just because you think it's awesome doesn't mean everyone have to like it. Hey no need to be so bitter, you have a perfectly happy life and happy kids, remember? LOL
     
  20. HacKage macrumors 6502

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    I personally wouldn't classify being reminded of people that were part of my life and have died as being bad memories. Quite the opposite. If they did cause bad memories, I wouldn't have their photo on my phone.
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    If all these things will cause you trouble, why have them on your phone? Why would you still have pictures of your ex wife who left you? Why would you still have naked pictures of your ex on your phone while seeing someone new? If you have a problem with all these things on your phone, why are they still on your phone?! I can't get my head round that. If the dog did a **** behind the couch, I wouldn't leave it there and hope that it never got brought up again. I'd clean it up and move on and never think about it again!
     
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    Here have a bottle of ginkgo biloba.
     
  22. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    It doesn't mean that the feature can't be improved, nor that different people have different lives and different ways of doing something which doesn't necessarily make one way or the other somehow right or wrong or better or worse.
     
  23. iSayuSay macrumors 68040

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    Except photos may not be as simple as dog **** on the couch, waiting to be cleaned.

    Do you remember the blow up when J Law keeps nude photos of herself in her iCloud gets hacked? If you were her, would you be happy to have a naked photo show up in Memories while you were with your friends? Who are you to judge, the photos are supposed to be a private collection, not public consumption.

    We keep weird things to ourselves, and no one else can judge what SHOULD I do with those photos. Do I resent those photos? Probably. Do I want to lose all those photos for good? For some reason, NO!
    That includes the photos of you and the cheating ex wife, or naked photos of you and ex gf, or photos of you and deceased family members which might makes you cry a little.

    Disabling a feature that will make it show those photos unintentionally is the point of this article. It's not "WHICH PHOTOS SHOULD I KEEP, OR DUMP".
     
  24. HacKage macrumors 6502

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    Hahaha, I think you need to go for a lie down and calm down for a bit! But yea, that's totally normal keeping naked pictures of your ex gf on your phone while seeing someone new, hopefully your partner feels the same!
     
  25. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    I agree with your broader point, but don't see the relevance of this example. Memories only shows up for yourself. There's no cloud or other people involved. It's calculated and shown locally on your device.
     

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