Is it possible to turn off Memories?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by asiga, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. asiga macrumors 6502a

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    I know Memories notifications can be disabled, but that's not the point. What I don't like is my iPhone analysing my photos for events, people, and every single bit of my private life. Can this be turned off? (not that I care much because I won't be using iOS nor Android in the near future, but in the mean time it could help)
     
  2. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816

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    There is no way to turn it off. Except maybe not using iCloud Photo Library. But don’t quote me on that. For the record, the analyzing is done locally and is not shared with Apple.
     
  3. JM macrumors 6502a

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    Are you going off-grid?:eek:
     
  4. macfacts macrumors 68030

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    Besides privacy concerns, there are also performance issues. It can cause lag in whatever you are doing while it is analyzing.
     
  5. Banglazed macrumors 65816

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    Once, you hit "Get Started" in the Memories tab of the photo app then there is no turning back. As a feature, there is no way to turn it off. However, you can do a feedback on at https://www.apple.com/feedback/photos.html

    It only analyze photos to categories them locally and privately stored on the device but never sent to Apple.

    The only possible way is to backup all photos and videos then erase all content and settings or restore the device and never touch that Memories tab in the photo app after importing back your photos and videos.
     
  6. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816

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    It does it according to Apple, immediately when snapping a photo. And when doing multiple if you for example imported photos. It will do it over night when charging. So it really shouldn’t impact performance.
     
  7. az431 macrumors 6502a

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    And you know this because you conducted controlled testing? Or just a hunch?
     
  8. macfacts macrumors 68030

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    Cause I've read about it, a forum user launched Instruments from xcode and it showed it using lots of cpu.

    People sometimes call this "indexing". You can verify by loading an iPhone with many photos and upgrading iOS.
     
  9. TimFL1 macrumors regular

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    The indexing happens regardless of memories being there or not after an iOS upgrade.

    Memories/faces only start populating once your phone is locked and connected to a charger after restoring from a backup or changing phones with iCloud Photo Library intact.
    After that it does it immediately for individual photos which wont impact performance.

    The data is analyzed locally but, afaik, syncs to your encrypted iCloud Photo Library since iOS11 (although faces are not synced directly, they only sync the confirmations you do and then do the scans locally again on your devices with the yes/no confirmations pulled from iCloud).
     

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