How to Turn Off Memories Alerts on iPhone & iPad

Nov 28, 2018 - 10 Comments

How to Disable the You have a new memory Photos alert on iPhone or iPad

Your iPhone or iPad may randomly display a Photos alert that says “You have a new memory – On this day (date)” right on the iOS devices lock screen. While some people may be thrilled with having the iOS Photos app resurfacing random photos from the past, other iOS users may be less than enthusiastic about the ‘you have a new memory’ feature putting old pictures in notifications on their devices lock screen.

This walkthrough will show you how to turn off the Photos “you have a new memory” alerts and notifications on iPhone or iPad.

How to Disable “You have a new memory” Alerts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
  2. Settings icon

  3. Go to “Notifications” and tap on “Photos”
  4. Tap on “Memories” within the Photos notifications
  5. How to disable the Photos You Have New Memories notifications in iOS

  6. Toggle the “Allow Notifications” switch to “OFF” to disable the ‘you have a new memory’ alerts in iOS
  7. Disable Photos Memories notifications in iOS settings

  8. Leave Settings as usual

With “Allow Notifications” disabled in Photos Notifications settings, the iPhone or iPad will no longer show any of the “Photos : You have a new memory” alert messages on the lock screen or within the Notification Center of iOS.

Note this does not disable the general Memories feature of iOS, it simply disables the ‘new memory’ alerts that are coming with the Memories feature. Additionally, this does not disable all notifications from the Photos app, but you can certainly turn them all off for the entire app as well if desired.

Sometimes the Photos ‘you have a new memory’ feature can be great and surface past pleasantries that you’re excited to see again, but other times the chosen Photos “Memories” can be questionable, or even bring up events, people, or images that you may not particularly want to be reminded about.

You have a new memory iPhone alert

Whether or not you love or hate this Memories feature likely depends on how you use iOS Photos app in general, as well as what type of photos you take, what photos you keep, and the various relationships and events you participate in. There are a lot of variables involved, so if you find yourself less than satisfied with the Memories and Memories notifications in iOS, just turn the feature off.

As usual with iOS, you can always reverse the change and enable the Photos Memories notifications again by returning to the appropriate settings section and re-enabling the “Allow Notifications” switch for Photos Memories again.

While you’re adjusting Notifications settings, recall that you can disable any app notifications and alerts in iOS through the same Settings section. This offers a great way to remove any of the pestering alerts and notifications you may find appearing on your iPhone or iPad screen, whether they’re from third party apps, or the defaults like the “News” and tabloid headlines on the iOS lock screen, the TV notifications, the startling AMBER alerts, or anything else that is sending you notifications that you may not want. Customize away!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Bob says:

    Even with the entire photos notifications turned off, the {*#^ memories STIILL pop up. I want to permanently and forever kill this off. This “fix” doesn’t work!

    • Theodre says:

      The ‘memories’ feature is absolutely awful for breakups or other situations where you DO NOT want to remember someone or reminded of them or particular events.

  2. DL says:

    Yeah, then every time the iOS updates it switches back.

    • Bad Vibes says:

      This Memories photos thing is such an annoying ‘feature’ if you’re divorced or have broken up, or have other photos of events that you’d rather not be reminded of yet want or need to preserve for some reason or another.

  3. RA XA says:

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for useful tips, some of these were new for me,
    now I’m going on the same way, promise!
    Have a great Day, greetings from 🇦🇹

  4. Darren says:

    This site used to give good info on the settings on an Iphone but within the last 6 months or so most tips and tricks are years old, wonder why you guys just hash up the same old s***

    • Paul says:

      Darren, I appreciate the feedback on our articles, tips, and topics, even if it’s negative.

      However I do reject your premise for this statement regarding this article pertaining to disabling the Memories alerts that splash up on iPhone and iPad. This Memories Alerts feature is new to iOS 12, which was released two months ago, so it is therefore impossible for this tip to be “years old” and many people are experiencing the feature for the first time. But even if it were ancient, it may still be relevant today as many users are not aware of how these features and settings work, so therefore we’ll cover something whether it’s new or old, as long as it’s new to this site, or new to the context.

      If you have any suggested topics to cover, tips to discuss, etc, feel free to share them! And if you’re a great writer with attention to detail and no promotional agenda, you can always submit your own posts to consider as well!

      • Snooj says:

        Case in point, here we are almost a year later, iOS 13.1.2 just dropped, and I’m in a hotel at 2am and this notification which I’ve never seen before just popped up. A Google search turned up this article and it was useful to me.

  5. Michal says:

    Now if they could only let us turn off the Do Not Disturb notification that pops up every single night. Some of us like to live with DND on indefinitely so to see this pop up every night is a bit annoying.

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