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How to enable the iOS-style Google Photos memory widget on Android

Google Photos Ios Style Widget Android Lifestyle
Google Photos Ios Style Widget Android Lifestyle (Image credit: Namerah Saud Fatmi / Android Central)

Google Photos has a very nice Memories widget on iOS that Android users have been envious due to its aesthetic nature. Its minimalist, clean look is superb, and the slideshow feature of old pictures gives you a tinge of nostalgia whenever you look at your phone. Thankfully, the iOS-style Google Photos memory widget has finally made its way to the Android platform. Here's how you can enable it and add the cute widget to your Android phone.

How to enable the iOS style Google Photos memory widget on Android

Anyone can add this widget to their Android phone as long as they have the Google Photos app. However, remember you will only see the Memories widget on your phone if Google Photos runs version v5.52.0.0387241369 or above.

  1. Tap and hold on the home screen of your Android phone.
  2. Tap on Widgets.Source: Namerah Saud Fatmi / Android Central

  1. The widget is 2x2 by default but you can change this later.
  2. Place the Google Photos Memories widget on your home screen.Source: Namerah Saud Fatmi / Android Central

  1. After placing, tap and hold the Memories widget and readjust the size.Source: Namerah Saud Fatmi / Android Central

Once you place the Memories widget on your Android phone's home screen, it will display pictures from your Google Photos library. This includes images from different times in the past. If you don't want to see specific dates, people, or pets, then you can head to the settings within the cloud storage app and hide unwanted memories in Google Photos.

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There are hundreds of different gallery apps in the Google Play Store, but none come close to Google Photos. Its integration with Google Drive and your Google account makes it extremely useful and accessible at all times. It also enables you to edit your pictures using Google's fantastic photo editing software, gives you the benefits of Google Lens in-app, and more. If you need a cloud storage platform for pictures on Android, your search ends with Google Photos.

Namerah Saud Fatmi
Contributing Writer

Namerah Saud Fatmi is a contributing writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.

3 Comments
  • Wow thanks Google for supporting Android. I mean I'm glad a Google app feature can finally appear on a Google owned OS after debuting on a non Google OS.
  • iOS style? It's made by Google.
    I know AC worships apple, but come on. Seriously.
  • "that Android users have been envious" bro how are you so sure about that 😂