Since late last year, Google Photos has been using a streamlined, but powerful algorithm to generate bunches of themed slideshows from users’ libraries of photos and videos — including some back-of-the-catalog deep cuts. These collections of so-called Memories have been popping up from time to time and we’ve been keeping track of them as they’ve appeared.

Here’s a list of specially-titled collections Google has generated so far along with a short description of what was captured in the media. This article will be updated with new collections as they’re discovered.

June 2021


  • Into the wild – all of your hikes and camping trips in the wilderness
  • The roar of the crowd – shots from the peanut gallery to the nosebleeds
  • Windows aglow – stained glass and other glass installations

May 2021

  • Best of Spring 2021 via 9to5Google – As with the Best of Winter 2020, Google is also pushing photobooks for sale here
  • Blissful buzz via 9to5Google – cutesy crafted café beverages whether it’s coffee, tea, or something else
  • Hug it out – for all the human contact you’re missing out on
  • Memories Together – a perfect showcase for all of your group photos
  • Pump you up / Pumping iron – flexing all of your muscles
  • Underwater adventures – below the surface either in the water or in an enclosed environment
  • Water’s edge – photos taken on boardwalks, piers, and more

April 2021

  • Going for gold – athletic or even sporty subjects and scenes
  • Heart of the city – metropolitan skylines and scenes from around town
  • In the spotlight – live performances
  • Making a splash – Waterfalls, water parks, wherever water can be whipped up
  • Out in the country – scenes from plains and agriculture
  • Roller coasters and rides – amusement parks and the sort
  • Silent reflection via 9to5Google – pictures from and around religious areas such as churches
  • Splish splash – sippin’ piña coladas poolside or diving from the paddleboard
  • Vroom vroom – all the power you can stick in an engine atop four wheels (or fewer)

March 2021

  • Best of Winter 2020 – Google is using this seasonal opportunity to sell you on a printed compilation photobook
  • Bust a move – dance floors and wherever people are jammin’
  • Cheers! – group pictures at the restaurant or bar
  • In the woods – through the trees or high atop scenic overlooks
  • Let’s play! – board and table games
  • On top of the world – atop peaks of hills and mountains
  • The magic hour – pictures and clips from twilight
  • What’s cookin’? – in the kitchen, on the dining room table

February 2021

  • Out to play – kids having fun
  • Sand and sea – at the beach
  • Tasty treats – usually cakes and decorated baked goods

December 2020