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 up to September of 2021 along with a short description of what was captured in each one. We'll be posting new articles from here on out about new collections we find, so watch out for those.

September 2021

  • Artistic carvings - sculptures and other molded installations
  • Rides and sun - potentially an iteration of April's "Rollercoasters and rides" collection

August 2021


  • Frozen delights - ice cold sweets (mainly anything with ice cream)
  • Look back in time - a collection of old artwork and sculptures

July 2021

  • Culture club - a day out at the fine arts museum

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
  • Thanks:
  • Navin,
  • Tiago

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 - 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)
  • Thanks:
  • Navin,
  • Tiago

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

  • Year in Review