Google Photos update adds a live wallpaper that cycles through your memories
In September last year, Google added a new Memories view in Google Photos to help users rediscover old photos and videos. Since its release, Google has tested a bunch of additional features for the Memories view, including an option to order photo prints, support for photo creations, and a new “Recent Highlights” album to showcase an “automatically curated album of your best photos.” While some of these features haven’t made it to the app so far, the latest Google Photos update brings yet another Memories-based feature to the app.
Google Photos version 5.22 just started rolling out on the Google Play Store, and it includes a new live wallpaper that cycles through your memories. As you can see in the attached screenshots, the new Memories live wallpaper can be found in the stock wallpaper picker. Selecting the wallpaper brings up a preview pane that showcases how your memories will appear on the home screen.
If you like what you see, you can tap on the “Set wallpaper” button in the bottom right corner to apply the live wallpaper. The preview pane also has an “Open Photos” button to open Google Photos. However, opening the app doesn’t present any additional customization options for the live wallpaper at the moment. Furthermore, the preview window has a “Preview” checkbox in the top right corner, which hides the aforementioned buttons to display the wallpaper in full-screen view.
As mentioned earlier, the new live wallpaper is included in the latest Google Photos update. You can check if you’ve received the update by following the Play Store link below. In case you haven’t, you can download the latest Google Photos APK from APKMirror to get the new Memories live wallpaper on your device. I sideloaded the APK on my Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and I can confirm that the new live wallpaper feature works as intended.