How to change Featured Photo on iPhone in iOS 17

how to change featured photo in ios 14 on iPhone

The Photos widget in iOS 14 and later displays random images from Memories and the ‘Featured Photos’ section. The algorithm works in the background and aims to show you the images you might like.

However, sometimes you might not like the pictures that show up, or you may not want them on the Home screen for personal or privacy reasons. In such cases, you have the option to change your featured photos in iOS 17 effortlessly. It’s explained below. 

Unfortunately, there is currently no way to edit the photo you want to feature in the Photos widget. It is automatically chosen by the recognition algorithm. But in case you don’t like it, you can remove photos from the widget, which will ensure that they never show up on your home screen again. This is explained below.

  1. Tap the picture in the widget. It’ll open in Photos.
  2. Tap the Share icon and then tap Remove from Featured Photos. From the For You tab in Photos, you can also long-press on an image to see this option.

    tap on photos widget and tap on share then tap on remove from featured photos on iphone
  3. If a Memory is shown in the widget, tap the More icon from the top right. Next, tap Suggest Fewer Memories Like This.

    open photos widget tap on more and then tap on suggest fewer memories like this on iphone
  4. If shown, choose from Suggest This Day Less or Suggest This Place Less → Confirm.

    select option and tap on confirm to remove image from featured photo in ios 14 widget on iphone

This will immediately remove the image from the widget, and the next image (if there) will take its place. You can follow the steps above to remove as many images as you want from the For You section. They won’t show in the Photos widget.

Unfortunately, as of now, you can’t choose or set which photos are displayed. In the future, we hope Apple adds an option that allows you to create an album with the pictures you want just for the Photos widget.

This is how you can change the featured photo on iPhone. If there are several unwanted images, and you don’t have the time to remove them individually, you may want to do away with the widget itself.

To remove the widget: Long press and tap Remove Widget → Remove.

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1 comment

  1. Hi Nidhi, thx for this info. I’m loving the featured photos shuffle that comes up on my lock screen.

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