Apple offers two ways of surfacing images from your Photos library at seemingly random: Featured Photos, an album that’s algorithmically generated in the Photos app’s For You view, available in iOS 14/iPadOS 14 or later; and Photo Shuffle, a lock screen customization option that first appeared in iOS 16/iPadOS 16. You can also make For You with Featured Photos and Memories a home screen widget to have it rotate randomly through the day’s selection of images and machine-learning-generated slideshows.
To remove unwanted images from Featured Photos:
Open the Photos app.
Navigate to the Featured Photos album in the For You view.
Tap an unwanted image.
Tap the more … icon in the upper-right corner.
Choose Remove from Featured Photos.
You can also opt for Feature a Person Less if you want a particular individual to appear less commonly. Once removed or a person’s display frequency reduced, you can’t reverse that choice. There are no additional Featured Photos settings.
To remove unwanted images from Photo Shuffle:
Press and hold with the lock screen showing.
Tap the Lock Screen.
Tap the more … icon at the lower-right corner and choose Don’t Feature Photo.
Tap Done, which rebuilds the image list, and then tap the lock screen image that appears to complete.
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