You might have noticed that Microsoft updated their OneDrive cloud service and now it is able to automatically create albums from the photos you have stored in this online storage service. Although this kind of auto-generated album might be something you’ll like, it’s also possible that you don’t enjoy them. After all, this feature is still at its early-stage of development and albums named “Monday, July 25, 2016” are probably not that useful to you. Unfortunately for those of us who already have our photos organized the way we like it, and don’t want to see auto-generated albums and notifications, there is no solution to fully stop this behaviour. But, what you can do to make your Windows 10 PC or device friendly again, is to disable the notifications about the recently generated photo albums that are sent by the Photos app. The albums will still be there, but you won’t be bothered by notifications anymore. Here how to solve this annoying problem:
What are automatic albums? Why and when are automatic albums generated by OneDrive?
If you own an Android smartphone and you use the Google Photos app, you’re probably accustomed to automatically created photo albums. This feature has been available for a long while now, and Microsoft apparently noticed that their OneDrive service was lacking the basic options offered in this regard by Google. The automatically generated albums are, obviously, a step Microsoft made towards improving OneDrive. According to the this announcement in a blog post from Microsoft, as of July 22, 2016, OneDrive can detect when you take photos in a “short period of time” and in a “particular location”. When this happens, OneDrive selects your best photos and creates an album with them. Besides that, OneDrive also generates photo albums each Monday morning, from the photos you take over the weekend.
It doesn’t matter if you have a smartphone with Android, iOS or Windows 10 Mobile, as long as you backup your pictures to OneDrive, this feature is enabled automatically.
When such an automatic photo album is created in OneDrive and it is ready to be viewed, Microsoft sends you notifications in Microsoft’s apps, including the Photos app from Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.
As we briefly mentioned in the beginning of this article, you cannot disable the automatic photo albums that are created by OneDrive. But… you can disable those pesky notifications you get on your Windows 10 PCs and devices. Read the next section to see how to do that:
What the automatic photos albums notifications from Windows 10 look like
First of all, here’s what the automatic photo albums notifications you get in Windows 10 looks like: “Check out the new album we created for you, including some of your best photos!”.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the notifications are sent via the default Photos app from Windows 10.
If you don’t like the notifications you get for automatic albums created by OneDrive for you, you can disable them by turning off the notifications sent by the Photos app, just as you would disable the notifications sent by any other app in Windows 10.
We’ve covered the notifications subject in detail, in one of our previous tutorials: How to configure and block specific Windows 10 apps from sharing notifications. However, if you don’t have time to read that guide too, here’s what you must do:
How to disable automatic photos albums notifications in Windows 10 Photos
Open the Settings app by clicking or tapping on its shortcut from the Start Menu.
Open the System settings category. On the left side of the window, click or tap on Notifications & actions.
On the right side of the window, scroll until you reach the “Get notifications from these senders” section.
In this section, locate the Photos app.
Turn Off the switch to the right, to disable the notifications you get from the Photos app.
From now on, you’ll no longer see notifications about any automatically generated photo album with pictures from Photos and/or OneDrive.
Maybe you like those automatically generated photo albums from OneDrive, but maybe you don’t. If you fall in the latter category, this guide was written for you. Sometimes it’s better not get notified about all the stuff you did. Maybe you don’t want every person near you see notifications about the photos you took over the weekend. Do you want to disable these automatic albums notifications, or are you actually enjoying this new feature? Share your feelings with us, in the comments section below.