How to disable OneDrive’s On This Day notifications on Windows

Many OneDrive users choose this cloud-storage service for backing up pictures and videos taken with their smartphones or digital cameras. However, there’s one feature of this service that some people find annoying: OneDrive automatically creates albums with past pictures you’ve taken on the exact date you’re in and displays a daily “On this day” notification encouraging you to look back at your memories. Some people like this feature while others don’t and want it turned off. If you’re in the second category, here’s how to stop OneDrive from sending you “On this day” notifications on Windows 10 and Windows 11:

Look back at your memories: On This Day albums from OneDrive

If you use OneDrive on Windows 10 or Windows 11, you might get a daily notification urging you to “Look back at your memories” and displaying a picture you took on the same day, sometime in the past.

OneDrive says: Look back at your memories

Suppose you click or tap the “View all memories” button on this notification. In that case, your default web browser loads the OneDrive website where you see your newly generated “On this day” album, similar to the screenshot below. This album includes all the pictures you’ve stored on your OneDrive, that were taken on the same date you got the notification, but in another year. These could be fond memories of yours or you may come across boring or inappropriate pictures you don’t want to be reminded of.

OneDrive's On this day album

These “On this day” albums from OneDrive also show up in the Photos app, in the Collection and Albums tabs.

OneDrive On this day albums show up in the Photos app too

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Depending on their OneDrive settings, some people also get email notifications about these automatically generated albums on their Microsoft accounts.

How to turn off OneDrive’s On This Day notifications on Windows

It doesn’t matter if you’re using Windows 10 or Windows 11, the steps from stopping OneDrive from sending these notifications are the same:

First, click or tap the OneDrive icon in the system tray (the bottom right corner of the desktop). If you don’t see the OneDrive icon, click or tap the Up arrow in the system tray first. Then, click or tap the Settings cogwheel icon, and choose Settings in the menu.

Click the OneDrive icon and go to Settings > Settings

You see the Microsoft OneDrive window shown below. Next, access the Settings tab and look for the Notifications section. There, uncheck the option that says: “When OneDrive suggests a new collection of my photos and videos.” Finally, don’t forget to click or tap OK to apply your changes.

Disable OneDrive's On This Day notifications

From now on, OneDrive shouldn’t show notifications for albums and collections on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC any longer.

How to stop OneDrive from sending emails about On This Day memories

Some OneDrive users also receive email messages from Microsoft about their “On this day” memories. To prevent these emails, go to the OneDrive website in your favorite web browser and sign in with the Microsoft account you’re using for OneDrive. Then, click or tap the Settings cogwheel in the top-right corner and choose Options in the menu.

On the OneDrive website, go to Settings > Options

You see a new page with all the options that can be configured about OneDrive. On the left, choose Notifications, and make sure to uncheck “On this day memories are available.” Click or tap Save, and you’re done.

Disable email notifications

OneDrive will no longer send you email notifications about “On this day” memories.

Did you successfully disable OneDrive’s On This Day notifications?

After making the changes shared in this guide, the next day and the others that come after it shouldn’t bring any new “On this day” OneDrive notifications on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer or device. If the procedure didn’t work because Microsoft has changed things again, do let us know in a comment, and we’ll be sure to re-research this issue and come back with an updated guide.

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