19 replies on How to stop Windows 10 notifications about automatically generated photo albums

  1. tazmo8448 says:

    When I did the Redstone or Anniversary Update it totally wiped out my pictures in the Picture Library…on top of that they were not in windows.old file either…they were just plain gone, also noticed that the update removed pictures I had saved and used as avatars on web sites. That is unacceptable in my opinion.

  2. Eric says:

    Does turning off the notification stop it from making the album?

  3. Mr Bits says:

    they are really annoying. thanks for the solution. I didn’t expect to be so easy.

  4. Claire Slater says:

    Windows isn’t just making albums of photos, it’s including pics iv’e downloaded , posts from facebook and all the crap under the sun and I feel as if my privacy is being invaded, What’s the point of a password when it can go into my files and take stuff out then add insult to injury by telling me it has

    • yes says:

      Very Good Comment. Just because the current world of digital tools allows them to do something does not mean they should. Or at least allow us an on/off option!

  5. Michel Claude says:

    Thank you very much. I hate to receive things that did not ask for.
    I feel it as an affront to my privacy.
    Notifications should be reserved for alerts.

  6. Weldon says:

    I would not want this. I save my pictures in directories of my choice and Microsoft has its own decision of the way it would sort my pictures.

  7. Claire says:

    While turning off the notifications is great, stopping it from creating them in the first place would be the best situation. Can we get a way to do that?

      • no says:

        Not just one-drive making them, this App even does us the courtesy of scouring local C: to do the me favor of re-presenting every new photo I’ve added. Since we cannot turn it off I’ve a real solution:
        – go into App, go into Settings (difficult to find for some- go left on View All Photos)
        – look bottom for Settings.
        – goto Sources.
        – delete the reference to User/Pictures (does not delete pics, only this reference).
        – then + Add Folder and point to a useless or new folder that has one pic in it. (or none)
        – now this genuis of an App will be pointed to something less interesting than our actual photos album. You’re welcome.

  8. Extremely Disappointed says:

    Windows 10 is terrible..Worst operating system I’ve ever been exposed to. Who wants a rouge operating system organizing your photo’s and life for you? They’re taking control of your system… I love computers for the exact opposite reason! And it makes for an extremely slow and most annoying operating system. I wish microsoft would make an operating system for a PC. period! One size doese NOT fit all…

  9. Kelley C says:

    I already had this notification turned off and every time I plug in a Motorola Droid (but not a Samsung S4) the windows 10 photo app opens and it has created more albums and sorted all my photos into monthly ‘folders’. And like another person mentioned, I often get photos, graphics, logos etc from websites I’ve visited but never downloaded any such thing. It pulls .pdf files from documents and things I’ve scanned which are stored in documents folders. I keep closing the folders under ‘Here’s What We’ve Found So Far’ and it just keeps adding more back in. I actually feel violated, might as well snoop through my panties drawer.

  10. John Smyth says:

    Thanks for this informative article. Just what I was looking for. I am a private person and do not want people meddling with my information. Given advances in facial recognition technology and so forth our individual rights are being rapidly eroded.

  11. Chuck says:

    Stopping the notifications is a band-aid solution. The correct solution is to login to the one-drive website (which you’ve probably never been to) and change the settings there to stop making albums out of your photos.

    Here’s the article I followed: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/stop-onedrive-creating-automatic-photo-albums

    I’m utterly flabbergasted how much effort it took to find the correct answer to this problem. Please share.

  12. sally jones says:

    I do not like windows 10 doing anything with my pictures. My pictures are moved to new folders or locations, or deleted every time I have an update. The photos are now being arranged according to date which is not where I want them. My picture files are filled with Empty Folders. Grandma’s birthday is mixed with New Baby files. I do not want NEW albums.

  13. Ann says:

    This is the most incredibly helpful site on how to deal with the frustrating Windows 10 automatic photo album problem. I categorize by events and trips and “we have created you a new album” that made absolutely no sense was so annoying. I went to the MS community and those using that system obfuscate any instructions, seemingly telling us to rewrite code or something. I tried repeatedly and had no idea what they were telling me to do. Thank you so much for the step-by-step instructions with screen shots. Why can’t MS function in such a sensible manner.

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  14. Juanita says:

    I do not want the albums made in the first place

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