Skip to main content

Facebook Moments auto-tags your friends, so it’s easier to share pictures

Moments
Do you get annoyed when friends take photos of you, and they never send them to you? Facebook is launching a new standalone app called Moments, that makes it easier to share photos with friends.

Moments scans your camera roll for familiar faces, and helps you share photos with the people in the picture. The social network is already using facial recognition technology to make tag suggestions on Facebook, but Moments takes it to the next level. If your friends use the app, they will see all of the photos they were tagged in. If they haven’t installed the Moments app yet, they will receive a notification that says they have photos waiting for them in the app.

Facebook moments
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Facebook’s Moments app is a great way for people to share photos from weddings, birthday parties, concerts, and family reunions. You can also search for photos of your friends, save photos to your phone’s camera roll, and share photos directly on Facebook or Instagram — all within the app. Conversely, those who don’t want to be tagged in any group photos, can opt out using Facebook’s settings.

“I expect we’ll learn something from Moments that will ultimately make its way into the main app, but we’re really focused on making Moments a space on its own,”Facebook’s Product manager Will Ruben told The Verge. “The sharing on Moments is really different from sharing in other apps — it’s a much more private kind of sharing with specific friends. I think it has a space to stand on its own.”

Moments is brought to you by Creative Labs, the same team that released apps like Paper, Hello, Mentions, and Slingshot. While most of these creative projects haven’t exactly made it to the mainstream, they are a key part of Facebook’s experiments. It will be interesting to see if Moments will go viral or if it will fade away like many of Facebook’s new app ventures.

Moments is available for download in the U.S. on iOS App Store or Android Google Play. According to Facebook, Moments will be “rolling out to more countries over time.”

Editors' Recommendations

Karen Tumbokon
Karen is a technology, music and entertainment writer. Originally from New Jersey, Karen began her writing career in music…
A surprise phone just beat the Galaxy S24 Ultra in a big way
Digital render of a silver Realme GT Neo 6 SE held in bionic hand.

The global Android phone market is expansive beyond comprehension, and brands continually jockey to establish supremacy. Today, it's Realme's turn to lead one such race as it has unveiled the brightest smartphone display that has ever been launched to the general public.

Realme, a spinoff of the Chinese phone brand Oppo (which also birthed OnePlus), announced the GT Neo 6 SE earlier today in China. The phone boasts an impressive juxtaposition of internal hardware, but one that instantly stands tall is the new display. The Realme GT Neo 6 SE features a 6.78-inch OLED display with a spectacular 6,000 nits of brightness -- brighter than the displays on any other phone or consumer device with a screen built into it.

Read more
This new folding phone costs less than half the price of the iPhone 15 Pro Max
ZTE Flip 5G color options.

Earlier this year, ZTE offshoot Nubia showed off a foldable phone, and expectedly, the biggest draw was its supposedly attractive asking price. As U.S. shoppers waited for the phone to hit retail shelves, ZTE launched it in Japan as the Libero Flip. Thankfully, the wait is finally over on this side of the Atlantic, as well.

Nubia's website has recently listed the Nubia Flip 5G for pr-eorder on its website. The best part is the asking price, which is only $500 for the base variant with a respectable 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. You can bump the RAM to 12GB and double the storage capacity for an additional $200.

Read more
I have Samsung’s newest cheap phone, and I’m a bit worried
A person holding the Samsung Galaxy A55.

The Galaxy A55 is Samsung’s newest midrange, affordable smartphone, built as an alternative for those who don’t want to splash out on the Galaxy S24. But that does not mean it doesn’t feel special. Samsung has updated the design in a few subtle ways that make the Galaxy A55 look and feel desirable from the moment you pick it up.

I’m getting ready to give the Galaxy A55 a full review, but in the meantime, here are my very early impressions of Samsung’s latest affordable phone. As I hinted at, it's definitely looking good, but unfortunately, a few concerns are also creeping in — which I hope will quickly disappear.
A new, sharp shape

Read more