Looking through thousands of pictures can be a time-consuming process, especially if you’re trying to find something specific, like an old friend’s phone number or the name of that one cool bar you went to last night. Luckily, you can use Google Photos to make things easier by searching for text in your pictures, even if you only have a few seconds or want to learn how to search for text in your Google Photos pictures from your phone. Here’s how!
Ensure you’re signed into the correct account
First, make sure you’re signed into the correct account. To do this, open the app and click on the three lines in the top left corner. Then, click on Accounts and ensure that the account you want to search is selected. If you’re not signed into the correct account, you won’t be able to search for text in your pictures. -Once you’ve clicked on Accounts, click on Done in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. You’ll need to sign back into your account using your password or PIN number.
-Next, type the text you’re looking for in either English or Spanish (if applicable) into the search bar at the top of your screen. For example: cat will find all photos with cats in them; amor will find all photos with love as a keyword; perez will find all photos with my last name Perez in them…etc.
You can also use nicknames if they have been added to their contact list when logged into their Facebook or Google+ account. For example, if someone’s full name is Christine Garcia and her nickname is Ceejy, you would type Ceejy into the search bar.
Activate computer vision
If you have a lot of pictures and you’re not sure where all of them are, you can use computer vision to search for text in your Google Photos pictures. To do this, first open the Google Photos app and sign in. Then, go to the settings menu and tap on computer vision. Finally, activate the toggle switch next to search for text.
This will allow you to search for text in your pictures by keyword. So, if you’re looking for a picture of your dog, you can just type dog into the search bar. You’ll see all of the pictures that contain the word dog in them, whether it’s from titles or captions. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for with this feature. One downside is that there is no option to only show words like the and a. The entire caption would need to include the word in order for it to show up in the results.
Pick a photo
Whether you’re looking for a specific person, place, or thing, you can use the search feature in Google Photos to find pictures that contain the text you’re looking for. Here’s how 1) Click on any photo and then click Search in the toolbar.
2) Type what you want to search for and press enter (or click search).
3) A list of photos will show up with the words found in them.
4) Click on any of those photos to view it and see if your desired content is there.
If not, repeat steps 1-3 until you find what you’re looking for. You can also refine your search by typing other keywords like people or dogs to narrow down results.
Search by keyword
You can search your Google Photos pictures by keyword, which can be helpful if you’re looking for a specific picture but don’t remember when you took it. To do this, open the app and tap on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner. Then, type in the keyword you’re looking for (e.g., beach or Christmas). If there are any pictures that match your search, they’ll appear in the results.
Once you find the photo you were looking for, swipe up to go back to the main screen of your app. Tap on the folder with the blue arrow pointing down to see all of your folders from that date. Scroll through until you find the one you want and tap on it. Tap once more to see all of your photos from that day, then use another finger to scroll through them until you get to what you’re looking for. When you find what you need, simply tap it! It will come up full-screen so you can take a closer look.
From here, you have a few options: You can share the photo by tapping Share and then selecting who to send it to.
In order to save the photo, press and hold on the screen where you want to save it. Tap Save Image in the bottom left corner of your screen, then select where you want to save it (in Photos or other) and whether or not you’d like it cropped.
Next time I show my mom my vacation pictures I’m going to show her how she can find some shots she was looking for quickly using these tips!