How to Search Text In Google Photos Images?

There’s something new available for Google Photos users. Since the end of August, it has been possible to search text in Google Photos images.

The new feature has been made available little by little to users. The tool has been incorporated into both the web version and the Android app and using it is quite simple.

Search Text In Google Photos Images

To use this feature, it is worth noting that you must have Google Photos installed on your smartphone. Some users access their images via browser, but there is no need to do this. See the step-by-step guide to search text in Google Photo images.

Step 01: Open the Google Photos app.

Step 02: In the search field, type a specific word that is in one of the photos saved in the backup. The service will list which photos have the desired term.

Step 03: Then, tap “Select text from image”, marking the text in question. If the button is not displayed, use the Google Lens shortcut.

Step 04: In Google Lens, texts are identified and selected automatically. If you want to highlight a specific word, tap and hold on the passage in question.

Step 05: Finally, copy the content by tapping “Copy text” and paste it wherever you want.

Searching on PC

Using the resource on PC is even simpler. This is because Google makes some steps automatic, allowing you to reach results with even fewer clicks.

Step 01: Access Google Photos through the browser.

Step 02: In the search field, type a specific word that is in one of the photos saved in the backup. The service will list which photos have the desired term.

Step 03: When clicking on a photo, the texts are automatically identified and selected.

Google Photos: more refined searches

It’s not new that Google Photos has assumed a fundamental role in users’ lives when it comes to storing and organizing photos online. The service is considered one of the most complete of its kind and finding photos saved with it has become even simpler after this latest update.

You can, for example, find specific excerpts from documents by simply typing an expression located in it. For example, if you have a copy of your ID saved in the cloud, simply type your full name to find the number.

Google emphasizes in its terms of use that all content saved on the platform is private, meaning only you have access to it. However, if you choose to share an image with other users, from then on they will also have access to the texts in the photos via the search field.

The new feature is possible thanks to another service, Google Lens. Incorporated into Google Photos, it allows automatic image recognition. Launched in 2017, since then it has undergone several refinements, to the point of also allowing the recognition of specific sections of text.

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