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Find people, things, & places in your photos

Search your photos for anything – a wedding you attended last summer, your best friend, or even New York City.

Search your photos

  1. Go to photos.google.com/search.
  2. In the box at the top, type what you want to find, for example:
    • Dogs
    • New York City
    • For people you've labeled: their name or nickname.

Find photos of someone & apply a label

Use face groups to more easily search and manage your photos. After you apply a label to someone, you can search for them using that label. Note that this feature is not available in all countries.

STEP 1: Find photos of someone

  1. Go to photos.google.com/search.
  2. On the box with faces, click a person's face to see photos of them. To see more people, click the arrow.
    (If you don't see this box, that means this feature is not available in your country, you turned it off in settings, or you don't have any groups.)

STEP 2:  Apply a label

  1. At the top of a person's face group, click "Who's this?"
  2. Enter a name or nickname. Now you'll be able to search with that label using the search box. 
    Note: Only you will see the private face labels you choose, even if you share those photos.

Turn off face grouping

You can stop getting similar faces grouped together in your photos. Turning it off will delete face groups in your account, the face models used to create those face groups, and any face labels you created.

  1. Go to photos.google.com/settings.
  2. Next to "Face grouping," turn the switch off.

Advanced tips

Change or remove a label
At the top right of someone's face group, click More , then Edit name label or Remove name label.
Merge face groups

If someone's face shows in more than one grouping, you can merge them.

  1. Label one of the face groups with a name or nickname.
  2. Label the other face group with the same name or nickname, choosing from the suggestions.
  3. When you confirm the second name or nickname, Google Photos will ask if you want to merge the face groups.
Remove a face group from the search page

If you don't want to see a certain person's face group on your search page, you can remove it.

  1. Go to photos.google.com/search.
  2. On the box with faces, click the arrow.
  3. At the top right, click More  > Show & hide people.
  4. Click the people you want to hide.
    (To unhide someone, click the box again.)
  5. At the top right, click DONE.
Remove an item from a group

If you see a photo that's in the wrong group, you can take it out.

  1. Open the group you want to remove something from.
  2. Select the photo you want to remove.
  3. At the top right, click More , then Remove results.

Note: This will not delete the photo or video from your Google Photos library.

Learn about face models

Google Photos creates models of the faces in your photos in order to group similar faces together.

Face groups & labels are private

  • Face groups and face labels are private to each account and are not shared across accounts.
  • Face groups and face labels in your account are only visible to you.
  • Face groups are not shared when you share photos.

When face grouping is on:

  • You're letting us know that it's OK for us to use face models of people in your photos, including you, and that you have the approval of everyone featured in your photos.
  • If you delete the Google Photos app, the face models and your photos will not be deleted.

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