Search by people, things & places in your photos

Search your photos for anything. For example, you can search for:

  • A wedding you attended last summer
  • Your best friend
  • A pet
  • Your favorite city

Important: Some features aren't available in all geographic regions, all domains, or all account types.

Search your photos

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. In the box at the top, enter what you want to find, for example:
    • New York City
    • A name or nickname, if you've labeled people or pets.

Find photos of a person or pet & add a name

To more easily search and manage your photos, you can apply a label to people or pets that appear in photos grouped by Google Photos.

Important: This feature is not available in all geographic regions, all domains, or all account types.

Step 1: Find photos of a person or pet

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Click a face to find photos of them.

If you don't see a row of faces:

  • The feature isn't available in your geographic region.
  • You turned Face Groups off in settings. Learn how to turn on Face Groups.
  • No face groups have been created.

Tip: To find photos of a person without searching, click Explore and then People & Pets.

Step 2: Add a name

  1. At the top of a face group, click Add a name.
  2. Enter a name or nickname.

You'll be able to search with that name label using the search box. Only you can see the private face labels you choose, even if you share those photos.

Tip: To find photos without searching, click Explore. At the top, you can click items like People, Places, or Things.

Turn Face Groups off or on

You can stop grouping photos based on faces that appear in your photos.

If you turn off Face Groups, you delete:

  • Face groups in your account
  • Face models used to create those face groups
  • Face labels you created

Learn about Google Photos' Face Groups retention policy.

To turn Face Groups off or on:

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Next to "Group similar faces," click Show more Down Arrow.
  3. Turn Face Groups off or on.
    • To turn off Face Groups only for photos of pets, turn off Show pets with people.

Advanced tips

Change or remove a label

You can edit or remove your face group labels.

  • To change a label: Tap People folder and then More and then Edit name label.
  • To remove a label: Tap People folder and then More and then Remove name label.
Combine face groups

If the same person is 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.

You might get a suggestion to merge two face groups. If they're the same person, click Yes.

Remove a face group from the search page

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

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. At the top right, click Show & hide faces.
  3. Click the face you want to hide. To show a face, click the box again.
  4. 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. On your computer, go to
  2. Click the face group you want to remove something from.
  3. Click More and then Remove results.
  4. Select the photos or videos you want to remove from the group.
  5. At the top, click Remove.

Tip: If you remove an item from a group, it will not delete the photo or video from your Google Photos library.

Change a feature photo
  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Click a face group.
  3. Click More and then Change feature photo.
  4. Select a photo to make it the featured photo.
Learn about face models

Face Groups occurs in 3 steps:

  1. We detect whether any photo has a face in it.
  2. If the Face Groups feature is on, algorithms are used to create face models that numerically represent the images of faces, predict the similarity of different images of faces, and estimate whether different images represent the same face.
  3. Photos with very similar faces that are likely to be of the same person are grouped together in a face group. You can always remove a photo from a face group if you think it's in the wrong group.

You can also add a name or nickname label to any face group.

When Face Groups is on, Google Photos may include photos in a particular group based on other characteristics. This includes photos being taken close together in time and detecting that a person is wearing the same clothing across photos when a face isn't visible.

Face groups, face labels & sharing

  • By default, face groups and labels in your account are only visible to you.
  • Face groups aren't shared when you share photos.
  • Face labels are private to each account and aren't shared across accounts.
  • You can choose to label a face group as "Me." This helps your contacts’ Google Photos apps recognize your face in photos, and get suggestions to share photos of you with you. Learn how to label your face group.

When Face Groups is on, you let us know that you want us to make models of the faces that appear in your photos. These models may be considered biometric data in some jurisdictions.

To delete your face models, turn off Face Groups. We will store and use your face models, face groups, and face labels until you either delete them or your Google Photos account is inactive for more than two years. Learn about Google Photos’ Face Groups retention policy.

Remove, add, or change people & pet labels to your photos
If Google Photos misses or incorrectly groups a photo, you can change, remove, or add a photo to a face group.
This feature isn’t available in all countries.

Change which face group a photo belongs to

You can add, remove, or change a face label when Google Photos labels the wrong person or pet.
  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Select a photo.
  3. Click Info Info.
  4. Scroll to “People” and click Edit Edit.
  5. Remove, add, or change a label:
    • To remove a label: On the face label, click Remove Remove.
    • To add a label: Under “Available to add,” click Add Add on the face label. Then, in the photo, click a label to add, or select Add Add to create a new label. 
    • To change a label:
      1. On the face label, click Remove Remove.
      2. Under “Available to add,” on the face label, click Add Add.
      3. Select a face label to add.
  6. Click Done.

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