Search by people, things, & places in your photos

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

Search your photos

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

Find photos of a person or pet & apply a label

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

STEP 1: Find photos of a person or pet

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. On the box with faces, click a face to see photos of them. To see more faces, 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 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. If you turn off face grouping, you delete:

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

To turn off:

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Next to "Group similar faces," click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Turn off Face grouping.
  4. Optional: To turn off face grouping only for pets, turn off Show pets with people

Advanced tips

Change or remove a label

To change a label, at the top right of a face group, click More  and then Edit name label.

To delete a label, at the top right of a face group, click More  and then Remove name label.

Merge 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.
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. On the box with faces, click the arrow.
  3. At the top right, click More  and then Show & hide faces
  4. Click the face you want to hide.
    (To unhide a face, 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. On your computer, go to
  2. Click Next Next
  3. Open the face group you want to remove something from.
  4. At the top right, click More  and then Remove results.
  5. Select a photo.
  6. At the top, click Remove.

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 to group similar faces together. 

If you turn on face grouping, Google Photos may also include photos in a particular group based on other characteristics (including photos being taken close together in time and detecting that a person is wearing the same clothing across photos) when a face is not visible.

Face groups, face labels, and sharing

  • Face labels are private to each account and not shared across accounts.
  • Face groups are not shared when you share photos.
  • By default, face groups and labels in your account are only visible to you.
  • You can choose to label a face group as “Me” and help your contacts’ Google Photos apps to more easily recognize your face in photos. This helps your contacts get suggestions to share photos of you with you. Learn more about labeling your face group

When face grouping is turned on, you let us know that it’s OK for us to use the models of people and pets in your photos, including you, and that you have the approval of everyone featured in your photos.

To delete your models, turn off Face grouping.

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