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 

Search your photos

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com/search.
  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 & apply a label

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

Note: This feature is not available in all countries. 

Step 1: Find photos of a person or pet

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com/search.
  2. Under the list of recent or suggested searches, you'll see a row of faces. Click a face to see photos of them. 
    • To see more faces, click Next Next

If you don't see a row of faces: 

Note: To find photos of a person without searching, click Albums and then People

Step 2:  Apply a label

  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 label using the search box. Only you can see the private face labels you choose, even if you share those photos. 

Turn face grouping off or on 

You can stop grouping similar faces 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 it off or on:

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

Advanced tips

Change or remove a label

You can edit or remove face group labels. 

  • Change a label: Click More  and then Edit name label.
  • Remove a label: Click 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 photos.google.com/people.
  2. At the top right, click More  and then 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 photos.google.com/search.
  2. Click Next Next
  3. Open the face group you want to remove something from.
  4. Click More  and then Remove results.
  5. Select the photos or videos you want to remove from the group.
  6. At the top, click Remove.

Note: If you remove an item from a group, it 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. This includes 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” to help your contacts’ Google Photos apps 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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