How to search your iPhone photos like a pro

How to search your iPhone photos like a pro

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The simplest way to search your photo library is to use the Search tab at the top. However, you can also find specific photos and videos by filtering photos by app name, camera or device, and even location. With the Live Text feature of the iPhone, you can also search for text within photos.

Finding that favorite photo you took can be frustrating when you have thousands to sift through. Fortunately, there are plenty of useful tricks for searching and filtering media, including photos, videos, imports, and more. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks.

Search for specific people, objects, and more

With the Search tab, you can easily search for people, animals, and objects in the Photos app. The search function works well for finding animals like cats and dogs, things like cars and boats, clothes like hats and sunglasses, natural features like rivers or mountains, or events like concerts.

Simply select “Search” from the toolbar and type your query into the search bar.

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You can get as descriptive as you like. For example, you can search for food items such as nachos or rooms in your home such as the kitchen. Start typing “in the show” and see what you find.

For search to work with people, you’ll need to associate their appearance with a contact first. Click on the Albums tab. Scroll down to People & Places and tap Select Faces Created by Photos.

Tag contacts with people and places in photos

From here, you can click on the individual people, then click on “Add a name” at the top and associate the similarity with a contact.

Link an analogy with an iPhone contact

To further train photos to get to know people better, click on each photo and look for the Review button. You can then confirm or deny the similarity. You may find that some people have multiple entries due to changes in appearance, such as a new haircut. Go ahead and tag it with the same name.

Search text and captions too

thanks for the Live Text feature on iPhoneYou can search for text within images as well. For example, you can search for words on a page, book titles, road signs, or notices. You might even be able to capture your handwriting if it’s legible enough for your iPhone to recognize.

Search for text within the iPhone Photos app

You can give yourself a fighting chance to find something specific later Attach a comment to it. To do this, find the image in your library, then swipe up to reveal more information about it. Click the “Add caption” field, then type your description.

Back in time

Your iPhone can display photos from this time last year, three years ago, or even ten years ago if your media files are back that far. These sometimes appear in the For You tab or as Memories Notificationsbut you can also search for it manually.

The key is to type the exact phrase to see the relevant entry. For example, you can type “Three Years Ago” and then click on the event that appears. You can do this in “last month” and “last week” as well.

Search time ranges using natural language in the Photos app for iPhone

You can also filter by photos taken in a particular month by searching for that month or adding the year (eg “January 2019”) to be more specific. Of course, you can always scroll to the date range in the Library tab, but doing the above is much faster.

Filter photos by app

Many applications save photos to the Camera Roll. Could you Find these images quickly by searching the application. For example, you can search for “Instagram” or “Twitter” to find social media posts you’ve manually saved from those platforms.

Filter iPhone photos by app

You can also search for “Safari” to see a list of photos you’ve saved from your web browser. Just be sure to tap the “App” icon (next to it has the App Store logo) when searching.

NB: This feature is limited to photos saved after the iOS 15 update when Photos started storing more photo metadata.

Filter media by camera or iPhone

You can filter photos and videos by searching for the specific device used to capture them. Use this process EXIF metadata Stored along with the image, which is now fully searchable.

For example, you can try researching your first iPhone to see how far mobile photography has come in a few short years.

Filter media by camera or iPhone type in Photos

This works regardless of the camera. If you have photos taken with a Nikon, Canon, or Sony digital camera saved in your library, start typing the brand and tap the corresponding form that appears (it will appear next to the “Camera” icon).

Search for captured photos by location

Find locations by searching for them in natural language, just as you would for a person, thing, or event. You can search for a country, state, address, road, bike route, place or airport.

Find photos taken in a place by searching for them in the iPhone Photos app

Can’t find the site you’re looking for? You can also view all of your photos on the map in the Albums tab. Scroll down to People & Places, then tap Places to see the map. You can scroll around the map and zoom in and out to show or hide photos.

View media on a map in Photos for iPhone

A map comes in handy if you assign a bad descriptor to your photo, but you know exactly where you took it. For example, some of the photos we took inside a live music venue were tagged with the name of the nearby street instead of the venue.

Find media you have recently received or imported

All photos recently shared with you via the Messages app will appear in the For You tab in the “Shared with You” section. This only works if “Shared with you” and “Photos” are enabled under Settings > Messages > Shared with you and the person sending the media is in your contact list.

You will see the contact listed next to the respective media. This is an easy way to find a photo that you know was recently shared with you via Messages without having to go through your message history or multiple conversations.

You can also find Imports under the Albums tab, which is added in iOS 16. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap on Imports to see your imported photos and videos by import event. Media transferred simultaneously (from an app or contact) will be aggregated with the above date.

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This is especially useful if someone has sent you a series of photos or videos using AirDrop, and you’re trying to distinguish them from photos you’ve taken yourself.

Find hidden or deleted photos

In iOS 16, hidden and recently deleted albums are protected by Face ID or Touch ID. You can still find files In the usual place on the Albums tab Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on the album label “Hidden” or “Recently Deleted”.

NB: Recently deleted photos will be removed after 30 days.

How to Hide Media in iOS 16

Filter by portrait, panorama and other image types

Your iPhone actually separates your photos into albums based on the media type, themes, and source on the Albums tab. Here you’ll find a list of different categories, allowing you to quickly find videos, selfies, photos with Live Photos, and more.

You can see your Portrait mode photos, watch your favorite Time Lapse videos, and view your panoramic photos. It is important to note that images captured in panorama mode and shortened will not be listed here.

View your Panoramas album in Photos for iPhone

You can also filter screenshots, screen recordings, RAW images, and animated GIFs that you have saved. This can make cleaning up your photo library a little easier.

Find (and delete) duplicate photos

The photo app can also Find and combine duplicate photos and videos to save space. Click Duplicates to see a list of duplicate photos or videos. You can review each entry and then click “Merge”. Your iPhone will then keep the highest quality copy of any duplicates.

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You can also merge all duplicates at once by clicking Select > Select All > Merge.

Do more with the Photos app

iPhone Photos app is useful and powerful. You can use it for Back up your media libraryAnd the Isolate subjects from their backgroundsAnd the Create shared albums with iPhone users and non-iPhone users.

It’s also a file A powerful photo and video editor with Batch editing capabilities booting.


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