Thanks to Google’s own Photos app, developed by Google, you have access to a number of powerful photo search tools that many don’t know about. Let’s see what tools are available.
Google Photos does a great job of gathering information from your photos, from searching for text in photos to searching by face and location so you can find them with search.
If you learn how to use the Google Photos search tools, it will be very easy for you to find any photo saved in the cloud if you have a little information about what you are looking for.
Basic Google Images search tools
Let’s first take a look at the basic search tools that Google Photos provides. First, if you take a picture from your phone and upload it, the photo will be linked to its location, which means it’s very easy to find a location and display photos from that location.
You can search for countries, cities, and even specific businesses found on Google Maps. If you are looking for photos from a specific day, this might be the best way to do it. If you upload photos without location tags, you can also edit them to add the location manually.
If you start uploading more photos of the same person, they will appear in a bubble when you tap or click on the search bar. The more you photograph with more people, the more you will be able to find photographs that have them by touching their faces. You can also assign names to faces so you can simply search for them by name and Google Photos will return matching results.
You can also search for specific types of photos. For example, enter a selfie to display the results of any photos taken with the front camera that have your face. You can also enter a screenshot to see all the screenshots you have taken of your phone.
Another feature built into Google Photos is the ability to search by time. By simply entering the date, you will receive the photo results for that date. If you know the total time the photo was taken, but don’t know the specific date, you can search by month or even by season. For example, typing May 2018 will return the results of all photos taken during May 2018
Google also has date sorting, which lets you scroll through the timeline to find photos. You can quickly see when your photos were uploaded on the left. Finally, you can also search by file type. If you regularly download files through your computer, this can be a useful way to sort by different file types such as .png, .gif, and .jpeg.
If you still can’t find a specific photo after considering location, faces, date, or photo type, you can also use Google’s artificial intelligence-powered search tools. I will tell you more about this below.
Advanced AI-based search features in Google Photos
Google Photos can also collect a lot of information about the photos you save and upload to make it easier to find. Google Photos is constantly gaining new knowledge, so the features described below will only get better.
Basically, Google’s goal is for you to be able to search for anything and display relevant photos. For example, searching for a specific dish, such as pizza, will return photos of the pizza.
Google Photos is very clever at recognizing details in a photo. Entering “car” will return the results of cars. By typing the beach you will get back the photos of the beaches. You can even search for colors and return results that contain that particular color.
Plus, if you have screenshots, signs, or documents, you can even search for specific words in your photo and Google Photos can find them. It doesn’t always work. For example, if the text is too distorted or appears at an angle. It works great in most cases, and such features are expected to become more powerful over time.
You can use all of these search functions and combine them to get even more specific results. For example, if you’ve visited a country and want to search for something specific, enter the name of the country followed by an object, color, or person to get relevant results.
If you have thousands of photos and need to search for something specific, combining search parameters may be the easiest way to find a photo.
Now that you know about these search tools, you can easily find any old photos. All you need is minimal information about the photo, and Google Photos will show it in search results.
Sometimes Google Photos might not pick up certain details, so if you’re trying to find a photo, try different search methods until Google Photos finally finds a suitable option.
If you have any questions about Google Photos or how to get the most out of it, feel free to leave comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.