Google Photos adds a feature that lets you search for text in your pictures

Google Photos adds a feature that lets you search for text in your pictures

Let’s face it, Photos is one of the folders on your phone that mostly consumes your storage. It is littered with random photos with family, friends, and yourself. I bet you can also find random screenshots of memes, chat conversations, and a recipe for a cake you are trying to perfect.

Mind you, some of these photos have also been living in your smartphone for years now. And with over thousands of photos, it is so hard to find the right picture when you need it.

Good thing, Google Photos just added a feature that will be helpful to you. You can now search for photos that have text in them quickly. Also, you can even copy and paste the text when you find them.

Google Lens helps power up the search feature

Google Lens helps power up the search feature
Google Lens helps power up the search feature

Have you ever have those times wherein you take a snap of signs or reminders thinking that they might come in handy in the future? Well, I know I have. But for some reason, it always ends up in the photo dump because I can’t find it the moment I want to use it.

But the tech giant, Google, addresses that struggle. The company has started to roll out a feature that lets you search for the specific picture in Google Photos through the text found in the picture. And with the help of Google Lens, which helps power up the feature, it works very seamlessly.

Steps on how to use the search feature on Google Photos

  • Open the Google Photos app.
  • Tap on the search bar, and type there whatever you are looking for.
  • Once Google has found the right image for you, click it.
  • Tap the Google Lens app at the bottom of the screen. (It is a square with a dot in the center)
  • Google will then highlight all the text on the photo. Select only the text you wish to copy.
  • Select on Copy text.
  • You can now paste the text whenever you need it.
How to use the search feature on Google Photos (Photo credits: CNET)
How to use the search feature on Google Photos (Photo credits: CNET)

No more pictures left forgotten… or can’t be found in this case!

I can already see how this feature will help a lot of users. Finally, you can now use that funny meme you have been saving up for a special occasion. You can now easily find bill receipts, signs, and reminders that you took a snap with.

Furthermore, you can also translate the highlighted text within the app itself. This can be very useful in figuring out what the signs say when you are traveling to other countries.

The search feature, however, is still currently rolling out. So, you might not see it yet, meanwhile, it might already be available to others. Make sure your app is up to date, and keep on checking it daily.

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