How to search pictures for faces in Google Photos

With constant updates and the introduction of new features, Google Photos is far from being just a gallery alternative. One of these functions is the ability to recognize group faces for yourself.

Face search is an incredible tool for finding pictures of loved ones in just a few clicks. We’ll show you how to enable face grouping and how to search for images for faces in Google Photos on mobile devices and PCs. So let’s get started.

How to enable face grouping in Google Photos

In order to be able to search images for faces, you first need to enable face grouping in Google Photos. When this option is enabled, Google Photos will automatically detect and group faces.

Read on to learn how to enable face grouping on mobile and PC.

Enable face grouping in Google Photos on mobile devices

Step 1: Launch the Google Photos app on your phone. Click your profile picture in the top right corner and select Photo Settings.

Settings in Google Photos

Step 2: Now tap on “Group similar faces” and toggle the switch next to the Face grouping option on.

Group similar faces in Google Photos

Enable face grouping in Google Photos

And that was it. Face grouping is now enabled in your account.

Enable face grouping in Google Photos on PC

Alternatively, you can also enable face grouping in Google Photos via the web version. Here is how.

Step 1: Open your preferred web browser and navigate to Google Photos. Now click on the gear icon at the top to open the settings.

Google photos settings

Step 2: Expand the Group Similar Faces option and from there turn face grouping on.

Enable face grouping in Google Photos on PC

Likewise, you can repeat the same steps above on your phone or PC to turn off the face grouping feature at any time. Deactivating it will delete all face groups.

How to search for face in google photos

Once you’ve turned on face grouping, Google Photos will automatically group pictures of different people. From there, you can view photos of any person by tapping their face.

Read on to learn how to find faces in Google Photos on mobile and PC.

On the phone

Step 1: Launch the Google Photos app on your phone and switch to the Search tab. Here you can see a number of faces at the top. Click the Show All option to see all of the faces.

Tab

Step 2: Now, among the available faces, tap any face you want to find and Google Photos will show you all of that person’s photos. You can also label the face from here.

Face search in Google Photos

On the pc

Likewise, you can use the web version of Google Photos to search images for faces. Here is how.

Step 1: Open your preferred web browser and sign in to your Google Photos account.

Step 2: From there navigate to the Explore tab and you will find a number of faces under People. Click Show All to see more faces.

Tab

Step 3: Now click on any face and you will find all the photos of that person in your account.

That’s all there is to it. Face grouping in Google Photos makes finding pictures a breeze no matter what platform you’re using.

How to add a face in google photos

For the most part, Google’s algorithm is great at finding and grouping faces on its own. Still, a few strange things will be missing. To correct this, you can also manually tag such faces using Google Photos.

So, you can do the same thing on mobile devices and PCs.

On the phone

Step 1: Start the Google Photos app on your iPhone or Android.

Step 2: Open a photo of the person whose face you want to add. At the top right, tap the three-dot menu icon.

Under People, you can find the faces recognized by Google Photos. You can also tap the pencil icon to add new faces to the photo.

Google photos

Add faces in Google Photos

Step 3: Here you can remove the recognized faces by tapping the minus symbol. You can also use the ‘+’ symbol under Available to Add to add a new face.

Next, to add a face, you can either use the Find Tool to choose from the existing ones, or tap the “+” icon to add a new face.

Add or remove faces in Google Photos

Select face in Google Photos

Step 4: Now tap the face again to add a name. You can choose one of your contacts or enter a new name.

Add a name to the face

On the pc

PC users can follow the steps below to add a face in Google Photos.

Step 1: Open your web browser and navigate to Google Photos.

Step 2: Open a photo of the person whose face you want to add. Click the Info button at the top, then click the “X-Faces Available to Add” option.

Add face in Google Photos on PC

Step 3: Now select a face that you want to add.

Edit faces in Google Photos

Step 4: Next, use the Find option to add from the existing face or use the “+” button to add a new face.

Add faces in Google Photos on PC

So here’s how you can add faces and follow the same steps to remove them using your computer.

How to hide a face in Google Photos

As good as Google’s face recognition is, not all faces recognized by Google Photos are helpful. For example, Google Photos recognizes faces from photos of a statue, poster, or even people in the background. Fortunately, you can hide unwanted faces from Google Photos on both phone and PC. Read on to learn how.

On the phone

Step 1: Start the Google Photos app. On the Search tab, tap Show All to see all faces.

Step 2: Now tap and hold on the face you want to hide and click the Hide button in the top right corner.

Hide a face in Google Photos

If you ever want to show a face, click the three-dot menu icon and select Show & Hide Faces from the list. Tap the face you want to show and tap Done.

On the pc

If you’d prefer to use the web version to hide faces, here’s how.

Step 1: Open the web browser and navigate to Google Photos. Go to the Explore tab and click the Show & Hide Faces option on the right.

Show hidden faces in Google Photos on PC

Step 2: Next, select the faces you want to hide and click Done.

Hide faces in Google Photos

You can also click the hidden faces to reveal them.

That’s it. The face is now hidden and you will no longer see the hidden face in your AI-generated memories, creations, and the search page.

Your search ends here

Face grouping in Google Photos is a really powerful tool. Searching for people by their faces almost eliminates the need to create separate albums for loved ones. And for those who are concerned about privacy, as opposed to Facebooksays Google that this information is not shared between accounts. You can also deactivate this function at any time using the steps above.

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