Adding a Face to Google Photos: A Simple Guide

Adding a Face to Google Photos: A Simple Guide

Hey there, fellow Google Photos user! Today, I want to show you how to add a face to your photos in a few easy steps. It’s a nifty feature that helps you organize your pictures and keep track of your loved ones. So, let’s dive in and get started!

First things first: open up Google Photos on your device. Once you’re in, look for the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner. Click on it, and a search bar will appear. Now, type in the name of the person you want to add a face to.

As you type, Google Photos will start looking through your pictures, trying to identify the person you’ve mentioned. It’s like magic! When it finds a match, a small box will appear around the face of that person. If you see multiple faces that resemble the person you’re looking for, just tap on each of them to make sure you’ve got the right one.

Great job so far! Now, let’s add the face to Google Photos. To do this, simply click on the “Add a name” button that appears above the box with the person’s face. A text box will pop up, allowing you to enter the person’s name. Go ahead and type it in. Isn’t it amazing how easy this is?

Sometimes, Google Photos may not have a name suggestion for you, but that’s okay! You can still add a face manually. To do this, tap on the “Add a name” button as before, but instead of choosing a suggested name, select the option to “Add a new person.” You’ll be asked to enter the name manually, just like before. It’s as simple as that!

Now that you’ve added the person’s face to Google Photos, you can do all sorts of cool things. For example, you can search for that person’s name, and Google Photos will show you all the pictures they’re in. It’s like having your very own virtual assistant!

But wait, there’s more! You can also create albums specifically for that person. Just click on the three-dot icon in the top right corner of the screen when you’re viewing a person’s face, and select the option to “Add to album.” From there, you can create a new album or add the pictures to an existing one. It’s a neat way to keep all your memories organized.

I hope this guide has been helpful to you. Adding a face to Google Photos is a simple yet powerful way to keep your pictures in order and relive precious moments. So go ahead and give it a try!

How to Add a Face to Google Photos

Did you know that Google Photos allows you to add faces to your photos and organize them into groups? It’s a fantastic way to manage your extensive collection of pictures, whether they’re portraits of loved ones or adorable pictures of your furry friends. If you haven’t started already, it’s time to learn how to tag and add faces to Google Photos to make your photo library even more organized.

Adding a face to Google Photos comes with several benefits. You can create albums, search for specific people or pets, and easily find those precious moments with just a few taps.

One of the advantages of tagging faces in Google Photos is that it recognizes the person or pet even as they age. So, if you have years worth of photos of your pet or loved ones, Google Photos can keep them nicely organized.

How to Enable Face Grouping in Google Photos

Before we start adding faces, you need to enable the Face grouping feature in Google Photos on your phone. If you haven’t done this yet, you won’t be able to add new faces. Enabling face groups in Google Photos is a simple process.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your phone
  2. Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner.
    Google Photos profile icon
  3. Select Photos settings from the menu.
    Google Photos Photos settings
  4. Click on Preferences.
    Google Photos Preferences
  5. Tap on the Group similar faces option.
    Google Photos Group similar faces
  6. Enable the Face groups toggle.
    Group Similar faces options

Along with enabling the Face Groups toggle, you should also enable the Help contacts to recognize your face and Show pets to people options. These features personalize your experience by highlighting videos with photos of you and recommending to others that it’s you in the photo when they capture a moment.

Keep in mind that hidden photos and videos in Google Photos won’t appear in search results, even if they are tagged.

Now, you should be ready to find and tag people manually in the Google Photos app.

How to Add a Face in Google Photos From Android or iPhone

Tagging faces in Google Photos is a fantastic way to index your memories and easily sort through them. Here’s how you can manually add faces on your mobile device:

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your phone or tablet.
  2. Select a photo featuring a person you want to add.
  3. Tap on More at the top of the screen (three-dot icon).
    Google Photos More option
  4. Next, click on the Edit option (looks like a pencil) next to the People section.
    Google Photos People option
  5. Choose the person you want to tag from the Available to add menu.
  6. Click on the Add icon at the top right.
    Google Photos Add Face button
  7. Tap on Create.
    Google Photos Create New Face
  8. Finally, select Done to save your changes.
    Google Photos Save New Face

If Google makes incorrect tags, you can always remove faces from Google Photos by selecting the Remove option instead of Add.

How Google Photos Face Tagging Works on a Computer

You can also tag faces in Google Photos on your PC or laptop by using the web interface. Just make sure you have face grouping enabled in your Google Photos settings.

Face Tagging Google Photos

  1. To get started, open up Google Photos in your web browser.
  2. Choose the photo that you want to tag someone in.
  3. Click on the little i icon for more details about the photo.
  4. Next, click on the Pencil icon that appears beside the People section.
  5. Now, you can either select a face and match it with an existing person, or you can create a new face.
  6. Lastly, click on Done to save your changes.

How to Find Photos with Faces in Google Photos

Once you’ve successfully tagged people in your Google Photos, you can easily search for all the pictures that include them.

Google Photos app View all

  1. First, open the Google Photos app on your phone and go to the Search tab.
  2. Next, tap on the View all button next to the People section.
  3. Then, select the face you want to search for.

After doing this, Google Photos will show you all the photos of that person. You can easily save those images from Google Photos to your phone’s gallery.

Why Can’t Google Photos Find Faces?

Google Photos is an amazing app, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes the automatic tagging doesn’t work as intended, so manually adding faces can be very helpful. Take the time to add tags when the automated tagging fails, and it will make things much easier for you later on.

If it still doesn’t work, your only option is to disable the Face grouping option and then enable it again. However, keep in mind that this will cause you to lose all your faces. You’ll have to tag people again and let the Google Photos algorithm learn to find similar photos of the same person.

If the problem is only with certain photos, you can delete them and then add them again. After doing so, give it some time, and it should start working.

How to Hide and Remove Faces from Photos in Google Photos

If you don’t want a tagged person to appear in the people section in Google Photos, you can hide them. All you need to do is go to the People section, find the person, long press on their face, and choose to hide.

If you want to remove a tagged face from pictures in your library, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Tap on the View all link in the People section.
  3. In the search box, type the name of the person you want to untag.
  4. It will then display all the photos in which the person is tagged.
    Find Person In Google Photos
  5. Tap the three-dot menu and select Remove Photos…
    Google Photos Remove Photos from Face Tagging
  6. It will show a prompt with the following message: “Select the photos that don’t belong with ‘Name of Person’.
    Select Photos to Remove from Tagged Face
  7. Select the photos and tap the Remove link on the top right.
  8. It will open another window where you can give feedback on why you are removing the tag. You can choose to skip this.
  9. After completing these steps, the tag will be successfully removed from the person’s face.

Put a Name to the Face

Tagging faces in Google Photos will make it easier for you to manage your large photo library. Plus, you can easily search for pictures of multiple people using their names when needed. This is much faster than manually going through your entire photo library.


Q: Why can’t I see some faces on Google Photos?

A: If you can’t find a person in the People section, either they are not tagged properly, or you have hidden those people from the list and forgotten about it.

Q: How can I view photos of hidden people?

A: Google Photos allows you to show or hide faces in albums. Simply search for “People & Pets,” then tap “View all” and the menu (dots). “Hide & show” acts as a toggle: tap once to unhide and again to hide. Hidden faces are marked with an eye with a slash. Tap the eye to permanently unhide them.

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