Google Photos is the default image gallery app on a lot of Android devices, including Pixel and Android One smartphones. It’s also particularly useful for its excellent cloud service, and lets users find images through a search bar. The service just got a bit more capable with a new feature, which lets users search for specific text in images; typing text into the search bar on Google Photos will now display any images with that specific text. The new feature is now gradually rolling out across the platform.
The feature is slowly rolling out to users. To test it, type any text you think shows up in your images and wait for the results to pop. When it works, it’s absolutely amazing. In the three searches below, you can see it found “open” in blue in the bottom right corner of a box, “coffee” in a far away Starbucks sign in the mall and inside the Subway store, and “bounce” despite the odd N letter font.
Here’s how you can use the Google Photos search option to find your photos:
- Open the Google Photos app
- Type in what you’re looking for in the search bar
- Once it spots an image for you, tap on it.
- Tap the Google Lens button at the bottom (a square with a dot in the center)
- The app will highlight all the text in the photo. You can then select the text you want to copy-paste.