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ID and find a photo in Google Photos
May 14, 2018
5:24 pm
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George Harper
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I would like to add my own descriptor to a photo and be able to find that photo using my descriptor in search. I see that there is a place in each photo to “add a description.” I tried that, but could not get back to that photo using my descriptor in search. Is there a way to ID or label a photo and then find it later using that label?

I’ve noticed that if a photo has a descriptor as part of the photo file name that Google can always find it by that name.

May 18, 2018
7:41 am
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George, great question, and no good answer. Google photos does not support tags. I would dearly love to have tags – those are words specifically used to find photos. It has been my experience that search does use the description, but 1. It takes time – descriptions are not in the search right after entering it. It can take a day or so for things you type to be included. 2. Descriptions are just one part of the search, so even if it does find the photos you want, they may be buried in the results.

Google wants to do everything for us automatically, which is cool, But, if their automatic system doesn’t get us what we want, it would be nice to have some tools. The only tool we have is albums, you can make an album, name it with the tag word, and then it will appear on the top of a search list. 

Some people actually refer to Google Photos albums as tags. Give it a try and let me know.

May 23, 2018
9:11 am
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George Harper
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You are correct. I waited a day or tow and my descriptive word did start finding the pic in a search using that word – great.

Also, I  had not thought of an album as a way to find important pics, but I could have done that as I have four pics with the same descriptor. Thanks for the tips.

George Harper

May 24, 2018
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Good to hear! Thanks for the follow up.

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