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Google Photos Now Lets You Search for Text in Images, Copy and Paste It

Simply type the text you want into the search, and Google Photos will detect images with that text.

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Google Photos Now Lets You Search for Text in Images, Copy and Paste It

Google Photos lets you search for specific images by typing into the search bar

  • Google Photos now lets you search for text in images
  • You can find images with that specific text through the search
  • The feature uses Google Lens' OCR ability

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 new text search function, which is part of Google Lens' image analysing capabilities, can further be copied and pasted using Lens' existing OCR (optical character recognition) functionality. We were able to use the new feature, and the search function worked with even small text and single words for us. News of the feature comes through a tweet by Google, which was spotted by 9to5Google.

The feature improves the search functionality of Google Photos, which can already be used to search for specific images by location, people, and date, among other criteria. Text search would typically be useful to find picture of documents, but can also be used for things such as signboards, restaurant menus, and business cards.

Text search on Google Photos works best with cleanly photographed text in clear fonts, but can be used for virtually any kind of text in images. Google Photos last month rolled out live video previews on the main timeline for Android users.


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Further reading: Google, Google Photos, Google Lens
Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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