Google Photos lets you search text in images

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24 Aug 2019

Now, you can search for text in Google Photos' images

Google Photos is getting better than ever, thanks to some amazing features by the search giant.

The company recently introduced a dark mode into the cloud-based photo-saving service, and now, as part of the same effort, it is introducing the super handy ability to detect text in images.

Here's how the feature would work on your Android/iOS device.

Text detection

Detecting photos with specific texts

Google Photos app already leverages Google Lens' object recognition to make it easier for users to find photos with specific objects, like an animal, flower, book or pen.

The capability makes the app much more than photo dump, and now, Google is taking it to a new level by adding the ability to look for specific photos by typing out the text they feature.

Use cases

This would come handy in searching documents

This would come handy in searching documents

Most of us capture written information with a quick photo but find it difficult to search that photo in a chunk of thousands of images.

Now, with the new feature, Google Photos would make finding those shots (and information) easier.

Essentially, you could type that text and look for photos of important documents, college notes, book pages, even Wi-Fi passwords you don't fully remember.

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Here's what the feature would look like

Copying text

You can also copy text from searched photos

Once you find the photo you need, Google Photos will also provide the option to copy all text from it; you just have to open the photograph, hit the Lens button and select the text you need.

The capability, as Engadget points out, would make it a lot easier to research or figure out the meaning of specific signs, texts in other countries.

Availability

Text search is now rolling out

Text search is now rolling out

According to Google, the new text search feature started hitting Google Photos for Android and iOS earlier this month.

The capability would be available for users in India, but if it hasn't shown on your device, we recommend waiting up a bit.

It may take a few days to roll out to all the users around the world.

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