Tips and Tools for Finding Photos

If you have hundreds of iPhone/iPad pictures and you find yourself swiping and browsing your photo library, you might consider the tools that are available to help you find photos.

The Photos app provides a Search function  makes it easy to find photos of a person, place, event or thing. 

Access the Search tab by tapping Search on the lower right of the Photos app.  

 

 

You are presented with a Search bar with other headings like Moments, People and Places.

Scroll down and you will see search suggestions that include:

  • Moments – collections from events and themes found in your photos
  • People – the Photos app automatically groups photos by the faces it finds.  
  • Places – Map locations that have groups of pictures are displayed
  • Categories – Photos with similar objects are grouped together
  • Recently Searched – Previous searches in the Photos app.

Take some time to browse these grouping to give you a sense of how the app is organizing your search tools.

Search Bar

Use the Search bar to enter search terms.  Consider people, places, events and categories, even those that were not identified in the groupings automatically created.

Take some time to experiment with search by searching for items that you know are in your photo library.  For example, I can search for lake, ocean, tractor, tree and find photos with those objects.  Experiment by searching for a State that you traveled to.  Try events or dates.

Search with Siri

You can also search your photos collection using Siri.  Here are some sample searches that you can use:

Hey Siri:

    • Show me photos of concerts
    • Show me photos of one year ago.
    • Find my photos of Arizona

 

 

iCloud Link Required

The Search and collection tools require that you are connected to iCloud and have the iCloud Photo Library turned on.  Information on this can be found in Senior Tech Recipe #404 How to use iCloud to expand and optimize storage.

 

 

Tip:  Get to understand Searches, people and places in order to find specific photos on your iPhone.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 10+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

NumberTitle
The Basics of iPhone Photography - Let's Point and Shoot
450The Basics of iPhone Photography – Let’s Point and Shoot
Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography
451Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography
Read QR Codes
N1Read QR Codes with your iPhone
Swipe left on the lock screen to launch the camera app
N21Quickly Launch the Camera App to Capture the Kodak Moment
Swipe Up to Get More Photo Information
N25Swipe Up to Get More Photo Information
Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
N24Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
Tap the Heart to Favorite or un-Favorite Photos for your Brag Book
N28Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites
Organizing your Photos with Albums
452Organizing your Photos with Albums
Double Tap on the map to get more details
N26Tips and Tools for Finding Photos
Show your Photos with a Slideshow
N29Show your Photos with a Slideshow
Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
N27Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
Turn off Live Photos
N30Turn off Live Photos
Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App
453Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App
Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing
454Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing
Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter
N22Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter
A Tour of the Camera App
N23A Tour of the Camera App
Checkmarks and Add To to batch add photos to albums
N38Organizing your Photos with Albums
How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens
N39How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens
How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video
N57How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video
How to Set Up the iCloud Photo Library
N53How to Set Up the iCloud Photo Library
How to View and Manage Burst Photos
N58How to View and Manage Burst Photos
LIVE! #14 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 1  Camera Basics
LIVE! #14 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 1 Camera Basics
LIVE! #15 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 2 Beyond Point & Click
LIVE! #15 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 2 Beyond Point & Click
LIVE! #16 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 3 Get Creative with Advanced Modes
LIVE! #16 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 3 Get Creative with Advanced Modes
How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad
N69How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad
How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app
N70How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app
Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift
N71Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift
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