How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

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How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Apple’s Photos app is a pretty solid offering, but if you take a lot of photos with your iPhone, you know it can be a hassle scrolling through them all to find photos you took at a certain location or on a certain date. Among all the other useful things Siri can help you with, she can also help make finding photos a whole lot easier.

Using Siri to search your photos is pretty straightforward. Fire up Siri by holding down your Home button or by saying “Hey Siri” if you have that feature enabled. Once she’s listening, you can say something like “Show me photos from June 30.”

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

If she finds matching photos, Siri will open your Photos app for you with photos from that date selected. In my case, it’s all screenshots, since take a lot of those.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

You can also use Siri to search for photos taken at a specific location, so long as you have location services enabled for your camera. As of this writing, Siri can only handle searching by city name, even though the information for a photo might show a more specific location, such as a street name. While she’s listening, just say something like “Show me photos from Huntsville.”

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Again, Siri will flip you over to the Photos app to show you results for photos taken at the specified location and grouped by date.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

And finally, if you want to get a bit more specific with your search, you can ask Siri to show you photos from a particular location and taken on a specific date. For example, you could tell her something like “Show me photos from Huntsville on June 9.”

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

And you’d get back just the results you want displayed in the Photos app.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

That’s all she can do right now. We’re hoping that Siri will attain more photo-searching powers in the future, since both Siri and the Photos app are due for a feature boost in the upcoming iOS 10. But for now, at least she can help you narrow down your search if you tend to be a photo hoarder.

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Walter Glenn is a former Editorial Director for How-To Geek and its sister sites. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and over 20 years as a technical writer and editor. He’s written hundreds of articles for How-To Geek and edited thousands. He’s authored or co-authored over 30 computer-related books in more than a dozen languages for publishers like Microsoft Press, O’Reilly, and Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He’s also written hundreds of white papers, articles, user manuals, and courseware over the years.
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Siri is like your helping hand which helps you do everything with just a voice command. You might be using it to do simple and small tasks like setting an alarm or reminder or just ask her to place a call. Although, you can use Siri for complex tasks, like search for a specific picture on your iPhone or iPad. You can tell the date and place of the picture and Siri will find it for you. There are different ways you can use Siri to find pictures. Here is how you can use Siri to search photos on your iOS device:

What you will see?

Find photos with Siri based on time

When you click a picture with your iPhone, it is saved according to the date and time of the picture taken. Thus, when you ask Siri to search for the picture it becomes easier. Follow these:

  • To start Siri, you can simply give the voice command “Hey Siri“, or press and hold the Home or Side button.
  • Then you can ask Siri to search for a picture, you can say “Show me photos from last week.” or ” show me photos from (specific date)”.
  • You can be more specific with the time of the picture, like telling the specific date or month for the picture and Siri will find it for you.

Use Siri to search photos based on location

Every picture you take has the location saved from where the picture is taken in your iPhone. Unless and until you have turned off the location feature on your device, the pictures are sorted for different locations. Thus you can ask Siri to search for a picture from a specific location. Follow these:

  1. To start Siri, you can simply give the voice command “Hey Siri“, or press and hold the Home or Side button.
  2. Then you can ask Siri to search for a picture, you can say “Show me photos from Times Square.”

Find Photos based on time and location with Siri

You can ask Siri to find pictures based on time as well as the location at once. Sometimes there are many pictures of the same location like the pictures from your trip to Greece. But you want to share the picture of a specific day from your trip, then you can simply ask Siri to find the picture from Tokyo taken in say in the month of March. Follow these:

  • To start Siri, you can simply give the voice command “Hey Siri“, or press and hold the Home or Side button.
  • Then you can ask Siri to search for a picture, you can say “Show me photos from Tokyo in March.”

Search photos of things with Siri in iOS

With Apple‘s new feature, it can detect the objects in a picture and thus you can ask Siri to find a picture based on this. You can ask for pictures of mountains, beach, food, etc. Follow these:

  • To start Siri, you can simply give the voice command “Hey Siri“, or press and hold the Home or Side button.
  • Then you can ask Siri to search for a picture, you can say “Show me photos of beach.”


With Siri, all your tasks become easier. Anything you want to do with your mobile you can ask Siri to help you. This goes with finding your pictures from the gallery. You can ask Siri to find a picture that you had taken last month. You can give a specific time duration the picture was taken in to Siri and she will find it. Moreover, same goes for the location for your pictures. You just need to tell the location the picture was taken in and Siri will get it for you. Although, your location feature needs to be turned on while taking the picture for this. Moreover, you can tell both the time and location for Siri to find the picture. Also, you can specify an object from the picture like a beach or dog and ask Siri to find it.

Для быстрого поиска фотографии можно использовать связанный с ней текст, такой как заголовок фотографии, подпись или дата. Например, можно найти фотографии, сделанные 5 апреля 2016 года. Также можно искать фотографии по месту съемки, например «Москва», или по категориям, например «пляж», «зоопарк» или «лошадь».

Подробнее о поиске по ключевым словам, назначенным для фотографий, см. в разделе Поиск фотографий по ключевому слову.

В приложении «Фото» на Mac нажмите поле поиска в панели инструментов.

Совет. Нажмите сочетание клавиш Command-F для быстрой активации поля поиска.

Введите искомый текст в поле поиска.

При вводе текста под полем поиска отображаются предлагаемые варианты запросов. Можно ввести несколько слов через пробел для поиска по нескольким критериям. Например, если ввести «Москва июнь», будут показаны все фотографии, снятые в Москве в июне.

Нажмите один из предложенных вариантов, чтобы увидеть соответствующие фотографии.

Чтобы снова отобразить все фотографии после завершения поиска, нажмите кнопку отмены в поле поиска.

Matt Elliott, a technology writer for more than a decade, is a PC tester and Mac user based in New Hampshire.

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Siri is getting smarter to where I find myself conversing with Apple’s voice assistant with greater frequency these days — and Siri Shortcuts have yet to arrive. For one, Siri makes it so I don’t have to remember any of my passwords, which is the greatest gift a digital assistant can give me. For another, Siri offers invaluable aid when I want to find an old photo among the thousands stored on my iPhone.

Granted, Siri has room to grow when it comes to helping manage and parse huge photo libraries , but I’ve only recently discovered how powerful Apple’s digital assistant is at locating specific photos. Siri has saved me from tons of furious swiping through the Photos app to dig up an old photo before the person standing next to me loses interest.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Hey Siri, show me photos of.

I thought I was clever in navigating the photos app because I would use the Places album to find photos from past vacations or the Videos album to narrow my search when attempting to locate an old video. Now, I just ask Siri.

Siri can locate photos and videos by a variety of parameters, including date, location, people, objects and activities. And some combination thereof. Here are some examples to get you and Siri started conversing about your photos.


You can be as general or as specific as you need to be, from “Show me photos of Ireland” to “Show me photos of Fenway Park.”

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

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As with locations, you can be specific or general, for example: “Show me photos from December 25, 2006” or “Show me photos from April 2014.” Siri also understands things like “Show me photos from last month” and “Show me photos from last Christmas.”

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

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If you have set up the People part of the Photos app by naming your family members and friends, then Siri can help you find photos of the people in your life and camera roll. Combine their name with a date or location to narrow your search, such as “Show me photos of Dan and me in Iowa” or “Show me photos of Samantha from last April.” Siri also knows her front-facing camera from her rear-facing camera, so you can say, “Show me selfies from yesterday.”

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

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Objects and activities

Two things I take photos of with regularity: my dog and my kids on skis. Siri is helpful in finding such subjects: “Show me photos of my dog” and “Show me photos of skiing.” You can also narrow such searches by saying, “Show me photos of my dog in Maine” or “Show me photos of skiing from last February.” Now, when you say “my dog,” Siri just shows you photos of any dog in your photo library. And asking for a specific person skiing, I will note, doesn’t work so well because faces are usually covered by goggles and a helmet.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

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Siri can quickly search photos and videos using various criteria, including date, location, people, objects, and activities. Get smart with your searches.

The standard way to find photos on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, is to open the Photos app and tap, scroll and swipe around until you discover the image you’re looking for.

Sure, there are better ways to search, such as using the People & Places albums to sift through your photo library.

There is another way, and it will save you a lot of time and frustration when looking for a photo or video.

It is, of course, Siri.

Siri can quickly locate photos and videos using various criteria, including date, location, people, objects, and activities. And some combination thereof.

Search photos by date

Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:

  1. Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
  2. Press and hold the Side button (iPhone X and newer) or Home button (iPhone 8 and older) on your iPhone.

You can be as specific or general as you like; just say:

Photos will open and display a search results page, with the search terms you used inserted in the search field.

The results are supplied below. First, there are some suggested keywords relating to your query. Followed by all of the photos that fit the search terms. Next, the results are broken out into People, Moments Categories, and Albums.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Search photos using people & places

Suppose you have already set up the People album in the Photos app by naming your family members and friends. In that case, Siri can help you find their photos with a quick voice command.

The same applies to places. Be as general or as specific as you need to be:

Combine all search parameters and get really specific.

Search photos for objects and activities

Siri is brilliant at recognizing activities and objects.

It’s not hyperbolic to say that it’s far quicker and easier to search through large photo and video libraries using Siri.

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.

By Charlie Sorrel • 1:00 pm, August 27, 2018

Siri is useless for a lot of things, but when it works, it can be a real timesaver. For instance, you can use Siri to search for photos in your iPhone or iPad photo library. Say something like, “Hey Siri, show me photos of clowns,” and it’ll do just that, opening the Photos app, switching to the search tab, and entering the search term “clowns” for you.

Even if you’re sitting looking at the search tab in the Photos app already, Siri is still way easier to use for search than manually tapping something into the search field, deleting the previous search, and typing a new one.

And that’s just the beginning.

How to search iPhone photos with Siri

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

iOS 12 and Siri make finding photos a breeze.
Photo: Apple

Siri can locate anything you can find from a regular Photos search. You can search based on a date or time, a place, a person or even the contents of the photograph. Here are some examples:

Search photos by time and date

  • Hey Siri, show me photos from last year.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos from yesterday.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos from last Christmas.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos from January 1st 2015 (or any other date).

If you’re searching on a specific date in iOS 12, and there are no results from that day, then the results screen will show you Albums and Memories that may be close to that date. I’ve so far found these useless, as they don’t get me close to what I might have been looking for.

Search photos by people

This is easy. Anyone you have identified in the People section of Photos can be searched by name. Examples:

  • Hey Siri, show me photos of Killian.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos of David Hasselhoff.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos of my mother.

This last one is a great trick. Siri can pull info from all over your iPhone to make its searches. For instance, it’s possible to specify relationships in the Contacts app. If you take you mother’s contact card and hit Edit, you’ll see a field called add related name. Here you can tell your iPhone that this person is your mother. Add her birthday while you’re there, so you don’t forget it again.

Now, if you say “Hey Siri, show me photos from my mother’s birthday last year,” it’ll do just that. It’s pretty wild. You can also combine people into groups.

  • Hey Siri, show me photos of Dave and my Mum.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos of my parents.

Search photos by location

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Hey Siri, show me photos of statues.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

This is pretty straightforward, but there are some interesting twists. You can ask to see all of your photos from San Francisco, for example, but what about these?

  • Hey Siri, show me photos of my mother in Paris last year.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos of David Hasselhoff in Germany.

These combined searches are all available in iOS 12’s improved search screen, but it’s much more natural, and far quicker, to make them using Siri.

Search photos by specific objects

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Hey Siri, show me photos of a party.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Siri is pretty good at finding objects in your photos. When your iPhone indexes your images, it uses machine learning to spot scenes and objects in the photos. This has gotten even better in iOS 12. Here are some examples:

  • Hey Siri, show me photos of a bridge.
  • Hey Siri, show me photos of concerts in the last five years.
  • Hey Siri, show me pictures of food from my holiday last year.

This last one is a pretty neat way to track down that great restaurant you ate in while traveling.

Finally, if Siri can’t find any matching photos in your library, it’ll do a web image search instead. But, if Siri does come up short, it might be worth restating your search terms. For instance, in the example above, I said, “Hey Siri, show me photos of a bridge.” You may have read that and found it a little odd. I used that phrase because “Hey Siri, show me photos of bridges” didn’t work, even though I have — it turns out — plenty of bridge pictures.

Give this a try right now. It’s really quite addictive, and is one area of iOS where using Siri is far, far better than doing it manually.

Here you’ll find everything you can do regarding Siri photo commands. Learning what Siri can do for you is essential to getting the most out of your iPhone and iOS devices. But discovering what Siri commands are available to you is challenging. That’s where this series comes in.

In this post, I test all available commands for using Siri with the Photos App. For instance, did you know you can use Siri to search your photos by location, person, and time? Siri can even search for selfie photos specifically. And the best part is you can also use these Siri commands to search photos on not just your iPhone but your iPad too.

See the most common questions answered in the FAQ section, or view the complete list of Siri photo commands under Keeping Up With Siri in the table of contents below.

Can Siri send photos?

No. Siri does not have the ability to send photos via the Messages App at this time. However, Siri can send messages for you. For more information, view the Siri Messages Commands.

Can Siri identify photos?

Not Siri, but the Photos App can. Open the Photos App and see what it has identified in your photos. Siri can search for photos with specific people, places, and times with the commands below.

Can Siri open the Gallery?

Yes. Siri can open Apps via Siri Apps Commands. Try the command: “Hey Siri, open photos.”

Can Siri search photos?

Yes. Keep scrolling down to get the list of specific commands you can give Siri for searching photos.

Keeping Up With Siri

Now that your burning questions are answered above, do you want to learn all of the photo commands Siri supports? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Keeping Up With Siri. In this series, I try out Apple’s Siri Guide and test the 366 available commands. This post focuses on photo commands you can give Siri.

Photos Commands

“Hey Siri, find my Italy trip last month”

When you give this command, Siri searches your photos for the location “Italy” and the previous month, relative to the current date. If Siri gets a hit, Siri will open the Photos App and show the applicable photos to you.

“Hey Siri, show photos with Jane in Hawaii last year”

When you use this command, Siri looks for the intersection of photos with three different pieces of info: a person, a place, and a time. If Siri finds a match, Siri will open the Photos App right to the resulting photos.

With this command, Apple highlights the ability to search with using three filters at once: people, place, and time.

“Hey Siri, search for my selfies at the Golden Gate Bridge”

This command highlights the ability to specifically look for selfie photos. When you use this command, Siri looks for selfie-style photos taken in the specific location you designated—in this case the Golden Gate Bridge.

“Hey Siri, look up skiing pictures with Alexa”

Siri has the ability to look for more than just a selfie photo. In essence, any label you see in the photos app can be searched by Siri, as well. When you give this command, Siri will show you pictures with the person, Alexa, that also has snow and/or ski-related content.

“Hey Siri, show the wedding I attended in Florida”

Wedding pictures are also searchable by Siri. Like the other commands, Siri will open the Photos App and search with using the specific filter you provided—in this case, wedding-related photo content captured in Florida.

“Hey Siri, memories from the Monterey Bay Aquarium”

Memories are a specific type of photo collections that Apple creates for you. Usually these collections revolve around an event or time period, like a trip to the aquarium. Siri can also search for memory collections by name and open them for you in the Photos App.

Siri has impressive search abilities with your Photo App, letting you easily find specific photos fast, whether selfies or taken in a specific placequickly. Check out what else you can do with Apple’s Voice Assistant in Keeping Up With Siri Commands. In this series, I take the guesswork out of what Siri can do on your iPhone.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Siri can do many things, including helping you quickly find certain photos.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Once you set up Siri on the best iPhone and iPad, you may forget that it’s there. Every now and then, you may use it for something like setting a timer in the kitchen, but there are a lot of things that Siri can do. One of those things that you can ask Siri to do is help you find specific photos just by using your voice. There are a few different ways to search your photos with Siri, and we’ll show you how!

You can search for photos by typing in places or dates, or you can search by telling Siri where and when you want to look for them. Say “April, 2021,” and you’ll go right back. Ask for “Cupertino,” and you’ll be there. Combine the places and times, and Siri will take you anywhere — and any when — you want to go!

How to find photos with Siri based on time

Any photo you take on your iPhone or iPad is automatically timestamped with the date. So if you know when you took the photos you are looking for, Siri should be able to help you find them.

    Press and hold the Home or Side button to launch Siri, or say “Hey, Siri“.

Say something like “Show me photos from September.”

When using the time to find photos with Siri, you can even be more specific by saying a precise date, like “Show me pictures from Sept. 17th,” or even less so by just saying a year.

How to find photos with Siri based on location

Unless you’ve turned off your location services, every photo taken on your iPhone or iPad is automatically be stamped by location, meaning that if you know where the photos were taken, Siri can find them for you.

    Press and hold the Home or Side button to launch Siri, or say “Hey, Siri“.

Say something like “Show me photos from Cupertino.”

Once again, you can be as precise or as broad as you want.

You can do both!

It’s worth mentioning that you can combine these methods to get better search results from Siri. If you went to Rome twice but are trying to show your friends pictures from the most recent trip, you can simply say something like, “Show me photos from Rome in May.” You can also use Siri to search for photos in folders — asking for “Show me my selfies from November” will search the Selfies folder where your selfies are automatically filed.

    Press and hold the Home or Side button to launch Siri, or say “Hey, Siri.”

Say something like “Show me photos from Disneyland in 2021.”

How to find photos of things with Siri

Apple added the ability to search for things like mountains, lakes, food, cats, and so on. If you search for something that isn’t searchable in your Photos app, Siri will show you a web search result instead.

    Press and hold the Home or Side button to launch Siri, or say “Hey, Siri“.

Say something like “Show me photos of cats.”

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How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

While the iPhone and iPad has long been able to use location data stored within photos to place and sort the pictures by location, the newest versions of iOS allow Siri to tap into the location meta data too, providing for a quick method of reviewing and finding pictures by locale.

The Siri trick for searching by location through all iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad photos is easy to use:

  1. Summon Siri as usual by holding down the Home button or with Hey Siri
  2. Say a phrase like “Show photos from (location)”

Siri will automatically launch the Photos app and sort pictures based on the location parameter you provided.

In the example shown in the screenshots, “Show me photos from Santa Rosa California” displays a handful of images taken near that location.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

In order to search your image collection with Siri like this, you’ll need iOS 9 or later on any device that supports the hardware, and you’ll need to have geolocation of your images enabled with a library of geotagged pictures. If you disabled GPS geotagging data within the iPhone Camera app then you won’t find this feature to be particularly useful unless you save other images to your device that are geotagged.

Siri isn’t the only way to search an image library by location on the iPhone and iPad however, and you can show pictures by location through the Photos app manually from the Albums view.

How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

Your iPhone has a surprisingly powerful photo search tool you may not know about. It’s not obvious because the Photos app has an unassuming search button that offers little in the way of search assistance.

But, behind the scenes, the iPhone combines metadata about your photos — like date and geolocation — with powerful artificial intelligence that infers things about the content of the photo to give you a lot of ways to zero in on exactly the photo you’re looking for. The Photos app gives you two useful ways to find photos: by browsing or searching.

How to search for photos on an iPhone

Start the Photos app and then tap “Search” in the lower right corner of the screen. Tap the search box at the top of the screen. There are a number of ways you can search:

  • Date: Enter a date — either a month or year. You can search broadly (all of 2017 or all Januarys) or enter a specific month, like January 2019.
  • Place: You can enter a city, state, or country.
  • Business: You can enter the name of a retail establishment, museum, or similar location. For example, “Alderwood Mall” or “Museum of Modern Art.”
  • Category: You can even search for events and themes like “beach,” “swimming,” or “sport.”
  • Caption: If you’ve added captions to photos, that text is fully searchable as well.

When you search, you will often see subcategories appear. For example, if you search by date, you may see a list of locations. These are places that you took photos on the specified date, and you can tap one to narrow your search.

How to browse for photos on your iPhone

Start the Photos app and then tap “Search” in the lower right corner of the screen. There are several ways to find a photo. For example, you can browse using categories your iPhone has collected.

Back up and sync is a storage service that automatically saves your photos and videos to your Google Account. These photos and videos will be accessible from any device where you are logged in to your account.

  • Never lose a memory: Any photos that you take from a device with backup enabled will be saved to your Google Account.
  • Automatic sync: Any edits that you make or photos that you take will be accessible across any device that you sign in to. If you edit and save a photo on your phone, the photo will look the same on Google Photos.
  • Fast and powerful search: you can search your photos by the people (when you’ve enabled face grouping), places and things in them. No tagging is required.
  • Automatic creations: Bring photos to life with automatically created movies, collages, animations and panoramas.

Before you start

  • Good Internet connection.
  • File sizes that can be backed up. Your files won’t be backed up if they are:
    • Photos larger than 200 MB or 150 MP
    • Videos larger than 10 GB.
    • Items smaller than 256 x 256.
    • Photos: .jpg, .heic, .png, .webp, .gif and some RAW files.
    • Live photos can be backed up if you use the Google Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
    • Videos: .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts and .mkv files.

    If you try to back up a file type not listed here, it may not work with Google Photos.

    Important: Your Google Account storage is shared across multiple products like Google Photos, Google Drive and Gmail. If you have used all of your storage, you won’t be able to back up new files.

    Turn back up & sync on or off

    1. Open the Google Photos app .
    2. Sign in to your Google Account.
    3. At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial.
    4. Select Photos settings Back up & sync.
    5. Turn back up & sync on or off.

    If you see a message asking to allow the app to access your photos:

    1. Open the iOS settings app and tap PrivacyPhotos.
    2. Turn on Google Photos.

    Change your backup settings

    • Choose the Google Account to back up photos and videos: Under ‘Backup account’, tap the account name.
    • Change your upload size: Tap Upload size. Learn more about upload sizes.
    • Back up on mobile data: if you don’t want to wait for Wi-Fi to back up your photos, under ‘When to back up’, tap Use mobile data to back up photos or Use mobile data to back up videos. Service provider charges may apply if you upload using your mobile network.

    Check if your photos have been backed up

    1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app .
    2. Sign in to your Google Account.
    3. At the top right, tap your Google Account profile picture.
    4. You can view if the backup is complete or if you have items waiting to be backed up. Learn how to fix backup issues.

    Costs to back up

    As of 1 June 2021, any new photos or videos that you back up in Storage saver quality (previously named high quality) or express quality will count towards your Google Account storage. Photos and videos backed up in original quality will continue to count towards your Google Account storage. Learn more about photo and video backup options.

    Each Google Account comes with 15 GB of storage.

    Important: Any photos or videos that you’ve backed up in high quality or express quality before 1 June 2021 won’t count towards your Google Account storage.

    T he iPhone is an excellent camera—which is why it’s easy to let your photos pile up into a massive collection over time. If you’re looking to clean up your iPhone’s photo stash (or your iPad or iPod Touch), there are a few ways to quickly delete and organize images to your liking.

    First, here is how to erase multiple images at once using the iPhone’s Photos app:

    1. Launch the Photos app.
    2. Tap the “Select” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
    3. Choose the photos you want to get rid of. You can do this by tapping each individual photo or by tapping one photo and then dragging your finger over the other images you’d like to delete to select pictures more quickly.
    4. Once you’ve selected all of the files that should be disposed of, tap the trash can icon at the bottom of the screen.

    Sometimes after you delete an image, it might still appear on another Apple device if you have My Photo Stream turned on. This is a feature that syncs images across all of your Apple devices. If you want to delete images from all of the Apple gadgets you own, navigate to Photos > Albums > My Photo Stream and repeat the steps listed above.

    In other instances, deciding which photos to part with isn’t that simple. Cleen is an app designed to help you separate the photos you should trash from the ones worth holding on to. Here’s how to use it:

    1. Launch the App Store on your iPhone.
    2. Search for Cleen.
    3. Tap the “Get” button to install the app. You may be required to enter your AppleID password.
    4. Launch Cleen once it’s been installed and grant the app permission to view your photos.
    5. The app will then display the most recent photos you’ve taken on your iPhone. If you want to erase the photo, swipe down. Swiping up will favorite the photo, and swiping left skips it completely. This allows you to sort and rate the images on your phone so that you can remember to keep the important ones and erase the insignificant snaps.

    If you want to keep your recent photos and jump to images taken at a specific date or location, try asking Siri. With iOS 9, you can ask Siri things such as “Show me photos from 2012” to quickly navigate to older images.

    The feature lands later this year, but already faces resistance from security and privacy experts

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    Later this year , Apple will roll out a technology that will allow the company to detect and report known child sexual abuse material to law enforcement in a way it says will preserve user privacy.

    Apple told TechCrunch that the detection of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is one of several new features aimed at better protecting the children who use its services from online harm, including filters to block potentially sexually explicit photos sent and received through a child’s iMessage account. Another feature will intervene when a user tries to search for CSAM-related terms through Siri and Search.

    Most cloud services — Dropbox, Google, and Microsoft to name a few — already scan user files for content that might violate their terms of service or be potentially illegal, like CSAM. But Apple has long resisted scanning users’ files in the cloud by giving users the option to encrypt their data before it ever reaches Apple’s iCloud servers.

    Apple said its new CSAM detection technology — NeuralHash — instead works on a user’s device, and can identify if a user uploads known child abuse imagery to iCloud without decrypting the images until a threshold is met and a sequence of checks to verify the content are cleared.

    News of Apple’s effort leaked Wednesday when Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University, revealed the existence of the new technology in a series of tweets. The news was met with some resistance from some security experts and privacy advocates, but also users who are accustomed to Apple’s approach to security and privacy that most other companies don’t have.

    Apple is trying to calm fears by baking in privacy through multiple layers of encryption, fashioned in a way that requires multiple steps before it ever makes it into the hands of Apple’s final manual review.

    NeuralHash will land in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, slated to be released in the next month or two, and works by converting the photos on a user’s iPhone or Mac into a unique string of letters and numbers, known as a hash. Any time you modify an image slightly, it changes the hash and can prevent matching. Apple says NeuralHash tries to ensure that identical and visually similar images — such as cropped or edited images — result in the same hash.

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    Before an image is uploaded to iCloud Photos, those hashes are matched on the device against a database of known hashes of child abuse imagery, provided by child protection organizations like the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and others. NeuralHash uses a cryptographic technique called private set intersection to detect a hash match without revealing what the image is or alerting the user.

    The results are uploaded to Apple but cannot be read on their own. Apple uses another cryptographic principle called threshold secret sharing that allows it only to decrypt the contents if a user crosses a threshold of known child abuse imagery in their iCloud Photos. Apple would not say what that threshold was, but said — for example — that if a secret is split into a thousand pieces and the threshold is ten images of child abuse content, the secret can be reconstructed from any of those ten images.

    It’s at that point Apple can decrypt the matching images, manually verify the contents, disable a user’s account and report the imagery to NCMEC, which is then passed to law enforcement. Apple says this process is more privacy mindful than scanning files in the cloud as NeuralHash only searches for known and not new child abuse imagery. Apple said that there is a one in one trillion chance of a false positive, but there is an appeals process in place in the event an account is mistakenly flagged.

    Apple has published technical details on its website about how NeuralHash works, which was reviewed by cryptography experts and praised by child protection organizations.

    But despite the wide support of efforts to combat child sexual abuse, there is still a component of surveillance that many would feel uncomfortable handing over to an algorithm, and some security experts are calling for more public discussion before Apple rolls the technology out to users.

    A big question is why now and not sooner. Apple said its privacy-preserving CSAM detection did not exist until now. But companies like Apple have also faced considerable pressure from the U.S. government and its allies to weaken or backdoor the encryption used to protect their users’ data to allow law enforcement to investigate serious crime.

    Tech giants have refused efforts to backdoor their systems, but have faced resistance against efforts to further shut out government access. Although data stored in iCloud is encrypted in a way that even Apple cannot access it, Reuters reported last year that Apple dropped a plan for encrypting users’ full phone backups to iCloud after the FBI complained that it would harm investigations.

    The news about Apple’s new CSAM detection tool, without public discussion, also sparked concerns that the technology could be abused to flood victims with child abuse imagery that could result in their account getting flagged and shuttered, but Apple downplayed the concerns and said a manual review would review the evidence for possible misuse.

    Searching photos on the iPhone may be a difficult task when you have to go through thousands of images on your phone. Furthermore, it becomes more difficult when you don’t know the name of a particular photo in the photo library and you have to browse the entire photo library.

    However, from now on it will be easy for you to search for photos with Siri. In this post, we’ll explain how you can search a single photo from a thousand photos within a few minutes. Let us get started with 4 vital ways that can help you to search for a particular photo without wasting time.

    Part 1: 4 Ways to Search Photos with Siri for Saving Time

    Searching a single photo from a detailed album is no doubt a difficult task. Keeping this thing in view, you might always be looking for a golden method to search for photos through Siri picture search. Here are the 4 different ways that can help you to find photos with Siri.

    Way 1. Siri Picture Search – According to location

    It’s one of the wise methods to search images via location. It does not matter if your location is turned off as your iPhone or iPad automatically syncs photos by tagging a particular location. For this, you’ll need to remember the location where you took images. Here is how you can do Siri image research depending on location:

    • Hold the side and home button for launching Siri.
    • Speak “Hey, Siri” and say to it where you took the picture earlier.(such as show me the photos in New York)

    Way 2. Siri Image Search – Based on Time

    A bit complex but yet another easy method to perform Siri photo search. Like the location, the photos taken on the iPhone or iPad are synced with time and date. You will have to perform similar steps to do Siri picture search:

    • Hold the side and home button for launching Siri.
    • Speak “Hey, Siri” and then say the exact month to it.(such as show me the photos on June)

    Way 3: Search Photos with Siri – Related Things

    Sometimes, you forget the location and time when you clicked a particular photo. If you’re unsure about the time and location of a photo album, don’t worry, we have a solution for you as well. Rather time and location, you need to tell Siri about a particular thing like a pet name, chair, or any other.

    • Hold the side and home button for launching Siri.
    • Speak “Hey, Siri” and then say “Show me photos of pets”.

    Way 4. Find Photos by combining above 3 Ways

    If you’re unable to find particular photos in the iPhone library then here is another way to get the job done. This method allows you to combine all of the methods to find your photos. So, what you need to do is to write in location, time, and related things in the search bar. Through this, you’ll have a list of images that lie on the mentioned criteria.

    • Hold the side and home button for launching Siri.
    • Speak “Hey, Siri” and then say “Show my selfies from September.”

    Searching photos from the iPhone library is not as simple as it looks. However, the search photo with the Siri feature has made it easier for us to search the required photos in no time. All you need to do is follow the above 4 ways to solve this problem.

    Part 2: Didn’t Find Specific Photo with Siri How to Do?

    For some reason, you might not be able to find your photos in your iPhone photo library. You cannot find your photos if they’re deleted either intentionally or intentionally. So, you’ll be thinking about where to find deleted photos on iPhone. If you’re looking to search your lost photos on iPhone then here are two methods that can help you to search for photos in Siri.

    Solution 1. Using Third-party tool to recover lost photos (UltData for iOS)

    If you’re unable to find your desired photos from the recently deleted folder then your photos might be deleted permanently from your phone. If you’re curious to know how to recover data with Tenorshare UltData software then follow these steps to get started. In-depth scan your device with computer and retrieve iPhone/iPad/iPod touch data without backup as easy as 1-2-3.

    Download and install UltData and Connect Your iOS device

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    Next, Start scanning your lost data by clicking “Scan”.

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    In the end, select the lost data you want to recover and click “Preview” or “Recover”.

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    Solution 2. Find the lost photos in Recently Deleted Ablums (30 Days)

    Do you know that photos that you delete from iPhone are not deleted permanently? They’re temporarily stored in some other folder named as “Recently Deleted” folder. You might be thinking about how to access that folder and recover your photos easily. Don’t stress out, here’s how you can access the Recently Deleted folder:

    • Go to photos
    • Select the Album view located at the bottom.

    Scroll down to check the recently deleted album.

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    Then click on the Select button located at the top right corner.

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    From the drop-down option, you need to select Recover. All deleted files will be recovered at once.

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    All in all, The problem occurs when your photo gets deleted accidentally or unintentionally. To deal with this problem, Tenorshare UltData recovery software can help you to recover all your lost photos within a few seconds. Try this free software now to recover your precious photos.

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    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    Do you ever find yourself scrolling madly through your phone’s camera roll, looking for that one fabulous vacation shot you’re describing to a friend — and you can’t find it in the river of 4,000 photos? Or do you want to collect all the pictures of a child, scattered through the years, for a slide show but don’t have time to find them?

    Herding pictures into sensible albums on the phone can be tedious if you bother at all, but here’s the good news: If you’ve been using the current versions of Google Photos on your Android or Apple device or Apple’s Photos for iOS, there’s a good chance that the apps have been organizing your images for you.

    It can be a little unnerving to see how these apps have analyzed your pictures. But the software can save you hours and is simple to use. Here are ways to use the programs — and how to tweak them to adjust to your needs.

    Method 1: Visit the Location-Based ‘Places’ Album

    If your phone’s location services setting was enabled when you took the pictures, the geographical coordinates were likely embedded into the image file; this is also called “geotagging.” Tap the Albums tab in Google Photos or Apple’s Photo app to see the Places album, with pictures labeled and grouped by location. Tap a thumbnail to see all the photos taken in that spot, regardless of the date.

    No GPS information in the photo file? You can add locations manually in the desktop editions of Google Photos and Apple’s Photos. Open the photo you want to tag, click the Info icon — which looks like an encircled “i” — and choose the option in the information box to edit or assign a location.

    If you’re not set to sync photos with the desktop via Google’s backup and sync option or Apple’s iCloud, you can import them from the phone. Third-party apps can also edit photo location data.

    Method 2: Browse the ‘People’ Album

    Unless you’ve disabled the feature, Google Photos automatically groups similar faces in your photo library together with its facial recognition software. To see the groupings and label them, tap the Albums tab and go to People & Pets. Select a thumbnail to open the group and add a name. The pictures then show up when you search for that person by name in Google Photos.

    Photos for iOS also collects faces found in the picture library and displays them in the “People” area on the Albums screen. You can label each group with a name by tapping a photo and using the Add Name option. To add new people in Photos for iOS, open a photo of someone, swipe up to see a thumbnail of the person in the People area and tap to enter a name.

    “Show me my photos from January 2019” just… opens the photos app. Does not show preloaded search result. I think something is severely wrong with Siri’s index of my device.

    Thats just Siri in general. Other example I have is that my apple watch offered a tip on how I can use Siri to ask how to say stuff in foreign language. The example offered was "Ask Siri how to say How are you in Chinese".

    I did just that and Siri just says "I can't do that".

    Siri is just shit, in what world would you want to search for images of a calendar when you ask the question you did and not your own photo library. I have the same behaviour on my phone btw.

    Siri is using Bing 😐

    Siri has always used Bing.

    Yeah, Siri is just a bit shit.

    I've worked with all three of the "big" AI assistants, and Siri is BY FAR the worst. Alexa's pretty decent but I won't use it, and Google's AI is really hit and miss. Not as bad as Siri, but still.

    It's telling when the thing I tell Siri most often is, "Siri, why are you so stupid?"

    Going to the photo app and typing a date in the search field is usually what I do.

    One of my favorite things in Photos (on macOS, anyway, not sure if it does it on iOS) is that you have to type “June 2020” and then it suggests “June, 2020” which you can choose to see the photos from that month. But you can’t type “June, 2020” because that won’t work at all. So if you want to go from one month to another, you have to change the month name and be sure to delete the comma. It’s ridiculous.

    Edit: I did just remember that my macOS is a couple major versions out of date(as I'm holding off on replacing my 2012 mini till a gen 2 apple silicon model is out), so it is possible that this was fixed more recently

    Apple’s overhauled Photos application that debuted with iOS 7 earlier this year introduced automatic photo sorting by date and location. A new patent application that surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday suggests that Apple wants to improve upon this idea by allowing users to tag photos and search for them using Siri.

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    The patent, entitled “Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching,” describes how the idea works in its abstract: “The electronic device provides a natural language text string corresponding to a speech input associated with the digital photograph. The electronic device performs natural language processing on the text string to identify one or more terms associated with an entity, an activity, or a location. The electronic device tags the digital photograph with the one or more terms and their associated entity, activity, or location.” That is basically a long-winded way of saying that you

    will be able to add tags to your photos with your voice and then ask Siri to search for photos based on their tags. For example, as described in the summary, someone who has a photo of him/her self at the beach may tag the photo with the phrase “this is me at the beach.” The photo will be tagged appropriately and the natural language processing will intelligently cull additional information that was not explicitly said in the tagging (such as the person’s proper name from “me” or location data) and add more tags. Another example describes the digital assistant referencing other applications such as the calendar or social networks: “if a user says “this is us at the beach” with reference to a photograph, the digital assistant may consult a calendar to determine if there is an entry that provides additional information, such as ‘Hawaii vacation with family.’ In this case, the digital assistant can tag the photograph with the names of the user’s family (and also the word “family”). In another example, the digital assistant may consult a social network to identify any postings that are proximate in time to the photograph and that contain potentially relevant information about the contents of the photograph (e.g., ‘On my way to Hawaii with the fam!’).” Similar photographs will also be tagged appropriately so the user does not have to tag photos individually.

    Considering the ever growing volume of photos that people keep on their devices, this system should provide an intelligent and quick solution for users to navigate their albums. The patent was originally filed back in March but only became public this past week. The inventors are Jan Erik Solem and Thijs Willem Stalenhoef.

    Can’t get Visual Look Up to work on your iPhone or iPad? Here are all the reasons Apple’s new feature might not work for you.

    Visual Look Up allows your device to recognize objects found in photos and gives you additional information about them. Apple released it for the iPhone with the iOS 15 software update, and it’s great…if it’s working.

    Are you having trouble using Visual Look Up on your iPhone? Listed below are reasons why Visual Look Up might not be working, and what you can do to fix it.

    iPhone Models Supporting Visual Look Up

    First off, be sure to check if your device is running iOS 15. To check, head to Settings > About, then check the Software Version. To download and install the latest iOS update, go back to Settings > Software Update, then look at the bottom to see if iOS 15, or later, is available for your device.

    If your device’s software is up to date and Visual Look Up still isn’t working, it may be because your device doesn’t support the feature. Visual Look Up only works on devices with the A12 Bionic chip or later. The following models support Visual Look Up:

    • iPad mini, 5th generation, and later
    • iPad, 8th generation, and later
    • iPad Air, 3rd generation and later
    • iPad Pro 11-inch, all generations
    • iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 3rd generation and later
    • iPhone SE (2020)
    • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max

    If you have a compatible device, but Visual Look Up is still not working, here are some possible reasons and workarounds.

    1. You Are Outside the US

    Currently, the feature is only available for folks in the US. However, you can still use Visual Look Up even if you’re outside the US by simply changing a few settings on your iPhone. Here’s how to do that:

    If you’ve been an iPhone user for quite some time, you probably have quite a bit of photos and videos in iCloud or on your device. Unless you know the date, location, or event, it can be pretty hard to find a specific memory. Even with intelligent search suggestions, AI-created categories, and multi-keyword filters, you still may not be able to find what you want. The new iOS 14 update changes that.

    The one thing that’s always been missing from the Photos app on iOS is a tagging system — something that would let you write down your own keywords for each photo and video so that you don’t have to rely on what Apple’s on-device intelligence calls things in context. That way, when you search for a specific keyword, you find it right away instead of having to add on more keywords.

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    Now, that option is finally here. In iOS 14, any photo or video in the Photos app can be given a custom caption, and captions are completely searchable in the Search tab. If you use iCloud Photos, all of your captions sync across all of your devices, making it that much easier to find what you want no matter which device you’re on. Plus, anyone who knows how to access Exif data can read your captions too.

    The only issue now is: are you going to go back and add captions to thousands of pictures and videos? At the very least, you can tag your media going forward so that new shots and footage are always just a search away.

    Adding Captions to Photos & Videos

    When viewing a picture or video in Photos, or even when viewing one from Camera, swipe up on the screen. Here, you’ll see all of the usual things such as Live Photos Effects, people, and places, but directly under the image or clip is a new “Add a Caption” box. Tap that field, type in your caption, tag, or label, then hit “Done.”

    In my example, I’m getting more specific with what’s in the picture. Searching for “fig” or “beetle” may bring up this image as a result, but it may show other types of figs or beetles. So, I went with “White Genoa Fig / Beetle,” though, I could have gone with “Cotinis mutabilis” or “Figeater Beetle” for the insect.

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    Searching for Photos & Videos by Caption

    To see if you can find it during a search, from one of the browsing views in Photos, tap the “Search” tab, then type some or all of your caption. If you don’t see any results right away, wait for it to finish indexing everything (you may have to perform the search again).

    You should see the photo or video appear up top right away (hit “See All” if it’s not one of the ones shown). Plus, a new Captions section underneath the image results will appear with all of the related captions. If there’s more than one picture or video with the same text, you’ll see 2 or 3 or whatever next to the caption.

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    Viewing Captions in the Exif Data

    By default, whenever you share a photo or video to yourself or anyone else, the caption will transfer as well since it’s baked into the Exif data. Exif data is the metadata that includes information about the media, such as geotags, camera type, operating system, shutter speed, flash, focal length, exposure, and description.

    Captions aren’t transferred with all media types right now, though, we expect that to change in the future. For instance, a screenshot doesn’t seem to move over captions when AirDropped, but photos and videos do.

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    On an iPhone or iPad running iOS 14, the recipient will see the caption in the Photos app if it’s a photo or video, and they can always change it if they want. When viewing it on macOS Big Sur 11, it’ll be labeled as “Caption,” but on older macOS versions, you can find it in the EXIF data as “Description.” Below, you can see that the left image, which was shared with the caption, clearly shows it, while the right image, which was sent without the caption, doesn’t have it.

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    You can also see caption, descriptions, and labels using any number of Exif extractors on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Linux, and so on. For example, the left image below was shared with the caption intact, and the right image with it removed. Using an Exif tool, on Android, in this case, you can see the caption in the IPTC data (metadata that the user creates) for the one sent with it, while the IPTC data isn’t even available on the other one.

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    Removing Captions from Exif Data Before You Share

    If you don’t want to send that data along when you share a file, you don’t have to. Just like you can remove the geolocation data, you can remove the caption. After tapping the Share button, select “Options” at the top of the Share sheet. Under the Include section, toggle off the “Captions” switch. Then, hit “Done” and continue sharing as you usually would.

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    What to Know

    • Visual Lookup is a visual search engine that can identify things in your photos.
    • Tap the info (i) icon when viewing a picture in the Photos app, then tap the small icon that appears on the screen.
    • Visual Lookup requires iOS 15 or newer to work, and it doesn’t work in all regions.

    This article explains how to use the Visual Lookup iOS 15 feature, including useful and fun things that you can do with this feature. Visual Lookup requires iOS 15 or newer and the A12 Bionic chip or newer.

    How Do I Use Visual Lookup in iOS 15?

    Visual Lookup is a tool built into the Photos app, so you access it through Photos. It’s accessed the same way that you access photo information and EXIF metadata. The difference is that if Visual Lookup information is available for a photo, the info icon will have sparkly stars on it.

    Here’s how to use Visual Lookup in iOS 15:

    Open the Photos app.

    Tap a photo.

    Tap the info icon (i).

    If the info icon doesn’t have sparkly stars on it, Visual Lookup isn’t available for that photo.

    Tap the Visual Lookup icon on the photo.

    The appearance of the Visual Lookup icon will vary depending on the contents of your photo. For example, animal photos have a paw icon, and plants have a leaf icon.

    Swipe up on the Results pop-up.

    Tap a result in Siri Knowledge for more information or a web image to see similar photos on the internet.

    What Is Visual Lookup on iOS 15, and What Can I Use it for?

    Visual Lookup is a visual search tool that leverages on-device machine learning. That means it’s capable of analyzing the photos on your phone, determining the subject matter, and providing you with additional information. It’s similar to Google Lens, but it runs right on your phone and can identify things even if you aren’t connected to the internet.

    In addition to just recognizing the contents of a photo and telling you what it sees, Visual Search can also provide additional information. That feature does require a connection to the internet, as it pulls up Siri Knowledge, similar images from the web, and other information that isn’t on your phone.

    Visual Lookup can identify animals, landmarks, plants, books, art, and a variety of other objects. If you see something you’d like to know more about, you can take a picture of it, use Visual Lookup, and learn more.

    For example, if you see an intriguing plant, you can snap a photo and then use Visual Lookup to find its species. If you’re on vacation and want more information about a landmark, take a picture, use Visual Lookup, and you can find out its name and other information. Or if you’re at a friend’s house and see a book on their table or art on their wall, snap a picture, use Visual Lookup, and impress them with your sudden expertise.

    Why Is Visual Lookup Not Working?

    Visual Lookup doesn’t work with everything, but features like this that rely on machine learning get better over time. If you see the Visual Lookup option on some of your photos, but not all, it probably just can’t tell what’s in some of the pictures. Try taking another shot with the subject centered and in focus, as that can help. It’s also possible for Visual Lookup to get stuck. If it isn’t showing up on any of your new photos, force close the Photos app and try again. If that doesn’t work, restart your iPhone and try again.

    If Visual Lookup doesn’t work with any of your photos, make sure that your version of the Photos app supports it. This feature is only available in iOS 15 and newer, so it won’t work if you have an older version of the operating system. It also requires the A12 Bionic chip or later, so if your phone or iPad has an older chip, you won’t be able to use the feature.

    To search using an image from your search results, go to Google Images in the Google app, Chrome app, or Safari app and search for an image. Tap the image you're interested in, then tap Visually Search This Image.

    To find photos of a particular person, open the Photos app on your iPhone, tap the Album tab, then tap the album labeled People. Tap someone to see all the photos in which they appear. To add someone to your People album, find a photo of them and swipe up to see photo details. Under People, tap a face, then tap Add Name.

    Apple released iOS 15, its big annual iPhone software update, on Monday.

    This year's version has some big changes, including the ability of FaceTime to make calls to Windows and Android users, artificial intelligence that can better identify animals, plants and other items in photos, and a feature that better controls limits on notifications.

    While Apple pushes out updates on a regular basis throughout the year, the annual update that is released alongside new iPhones has the most additional features and changes.

    IOS 15 is available for a lot of older phones, too, all the way back to the iPhone 6S, which was released in 2015. Here's what you'll get.

    What's new in iOS 15?

    FaceTime that includes Windows and Android users. FaceTime, Apple's videoconferencing software, used to be reserved for Apple products only — users who wanted to FaceTime with an Android phone or Windows PC were out of luck. Starting in iOS 15, anyone with an Apple computer will see a button that allows them to create a link to a FaceTime chat. Users can send that link to any computer or phone with a modern web browser, and they can join in the chat too. Users will need to be let into the chat, so the link won't let random people join without your permission.

    New Messages integration. Some people get lots of different links in Apple Messages, formerly iMessage, throughout the day but don't have time to check them out until later. Now, Messages will share that information with other apps. For example, if someone sends a link to an Apple News news story, it will show up in the Apple News app in a section called "Shared with You." Same for Apple Music and Apple Photos. This new integration also applies to Safari web links, podcasts and Apple TV movies and TV shows.

    AI that can tell what's in a photo, including text. Apple has been improving its photo recognition capabilities in its Photos app for years, and this year it takes a big step forward in terms of the types of objects inside photos it can recognize. With iOS 15, Apple's software can identify and provide more information about animals, landmarks, plants and books. It also makes text inside your photos searchable, and users can even copy and paste text from a photo into a document. Apple's AI runs on an iPhone, instead of using the cloud to do the work on a remote server, so the things you identify or copy won't be sent back to Apple.

    More control of notifications during off-hours. For a few years, iPhone users have had a mode called "Do Not Disturb" that limited notifications except from a list of close contacts. These features have received a big upgrade in iOS 15 that Apple calls "Focus." The main feature shows only notifications from people and apps you've pre-approved. If someone is texting a user who is in Focus Mode, they'll receive a message that notifications have been silenced, sort of like an away message. Users can create multiple Focus profiles for different situations, such as work, play and sleep. It will allow users to create special home screens so they can, for example, have different collections of apps for work or home.

    Apple Maps reminders. Apple Maps comes with annual improvements, including better directions, public transit schedules, and an augmented reality walking directions feature that places big arrows over scenes of the real world telling users where to go. But commuters will probably like best the new real-time alerts that tell users when they need to get off the bus, train or subway before they miss their stop.

    New Safari redesign. The default browser on the iPhone is getting its biggest redesign in years, bringing the address bar and back button from the top of the screen closer to the bottom to make it easier for thumbs to reach. If you don't like the new Safari, you can change it back to the old look. Safari will also save groups of open tabs, so you can come back to them later, and supports extensions — just like Google Chrome or Safari on the desktop — for the first time through Apple's app stores. Extensions are little apps that let you do more on a site, such as block ads, but there aren't a lot available yet.

    Better system search. Apple's Spotlight is a power-user feature that searches the web and your files and makes apps easier to access. Users access it when swiping down from the top of the screen. It has a new look this year, with more photos, and Apple-provided information about TV shows, movies, musicians, and links that have been shared with you.

    Privacy protections. Apple has emphasized privacy in recent years, but in iOS 15 it's starting to become a feature worth upgrading for. One new feature is called "App Privacy Report," and it will show you how often an app accessed your microphone or location over the last seven days. It also will tell users if apps are phoning home to their own servers — which is normal but can highlight certain uses of data that have previously been overlooked. People who pay for iCloud will also get "iCloud Private Relay," a beta feature that is similar to a VPN and hides IP addresses, which can give away your location. People who use Apple's Mail app can provide random burner email addresses and hide tracking pixels that tell marketers whether an email has been opened or not.

    Faster Siri. Siri no longer needs to send data to a faraway server in order to understand what you've asked it. Now, it can do it on the device itself, which will lead to a snappier experience without a slight delay, as well as additional privacy — Apple won't have access to all the recordings of your Siri requests anymore.

    Driver's license and keys in Apple Wallet. Apple is adding the ability to put driver's licenses and keys into the Wallet app, but it may be a while before all users can take advantage of these big new features.

    Apple says the TSA and eight states are already on board with the program to put driver's licenses and state ID's on the iPhone. Users will have to wait until their state government supports the feature.

    Users will also be able to store keys, including car ignition keys, in Apple Wallet. If you have a smart home or go to an office with compatible locks, you can start unlocking your front door with your phone as soon as you update with the new software. The car ignition key feature requires a BMW or other compatible vehicle.

    One big delay: Apple is planning to launch a feature called SharePlay that lets you watch a movie or TV show with other people over FaceTime. But that feature isn't included yet and is now promised for later this year.

    How to get iOS 15

    It's really easy to install iOS 15. You just need an iPhone SE (1st generation) or newer or an iPhone 6s or newer. Those phones were released in 2016 and 2015, respectively, so most people should get the update. Here's what you do:

    On the same interface, iOS 15 displays info about the picture capture date and time, which by the way, can be manually adjusted. The name of the image file as well as the Add a caption feature introduced back in iOS 14 are also available.

    How To Check Photo Metadata In iOS 15

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    • Open the Photos app and browse to an image that you want to find out more about.
    • Tap the blue encircled ‘i’ icon available in the bottom menu, next to the add to Favorites and Delete photo option.
    • The EXIF Metadata slides in from the bottom of the screen.

    How To Read Photo Metadata In iOS 15

    1. Captions

    In the top section of the info screen you can Add a caption like in iOS 14. This will allow you to find a photo via search, easier when you search for it.

    2. Date, Time and Name

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    Next up, you have Date & Time info. This metadata is editable. Tap on Adjust and you’re able to modify date, time and Time Zone. Tap Done when ready.
    Fact: Under date & time info, you can get the name of the image. It’s currently not editable, although many of us would like it to be.

    3. Camera Metadata

    The third section includes detailed info about the camera that was used for capturing the photo. You can read the iPhone model, camera type, lens info, MegaPixel size of the sensor, resolution and the storage space required for the image.
    Fact: If the picture isn’t captured with a camera, for example a screenshot, this section will display empty.

    4. Location

    Next up, you can check where the photo was taken. iOS 15 will display an approximate location even if Location Services are disabled on your iPhone.
    Tip: This part of the metadata can also be edited.
    How To: Tap on Add a location and provide the capture place manually with the help of the Search field.

    How To: To allow iOS 15 to generate location data automatically go for Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services and enable Location Services. Also make sure that the Camera app is allowed to access your Location.

    5. Show in All Photos

    Last but not least you have the Show in All Photos option, that helps you exit the metadata info screen and displays the image in the All Photos Timeline view.

    How To Look Up Photos In iOS 15

    How to use siri to search your photos by date or location

    Another new feature in Photos allows you to quickly search for details available in an image like plants. If iOS 15 detects a certain flower or tree in your picture its able to quickly show similar images from the web or from Siri’s database.
    How To: Tap the small leaf icon displayed in the middle of the photo and an info card slides up from to bottom of the screen.

    Important: All new features highlighted in this article are available in iOS 15! The next generation iPhone OS has been unveiled during WWDC21 and is currently available for beta testing. It will be released to the general public this fall. You can test it out yourself by following this tutorial, or wait for the public release!

    What do you think about the Photos EXIF Metadata feature? Is it also a welcomed addition for you? Use the comments section to share your feedback. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need more info!