How to Add Text to Photos and Videos on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

How to Add Text to Photos and Videos on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

Our iPhones & iPads are usually packed with tons of images. And finding the right photo at the right time is definitely difficult. But what if we can add text to our photos directly from our iPhone and easily search for them like files or documents later? Thanks to the neat additions to iOS 14, you can now add text to your photos and videos and then search for them on your Apple Device easily.

How to Add Text on Photos or Videos on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

Remarkably, this new feature not only supports Photos, but also applies to all content in the Photos application.

So, you can add text to all photos, photos & videos directly in your Photos application.

  1. Open the Photos apps and select the photo you want to capture.
  2. Now, drag a little photo to display the ‘Add Caption‘ bar.1
  3. Tap on the bar and type the title.
  4. After adding a caption, Tap on Done.2

Very simple to add captions to your photos. What’s interesting is there are no such word restrictions. You can choose to refine the title in the image or add an essay if you want.

How to Edit or Delete Text in the Photo Application on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Photos apps and select the photo for which you want to edit the description.
  2. Now, drag a little photo to open the Description bar.
  3. Here you can simply edit or delete text and then tap Done.3

According to Apple, if iCloud Photos is activated, image text will synchronize smoothly on all your devices. This also implies that you can search for images for all synchronized devices.

How to Quickly Search for Photos or Videos with Text

  1. Open the Photos apps and select the Search Tab from the Lower menu.
  2. If you are using an iPad, activate the sidebar then select Search Tab.
  3. Here, type the title or main terms associated with it.
  4. The iOS device will display the relevant image, check the Text section to find your picture.


Adding a caption to every single or important image does sound rather boring. But look how easy it is to find your photos.

You can also AirDrop images with text. Select the Share icon, then tap on Options from the top of the page. Here, make sure the switch next to Text & All Photos Data is Active.


And then AirDrop as usual.


Additionally, the text field is not only limited to your device, it will be reflected in the Photo description field every time you check the image metadata. So, that’s the all-win situation.

Signing Off 

While the features are very small, this can be very useful. Especially if you are one of those who have thousands of photos and often refer back to them for work or personal needs.

To further simplify the task of organizing & searching through the Photos application, iOS 14 also allows label searching. Now you can filter your collection with Favorites, Edited, Videos and Photos.

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