Avid iPhone and iPad users get thousands of photos in their library. If you don’t want to organize your images into albums, you can use the text feature introduced in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to describe photos or videos on your iPhone and iPad.
After you add a caption to a photo or video, it is indexed by the Photos Apps, and you can search for the keyword later. While the Photos app has an automatic search engine for photos, it’s not very specific or reliable. Using text, you can control the photos you might want to find later.
The Photos application automatically groups similar text, so you can use this feature as an emergency tagging system. You can add the same one-word caption to multiple photos to find them together quickly.
Open the “Photos” app on your iPhone or iPad and hover over the photo for which you want to add a caption. Next, swipe the photo up to show additional options.
This will show photo information including where the image was taken. Just below the photo, tap the blank text area labeled “Add Caption”.
You can repeat the process for all photos and videos to which you want to add captions. You can also come back here at any time to edit the text.
The Photos app will now start indexing the text. To find a photo or video based on text, go to the “Search tab”, then tap the “Search” bar at the top and type a word or phrase from one of your texts.
Now scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. You will find the “Text” section here. Select a caption to see photos associated with it.
If you have several photos or videos with the same caption, you will see the number of photos on the right edge. Tap the caption to view all photos and / or videos.
When you share a photo or video using AirDrop or iCloud, the Photos app also automatically shares the text. You can turn this off from the share sheet. Tap the “Share” button to open the share sheet.
Select the “Options” button from the top.
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