January 18, 2021

Self Tag Google Photos

A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but what good is it if you can't find the photo?

Google Photos is a great tool, you can use their algorithm to find pictures easy. Google analyzes photos for objects and tag photos with those objects.

So it easy to find photos that contain objects such as:

  • White Car
  • Swimming Pool
  • Christmas Lights
  • Waterfall

All Fun and Games...

The problem is what if your description of a photo doesn’t really match the A.I. algorithm.

For example look at this photo:

Samsung TV Back Side

This is the back of my Samsung TV. For me, this photo is useful because I know what ports are available on the back of the TV.

Google Photos doesn’t know much about this photo. Searching for Samsung TV won’t show this photo. That’s because there’s nothing to indicate that it’s a Samsung TV.

Adding a description to this photo in Google Photos will help me find this photo. So in this example, I added, "Samsung TV Backside" to the description.

Google includes the description field as part of the photo search. So if I just search for Samsung, the above photo would be included in the search results.

Productivity Tip

Every once in a while you should add a description to recent photos that were uploaded to Google Photos.

A simple description of why you took that photo can make a huge difference. You don’t need to write a long story, just a few words that might make you find this photo easier.

This 5 to 10 mins now can save you a ton of time later.

Sample Ideas

Here are some description ideas for you to think about:

  • Coldest Day of the year
  • First snow storm
  • Last Car seat ride
  • Yard Sale Books
  • Clothes Donation (Helpful around Tax time!)
  • First Apartment

How to Add a Description

Open Google Photos and look for a photo that you want to add a description. Click on the photo, then click on the "i" icon in the top left. Then add a description.

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