Google’s baked-in search feature in its Photos app has long been handy in letting you scan the likes of objects, locations or even pets within your photo library courtesy of some clever AI. Well, that same search feature’s just become smarter.
The feature, known as optical character recognition (OCR) is actually technology which is already a part of Google Lens and is now being brought to the Google Photos app. The new addition, according to 9To5Google, has started rolling out and is now available on some Android devices.
Once your device gains the new capability, you will be able to search for text that appears within your photos or screenshots and then copy it using the Lens feature to paste it in a document or form. The new feature was confirmed by Google Photos on Twitter.
You spotted it! Starting this month, we’re rolling out the ability to search your photos by the text in them.
Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text. Take that, impossible wifi passwords ?
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) August 22, 2019
This feature will essentially allow you to search for words and bring up all results where that phrase physically appears, no matter how small or if it’s at an angle. While we haven’t used the feature a lot, I can vouch that the feature does performs very well on screenshots, but also works on any text that appears in an image.
The text search feature appears to be ideal for documents, WiFi passwords, and anything else that you’ve saved by taking a picture. This works on both the Android and iOS apps, as well as the web client.
What’s more is that once you find the photo you’re looking for, you have the option of simply clicking the Google Lens button to easily copy and paste text.