Being able to quickly find pictures based on a sign or word combo is huge, and you’ll be able to copy and paste text, to boot.
Scrolling through 2,567 photos to find the precise picture you want can be a nightmare. Now, a new feature in Google Photos will let you search for pictures that have text in them so you can quickly find what you’re looking for. You can even copy and paste the text when you find it.
The new tool makes it easier to find a recipe you saved, a funny meme you screenshotted or your bank account number. You can also use it to pinpoint a photo that you took of a Wi-Fi password, business card or phone number.
Here’s how to use the Google Photos search tool to find your photos.
1. Open the Google Photos app.
3. Once Google has spotted the image for you, tap on it.
4. Tap the Google Lensbutton on the bottom of the screen. It’s a square with a dot in the center.
5. Google will highlight all of the text in the photo. Tap on the words you want to copy.
6. Select Copy text.
7. Now you can paste the text wherever you need, like in the messages app or in a browser.