How to Add Captions to iPhone Photos

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Did you know that iOS 14 comes with a built-in feature that allows you to add captions to photos on your iPhone? Users no longer have to seek an extra app to add captions, and any captions added in the iPhone library will sync to the cloud if iCloud Photo Library is enabled. This means captions created on your iPhone will be visible on all of your devices that have access to the iCloud. I’ll freely admit I’ve been waiting for this update for ages; this will make searching iPhone photos using Siri and the photo search bar much simpler and more accurate. Here’s how to add captions to iPhone photos.

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How to Add a Caption to an iPhone Photo in iOS 14

Captions are handy for searching your iPhone photo library and for reminding you of certain details when you come across the photo later. For these reasons, it’s best to keep the captions simple but useful—I recommend including notes about a holiday or occasion if applicable, and any other keywords you may think of later when wanting to search for that photo. If you’d like to learn more about the Photos app and using other new features in iOS 14, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Here’s how to caption pictures on the iPhone:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on a photo you’d like to add a caption to.

    Open the Photos app on your iPhoneTap on the picture you want to caption
  3. When the photo opens, swipe up on the photo to reveal the Add a Caption area.
  4. Tap on Add a Caption.

    Swipe up on the photo to reveal the Add a Caption areaTap on the Add a Caption area
  5. Type in your caption using the keyboard that appears.
  6. When you’re done adding a caption, tap Done to save it.

    Use the keyboard or microphone to enter a captionTap Done to save the photo caption

And that’s it! For a feature many of us have been waiting so long for, it couldn’t be much simpler. I especially love being able to access these captioned images across my devices.

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Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.