How to Add Photos to People Album (iOS 17)

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Apple's Photos app has an album called People & Pets that, thanks to the iPhone's facial recognition software, automatically sorts photos by the people in the photos. However, the app isn’t able to perfectly recognize every image of people's faces in a photo, leaving some photos uncategorized. Here's how to add people to the People album on your iPhone. 

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Organize your photos of friends and family by including them in your iPhone's People album.
  • Find photos of loved ones you may not have seen for a while! 

How to How to Add a Person in Photos on iPhone & iPad

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17 or later. Learn how to update to the latest OS.

First, we’ll use the built-in feature for easily adding additional photos of people to their folders. This will allow your iPhone or iPad to look for photos of the person that it thinks might be missing. Before you use this tip, you might want to add the person's name to the People album. While this is not required, it will certainly make the process easier. To learn more about how to organize photos, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's go over how to manually add faces to photos on iPhone:

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Note: While the screenshots below show how to add photos of a pet, you can follow the exact same steps for people as well. To find out more about how to add your pets to the People album on iOS 17, check out this tip.

  1. Open the Photos app.

    apple photos app
  2. Tap the Album tab, then tap the People & Pets album.

    iphone photos app with people and pets album circled in red
  3. Tap a person or pet's face that you may have additional photos of.

    iphone photos people and pets album with red box around a gray cat
  4. Once in their folder, tap the More icon (three dots) in the top-right corner.

    photos app pet album with three dot icon circled in red
  5. Tap Review Photos.

    photos app pet album more menu with review photos option circled in red
  6. Tap Review More Photos.

    iphone review photos with review more photos button circled in red
  7. If there are some, it will ask if the person in the photo is the same person or pet. Tap This is the Same Person/Pet or Not the Same Person/Pet until you’ve gone through the photos. 

    iphone review photos with red box around this is the same pet and not the same pet buttons
  8. Tap Done when you're finished adding pictures to the People album.

    iphone review more photos with done button circled in red
  9. Tap Done again when you've reviewed the available photos.

    iphone review photos menu with done button circled in red
  10. If there are none, it will say, "There doesn’t appear to be any additional photos of [person’s name]."

    iphone photo review with red box around text, "There doesn’t appear to be any additional photos of this pet."

That's how to assign a picture to a person in Photos. After you've mastered this tip, you may want to learn how to find people by photo and delete or add iPhone People albums.

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