How to Do a Photo Search Using Photo Captions on Your iPhone (New for iOS 14)

Are you looking for a particular picture on your iPhone? Did you know that you can do a photo search and find pictures using photo captions? Here's how to find the pictures you're looking for using photo captions.

In the past, iPhone users had to use a photo caption app to caption their photos. Now, with iOS 14, iPhone photographers can add captions to photos right in the Photos app. If iCloud photo library is enabled, these captions will sync to the cloud and be visible on all Apple devices signed in with the same Apple ID. This also means that we can now do a photo search by caption, as well as an iPhone search by image or by location, as we could with previous operating systems. We've already gone over how to add captions to iPhone photos. Now, let's go over how to search your iPhone pictures for the photo you're looking for using captions. 

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How to Do a Photo Search on Your iPhone with Photo Captions

We've written a lot of iPhone photography tips, as well as tutorials on how to store, share, and organize photos on your iPhone. For more lessons about how to use your iPhone camera and the Photos app, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's cover how to search for photos on your iPhone using photo captions. 

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap Search at the bottom of your screen.

    iphone photos apptap the search icon
  3. Tap the Search field and enter the photo caption you're looking for.
  4. You can enter the whole photo caption, or tap on the suggested caption beneath the search field if it's the caption you're searching for.

    enter the photo caption in the search fieldtap the photo caption
  5. Tap the photo to open it, so that you can edit or share your photo.

    tap the photo to open
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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.