How to Search Photos on iPhone with Photo Captions (2023)

Use this simple trick to search and find images using photo captions.

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iPhone photographers can add a caption to a photo right in the Photos app. If iCloud Photos is enabled, these captions will sync and be visible on all Apple devices signed in with the same Apple ID. This means that you can search a photo by caption. Let's go over how to do a photo search on your iPhone using captions.

Related: Photo Management Guide: How to Organize, Share & Store Your iPhone Photos

How to Find Photos on 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 using captions as your iPhone photo search terms. 

  1. Open the Photos app.

    iphone photos app
  2. Tap Search.

    tap the search icon
  3. Tap the Search field and enter the photo caption you're looking for.

    enter the photo caption in the search field
  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.

    tap the photo caption
  5. Tap the photo to open it, so that you can edit or share your photo.

    tap the photo to open

That's all there is to it! Now you can add captions and easily find any photo.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.