How to Merge Duplicates in the People Album on iPhone

How to Merge Duplicates in the People Album with iOS 10 on iPhone

Apple's Photos app uses facial recognition to group photos of the same person in the People album. Sometimes your iPhone gets it wrong and categorizes one face as two (or more) different people. Here's how to merge these duplicate people in the People album. 

Related: How to Add Uncategorized Photos to the People Album on iPhone

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Keep photos of friends and family properly organized in your iPhone's People album.
  • Make sure you can find all the pictures of each person in one convenient location.

How to Merge Duplicates in the People Album on iPhone & iPad

Did the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad create two People albums for the same person? This often happens if someone's appearance has changed significantly. Here's how to merge those duplicates in the People Album. For more great photo organization tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.

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  1. Open the Photos app.

    apple photos app
  2. Tap the Albums tab, then tap People.

    tap the people album
  3. Tap Select

    tap select in the people album
  4. Tap all the people that you’d like to combine, then tap Merge

    tap images of people to merge
  5. Tap Yes to confirm.

    tap yes to confirm merge

​​​​​If you found this tip helpful, you may also want to learn how to add a name to the People album on your iPhone or iPad.

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