How to Search Pictures on iPhone & iPad by Object (2022)

Looking for a specific photo? Use the Photos app search function to search for an image by the objects in it!

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The Photos app is getting better at recognizing what’s in a photo, making it much easier to find exactly the picture you're looking for. If you’ve been wondering, “How do I search by image on my iPhone?” we'll cover how to use the search function to find objects in your photo library.

Related: How to Add Captions to iPhone Photos in iOS 14

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Quickly find the photo you're looking for. 

  • Avoid scrolling through the camera roll to find certain photos. 

How to Search for Objects in Photos App

If I want to find pictures of my garden, this feature makes things easy! Here’s how to search for objects in the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. To learn more great Photos app tricks, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Tap Search.

    Tap on the Search tab
  3. Enter an object-based search term such as “car” or “flower.”

  4. Tap a specific search term option or See All.

  5. You’ll see all the pictures that contain the object you searched for.

While not perfect, the photo search on your iPhone or iPad returns some surprisingly accurate results. Try it out with your own search terms!

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.