How to Identify Plants with the iPhone Photos App (2022)

Use your iPhone Camera & Photos app as a simple (and free!) method to identify plants.

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Whether you're on a long hike or in possession of a mysterious houseplant, you can quickly identify a plant by taking a picture (even an image of a distinct leaf might work) and using your Photos app Visual Look Up feature. Below, we'll show you how to identify plants using the Apple Photos app. 

Related: 6 Easy Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • To get proper care tips, photograph and identify delicate houseplants. 
  • Easily identify fun or potentially hazardous plants (such as poison ivy) on your nature walks. 

How to Use the Photos App to Identify Plants

For more nifty ways to use your Photos app and other Apple apps, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. First, of course, you will need a photo of a plant. The plant should fill the frame as much as possible, and ideally be well lit. Once you have taken a picture of the unknown plant, here’s how to identify it:  

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

    On the Home screen, tap to open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on a plant photo to open it.

    Tap on a plant photo to open it.
  3. Check to see if the Info icon at the bottom of the screen has stars next to it. If it does, tap on it. If it doesn’t, the app can’t identify the plant and you will need to try another photo.

  4. Tap Look Up – Plant.

  5. Siri will show you related article(s) on the plant in question, and also similar web images. You can tap an article to learn more about the plant. 

  6. You can also tap one of the displayed web images to view it in more detail. 

Now you have an easy and free method to identify plants on your iPhone!

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Devala Rees

Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on Quora.com.