How to Find a Picture in the Photos App with Multiple Search Terms

Narrow your photo search on iPhone to find the image you want in the Photos app.

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You can use multiple search terms to find specific pictures in the Photos app. I use this time-saving feature to search for specific pictures from vacations, entering a date and location to see all videos and photos from each trip. Read on to learn how to search photos on your iPhone using multiple keywords.

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How to Find Photos on Your iPhone with Multiple Search Terms

An iPhone photo search term can use one or more of the following categories: date, location, business name, events, people, captions, and type of photo. Here's how to filter pictures on your iPhone using multiple search terms. 

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Tap the Search icon.

  3. Type your search terms into the Search bar at the top of the page.

  4. Mix and match people, places, dates, and more to find the picture you want.

For my Apple Photos search, using two terms narrowed my search down to eight photos; using three terms narrowed it to one. I hope this tip helps you find the photos you need quickly and efficiently!

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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.