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

Narrow down your photo searches to find exactly what you want in the iPhone Photos app.

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This article will tell you how to find a specific picture in your Photos app using multiple search terms. One of my favorite apps on my iPhone is Apple's Photos app. Not only are Apple's native Camera and Photos apps free, but they also keep improving with every new operating system. With iOS 12 and later, you can use multiple search terms to find specific pictures in the Photos app. This photo search feature can use one or more of the following categories: date, location, business name, events, people, and type of photo. I'll show you how to use this time-saving feature to search for specific pictures faster and more accurately than ever before.

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

For more great tutorials on organizing photos on your iPhone and using the iPhone Camera app, check out our Tip of the Day.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap the Search icon at the bottom-right of your display.

  3. Type your search into the Search Bar at the top of the page.
  4. The Photos app is capable of handling three search terms at a time.
  5. Mix and match people, places, dates, and more to find the picture you want.

  6. 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

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and 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.