Google has recently rolled out a new important feature to Google Photos app for Android smartphone. The default Photos app for Android is now capable of searching for text in any images. Further, it gives you the freedom to copy and paste those to your clipboard.
Previously, Google Photos app was only capable of searching for people, objects, pets, and also the location where the photo was captured, thanks to Google’s advanced machine learning algorithm.
And now, with the new feature coming into the play, besides people, objects, pets, events, and location, you will be able to search your images by the text in them too. This will come in handy in a lot of ways especially if you’re one of those who travel a lot and captures images daily. Furthermore, if you want to copy and paste the text in the images, all you have to do is find the photo and then click on the Lens button.
You spotted it! Starting this month, we’re rolling out the ability to search your photos by the text in them.
Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text. Take that, impossible wifi passwords ?
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) August 22, 2019
Just for a quick refresher, Microsoft added the exact same feature to Photos app for Windows 10 last year. And back in 2017, Microsoft added the ability to search for texts in images to the OneDrive app.
Note, Google is still in the process of rolling out the feature via a server-side update and it should be available for everyone by the end of this month, so there is no reason to worry if you haven’t got the update yet.