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

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One of my favorite apps for 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. 

Related: How to Play Slideshows from the Photos App on iPhone

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In my family, we have an ongoing dispute over which are better, colored or white Christmas tree lights. We've compromised by setting a rotating schedule, but every year my daughter claims that last year was my turn, and this year is her turn! The Photos app is like an automatic photo organizer, so I can easily find a photo of last year's tree, so we know for sure with one photo search!

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

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

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

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  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.

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I hope this tip helps you find the photos you need quickly and efficiently!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.