One of the coolest features in Google Photos is the app’s ability to spontaneously acknowledge faces and tag people. However, occasionally the app fails to acknowledge people and they’re left untagged. While the app does allow you to remove erroneous tags, it currently doesn’t let you add tags by yourself. Earlier this year, Google Photos product lead, David Lieb, revealed a couple of upcoming features for the app. Among these was the ability to add manual face tags, but Lieb didn’t confirm when the feature would be released to users. A teardown of the latest update for the app reveals that the new feature might be released soon.
New strings discovered in version 4.30 of Google Photos highlight the upcoming feature and reveal some information about how it may work when published. The app will basically allow you to tag people and pets by yourself, in case the app fails to add tags spontaneously. You’ll be able to create new tags for people/pets and the app will then group the tagged photos with others of the same people/pets. The app will prompt users when there are faces available to tag and it will let you edit the tags at a later stage in case you make a mistake. You’ll be able to check all the tags you’ve added in a new ‘Recently tagged’ section and you’ll get the ability to discard tags as well. It’s worth noting that the manual face tag feature will require an internet connection to work.
As of now, it isn’t clear when manual face tagging will go live in Google Photos. But since Google has by now added these new strings to the app, it shouldn’t be long before the feature arrives on a beta release.