How to Improve Facial Recog­ni­tion in Google Photos

Parth Shah

Google Photos is more than just a gallery app on iPhone and Android. It features a media backup tool, many photo and video editing functions, Partner sharing, and AI-based face recognition to find people quickly. However, Google Photos keeps adding and tagging incorrect photos under the wrong name. Here’s how you can fix that and improve facial recognition for your pictures on mobile and the web.

Improve google photos face recognition on mobile and web

After all, it’s an AI-based recognition in Google Photos and it can go wrong at times. By fixing those mistakes, you can help the Google Photos app to tag people in photos correctly.

Being a responsible tech company, Google offers several options to improve face recognition in Google Photos. That way, you fix the wrong faces detected by Google Photos and improve the overall algorithm for better results in the future.

Use Google Photos Mobile Apps

Google Photos for Android and iPhone carry the same UI/UX. The steps to improve facial recognition are identical on both platforms.

In the example below, we will use the Google Photos iPhone app, but you can follow the same steps on Android to get better results.

Step 1: Open the Google Photos app on your mobile.

Step 2: Tap on the Search icon at the bottom.

Select search botton

Step 3: Select the people face that need to be fixed.

Select face on mobile

Step 4: You will see all the photos of the user that Google Photos has identified over the years.

Step 5: Select the problematic photos and tap on the three-dot menu at the top.

More menu at the top

Step 6: Tap on Remove results.

Remove results on mobile

Step 7: Google Photos will ask you, ‘Why are these results for ‘x person’ incorrect?

Reason for incorrent face

Select a relevant result and tap on Submit at the bottom. Most users will mark the Wrong person as a reason for incorrect facial recognition.

To improve the facial recognition further, Google will ask you to ID if this is the same person in other pictures or not.

Tap on it and select Same or Different or Not sure from the following menu. Google Photos will keep asking for your input from different types of pictures of the person to do a better job at facial recognition.

Select same or different person
Select person

This is very helpful for the photos of your kids. The facial shape and style change dramatically for them compared to adults. Google Photos will learn how your child used to look like at two years, four years, and so on.

It can create a complete profile for the little one and you can find all the photos with a single tap from the Search menu.

Use Google Photos Web

You can perform the same actions from the Google Photos web version as well. Those sitting at the desk will find this method more useful. It’s easier to view all the photos on a bigger canvas than on a small screen on mobile.

Step 1: Visit Google Photos on the web.

Step 2: Sign in using your Google account credentials.

Step 3: It will take you to the Photos menu on the home screen.

Select google photos explore

Step 4: Click on Explore from the left sidebar.

Step 5: Click on the person's face that you want to correct, and Google Photos will showcase all the identified results from the Google Photos library.

Select face

Step 6: Select the problematic photos that you want to remove.

Step 7: Click on the three-dot menu at the top and select Remove results.

Remove results from google photos web

Similarly, on Google Photos for mobile, it will ask for the reason for removal. Select the Wrong face and move on.

Reason for incorrect face

Like Google Photos on mobile, you have an option like Same or different person from Google Photos. Click on it, and it will take you through a photos survey and ask you to submit feedback.

Improve google photos face recognition

Google Photos will save your input in the database and use them to deliver astute face recognition in the future.

Another way you can improve face recognition is by uploading more photos to the Google Photos cloud. The more data Google has, the better it can improve the facial recognition results for you.

Try to upload different kinds of photos of a person. Some images with straight faces, some in group shots, some in dark scenes, and more. Try to train the algorithm from your side by feeding more data.

Use Google Photos Like a Pro

Google Photos’ facial recognition is one of the best we have ever seen. Unfortunately, both iCloud and OneDrive remain far behind in terms of delivering relevant results. You can further improve facial recognition by following the steps above and be amazed at what Google Photos is capable of.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.