How to add faces to the Photos app on an iPhone, and automatically group your photos by who's in them

ShutterstockAll it takes to add faces to your iPhone’s Photos app is a few taps.

  • You can add faces to the Photos app on your iPhone, which will let your phone group photos automatically based on who’s in them.
  • Once it starts recognising faces, your iPhone will create a “People” album to group these photos.
  • If your iPhone recognises a person’s face in a photo, you can add a name to their face, and they will be added to the People album.
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As newer and newer iterations of the iPhone are released, Apple has honed in on one ability that’s quite uncanny: the ability to automatically recognise human faces.

You may have noticed by now that in the iPhone’s default Photos app, some photos are sorted automatically by what faces are in them. What you may not realise is that you can name those faces, mark your favourites, and explore photos grouped by person.

It’s a handy tool that will make finding the right image a breeze when you want to post photos of your best friend, or grab a picture of your new beau.

Here’s a brief rundown of how to use the iPhone’s nifty facial recognition technology in the Photos app.

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How to add faces to the Photos app on your iPhone

Accessing the People album

1. Open the iPhone’s Photos app.

2. Tap “Albums” in the row of tabs at the bottom of the screen.

3. Scroll down to the section titled “People & Places.” Open the “People” album.

Any people your iPhone has automatically identified will appear.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderThese are the faces my iPhone had automatically filtered to the album, without my manually adding any others.

But perhaps you want to add others? Fortunately, you can manually add them yourself.

Adding more people to the People album

1. Open a picture of the person you want to add.

2. Swipe up from the middle of the photo (if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen you’ll minimise the app window instead). If your iPhone recognises a human face in the photo, you’ll see a circular thumbnail of the person below the photo. Tap it.

2   How to add faces to photos on iPhoneEmma Witman/Business InsiderThe iPhone’s facial recognition software isn’t perfect, so there’s a chance it might not recognise every face.

3. You’ll be taken to a page with all photos featuring that person, and there’ll be an option to “Add Name” at the top of the screen. Tap it.

3   How to add faces to photos on iPhoneEmma Witman/Business InsiderYou’ll also see other photos associated with this face on the page, and have the option to see photos taken nearby.

4. Type in the name. If the name is an existing contact, there will be an option to autofill in the name and associate it with that contact. Tap “Next.”

5. Tap Done.

4   How to add faces to photos on iPhoneEmma Witman/Business InsiderIn this case, I was able to add a pre-existing contact. But if the contact doesn’t exist, you can manually enter the person’s name.

Their image will be added to the People album, and their name will now appear on the thumbnail well.

5   How to add faces to photos on iPhoneEmma Witman/Business InsiderThe now updated People album, with a new face, and a name for that face.

In the People album, you can mark someone as a “Favourite” person, which is great if you want to be able to find them more easily in the future.

Simply tap the heart icon, located in the bottom right corner of their thumbnail in the People album, to add someone to your Favourites lineup.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderI’ve got all my faves set, for quick access to my photos of them.
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