Memory is a difficult thing. Some of us are very good at adding names to faces, while others (and here I raise my hand) have always had trouble remembering names, especially when you meet someone out of context. For example, imagine the shame when someone you know from work suddenly appears at a friend's party and spends the next hour trying to remember his name.
As a result, I'm always looking for a way to be able to put a name with a face. While there are some mobile applications that claim to be able to help with that, I have not found any that are suitable for my Android phone. (The only application that really worked for me, Evernote Hello, was removed in 2015.) However, there is an application that can help recover a faulty memory: Google Photos.
The Google photo collection application automatically gathers your images into a variety of categories – including a People call. The People page offers a representative photo for each person that appears in your collection; select one, and you will see all the photos with that person.
What makes the People page even more useful is that each of the photos on the page can be labeled with a name. So, if you see someone at a party and you just do not remember their name, you can find a corner, pick up your phone, go to the People of Photos page and swipe down until you see their picture and their name.
But that will not work unless you first label the individuals in your collection. It's easy, although it can take a long time, depending on how many people appear in your images.
- From the Google Photos main page, click on the search box at the top.
- If you have a reasonable number of photos With the people in them, you should see a horizontal strip with small photos. Click on the arrow to the right of the strip.
- This takes you to the People page. You will see rows of square photos that show different individuals. This is because Google Photos gathers what it thinks are photos of the same person and chooses a representative photo.
- Select the person you want to identify. You will see all the images that Photos have decided to contain that person. Look for a link titled "Add a name" on that page (at the top left of the web version, in the top center of the mobile application).
- Select the link and start typing. Your contact list will appear, allowing you to select the person's name if it is already on your list. Otherwise, you can only type the name.
- Now, when you return to the People page, the person's face will be labeled with your name.
Of course, sometimes the photos are wrong. In that case, you can delete a photo from someone's page.
- On the person's page, place the cursor on the photo you want to delete. You will see a check box in the upper left corner of the photo; select it
- When finished selecting the photos, click on the three points in the upper right corner.
- Select "Delete photo".
You can also eliminate anyone who does not want to see everything – say, an ex that brings back bad memories – from the People page completely.
- In the web and mobile versions, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the People page.
- Select "Show & Hide faces" (web) or "Hide and show people" (mobile).
- Select any of the people you want to remove from the People page. An icon of an eye with a line through it will appear on the photo, and when it returns to the People page, that person will not be there.
- Do you want them back? Go back to that page and select the person. The icon will disappear and the person will return to your People page.
Unfortunately, Google Photos lacks some features that it would be useful to have. For example, you really can not add any pictures to someone's People page; you should expect the Photos AI to recognize and add all your photos of that person. (Something that can be very frustrating.) Watch for an additional link that sometimes appears on an individual's page labeled "Is it the same or a different person?" In that case, you can tell the photos that yes (or not), that's all. a photo of that particular person.
Again, identifying and tagging a lot of friends and associates will take time (especially if you have to look up their names). And given that it is Google, it is a safe bet to say that it will eventually change the functionality of the application (for better or for worse) or extend it completely. I know several people who spent hours organizing and identifying their photos in the popular Picasa image application only for the owner Google to remove the rug in 2016.
But if you have trouble remembering names and you are desperate for anything that could help, give Photos a try.
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