Google is introducing a powerful new feature in its Google Googles Photos app: you can now search for photos by the text found in them.
The Optical Recognition (OCR) feature was spotted and tweeted by investor Hunter Walk, who said that you can now click the Lens tool to select and copy text to photos to put it elsewhere:
Aunt, @googlephotos has the OCR to turn screenshots into copy / paste text!
A. Open google photos and select the screen
B. Select the Lens function [image 1] C. Highlight text [image 2] D. Select Copy / Paste [image 2,3]
Well Made Google Team! pic.twitter.com/Um49ika2yT
– 👨🏻💻☕️ (@hunterwalk) August 21, 2019
Can Dirk respond to the Walk with his discovery that Google Photos actually is the OCR application of all the photos in your library:
I just found out that it makes OCR for everything uploaded pic.twitter.com/IoPsdzz5sf
– Can Düruk (@can) August 21, 2019
Google replied to Walk and Duruk, confirming that it was a new feature that was being released to all users:
You spotted it! Starting this month, we are introducing the ability to search your photos by text in them.
Once you find the photo you are looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text. Get this, impossible passwords for wifi 19
– Google Photos (@googlephotos) August 22, 2019
"As of this month, we're rolling out the ability to search your photos by text in them," the account says Twitter on Google Photos. "Once you find the photo you are looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text. Get this, impossible wifi passwords ”
This feature is being introduced to users on both the iOS and Android apps – if you don't see it yet, just sit tight and it will land on your device soon.  (via Google Photos via The Verge)