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Google Photos Can Now Recognize Your Pets’ Faces

Dave Parrack 17-10-2017

Google Photos is becoming more pet-friendly. Google has afforded your pet(s) the same honor as your human friends, with the app now able to recognize their faces. So whether you have a devoted doggo or a cute kitteh, it will now be easier to find all of the photos you take of them.


Google Photos is a powerful tool for smartphone photographers. It allows you to save and share your photos with ease. It also lets you sort your photos into collections, with some stellar search tools 8 Brilliant Search Tools Hidden Within Google Photos Sometimes it can be hard to find what you're looking for in Google Photos. Learn how to use these Google Photos search tools! Read More making the whole process a doddle. And now even your pet(s) are being accommodated.

Google Knows You Have Furry Friends

As outlined in a Google Blog post, you “no longer need to type ‘dog’ or ‘cat’ into search in Google Photos.” Instead, Google Photos will recognize your pet(s) just as it recognizes humans, and group the photos together. You can also “label them by name” or search to find their photos.

If you’re one of those odd people who have lots of cats or dogs you can even search by breed. However, Google is aware of the limitations of this feature, telling BuzzFeed that Google Photos might struggle to differentiate between different pets who are the same breed and who look alike.

Google also took the opportunity to remind us that you can even make a movie starring your favorite pet using Google Photos. All you need to do is tap on the photo group of your chosen pet, select your favorite photos, and tap ‘+’ to create a movie. You can even choose a soundtrack. Your good boy might not appreciate it as much as your mom appreciated her Mother’s Day movie Make a Mother's Day Movie Using Google Photos Mother's Day is fast approaching. And just in case you've left it too late to buy a card and gift, Google has your back with a new feature on Google Photos... Read More , but still.

Google Photos Keeps Getting Better

Having Google Photos being able to recognize your pet(s) isn’t exactly a life-changing development. However, it’s another feature that makes Google Photos well worth using. And if you’re not an animal lover, these other amazing Google Photos features 12 Amazing Google Photos Features You Didn't Know About Google Photos is a well-known service, but it holds many little tricks. Here are 12 great features of Photos you might have missed. Read More could prove to be more useful still.


Do you use Google Photos? Is it filled with photographs of your pet(s)? If so, will you be making use of Google Photos’ new pet-friendly facial recognition skills? What new features would you like Google to add to Google Photos next? Please let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: Gabriel González via Flickr

Related topics: Google, Google Photos, Pets, Photo Album, Photo Sharing, Smartphone Photography.

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  1. dragonmouth
    October 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Now Google can not only track us wherever we go but it can also track our pets. So much for the last shreds of any supposed privacy!