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Using Google Photos

The plant identification function hidden in Google Photos.

I came across this very useful aspect to Google Photos, if you use that app, that I thought was worth passing on for garden enthusiasts but it can be used more generally as well.

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If you take a photo of a flower or plant on an iPad and I presume an iPhone and maybe other devices, and then tap the third icon from the left at the bottom of the screen when you view it in Google Photos, the photo is scanned and returns suggestions as to what that flower or plant might be. You can then select the best suggestion and it will take you to Google to get more detailed information. This video shows it in action.

step 1:

Please note that I use an iPad for this method. Other devices may not even have these options or if they do they may not totally replicate what I describe here.

Use your device to take a photo of the plant you want to identify. If you use Google Photos are are connected then the image will be automatically uploaded.

step 2:

See the choice of four icons at the bottom of the screen. Press the third from the left.

step 3:

Google will scan the photo and return suggestions to everything it can identify in the photo.

step 4:

Press on the best match and more specific information will appear. You can then press on the search icon and you will be taken to a full Google search for that topic.

step 5:

As shown here.

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  1. Greg Carroll

    Great tip Tony.
    So many unidentified plants in my folders from years of taking photos of plants. Now all will be revealed – something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but never got around to.
    Many thanks…Greg

    • Tony in Thailand

      Isn’t it a terrific resource. I just stumbled across it by accident and have been using it everyday since. Blows away those apps you have to pay for and I have found it to be very accurate.


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