Mobile phones have come a long way to replace our traditional digital cameras. Every smartphone is now capable of recording a video of what’s happening or snapping some fun holiday pictures. But inevitably there will be some people in the photos that you don’t know.
Google naturally doesn’t know this and assumes that every face in the picture is a familiar one. This can lead to some awkward moments, as random people can be tagged in your photo collection. Tap or click here to delete the photos you don’t want popping up in Google Photos.
The feature, called Face Grouping, has been part of Android’s works for half a decade. It’s an easy way to find photos of specific people on your device. Every time a photo is taken or uploaded to Google Photos, the software creates a model of each face.
How to deactivate face grouping in Photos
Similar faces are grouped because Google believes it’s the same person. If you know the people in your photos, this won’t be a problem. But what happens when Google groups strangers and creates a tag for them? Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent this from happening, and the first is to disable it.
Just keep in mind that doing this will remove the face groups in your account, the face models used to create those face groups, and the face labels you’ve created.
Find photos of specific people
Having the setting turned on can be helpful when you want to find a specific person’s photo. You can adopt two methods for this. First, find all photos of a specific group.
Now it’s time to add a name to the face, which is done through the label. Tap on the Add a name option at the top of the face group. Enter a real name or surname, and you should be all set. In the future, if you search for that person’s name, the tagged photos will be displayed.
delete face group
Since the Google algorithm is not completely accurate, some faces in the group will certainly be wrong. Or maybe there’s a stranger in the background that Google has tagged in. For this, you can easily remove or hide a face from a group.
To remove the photo entirely, tap the search bar at the bottom and select View All. Select the face you want to delete, tap the More icon, and then Remove Result. Then, select the offending photo or video and tap Remove in the top right. This will only remove the photo from the search results and will not remove the photo.
Change group feature photo
So, you’ve grouped the right people and added a name to it. Now you need to set up a featured photo to group everything together.
In the Google Photos app, tap the search bar at the bottom. Tap on Face group and tap on More option in the top corner. Select the option of Change Feature Photo and choose the one you want to use.