04 February 2020
Google Photos has many useful features that make managing photos a lot easier and faster. One such feature is the automatic tagging of people visible in photos that makes it convenient to categorize photos on the basis of people. The only issue is that it tends to miss faces sometimes which leaves those faces uncategorized. Google is fixing this issue by releasing the manual tagging feature for Photos application.
It was first spotted by Android Police folks and is said to be in the staged rollout phase. It means not everyone has access to Google Photos manual tagging feature yet. The good thing is that it is easy to find out whether you have received it or not. Open any photo with people in Photos application and swipe up to access the recently redesigned EXIF panel. It can also be accessed by tapping the three-dot icon on the top right corner.
The new EXIF panel will show you a section named "People" where you will see all the people app has been able to recognize in the particular photo. If manual tagging is available on your device, there is should be a pencil icon (edit option) next to the People section. In case you are not seeing the pencil icon, it means you have not received the feature yet.
Tapping the pencil icon will allow you to select missing faces/people and tag them appropriately. This feature will work for already tagged as well as completely new faces in the same way. The only catch is that manual tagging will show up only if Google Photos is able to recognize a face in the photo. It means if you have a photo where faces are not recognizable like a silhouette, you will not be able to tag people. We can only hope that Google fixes this in future app updates.