Photos Search will search for text in your Photos library. It uses Text Recognition software to find text in a photo.

You can scan a selected time period (7 days, 30 days, 6 months etc.) or scan all your photos. Once a photo has been processed, you will not have to scan it again, so after a while you will have processed your complete photos library and it will be ready to be searched instantaneously.

Photos Search can extract the text from any photo and will allow you to copy the text. It will also detect links, phone numbers, calendar events etc.

An extensive User Guide is included.

You can create an album in Photos with your search results, so that you can also work with your found photos in the Photos app.

Photos Search integrates with Maps to show you the physical location where the photo has been taken.

You can also use Photos Search to scan an individual photo, a photo of a paper document or a screen shot.

Photos Search includes a Share Extension. With this extension you can extract text from any photo in other apps through the extension feature of iOS.

Photos Search also includes a Photos Editing Extension. With this extension you can extract text from any photo in Photos through the extension feature of Photos. Just Edit a photo in Photos and call on the Photos Search extension to extract all the text from the photo.

A bundle version that includes a macOS version is also available.

What’s New

Version 2.4

You can zoom in and out of photos using the Pinch gesture. Restore to the original size with a single tap.

App Privacy

The developer, Alco Blom, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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