Photos Search 4+

Search text in photos

Alco Blom

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • $12.99


Includes iOS version.

Photos Search can search for text in your photo library. The app uses Text Recognition software to extract text from a photo. All processing is done locally on the device. You can add a keyword (for use in Photos) to the photos in your search results or create an album in Photos with your search results. Spotlight is supported, so you can search directly after clicking the Spotlight icon.

You can scan a selected time period (7 days, 30 days, 60 days etc.), a selected album or scan all your photos. Once a photo is scanned, you will not have to scan it again, so after a while you will have scanned your complete photos library and it will be ready to be searched instantaneously.

Any text that is found in a photo is at your disposal. You can copy the text, for example. The application also recognises addresses, phone numbers and links in the text and you can take immediate action on these found items, like call a number, click on a link etc.

Photos Search integrates with the applications Photos and Maps to show you the found photo in detail and shows you the physical location where the photo has been taken.

Photos Search also optionally integrates with TextEdit to create a new document with the found text.

A User Guide is included.

Photos Search 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.

You will also receive an iOS version for your iPhone and/or iPad.

What’s New

Version 4.0

Supports new languages like Japanese, Korean, Russian and Ukrainian on macOS Ventura and also improves recognition capabilities for rotation and handwriting.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

flourescentvest ,

Exactly what I needed (updated for iOS 15)

Yes, iOS 15 has text search built into Spotlight. But it pales in comparison to a dedicated search app. Photos Search is far faster to find the pics I want. I still recommend getting this app

Old review:

Being able to search through 35,000 photos for a document or a meme is one of those features that you might not have thought about, but you absolutely need it. And Photos Search is stellar for it. I take maybe 50 screenshots a month of passages in articles and studies. I scan all important documents and contracts. I used to save them in various albums. Now, you can just search for them by keywords. Total workflow gamechanger. I bought the iOS/Mac bundle and I couldn’t be happier. The developer responds to emails quickly, fixed a couple of bugs I found in just a few days. And I’ve tried a bunch of competitor apps before Photos Search. None of them are as good as this one. Even if you just want to find funny memes that you saved by searching for “dog” or “cat,” you will be very happy to have this app to do it.

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

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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