Google's help section regarding "Find faces" says:

  1. Go to photos.google.com/search.
  2. Under the People section, click a person's face to see photos that include similar faces. (If you don't see the person you're looking for, click MORE.)

When I go to the search section, I see "Places" and "Things" - no faces! And I'm sure I have faces, I used Google+ until now with plenty of face-tagging.

Which also brings up an interesting point - how do you face-tag in this new interface?

  • @AlE. The Faces option is also missing from the Google Photos iOS or Android apps, for me (in the UK).
    – Ade
    Jun 2, 2015 at 14:57
  • Maybe it's a location thing.
    – ale
    Jun 2, 2015 at 15:10
  • Maybe it is. I'm in Israel
    – nute
    Jun 2, 2015 at 15:11
  • The Support page for this does say it is not available in all countries.
    – ale
    Jun 2, 2015 at 20:27
  • Correct. Too bad because the faces feature worked fine under the Google+ and Picasa brands.
    – nute
    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:07

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It is possible to enable it by dialling into a US VPN (or going to the USA) and enabling the feature.

I found out about it from here: https://www.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/37uepw/is_face_recognition_in_the_new_google_photos_app/

On Android, you can download a VPN client and run all of the device communication through the VPN.

On iOS, nute (the OP) travelled to the USA and enabled it there, so I can't currently confirm if the VPN settings work on iOS.



  1. Download the app "Psiphon" and activate it to a US VPN.
  2. Go to the Android Settings > Applications > Downloaded > Photos.
  3. Hit the "clear data" button (this just clears the local app's data, not photos).
  4. Sign into Photos (it should take you through the signup process).
  5. Go to the Photos Settings and hit the now showing "Group Similar Faces" button.
  6. Validate that people show on the device, or another client (web for example).
  7. Turn off and uninstall Phison (if you want).


  1. Activate the VPN within Settings > General > VPN and set to a USA VPN
  2. (If you already have the Photos app) delete the Photos app
  3. Download the Photos app
  4. Sign into Photos
  5. Go into Settings and enable the now showing "Group similar Faces" option.
  6. Validate on the device (or web app) that people now show.
  7. Disable the VPN if desired.
  • Anyone able to confirm on iPhone? Does not seem to work for me. I happen to be traveling to the US, I removed my account and re added it but it does not appear.
    – nute
    Jun 21, 2015 at 20:41
  • I deleted completely the application and re-installed it while traveling to the U.S. It worked, it showed the option to group faces. Now I'm back home and so far it's still there.
    – nute
    Jun 23, 2015 at 18:15
  • Yes, I believe there's no iOS equivalent to "Delete App Data" so it makes sense if it requires a delete and re-install. I'll update my answer.
    – Reisclef
    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:56
  • I see the "group similar faces" option and enabled it, but no People in search :-( Only "places" and "things"
    – Michael
    Oct 8, 2015 at 8:34
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    Tried all of these. Also doesn't show on web
    – Michael
    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:06

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