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If you’ve got a fur baby, this is important news.
Google Photos is probably my favorite photo storage and organization app. Its Assistant section automatically stitches together photos as panoramas, offers stylized versions of photos you’ve snapped, and suggests images ripe for archiving. The app also has a helpful search bar at the top. Here, you can search for specific types of photos, such as a selfie, or photos from a certain location. You can also search for people or subjects, which as of today, also includes your pets.
Now, Google Photos will group together photos of your pets. You’ll be able to see images of the cats and dogs you photograph most grouped alongside people in the app. (This section was called “People,” but now it’s called “People & Pets.”) There, you can name your pet, as you would a person.
Alternatively, you can search by emoji in the app. Just use the cat or dog emoji to pull up photos instead of typing out the word itself. If you’ve snapped photos of multiple cats or dogs, you can also search by specific breed, such as Maine coon or poodle.
In May, Google Photos also began rolling out slideshow-style movies featuring the pets in your camera roll. If it’s photos of a cat, for example, the app will notify you of your new “Meow Movie.” With the app’s new pet photo organization, though, it’s now easier for you to select photos and turn them into a slideshow yourself.
This pet-centric Photos update is rolling out today in most countries.
Christina Bonnington is a tech reporter who specializes in consumer gadgets, apps, and the trends shaping the technology industry. Her work has also appeared in Gizmodo, Wired, Refinery29, Slate, Bicycling, and Outside Magazine. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a background in electrical engineering.