Here is How You Can Repair Misidentified Folks in Apple’s Pictures App

Wrong person in Photos? Sometimes your iPhone or Mac will mistake one person for another. Fortunately, it's easy to fix.

The Photos app automatically identifies people in your photos to create person albums for each of them. However, Apple's artificial intelligence is not perfect, and often your Apple devices go wrong and save the wrong person in someone else's album. This can happen due to the poor quality of an image, the likeness of a person's face, or various other reasons.

Here's a great way to review photos of identified people in the Photos app and fix any mix-ups where your iPhone tagged someone as someone else.

How to review people in photos on an iPhone or iPad

To look for misidentified photos of someone, the first thing to do is to check your verified and uncategorized photos for that person so that your device knows what you want each person to look like. This is how it works:

  1. In photos, go to Albums> People Album and tap the profile of the person you want to browse.

  2. Tap the three points in the upper right corner and select Review verified photos.

  3. You should now see photos of this person. Tap any other person's picture to deselect it and press complete. If you don't see any, tap See more photos.

  4. A popup appears with a photo and asks Is that X? Tap Yes sir or no. Your device will automatically guide you through all of the photos for review. If at any point you get tired, just tap complete and you return to your previous page.

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How to Fix Misidentified People in Photos on iPhone or iPad

If your iPhone misidentifies someone in a photo, they won't appear when you search for them, and instead Photos will save pictures of them in someone else's album. Plus, that person – who might be a stranger – will show up in the People album for anyone your iPhone thinks they are! How to fix the problem:

  1. In photos, go to Albums> People and tap the profile that you want to remove a misidentified picture from.

  2. Tap Choose and select the misidentified photos that you want to remove.

  3. Hit the share in the lower left corner of your screen.

  4. Choose That's not X, and the selected photos are removed from this album.

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How to Fix Misidentified People in Photos on Mac

Removing photos from someone else's album on a Mac is just as easy as it is on your iPhone. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open that photos App on your Mac and click persons from the sidebar.

  2. Double-click to select the profile that you want to remove a misidentified photo from.

  3. Select the photo that you want to remove.

  4. Ctrl + click the photo.

  5. click X is not in this photo.

Easily sort pictures with the People album

The People Album in Photos is a great way to view your photo library in an organized way. You can easily review all of your memories with a specific person without scrolling past a sea of ​​disjointed images.

However, dealing with misidentified photos in the wrong albums can be quite a hassle. Fortunately, the problem is relatively quick and easy to fix. You can review uncategorized photos to avoid the problem in the future, and you can use the Share button to remove any mismatched images you stumble upon.

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Hiba Fiaz
(48 published articles)

Hiba is a staff writer for MUO. In addition to studying medicine, she has an uncanny interest in everything related to technology and a strong desire to refine her skills and consistently expand her knowledge.

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