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New Options Arriving for Google Photos Users

Last month, Google services enthusiast AssembleDebug shared on X that Google Photos were working on a way to change how the app categorizes images of what it calls “Documents Since last month.” The new setup would let users manually alter the way various images like screenshots, photos of receipts or event tickets, that sort of thing, are tagged and, making it easier to organize that kind of info in Photos. We’re seeing those new options on our own phones now, and manual categorization is finally rolling out!

If you’re someone who regularly uses Google Photos to store images of documents, you’ll notice that it doesn’t always get the categorization right. But with this new change, which more than one of us here at AP are seeing in Google Photos v6.74.0.612653301, you now have the option to change which category each image goes in.

When you view photos the app recognized as documents full-size, there’s a tag icon near the top left corner of the screen. Tapping the icon will surface options like “Change categories” or “Review all documents;” the latter takes you to the same list you’d witnessed if you navigate to the Documents view from Google Photos’ Search tab.

New categorization options are rolling out right about now! It’s likely a server-side update, and that’s important to note.

Google first introduced machine learning-powered document categorization to Photos back in 2021. Still, until now, there’s been no way to correct it. I’m viewing these options live on a Pixel 8 running the version of Google Photos mentioned above. These changes, as mentioned, tend to be server-side, though, which means that even if you’re using the same app version, the functionality still might not be enabled for you on Google’s end!

We just spotted the new feature today, not long after AssembleDebug shared evidence of similar document organization features coming soon to Google Drive. It’s shaping up to be a good year for Android users with messy digital lives! Can’t wait to see how this all pans out!!!

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