How to Use Siri to Search Your Photos by Date or Location


Apple’s Photo app has a pretty god reputation for what its purpose is but if you take a lot of photos it can leave you in a whirlwind on how to manage your photos. Among all the other useful things Siri can help you with, she can also help make finding photos a whole lot easier.

It is a pretty straightforward job, press and hold the Home button to launch Siri, then say “Hey Siri”. Once she is listening, say something like “Show me photos from June 30”.

If she finds matching photos, Siri will open your Photos app for you with photos from that date selected.

You can also use Siri to search for photos taken at a specific location, so long as you have location services enabled for your camera. As of this writing, Siri can only handle searching by city name, even though the information for a photo might show a more specific location, such as a street name. While she’s listening, just say something like “Show me photos from Huntsville.”

Now Siri will display all the photos taken at this location and categorize it by date as well.

And finally, if you want to get a bit more specific with your search, you can ask Siri to show you photos from a particular location and taken on a specific date. For example, you could tell her something like “Show me photos from Huntsville on June 9.”

And you’d get back just the results you want displayed in the Photos app.

That’s all she can do right now. We’re hoping that Siri will attain more photo-searching powers in the future, since both Siri and the Photos app are due for a feature boost in the upcoming iOS 10. But for now, at least she can help you narrow down your search if you tend to be a photo hoarder.