Photos People: How to Add a Face Photos Doesn’t Recognize

Photos on the Mac does a great job of picking out faces, and if you’ve gone through and categorized the folks you know, it’s a handy feature for finding snapshots of your great-aunt Mabel (or whoever) without having to scroll by date. But sometimes, Photos doesn’t recognize that there’s even a person in an image you took. In that case, you’ll need to manually add that picture to a person’s “Faces” album, but luckily, it’s pretty simple to do. For this, you’ll start with the uncategorized image.

Image in Which Face Isn't Recognized in Photos on the Mac

I can tell that Photos doesn’t recognize who’s in the picture because when I click the “i” icon in the toolbar to get info on the image…

…I find that there aren’t any faces listed.

No Faces in Info Window in Photos on the Mac

What I’ll do, then, is click the “Add Faces” plus button within that info window. Doing so will place a “Click to Name” circle on my image.

I’ll drag that circle until it’s around my friend’s face, and if I need to, I can click and drag the little white dot on the side to make the circle larger or smaller.

Position the circle over the face in an image so Photos on the Mac knows where it is

When it’s in position, I’ll do as the circle suggests and click the box to name the person. As I start typing, suggestions from my already existing faces will appear, and I can select the right one to identify the fun dude in the picture.

Add a name to the circled area so Photos on the Mac knows who the face belongs to

After I’ve assigned the correct face to the photo, going back to its info window will show me what I’ve done! His face will appear there, and the picture I just categorized will appear within his “Faces” album, too.

Face Shown in

I do like using this feature, really—it’s certainly better than having to go through and pick out all of the images of one person and manually drop them into an album!—and I’m glad that there’s a way to fix it when Photos doesn’t recognize someone. Or maybe I just need to have friends that make fewer silly expressions so their faces are more recognizable.

Nah. That doesn’t sound as fun.

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