A few months ago, Google Photos product lead, David Lieb, told us that manually tagging faces was on the app’s update roadmap. We didn’t hear anything about the feature until last week, when XDA developers managed to find it hidden inside Photos v4.32 and enable it. Now, it’s going live for some users, though there’s an important asterisk to keep in mind.
If you were hoping that the feature would allow you to point at any area in an image and add a tag to it, you will be disappointed. Face tagging still relies on Google’s algorithm and its ability to detect a person or pet’s face to begin with. So if you have part of a face, a silhouette, a weird side angle, or any other photo where a person shows up but their face isn’t immediately recognizable, you can’t tag them.