How to Add Captions to Photos on iPhone & iPad

Sep 9, 2021 - 4 Comments

How to Add Captions to Photos on iPhone & iPad

Adding captions to photos can help you to add context or a note to a picture or video, and this is now easily done on iPhone and iPad.

Captions are a useful feature for cataloging images and adding notes about a photo too, for example maybe you took a photo of people and you wanted to add a caption with each of their names, or perhaps you took a photo or video of an event and you want to add a caption to specify what it was and help add some context to the image, or for future reference. Captions could also be helpful when someone else goes through some of the photos on your iPhone and they want the context. Another benefit to captions? They can be searched by keyword. So whatever the use case, adding captions to photos is easy on iPhone and iPad.

To be clear, adding captions this way is entirely different from adding text to photos, which literally overlays text atop an image.

Let’s take a quick look at how you can add captions to your photos ,right on an iPhone or iPad.

How to Add Captions to Photos on iPhone & iPad

The option to add captions is neatly hidden in the Photos app, so you may not find it right away. Make sure your device is running the latest version of iOS/iPadOS and simply follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Launch the stock “Photos” app on your iPhone and iPad.

    Photos iOS icon
  2. Open the photo you want to add a caption to and tap on it. Now, swipe up on the photo.

    How to Add Captions to Photos on iPhone & iPad
  3. Now, you’ll find the new “Add a caption” option at the bottom, just above the row of photos. Tap on it to get started.

    How to Add Captions to Photos on iPhone & iPad
  4. Type in the description and tap on “Done” located at the top-right corner of the screen.

    How to Add Captions to Photos on iPhone & iPad

That’s all there is to using captions in the stock Photos app on your iPhone and iPad, pretty simple, right?

The captions you add to images in the Photos app will be synced across all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs, provided you have iCloud Photos turned on. To check if you have this enabled, just go to Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> Photos and you’ll find the toggle for enabling/disabling iCloud Photos.

Photos with captions are a lot easier to find in the stock Photos app too. That’s right, you can use the search option in the app to find a specific photo just by typing the caption you added. You don’t even have to type the entire caption if it’s a long one, as the Photos app just looks for keywords.

If there’s a character limit for captions it is fairly long, as we tried adding some pretty long descriptive captions and it worked just fine. So, don’t worry about keeping them as short as you can, but you probably don’t want to write a dissertation as a caption either.

We hope you enjoyed adding captions to some of the favorite photos on your iPhone and iPad. Is this a feature you’ll be using on a regular basis? What other iOS 14 features peaked your interest so far? Do share your valuable thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Jiggar says:

    It would be great if you could add the same caption to multiple photos

  2. Osman Sork says:

    It would be great if you could add the same caption to multiple photos in a single step.

  3. Kathryn J. says:

    You could also just use the Apple photo album editing tools or just use the PicMerger app (both are free).

  4. Hal says:

    Awesome! I had a little trouble finding the ‘add a caption’ option since I have both dark theme enabled and Live Photos.
    In the case of Live Photos it is just above the ‘effects’
    In the case of dark theme, it is very faint white on black but still readable.
    I also found that for static photos it was above the ‘places’ when I dragged up.
    Perhaps the instructions are different based on which album viewing mode you are in…
    In any case, thanks for this simple but awesome tip!

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