iOS 14 Lets You Add Captions to Photos

Apple's iOS 14 update adds several new features to the Photos app, including an option to add captions to images right from the iPhone, which is something that ‌Photos‌ users have been wanting for quite some time.


The ‌Photos‌ app for Mac previously supported captions through the Description field, but on the ‌iPhone‌, there has been no method for adding similar information. In ‌iOS 14‌, entering a caption is quick and easy.

Tap to view any photo full screen on the ‌iPhone‌, and then swipe up to get to the caption field. Tap the field, type the caption, and press enter.

Captions in ‌iOS 14‌ sync across all devices if iCloud Photo Library is enabled, and the Description field in macOS Big Sur has been renamed to Captions for continuity.

Adding a caption to a photo using ‌iOS 14‌ allows for an additional level of tagging and organization because captions can be searched for using the ‌Photos‌ search interface. There's still no native option for editing metadata for photos, but Captions make it easier to add labels that are visible cross device.


There are a few other useful improvements to the ‌Photos‌ app, such as filters for viewing all images or albums by Favorites, Edited, ‌Photos‌, and Videos, sorting inside albums, and better autoplay for Live Photos. Navigating through photos also lets you zoom in and out on all albums, much like you can do with the "All ‌Photos‌" interface in iOS 13, so it's easier to find specific images that you're looking for.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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13 weeks ago
I just want the ability to make folders and move photos from the camera roll to those folders. I don't want multiple copies or links. I just want to move them!
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13 weeks ago
Two days ago i taught my daughter how to do this so she could create an album of her stuffies. For each video, she puts a text caption explaining the name, the origin, the origin of the name, her favorite thing about it, etc. It’s adorable.

UPDATE: LOL. Some dude marked this as “disagree.” Probably hates puppies and the flag, too.
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13 weeks ago
Finally! Such a basic feature, it's a surprise they waited so long to add it...
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13 weeks ago
What about keywords, titles, descriptions, and location information? Why add an entirely new information field in “captions” instead of just using what we already have labeled and use on our Macs? This is one of the few things keeping me from using iPadOS and iOS solely. I’ve been waiting for years and I guess I’ll be waiting longer.
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13 weeks ago


I just want the ability to make folders and move photos from the camera roll to those folders. I don't want multiple copies or links. I just want to move them!

Sorry what? ...

adding photos to any amount of folders does not create a single new copy. You know that right?
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13 weeks ago
Oh wow, this is small and big at the same time. I love it.

Not s/
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