How to Insert and Add Text to Photos in Google Photos Editor

Google Photos is a popular photo storage and editing app. With Google Photos, you can easily edit your photos right from your phone or computer. One useful editing feature is the ability to add text to photos. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to insert and add text to photos using the Google Photos editor.

Accessing the Google Photos Editor

To add text to your photos in Google Photos, you first need to access the editor:

  • On mobile: Open the Google Photos app and select the photo you want to edit. Tap the “Edit” icon at the bottom of the screen (it looks like three horizontal lines).
  • On desktop: Go to in your browser and open the photo you want to edit. Click the “Edit” button at the top of the screen next to the photo.

Once you are in editing mode, you will see various editing options depending on what device you are using. The ability to add text is available across mobile and desktop.

Adding Text to Photos

Here are the steps to add text to a photo in Google Photos:

On Mobile

  1. Open the photo you want to edit and tap “Edit” at the bottom.
  2. Tap the “Markup” icon that looks like a squiggly line. On some Android versions, this may be an option called “Markup” instead of an icon.
  3. Tap the “Text” option.
  4. Tap anywhere on the photo to add a text box.
  5. Type your desired text. You can move the text box around by dragging it.
  6. Customize the text style, color, and more using the options at the top.
  7. Tap “Done” when finished.

On Desktop

  1. Open the photo you want to edit and click “Edit” at the top.
  2. Click “Edit Tools” in the top right.
  3. Click the “Text” tool.
  4. Click anywhere on the photo to add a text box and type your text.
  5. Customize the text style, color, alignment and more using the options at the top.
  6. Click “Save” when finished.

No matter what device you use, the process of adding text to photos in Google Photos is quick and easy.

Customizing Text

Google Photos provides several options for customizing the text you add to photos:

  • Font style: Choose from a variety of font styles and sizes.
  • Color: Select from a range of colors or use the color dropper to pick a color from your photo.
  • Alignment: Align your text left, center or right.
  • Opacity: Use the slider to make your text more transparent.
  • Rotation: Rotate the text box.

Take advantage of these options to make your text stand out against the photo or blend in subtly.

Tips for Adding Text to Photos

When adding text overlays in Google Photos, keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure the text is easy to read. Avoid busy backgrounds and choose a high contrast text color.
  • Keep text short, simple and impactful. You don’t want long paragraphs cluttering up your photo.
  • Use text to highlight something important in the photo or convey a specific feeling or message.
  • Add fun captions, inspiring quotes or even use text as creative photo decorations.
  • Use multiple text boxes for different purposes like adding a location, date, captions, etc.
  • Experiment with alignment, size, opacity and rotation to place text exactly where you want it.

Advanced Text Editing

While Google Photos provides basic text editing options, you may want more advanced text formatting. In that case, edit your photo text in a dedicated photo editing app like Snapseed, Photoshop Express or Pixlr before uploading to Google Photos.

These desktop and mobile apps allow you to curve text, customize outlines and shadows, use layer styles and more. Add the finishing text touches in the advanced editor, then save a copy to import into Google Photos.

Adding Text to Videos

In addition to photos, you can also add text captions and overlays to your videos in Google Photos. The process is the same:

  1. Open the video you want to edit.
  2. Tap “Edit” then select “Markup” > “Text”.
  3. Tap anywhere on the video preview image to place your text.
  4. Customize the text style, color and more.
  5. Tap “Done” then “Save copy” to save your edited video.

The text will then appear in the same position throughout the entire video, creating an easy caption or annotation.


Adding text is a simple way to enhance your photos stored and managed in Google Photos. With just a few taps, you can insert text boxes, customize the style and placement, and highlight key elements in your images.

Use text overlays to add context, convey emotion, provide captions, decorate photos and make creations you can proudly display or share. Take advantage of the handy mobile and desktop text tools built right into Google Photos.