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Google Photos update will let you ‘hide people’

A new update to Google Photos is adding a “hide people” feature that keeps them from appearing under the people section, or resurfacing in the Rediscover this Day cards.

Published onOctober 29, 2015

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Falling out with a friend or loved one is never fun, but it happens. Sometimes you get into a fight with a friend and care not to see them, sometimes you break up with a significant other. Or maybe they are taken from this world and you just aren’t ready for a photographic reminder of them anytime soon. Whatever the reason, Google Photos has your back.

In a new update, Google is now making it easy to hide a person from appearing under people, which also prevents them from showing up in “rediscover this day” cards. Aside from hiding people you can’t stand, the other obvious use for this is for situations like group photos taken in public places where you didn’t know half the people in the first place.

Keep in mind this doesn’t actually remove pictures with tagged faces, it just keeps them from surfacing. The upside to this is you can easily un-hide people later on down the road if you change your mind.

In typical Google fashion, you can expect Google Photos 1.8 to rollout in stages, though we’ll be sure to update this post if we get our hands on the APK before it rolls out to everyone.

A quick look at the new Google Photos app (video)

What do you think of this feature? Can you see yourself using it or not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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