An easy way to find specific photos fast
QuickPics Photo Manager aims to make the common task of endlessly scrolling through your iPhone photo library to search for photos, a thing of the past. After playing with it for a few days I think they might be on to something. With this app you can name and tag photos, and you have sorting features that make it much easier to find the right shots.
But to make QuickPics work its best, it takes a commitment from you to make sure all your photos are properly tagged. Not everyone will be willing to do this, but if you are it means you’ll be able to find specific photos much faster than scrolling around in the photo library.
While Apple doesn’t have tagging features, what it does have (which QuickPics lacks) is the ability to show locations and to browse by location. So it’s important to note that as a replacement, QuickPics offers great tagging features, but it doesn’t have everything.
When you first launch the app, it will ask for permission to access your photo library. Once accepted, QuickPics goes about syncing up with the photos you have. The first run takes a few minutes (depending on how many photos you have), but it’s important to note it syncs up every time you launch the app. After the first one, subsequent syncs are pretty short, but don’t be alarmed it needs to do a quick sync every time to display new photos.
Once the sync is finished, your photos will be displayed by date with your oldest photos showing up first as thumbnails with the date they were taken. You also have the option to sort the list by name, tag, or date in ascending or descending order.
Tagging your photos
In order for QuickPics to work, you have to put in a little work. I dove right in and started tagging photos with names and locations (if I could remember), and spent about 20 minutes before I ran out of steam and decided I would tag more later. You can separate tags with a comma (so each photo can have several tags), and fortunately the app remembers tags you’ve entered previously. While this speeds up the process somewhat, tagging your images still takes a long time.
Along with tags, you have the ability to name your photos. For me, the named photos seem like something to use more sparingly, such as the “Group Luau photo in Maui” or “25th birthday with the whole gang.” With named photos I think you’re more likely to remember a special shot or moment so you’ll be able to search later by using the name.