How to rename photos and videos in Google Photos

Google Photos is a great service for storing, backing up and sharing your photos. However, it does have certain limitations. For instance, there’s no way to rename synced photos and videos.

If you’re like me, you don’t pay attention to files’ names, so having your photos named something like IMG_20190519_025921 doesn’t bother you at all. But I have a feeling it matters to you. For example, it makes searching for photos and videos possible (it’s always possible, but c’ mon, nobody’s going to remember the default name), and allows you to better organize your memories.

So, how do you rename pictures and videos in Google Photos? Well, it’s not exactly a walk in the park. As a matter of fact, it’s not possible to rename your photos and videos in-app, as Google Photos, for some reason, doesn’t even have this option.

The only thing left for users to do, besides spamming Google’s forums with requests for introducing the renaming feature to Google Photos, is to turn to an alternative, less convenient, more painful solution.

How to rename files in Google Photos

Here’s how to rename your photos and videos in Google Photos:

  1. Open the image you want to rename in Google Photos.
  2. Tap the menu (three dots) in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Save to Device.
  4. Open your File manager app, and find the Photo you just downloaded in the Downloads folder (Files by Google is the best option for this).
  5. Long press the image or video to select it (don’t open it).
  6. Tap the three-dot menu, and choose Rename.
  7. Re-upload the renamed photo or video to Google Photos.
  8. Delete the original file from Google Photos to prevent duplicates.

There you go. I know it’s not what you’re looking for, but at least it’s something. This surely works when you need to rename a file or two, but if you have to rename a bunch of photos and videos, well, it’ll either take hours, or you’ll simply give up.

I hope Google will eventually allow users to rename their files inside the Google Photos app. Until then, you can only use the hard method and hope check for Google Photos updates frequently.

If you know of some more convenient way of renaming files in Google Photos, please share it with us in the comments, I know a lot of people would be thankful.

This article is a part of our Google Photos coverage. If you want to learn more Google Photos tips and tricks, or you have a certain problem with this app, visit our Google Photos Hub for more content.

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Aaron Freeman
Aaron Freeman
January 10, 2020 9:17 pm

It’s absurd that Google hasn’t added this obvious feature.

Catherine Loxton
Catherine Loxton
January 13, 2020 1:44 pm

Can Google recommend an alternative app which enables you to change the name as you create an image? Since Google allows for a lengthy description on each image I can’t see how you appeal to researchers needing to identify multiple files on the search button. It is impossible.I rename mine in PCloud and download again from there which takes too long and allows for human error.

January 2, 2021 10:44 pm

Thank you. Not the solution I had hoped for, but a solution I can understand and implement – great!

July 17, 2020 5:52 pm

An easier way would be to download Gallery by simple mobile tools, a much better app and you can rename pics.

December 11, 2019 1:02 pm