How to remove incorrect faces in iOS 10

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Since the release of iOS 10 this past Tuesday, its adoption rate has increased to 80% of all iOS devices. That means that millions of Apple’s customers around the world are enjoying and using its new features, such as stickers in iMessage, the ability to hide stock apps, and facial recognition in the Photos app. Nothing is perfect, however, and not everyone will be satisfied. Some feel that iMessage is now too clunky and feels childish. You can’t actually delete stock apps (they’re just hidden); and Apple’s facial recognition doesn’t always get it right. If you have a lot of photos with faces in them, you may have noticed that last issue. What can you do when an incorrect face shows up under your friend’s name? Thankfully, there’s a way to remove them, but it’s not so clear-cut. First, here’s a how-to for those with iOS devices without force touch. If you have a device with force touch, scroll down to the bottom for the one-step how-to.

Find the incorrect face


One of these things is not like the other. iOS thinks that a person in a friend’s group photo is actually my friend Katrelle. To make it easy to find the “offender,” tap “Select” up top, then tap “Show Faces” at the bottom of the screen. This will zoom into the face iOS thinks belongs to the person.

Select the incorrect face and tap on the Share button


Once you’ve found the incorrect face, select it. No, we’re not going to actually share the photo with anyone. Don’t worry. Just proceed to the final step.

Select “Not This Person”


While iOS presents a list of various apps to share the photo on, the button you want to tap is “Not This Person.” Once you’ve tapped the “Not This Person” button, the photo will no longer show up under the incorrect name.

Alternatively: 3D touch and scroll


If you’re on a device that has 3D touch capabilities, there are far fewer steps. Just 3D touch the incorrect face if you were going to peek at the photo, then scroll to reveal the list of options. Simply select “Not This Person,” and you’re good to go!

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