- It’s easy to do with apps for Android, iPhone, Windows, and Mac.
- Add text to photos on iPhone using Photos app
- Add text to photos on Android with Google Photos
- Photoshop Express for iOS and Android
- Add text to images on Mac with Apple Photos
- Microsoft Photos and Microsoft Paint for Windows
It’s easy to do with apps for Android, iPhone, Windows, and Mac.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a picture needs a few words. Adding captions and notes to photos is easy whether you’re using an iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac. All four devices have built-in apps or software for free, as well as third-party products for you to try. Here’s how to add text to photos on all four platforms.
Do you want to draw on your photos? There are some great Android and iOS apps that let you add pizza to your images.
Add text to photos on iPhone using Photos app
If you have an iPhone with iOS 11 or later, you can access a tool called Markup, which is available in the Photos app. Markup allows you to draw and add text to your photos and screenshots.
Open the Photos app and tap an image.
Click Change † menu (represented by a circle with three dots in it)> format †
You can choose from a pen, highlighter or pencil, or you can click plus sign add text.
A text box will appear on your image that you can move and resize. Click on the text field, then Change to change the text.
Don’t have iOS 11 on your iPhone? See the Photoshop Express section below.
Add text to photos on Android with Google Photos
While Google Photos also has a Markup tool, it doesn’t have a text option if you’re using Android 8.0 or later, just a pen or highlighter:
Click the three dots icon menu † Edit to † format †
Here you can change the color of the pen or highlighter and write or draw on the photo.
Android 7.0 and earlier don’t have the ability to paste text or annotate photos, so you’ll have to use a third-party app.
Photoshop Express for iOS and Android
Photoshop Express is a free app that offers many ways to edit photos on your smartphone, including adding text. It is also a great alternative to the photo editing tools built into your smartphone. Photoshop Express lets you add a text box and experiment with font style, color, and alignment.
To add text to photos on iOS or Android with Photoshop Express:
Open the app and select an image.
If you don’t see any photos when you open the app, make sure you’ve given the app permission to access your photos.
At the bottom of the screen you will see five symbols. Swipe left on this toolbar and you will see t for text.
Click t to scroll through a series of text fields with different shapes and styles.
Tap the one you like and a text box will appear on your photo.
Click the box or the small edit symbol to change the words.
Click font style † color And alignment to make other settings.
Press the button back and then press save †
It seems like a lot of steps, but that’s only because there are so many editing options.
Add text to images on Mac with Apple Photos
Finally, you can add text to your images using the Apple Photos app on your Mac. Just like with the iPhone, you use a tool called Markup for this.
This feature is built into macOS Sierra (10.12) and later.
open your photo
Click Change > symbol Yet (circle with three dots in it)> format †
Select T text character on the toolbar.
You’ll see a text box at the top of your image; start typing or click and drag to move it. You can also change the font style and color by clicking text style †
Microsoft Photos and Microsoft Paint for Windows
You can add text to photos on your Windows 10 PC with Microsoft Photos. If you have Windows 8 or 7, you must use Microsoft Paint.
On Windows 10:
Open the image you want to change in the app Photo †
Select Change † Draw and then select a pen from the toolbar Windows Ink †
You can adjust the color and size of the pen.
Select Gum to delete unwanted text, or Clear all ink to erase everything.
On Windows 7 and 8:
Start Microsoft Paint and open an image.
Select A on the toolbar and select a photo.
Menu appears Text Tools and a text box where you can enter text. You can also adjust the font, color, and transparency.
You may need to increase the font size to read it.