Google Search will have a new feature called ‘Personal’ which will show results sourced from a user’s personal data like their Gmail account, Google Photo library. First spotted by Search Engine Roundtable, the Personal tab shows content from private sources, including emails and photos that a user might have taken in the past and uploaded to the cloud.
The “Personal” tab works like any other tab on Google. All you need to do is type whatever you are searching for like “smartphone”, and it shows you results from your Google account. You will find any email featuring the word “smartphone” or pictures stored in the cloud. The Personal tab doesn’t show up by default – you’ll have to click through to the “More” tab on the bottom.
The feature works both on the web and mobile versions of Google. By adding this feature, Google has actually made it easier to find something in your Gmail or Google Photos without opening them individually, as long as you’re logged in.
It is unclear right now whether the feature is limited to Gmail or Google Photos, or if it pull results from Google Drive and other Google services.
Google says the personal search results don’t show up for everyone, and are limited to the user. A user need to be signed into their personal Gmail account on the desktop browser, mobile browser for these personal results to reflected in the search. The list of search results can also include personal bills from any service provider. Once again, Google is relying on Gmail to source these results.
There’s no official announcement from Google, but the feature seems to be rolling out slowly to users worldwide.
Let us know in the comments if the Personal tab is reflecting results for you already.