Google Lens is an application capable of identifying images. Images are analyzed and understood with the help of AI. Google Lens allows users to quickly and easily access information about anything they point their smartphone camera at, including physical objects, printed text and labels, barcodes, QR codes, and more.
The AI-powered visual search tool was demonstrated at Google I/O 2017. At its inception, this function was only available on Google’s Pixel 2 line of smartphones. In March of 2018, Google made the update available for all Android and iOS devices, not just Pixel and iPhone models.
Let’s examine a variety of real-world applications for Google Lens before diving into the how-to on installing it on your iPhone’s camera.
Google Lens for iPhone and iPad: Getting Started
Google integrated the Lens to multiple Google apps on the iPhone, including the Google Search app, Google Photos app, Google Translate, and Google Chrome. Not only this, but you can also use the built-in Safari web browser to use the Google Lens feature on your iPhone or iPad.
Let’s take a look at each method.
- The latest version of the Google app.
- The Google Photos app updated to the latest version.
- The latest version of Google Chrome or Safari version 12 or newer
- Google Translate app
How to use Google Lens on iPhone for Real-time Searches
If you want to search for anything in real-time using Google Lens, then you need the Google Search app installed on your iPhone. The latest version of the Google app adds a shortcut “Search inside photo” which allows you to use the Lens feature in real time. Here’s how you can use it on your iPhone.
- Install the Google app on your iPhone.
- Open the Google app.
- Select the Lens icon in the search bar or swipe through the newly added shortcuts below the Search bar and select Search inside photo option.
- It will ask you whether you want to search from any photo available in the Photo Library or Search with your camera for real-time results.
- Select the Camera icon to make a real-time search with the camera.
Note: Grant the Camera access permission when prompted, or if you want to select a photo from the library, then grant access to Photos Library by tapping Allow access to all photos options when asked.
- Tap the Search icon to take a photo of the real-time object.
- Once done, the lens can automatically detect objects in the frame and will show details related to the objects.
- That’s it.
How to use Google Lens on iPhone or iPad from Photo Library
- Install the Google Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the Google Photos app.
- Grant access to the Photo Library, select Allow access to all photos, it will let Google Photos see all photos available in the Photo Library on your iPhone.
- Open the photo you’d like to search with.
- Tap the Google Lens icon from the bottom.
- Lens will automatically detect objects in the Photo, select object manually if there are multiple object in the image.
- That’s it.
How to use Google Lens on iPhone or iPad using Safari or Google Chrome
For Google Chrome:
- Install the latest version of Google Chrome on your iPhone or iPad.
- Open Google Chrome.
- You will get the Google Lens integration directly inside the search bar.
- Select the Lens icon, and grant the camera access.
- Tap the search icon, it will analyze the photo and select objects inside the image.
- You will see the object details on your screen right away.
- Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
- Go to Google Images or Google Search engine.
- Select the Lens icon, grant the camera access.
- Tap the search icon, it will analyze the photo and select objects inside the image to get details about the objects.
How to use Google Lens on iPhone for Translation
- Install the Google Translate app on your iPhone.
- Open the Translate app.
- Select the Camera option.
- Hold your phone to capture the text which you want to translate.
- You will get the results on your screen right-away, you can take a photo if you want better accuracy.
- That’s it.
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