How to Use Google Lens on iPhone? (A Comprehensive Guide)
Can you name a certain object every time?
There’s always that one object that we always forget the name of, regardless of whether we always encounter this object or not. It can sometimes get very annoying when we can’t name it after a few minutes of thinking. And imagine the frustration when someone gives you the name, and it was just so easy.
Thankfully, Google has ensured that with Google Lens on iPhone you will never be in that situation again. The tech giant has developed an app that will easily recognize objects. What’s good about this app is that it does more than that.
Curious to know this app’s useful features? Read along as we give you a comprehensive guide on Google Lens and the steps to use its features!
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What is Google Lens?
Google has developed an image recognition technology called Google Lens. The app identifies using visual analysis. Moreover, it does not only name objects but also gives out relevant information related to the object.
Simply point your camera to an object around you, or take photos of objects, and Google Lens will identify that object for you. Also, you can do image searches on the app as well. Google Lens can also translate foreign words for you. It can be most useful when traveling to a foreign country, and you need translation for almost anything.
Lens was one of Google’s biggest announcements in 2017 and a Google Pixel exclusive feature when that phone launched. Since then, Google Lens has come to be used by the majority of people because of its features.
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What can Google Lens do?
Aside from the things described above, Google Lens also offers the following:
Smart text Selection: You can point your phone’s camera at a text and copy it on your phone. So, for instance, imagine pointing your phone at a Wi-Fi password and being able to copy and paste it into a Wi-Fi login screen.
Smart text search: When you highlight text in Google Lens, you can also search that text with Google. This is useful if you need to look up a definition of a word without typing the word manually.
Google homework questions: You can just scan your homework questions, and Google will come up with answers for them.
How to Use Google Lens?
Needless to say, Google Lens is very easy to use. But for an even easier understanding, this article will provide the steps below.
But first, download the Google Lens app from the app store first if you don’t have it yet. Open App Store > Search Google > Download the app.
6 Steps on Using Google Lens
Sign in to the app with your existing Google credentials or create a new one.
You’ll find the Google lens icon on the homepage on the search bar.
Tap OK in the permission alert to let Google access your camera.
Point Google Lens at an object you want to identify or know more about.
If the lighting is poor, you can activate your phone’s flashlight using the lightning bolt icon to illuminate the object in the frame.
Tap the shutter button. Google Lens will then identify the object you snapped and will display relevant information relating to the object.
If you want to use Lens on the picture you’ve already taken, tap the picture icon at the bottom left (next to the shutter icon) to access your photo library, and select a photo.
Lens will then analyze the object and give the results at the bottom of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use Google Lens without downloading it?
No, you can’t use Google Leens without downloading the Google app. The lens is useful if you see something but don’t know exactly what it is or want more information.
Do we have to pay to use Google Lens?
Google Lens is free and can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.
Is it safe to use Google Lens?
One could argue that Google Lens would identify only specific objects and discard the rest of the image. But Google can’t control what pictures and objects people will be scanning. That information sent back to the cloud (including people, places, etc) will bring privacy and security concerns.
Can I get Google Lens on my iPhone?
Yes. To access Google Lens on your iPhone camera, you’ll need to download the latest version of the app from the App Store. Open the app and click the Google Lens icon beside the microphone to the right of your search bar.
Is “Hey, Google” compatible with the iPhone?
“Hey, Google” is a phrase you can say to turn on and use Google Assistant. Google Assistant is a voice assistant like Siri and Alexa that comes with Android phones and can be added to iPhones and iPads.
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Wrapping Up Google Lens on iPhone!
The next time you find a cute shoe or dress online, the influencer has not tagged where they got it from. Simply point your camera and take a snap. Google Lens will do its magic and tell you everything you need to know about the object.
Shopping? Done. What about homework, you ask? Also done in a snap. You can also translate texts from a photo. You name it, and Google Lens can do it. What a handy app to have installed on your phone!