What is Google Lens for iPhone?

Discover a new way to explore the world around you through Google Lens!

A few decades ago, one could’ve never imagined technology like Google Lens taking the world by storm. But not only has it done just that, it has only gotten better with time.

When hearing the word Google Lens, you’d instantly think of the lens of a camera. And you wouldn’t be too far off with your thoughts. It’s actually an app that recognizes content by collecting information from any image. 

Imagine traveling to a different country and not being able to understand all the signs there. It will surely put a lid on all your travel plans and excitement. But there’s no need to be worried about things like this anymore. Just take a photo of the sign using Google Lens, and it’ll immediately translate it for you.

Can you imagine that you can now use your phone’s camera to explore the world and see it through a completely new lens? Read on to find out how.

What is Google Lens?

To understand how it works, you need to first understand what Google Lens is. It is an AI technology that, with the help of deep machine learning, uses your smartphone camera to make out any item in front of the lens. 


What’s more, it doesn’t just detect, but also provides other services like scanning, translation, shopping, etc. 

For example, if you point your phone at a flower and ask Google Assistant what flower it is, it will not only give you the answer but other information too. Google will tell you about other flower species and even let you know of some nearby florists.

Use Google Lens on iOS Photos You’ve Already Taken

Google’s apps and other services are readily available to Android users. But those with an iPhone often face issues. Have you ever wondered how you can use Google Lens on iOS with the photos you’ve already taken? Given below are the steps you should follow:

  • Download the latest version of the Google Photos app. Don’t forget to allow Google Photos to access your photo library.
  • Once you do this, all pictures stored on your iPhone will show up in Google Photos.
  • Open an image, and click on the Google Lens icon. This icon will be present at the bottom of the screen.
  • A description of the item, similar photos, and other information will appear below the image.
  • Tap another area of the photo to learn more.

How to Use Google Lens With Your iPhone Camera?

Remember, you can even use Google Lens with your iPhone camera to scan any item and gain information about it – that too in real-time. Cool right?

In the previous section, we learned how to use Google Lens with the photos already present on your iOS. Now, let’s see how to use it with your iPhone camera. Here are the steps:

  • Go to the App Store and download the latest version of the Google App.
  • Once downloaded, open the app and click on the Google Lens icon. You’ll find it on the right side of your search bar, next to the microphone. 
  • Google will ask for permission to access your camera. Click on OK.
  • The Google screen will transform into your camera. Google Lens will be activated when you scan your surroundings. 
  • You’ll know that Google Lens is now active when little popping bubbles appear across the screen.
  • Tap on any of the bubbles to get extra information and a Google analysis of what you’re looking at.

What can Google Lens do?

You’d be surprised to know that Google Lens provides more than just information about images and your surroundings. So, you can have some good fun using the app and exploring all its features. Here are some more things you can do with Google Lens:

Translate: Simply open the Google Lens app and point your phone at a text. Make sure to plug in Google Translate. You no longer have to worry about not understanding a language. The app will translate everything for you and even work offline!

Smart Text Selection: You can highlight a text in Google Lens and copy it to your phone. All you have to do is point your phone’s camera at the said text. It’s just like pointing your camera at the WiFi password and then having it copied/pasted to the login area.

Smart Text search: Text selection leads to text search as well. You can find out the meaning of different words. It’s like having your own pocket dictionary without the hassle of finding each word.

Shopping: Imagine seeing a dress you like, but it’s super expensive. You no longer have to be worried. Google Lens can help you find stores with similar options. The best part is that you can even look at the price range to see if it works for you. 

Google homework questions: Have trouble with your homework? Just use Google Lens to scan the question and find out the answer.

Search around you: Just point your camera to your surroundings to let Google Lens give you some interesting information. This includes data regarding historical buildings, parks, etc.

What’s next for Google Lens?

Even though Google Lens highlights the advancement in camera technology, there are still a few alleged updates that could improve it.

One can easily access Google Lens with their iPhone and Android devices. So, there is always something to explore. But even Google can sometimes get things wrong.

It might not recognize the item correctly, or it may recognize another thing on the screen. Remember, Google asks, “Do you find these descriptions useful?” So, if Google Lens does scan incorrectly, you can always check the no option. This helps Google improve its results for the next time.

Now that you know what Google Lens is and how to use it for an iPhone, go ahead and discover the world around you. Good luck!

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