What can Google Lens do for you? Functions and how to use them! - Instantly search what you have taken!
By momoka
2022-11-21

Have you heard of Google Lens?
Some of you may have heard of it.

However, many of you may not know what exactly it does.

In this article, we will explain the functions, usage, and compatible models of Google Lens.
We hope this article will help answer some of your questions.

What is Google Lens? What can it do?

Google Lens is a function that "tells you what the photographed subject is" and "shows you related images and information about the subject.

For example, if you point Google Lens at a flower, the name of the flower will be searched and displayed.
You can also search by animal, food, celebrity, etc.

But that's not all.
With Google Lens, you can translate foreign languages, convert them to text, read QR codes, search for products using barcodes, and much more.

The greatest feature is that a single Google Lens can do a variety of things, from searching to translation.

How to use Google Lens


Let's take a look at how to actually use Google Lens.
Basically, all you have to do is start Google Lens and hold it over an object.

The startup procedure is as follows.

(1) Launch the Google application.
(2) Tap the lens symbol next to the sound symbol to complete the process.

This will launch Google Lens.
Google Apps can also be installed on the iPhone from the App Store.

If the Google app is not available, the Lens function is also available in Google Photos.

Here is how to use it.

Searching for animals, plants, and objects

You can search for animals, plants, and objects by simply holding them up.
Here is how to do it.

1 Open the Google application and tap the lens symbol next to the sound symbol.
2 Once Google Lens is activated, take a picture of the object.

It will automatically search for the object.
This is very useful, for example, when you know the name of an unknown flower blooming on the side of the road.

Translate a foreign language

Foreign words can be translated by copying the text and setting the range.
The method is as follows

1 Open the Google application and tap the lens symbol next to the sound symbol.
2. Copy the text you wish to translate.
3. Tap the part you want to translate. The blue line indicates the part to be translated.
Tap "Translate" at the bottom of the screen.

Translation is now complete.
The translation function of Google Lens uses Google Translate.

Reading barcodes and QR codes


Barcodes and QR codes can also be used by simply holding them up.
The method is as follows.

1 Start Google App and tap the lens symbol next to the sound symbol.
2 Once Google Lens is activated, copy the target code.
3 Tap the magnifying glass symbol at the bottom of the screen and you are done.

In the case of a barcode, the product will now be searched.
In the case of a QR code, the URL will be displayed, tap it, and you are done.

Using from Google Photos


Using Google Lens from Google Photos is a different way to use Google Lens.
What's more, you can search using photos in Google Photos.

This means that you can search with existing photos using Photo Search, whereas the normal Google Lens searches by taking a picture of the object.

The specific method is as follows

(1) Open Google Photos.
(2) Tap a photo to select it.
(3) Tap the lens symbol at the bottom of the screen to complete the process.

This will search for what is in the photo.
You can also search for a photo using the photo button in the upper right corner of the regular Google Lens.
Please try it!

[How to start using Google Lens (by model)


"Can Google Lens be used with any smartphone? " you may be wondering.
As it turns out, it can be used on any smartphone, although there are differences in the applications that can be used.

In other words, Google Lens can be used on the iPhone.

Google Lens starts with the app.
Let's take a look at how to actually start Google Lens, separately for iPhone and Android, depending on the device you are using.

iphone


There are three apps that can be used with Google Lens on the iPhone.

Google Apps
Google Assistant
Google Photos

There are three, but installing Google Apps is sufficient.
Please note that the Live Search function, which allows you to "take a picture of an object and search what it is," can only be used with Google Apps and Google Assistant.

Android
The following four applications are available for Google Lens on Android.

1. Google Lens
2. Google Apps
3. Google Assistant
4. Google Photos

For Android, there is a Google Lens app.
Therefore, you can easily use Google Lens by installing this app.

If it is troublesome to download a new one, use Google Apps and Assistant.

Also, on some models, such as pixel, you can use it from the regular camera app.
Please check to see if this applies to your model.

Can I use it on my PC?


Some of you may be wondering if it can be used on a PC.

As it turns out, Google Lens cannot be used on a PC.
Instead, it can be used by connecting to a smartphone.

Specifically, you can simply copy the text read by your smartphone to your PC.
The method is as follows

1. Read the text with Google Lens and determine the area to be copied.
2. Tap "Copy to PC" at the bottom of the screen.
3. Paste it on your PC and you are done.

The conditions are that you have the latest Chrome and that you are logged in with the same account.
Please try it!

Why can't I use Google Lens?


"I can't use Google Lens! ", you may be asking yourself.
There are two possible reasons why Google Lens does not work.

The version of the app is old
There is no lens symbol in the app.

Let's take a look at how to deal with each of them.

Update the app


One of the first causes is that the version of the app is out of date.

Google Lens has been available in the app since around 2019.
Therefore, earlier versions may not work.

Check the version of the app and update it if it is old.

Using other apps


The second cause may be that the app does not have a lens symbol.
Depending on the model of your smartphone, the lens symbol may not appear in the search field of the Google application.

In that case, use other apps.
Try the Google Assistant or Google Lens app.

For Android users, the Google Lens app is a sure bet.


Conclusion


How was it?
Google Lens" has various functions such as searching for animals and plants, translating foreign languages, etc.

To use it, just tap the lens symbol from the application.
It is easy and very convenient, so if you are interested, please try it.