Google Lens on your iPhone: this is how the smart search function in iOS works

With Google Lens, you can look up information by pointing your camera at something. The smart search function recognizes objects or buildings so that you can quickly find out more about objects around you. This is how Google Lens works in iOS.

Google Lens on your iPhone: this is how it works

Google Lens is a feature of the Google app. This app can be downloaded from the App Store. Do you already have the app on your iPhone? Then make sure it is updated to the latest version. You can use the function in real time or with an existing photo. Do you want to find out about an object around you? Then follow the next steps.

  1. Open the Google app;

  2. Tap the Google Lens icon;

    If necessary, allow the app to access your camera.

  3. Point your camera at the object;

  4. As soon as a blue dot appears, the app has recognized the subject of your photo;

  5. Press the shutter button to view the search results.

This is how you use Google Lens with an existing photo

It is also possible to use the function with an existing photo that you have previously taken. You use the Google Photos app for this. Here’s how to use Google Lens:

  1. Open the photo in the Google Photos app on your iPhone;
  2. Tap the Google Lens icon at the bottom;
  3. At the bottom you will now find information about the subject of the photo. Swipe up to find out more.

The smart search function works in several ways. It doesn’t just work to find out more about something. It is also possible to carry out other practical actions with it.

For example, if you point your camera at a business card, you can save the contact information directly in your address. If you focus on a book, you will see reviews. With a photo of a poster for an event you can save it in your agenda.

You can also go to a website, request a route, call phone numbers and more. For a long time, Google Lens was only a feature on Google’s own Pixel smartphones. Google Lens has now been available on the iPhone for a few years now.

More iPhone tips

Do you want to get everything out of your iPhone? On iPhone you can read all kinds of useful tips and tricks. For example, we explain how to set Google Chrome as your default search engine or how Google Stadia works on your iPhone or iPad. We will also show you how to make a digital test with Google Forms and much more. Also keep an eye on our website, because here you can read daily news, tips and reviews.

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