What is Google Lens and how to access it?


Google Lens is an amazing app that was introduced by Google in 2017. However, at launch, it was exclusive to Google Pixel phones, but in the Google I/O 2018 event, the company announced that it’ll now be available at most company’s smartphones. You can easily get Google Lens app, which is combined with Google photos app, by simply downloading it from the Google Play store.

Google Lens technology is based on Artificial Intelligence. This can identify an object, through Machine Learning, together with your smartphone camera. The app provides additional information about identified objects as well. Here we’ll let you know, what is Google Lens and how can you access it?

What is Google Lens?

Google Lens is an intelligent camera app that Google has launched. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, It can read the information within your photos, after knowing this information, it can give much more detail related to it. Using this app with Google Assistant, You can take action on texts, Find similar objects or explore nearby places.


We can also say Google Lens, a better version of Google Goggles. It’s a tool that helps you know things. For example, you liked a flower but you don’t know what its name is. Here using the app you can get full information about this.  Simply by taking a photo using a smartphone camera, open Google Photos and tap Lens icon. Isn’t really simple? Similarly, about any object, the app will not only give you its detail but also a lot of information about it that you can explore further.

In the same way, the app will give you a lot of details about places like restaurants, cafes, hospitals, malls, etc. Here we can say that it has the amazing ability to identify an object and give more information about it.

Google Lens Work

It’s fast and very clever that you can also co-relate this with Deep Machine Learning. The most interesting fact is that Google Lens can now recognize the text. From the camera app, it can directly recognize the text in the photo using the Augmented Reality and will tell you what’s written. It also recognizes the text that appears in a place or surrounding.

In short, Google Lens can-

  • Recognize and make you identify the object in your photo.
  • Provide detail about the objects or place.
  • Give you the option to explore more about the identified thing or the object.

How to access Google Lens?

Maybe it works a little differently with different company’s smartphones. But it’s compatible with both Android and iOS, with the Google Photos app. You can also use it from Google Assistant. Most phone companies have started to integrate it directly into their Camera App. Similarly, this app has started coming to many phone company’s smartphones including LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia, TCL, Asus, and BQ.

It’s very easy to use. Select the photo in the Google Photo App and tap the lens Google Lens Icon icon. You will see this icon in the lower-right corner, which is for real-time searches. And you’ll see results only when you tap the icon Google Lens Icon because this app can’t snap your photos itself.

Here are simple steps, how to use Google Lens in Google Photos App-

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your Android or iOS phone/tablet.
  2. Select a photo for which you need information
  3. Tap the Google Lens icon
  4. Depending on your photo, you’ll get details. Also, you get options here to take an action, and find similar products in the results.

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