Google Lens rolls out for iOS, here is how you can access it

Written by Asra Rizwan ·  1 min read >

Google announced today that it is launching its Lens feature on iOS devices. The Lens feature is an object recognition tool, accessible through the Google Photos app. The announcement indicated that the app should be updated to version 3.15 for the feature to work.

Google Lens debuted last year on Google Assistant. The feature help users know more about the world they interact with. When users take a photo of an object, the Lens recognizes it and displays information about that object. Lens currently works on an array of objects that include: books, paintings in a museum, landmarks, buildings, business cards, plants, billboards, flyers, animals, and plants.

When a user takes a photo that contains a contact number or an address, Lens enables you to save this information as a contact on your phone. Similarly, flyers and billboards containing information about events can also be logged into a calendar. For photographs of books, the lens will prompt reviews and details about the author.

How to access the feature on iOS?

Google Lens will only work on your device if you have updated the Google Photos app to the latest version and your device language is set to English. Here is how you can make use of the feature if you own an Apple device:

  1. Launch the Google Photos app.
  2. Select a photo you want to view information about.
  3. Tap the Google Lens icon.
  4. View the details or take an action.

It is to be noted here that if a user has its web and app activity setting switched on, then Google Lens activity will be logged into the user’s Google account. The history can be deleted from the activity page at any time.

Written by Asra Rizwan
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