The magic of Google Lens

Google Lens can be a handy tool for quick image search and translation.

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Google Lens can be a handy tool for quick image search and translation.

Since its official launch as a standalone app in October 2017, Google Lens has been a useful and often noticed aspect of Android smartphones. As an image recognition app, Google Lens offers a fun way to look at the source of any image, including finding information about related objects, providing quick translations or even solving math homework.

If you’ve always been interested in trying out Google Lens but weren’t sure how to get started, here’s a quick beginner’s guide to getting started with this app.

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You can either use the photos on your phone to scan or take photos and scan on the go.

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You can either use the photos on your phone to scan or take photos and scan on the go.

How to access Google Lens

If you have a Google search bar on your smartphone’s home screen, you’ll notice a small camera-like icon on the bar. Clicking on it will open the Google Lens app. You can also access Lens directly from Google Photos. Open any image on Photos and using the ‘Share’, ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ options you will find ‘Lens’. If other options do not work, simply download and install the Google Lens app from the Play Store.

Navigating around Google Lens

The first time you open Google Lens, you’ll be greeted with an introductory menu where you can set up how Lens will access your photos. You can give him access to your files and media to let him search your phone for photos he can scan. It will also show you some sample images where you can try out some of the main features of Lens – shopping screenshots, identifying plants, help with homework, etc. You can also click on the “Search with Camera” option if you want to use Lens quickly.

While uploading any image to Lens, you will notice a frame with four corners. Anything within that frame is what Google Lens will focus on. For example, if you want Lens to scan a hat on an image of a person wearing a hat, focus the frame on the hat only. Click other points in the image to change the focus area and reset the frame. Anywhere you place will be instantly scanned by Lens and will provide you with automatic search results.

Note that sometimes, Google Lens’s AI may automatically focus on the wrong place. For example, if there is an image of a person and a dog, Lens may focus on the person rather than the dog. In this case, you have to manually reset the focus on the dog by tapping on the dog in the photo.

Playing with Lens

Since Lens focuses on the image, you can choose a variety of functions for Lens to perform.

translate Offers you easy translation on the go. Point your phone’s camera at any piece of text or a page from a book, and the app will use Google Translate to automatically translate the text into the language you want. The translated text will automatically appear on your phone above the original image.

Google Lens is especially useful for translating text on the go.

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Google Lens is especially useful for translating text on the go.

text It allows you to copy the text that is targeted by the camera. You can then paste the text anywhere. This is done by Lens AI to recognize any piece of text on the image you’re scanning with the app, and automatically copies the words to its clipboard for future use.

Homework It works similar to research but will focus specifically on academic search results for featured text. For example, scanning an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice finds solutions to works, analyzes the topic, and elaborates on the citation and other literary study texts associated with the play.

You can also use Google Lens to search for academic resources or for math help.

You can also use Google Lens to search for academic resources or for math help.

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