Tech Tip - Identify Objects In Your Phone Photos With Google Lens

If you’d like a handy way to search your photos and identify important buildings/landmarks, places, names, Wi-Fi passwords and other valuable contextual information depicted in them, Google Lens may be for you.

For example, take a photo of a router’s password sticker and you’ll automatically connect to that network, take a picture of an unknown plant and automatically identify it in Google search results, or take a photograph of foreign text for a translation.

This photo scanning smart camera feature for all Android and iOS users works through the official Google Photos app. Here’s how:

  • Get the app – Android users are likely to already have this app on their devices, and iOS users can download it from the App Store.
  • Make sure that ‘English’ is set as the local language on your phone.
  • Open the app and select any photo to view.
  • Look for the Google Lens button shown, tap it, and tap ‘Get Started’.
  • You will be shown a brief animation on your photo that indicates it’s being scanned.
  • After the scan, you will see information Google Lens found for your image.


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