With just your smartphone’s camera, you can use Google Lens to search for information, translate text, and even scan QR codes.
It allows you to do searches using images rather than just text. Yet unlike Android and iOS, the Google Lens app is not accessible on the desktop.
It does not even help to open the Google Lens page. But, we have some tips that will help you use Google Lens on a desktop.
What Is Google Lens?
It is comparable to a visual search engine. You can utilize the camera or images to search for anything in the frame rather than utilizing text to do so. It can also be used to shop, translate real-life languages, and extract text.
It is gently incorporated into various well-known Google services on the desktop. It still has the ability to extract text, discover additional images that are similar, etc. while not having as many features as on a mobile device.
Access and Use Google Lens on Desktop
You can use a variety of methods to access Google Lens.
1. Google Images
- Search for anything inside an image using Google Lens, which is built into the Google Images page.
- It can provide links to buy things from photographs, give a description of a specific portion of the image, display additional images that are similar to the one you’ve chosen, etc. It cannot, however, translate or extract text from photos.
- Do a search on Google and select the Images tab.
- Choose any image you want to use Google Lens to scan from the Images page.
- Then, select the Google Lens button located in the bottom left corner of the picture.
- It will use Google Lens to scan the image and return additional pictures that are visually similar.
- You can also search for a certain item in the image by adjusting the image’s borders.
- On some things, Google Lens automatically adds dots that you can select to identify comparable visual matches. Therefore you don’t have to manually alter the borders—just click on the bubble to look for that object.
- Google Lens on Google Images doesn’t really do much more than display visually similar images.
2. Google Chrome
Google Lens was not set as the default setting on the Chrome browser. To make the Chrome functionality available, you must enable a flag. You may search for visual matches using Chrome’s built-in Google Lens, and you can copy and translate any text that appears in a picture. You can use it to search for any image on any webpage once it has been enabled.
- Launch Chrome and type the following text into the address bar at the top of the browser.
- Now, on the Chrome flags page, use the Search flags search box to look for enable-lens-standalone.
- Next, select the Enabled option from the menu by clicking on the drop-down next to that choice.
- Next, select Relaunch from the menu. The Chrome browser will close and reopen as a result.
Note: Save any unfinished work before selecting the Relaunch option if you have any.
- Right-click any image on any page by doing so. Choose the Google Image Search option from the context menu. This works on the majority of websites, such as Google, Google Photos, blogs, etc., with the exception of those that are very safe, such as bank websites that forbid right-clicking, saving, etc.
- A left sidebar containing the relevant information and visual matches will be displayed.
- By selecting the Text option in the Google Lens sidebar, you may copy the text within the image, hear it read out, look up its meaning, and more.
- Another choice you have is Translate. This will translate all the text in the image to the specified language. Above the image, you can choose the language.
- In addition to the image, you can also right-click anywhere on the website and select the Google Image Search option.
- Use your mouse or trackpad to drag and choose the area you want to have Google Lens scan.
- As soon as you’re done choosing, Google Lens will open and look for similar objects in the picture or region you’ve chosen.
3. Google Photos
The Google Pictures app already includes Google Lens, but it is pretty limited because it can only extract text from pictures. Moreover, you cannot begin the extraction procedure by yourself. Google will provide a little pop-up on the image if it finds any text in the image. When there isn’t enough text in the image or the text is too small, it occasionally ignores it.
- Launch Google Photos, then select the picture containing the text you wish to copy.
- The option to Copy text from the image will be immediately suggested by Google Photos. Just click it.
- To copy the entire page, click the Copy text option on the following page.
- You may also choose a specific section of the text to copy and then click the Copy text button.
But you may also use Google Photos with Chrome’s Google Lens feature. Simply pick the option to “Search image with Google” by performing a right-click on the top of any image on Google Photos. It will look for and show related photographs.