Get information about your photos and surroundings

You can get details or take actions on your photos, objects around you and image searches with Google Lens.


  • Google Lens is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.  
  • Lens can translate text into all Google Translate languages.
  • Shopping results are available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom and United States.

You can use Google Lens with Google Photos or the Google app, but not with your camera or the Google Assistant.

Get details and take action on your photos

  • On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  • Select a photo.
  • Tap Google Lens .
  • Depending on your photo, check the details or take an action.

If you take a photo of a: 

  • Business card: Save the phone number or address to a contact.
  • Book: Get a summary and read reviews.
  • Event flyer or billboard: Add the event to your calendar.
  • Landmark or building: See historical facts, hours of operation and more.
  • Painting in a museum: Read about the artist and learn more.
  • Plant or animal: Learn about species and breeds.

Tip: To copy text, tap and select the words that you'd like to copy.

Find information about objects around you

Note: Google Lens in the Google app is only available in English.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google app.
  2. In the search bar, tap Google Lens .
    • If you haven’t used Google Lens before, tap Turn on camera to use Lens.
  3. On your screen, tap the item.
    • To select text, tap a word, then tap it again and drag the blue dots.
  4. At the bottom, tap a result or Search.

Find information about results in image search

  1. On your phone or tablet, go to and search for an image.
  2. Tap an image result.
  3. Tap Google Lens .
  4. If available, tap a white dot. Otherwise, with your finger or a stylus, circle part of the image.
  5. Tap an image result.
  6. To leave Lens and return to image search, tap Close Close.

Note: Google Lens in search currently only works in US English, only from image search, only on still images and only in mobile browsers (not the Google app). It won't work with offensive images. Learn how to search for images.

See and delete your Google Lens activity

To find and delete your Google Lens activity, go to the Lens page on My Activity. Learn how to control what's saved in your Google Account

If you don't want your Google Lens activity saved to your Google Account, turn off Web & app activity. Learn how to see and control your Web & app activity.

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