Goggles overview and requirements

There are some things that are hard to put in words, like a painting that you want to find out the artist of. For searches like that, try Google Goggles -- it lets you search the web using photos that you've taken on your mobile phone. So just open the Goggles app on your phone, snap a photo of that painting, and find search results all about it. Sometimes pictures really are worth a thousand words.

Best search queries

Google Goggles works better with certain types of queries. It can recognize up to three items at a time. For best results, try taking pictures of the following:

  • Books & DVDs
  • Landmarks
  • Barcodes & QR codes
  • Logos
  • Contact info
  • Artwork
  • Businesses
  • Products
  • Text

Currently, it's not so good when taking pictures of the following:

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Cars
  • Furniture
  • Apparel

Optimizing your photos for Goggles

For the best results when taking pictures, hold your phone in "left landscape" mode, as shown below, and press the on-screen shutter button with your right thumb.

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Goggles availability

Google Goggles is currently available for the following devices:

  • Android devices running Android 2.2 and above can download Goggles from Google Play . To see which version of Android you're running, go to Settings > About phone > Android version.
  • iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices with the Google Search App.