Pixel 8 Pro Circle To Search

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  • The official Google app on iPhone now offers an image-scanning shortcut that users can access anywhere across iOS.
  • Once set up, users can trigger the shortcut using the Action button, a double or triple back tap, and/or Siri.

Android phone users have been able to use Google’s handy Circle to Search feature for months now. This allows them to look up images, text, and other elements visible on their devices’ screens. While Google will never be able to bake this feature natively into iOS, a new shortcut bridges the gap and gives iPhone users a taste of Circle to Search.

As highlighted by 9to5Google, the official Google app on iOS now offers a shortcut to scan an inputted image using the company’s Lens feature. While Google Lens isn’t identical to Circle to Search, the company has stated that both features are powered by the same optical character recognition (OCR) technology. To set up the shortcut, follow the steps below: