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7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays

December 12th, 2019

This holiday season, your phone’s camera can do more than just capture your favorite moments. Whether you’re jet-setting off to a new place, brainstorming gift ideas, or learning a family holiday recipe, here are 7 ways Google Lens can help:

Get style recommendations

If you’re in need of style inspiration for your holiday festivities, look no further. Point Lens at a piece of clothing, like a dress or jacket, to get style ideas from across the web. The lens will show you how others are wearing—and pairing—similar pieces so you can make the most of your closet over the season.

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays
Get style inspiration

Find gifts in a snap

Do you like something you see in the real world? Use Lens to identify products similar to it. You can even sort by prices to help you get the best deal. Just remember to ask before taking a photo of a random person’s shoes.

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays
Find similar items

Track your packages

Gift shopping can be fun, but it can also be difficult to keep track of all your orders and be assured that they’ll arrive on time. Point Lens at a tracking number to quickly see the delivery status of your package.

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays
Easily track packages

Make your camera your travel companion

If you’re taking a holiday trip where you don’t speak the local language, Lens can instantly translate the text in front of you, whether you’re looking at a menu or street sign. Point Lens at any text and it will automatically detect the language and overlay the translations right on top of the original worlds—in more than 100 languages.

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays
Quickly translate text

Don’t just snap food pics, get dish
recommendations too

When you’re out celebrating at a restaurant, Lens can help you decide what to order. Point your camera at a menu to see popular dishes highlighted. Tap on a dish to see what it actually looks like and what other customers are saying about it with photos and reviews from Google Maps.

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays
See popular menu items

Settle the bill with ease

Unless you’re playing credit card roulette, splitting the bill can be a pain. With Lens, you can easily figure out everyone’s share of the tab or calculate the tip by pointing your camera at the receipt.

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays
Split the tab

Copy and paste written text

If you don’t want-to-do lists scattered everywhere, Lens makes it easy to copy handwritten or printed text directly to your phone. Whether you’re scanning a grocery list, a gift card code, a family recipe, or even a long Wi-Fi password you don’t want to manually enter, use Lens to copy it to your device.

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays
Copy text to your device

To check out these features, download the Google Lens app on the Play Store or the Google app on the App Store. You can also find Lens in your Google Assistant or Google Photos.

We hope these Lens tips provide you with new, fun ways to use your smartphone camera this holiday season and throughout the year.