A Workaround Brings Circle to Search-like Feature on iPhone

Circle to Search is one of the best AI features available on premium Android phones. iPhone owners get similar functionality, thanks to a new workaround.

If you are not aware of Circle to Search, it lets you search for anything on your smartphone’s screen by scribbling over the object or simply circling it and searching for more information about the product without switching between apps. Circle to Search is basically a refined version of Google Lens.

Minsang Choi from the Google Design Manager team for Google Lens, shared a new shortcut for iPhone users which brings similar functionality to the iOS. To make things possible, he made a shortcut that will quickly take a screenshot and immediately funnels into the Google app and run a Lens search. Choi says, “It’s basically a Circle to Search, but faster.”

How to Get Circle to Search-like Feature on iPhone

Choi designed this shortcut to leverage the power of the Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. However, there’s a workaround available you can use it to get things done on all modern iPhones running on iOS 13 or later.

First, let’s take a look at how you can setup the shortcut on your iPhone 15 Pro series with Action Button.

Step 1: Install the Google app on your iPhone or update it.

Step 2: Download this Search Your Screenshot shortcut for your iPhone.

How to Get Circle to Search like Feature on iPhone

Step 3: Go to Settings, then tap the Action Button.

Step 4: Simply choose the Shortcuts app and then select Search your Screenshot shortcut.

Now whenever you press the Action Button it will quickly take a screenshot and immediately runs a Google Lens search for it, just like Circle to Search, you can search the object from the screenshot to get better detailed information related to it.

How to Get Circle to Search like Feature on iPhone

If you own an iPhone 6S or newer model, then you can setup the shortcut by utilizing the Double Tap or Triple Tap accessibility feature, thanks to folks over at 9to5Google. Follow these steps to setup the Google Lens Screenshot shortcut on older iPhones.

Step 1: Install the Google app and download this Shortcut.

Step 2: Go to Settings, then tap Accessibility.

How to Get Circle to Search like Feature on iPhone

Step 3: Select Touch under the Physical and Motor section.

Step 4: Scroll down to Back Tap, choose Double Tap or Triple Tap option and scroll down to bottom and select Google Lens Screenshot Shortcut from the Shortcuts section.

How to Get Circle to Search like Feature on iPhone

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Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at haneetsingh@outlook.com In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across his work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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