With Google Lens, all users have to do is point their camera at an object and the app will be able to recognize what it’s looking at, and will also be able to pull up relevant information about the object. But what if you wanted to analyze an image that was already stored on your phone? Turns out Google is testing a feature to let you do that.


According to a report from 9to5Google, it looks like some users are seeing a new feature in Google Lens where within the app, they have the option of importing an image file stored on their phone. Once the image has been imported, Google Lens will do what it does as if you captured the image live.

This feature comes in handy if you don’t have access to the object live, or if you’re trying to identify something you see in a photo. That being said, Google Photos already has Lens baked into it, but in case you don’t use Google Photos or if the Lens app is already open, this will provide users with an alternative.

It is unclear as to how widespread this rollout is, but it has been suggested that this is merely a test so if you don’t see the feature yet, don’t worry as we imagine that it will eventually find its way to all users.

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