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How to disable Google Lens

How to disable Google Lens: Android

If it is your intention to prevent Google Lens from affecting some activities carried out on Android, this is the section of the tutorial that suits you best: in fact, you will find explained below how to disable Google Lens, in whole or in part, from the Google Camera app, the Chrome browser and the search app of the Mountain View giant.


Google Camera

If you own a Google Pixel, you have certainly noticed that Lens activities have been integrated into the app Camera installs "standard" on the device: it is in fact possible to receive suggestions and indications coming from the "intelligent" graphic search of Google simply by framing an element, without the need to access additional functions.


However, if you find it unnecessary to integrate Lens into the photo and video app, you can get rid of it almost immediately: first, start the app Camera Google and make one swipe from top to bottom to call up its main menu.

If the latter is not immediately visible, tap on the symbol of freccetta verse il basso, located in the upper part of the screen (more or less in the center), in order to recall it.

At this point, tap the d-shaped buttongear, which is located at the bottom of the panel meanwhile appeared on the screen, identifies the item Google Lens Tips and move the corresponding switch from ON a OFF, to disable the interaction between Google's “visual” assistant and the Camera app. The change is instant and no additional steps are required.

Browser Chrome


In the latest versions of the app Google Chrome for Android, moreover, the search through Google Lens has definitively replaced the search by images: this means, in practice, that by making a long tap on any photo displayed in the browser, it is possible to carry out searches using only the "intelligent" engine ”Of Google, and no longer of the Google Images portal.


Even in this case, however, it is possible to return to the previous behavior and restore the operation of the "classic" Google image search: to do this, start the Google Chrome browser, type the URL chrome: // flags in the bar of the addresses that reside at the top and give Submit.

Once you have reached the Chrome experimental settings page, tap on the search bar at the top of it, called Search flags, and type the word Lens inside, so that all the settings related to the use of Google Lens appear. When this happens, tap on the tab Available, then touches the drop-down menu located at the bottom of the first box displayed (usually identified by the word Default) and put the check mark next to the item Disabled.

Now, repeat the same operation for all the remaining available tiles and, when done, tap the button relaunch, in order to restart Chrome and restore the Google image search, deleting any references to Google Lens.

This operation is completely reversible: in case of second thoughts, all you have to do is follow the same procedure seen a little while ago and reset all the flags related to Google Lens from Disabled a Default.

Google search bar

If, on the other hand, you want to get rid of the Google Lens icon from the Google search bar, restoring the one related to the classic search by images, things get a little more complicated: the only effective solution, as well as the most "drastic" one, is to eliminate theapp Google Lens from the device.


To carry out this operation, however, it is essential that root permissions have been previously obtained on the smartphone or tablet, as Android does not allow the uninstallation of system applications, let alone those of Google, unless you unlock the device.


Also, it is good to keep in mind that forcibly deleting an app strongly integrated in Android, such as Google Lens or any other Google app, can make the entire device unstable or not working, forcing you to reset it: keep this in mind eventuality, before doing anything.

How do you say? Do you intend to proceed anyway? OK, but then don't say I didn't warn you. After unlocking the root permissions on the Android device, download and install the app Titanium Backup from the Play Store, by accessing the appropriate section of the latter and then pressing the button Install.

When the download is complete, open the app in question, tap the button Allow and presses the button OK twice in succession, in order to access the area dedicated to system management. At this point, tap the button Backup / Restore located at the top, locate the item relating to Google Lens within the list below and tap on it. Finally, tap the buttons Uninstall! e Yes, to get rid of Google Lens for good.

In any case, to learn more about uninstalling apps that, normally, cannot be uninstalled, I refer you to reading the specific guide I have dedicated to the topic.

If you don't feel ready to eliminate Google Lens in such a drastic way, but would like to use the "old" Google image search, know that you can still get this result: after touching theLens icon located in the Google bar, tap on the tab Search and then on the symbol of picture, located at the bottom left, to select the photo from which to start your search. Finally, swipe from bottom to top to view the search results by images - that's all!



How to disable Google Lens: iPhone and iPad

How do you say? Use the Google app on iPhone or on iPad and would you like to get rid of the inconvenient search through Google Lens, restoring the one for images? Well, in this case I have no good news to give you: the system is in fact deeply integrated into the search app of the Mountain View giant and, therefore, cannot be deactivated.

On the other hand, you can still carry out a search based on a photo already available on your device, in the old way, in a way almost identical to what has already been seen for Android: open the app of Google, tap on the symbol of Lens and then touch the icon picture (bottom left), to select the “starting” photo. Finally, expand your search results by swiping from bottom to top.

How to delete Google Lens history

Now that you've managed to disable (or bypass) Google Lens, you'd like to delete the chronology of the searches carried out so far through the service? No problem, you can easily achieve this by acting on the Google account management page.

So, using any browser you prefer, connect to the website myaccount.google.com, log in to your Google account, if necessary, and tap on the item Data and personalization, visible at the top of the page that opens.

Pray fai tap sulla voce My activities located inside the box Activity and history, scroll down the next page until you find the item Filter by date and product, and tap on it.

At this point, set the drop-down menu below the item Filter by date on the option From the beginning, put the check mark in the box next to the wording Google Lens to do tap su Apply, to view your activity with Google Lens.

Now, examine the research activity carried out and, if you are willing to cancel it, tap the button Delete twice in a row: following this operation, the entire search activity carried out through Google Lens will be deleted.

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