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Coolest New Feature on Android is Replicated in a New iPhone Shortcut

Sadly, iPhone users are unable to utilize Circle to Search, one of Android’s most recent features. However, Google is giving Apple enthusiasts a break with a fix that essentially duplicates the feature.

In a post on X, Minsang Choi, Google’s design manager for Google Lens, revealed a new iOS shortcut that takes advantage of the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro smartphones. When the shortcut is enabled, it instantly launches the Google app and does a Lens scan after taking a snapshot of whatever you’re currently viewing. Choi yells, “It’s basically Circle to Search, but faster.”

With the help of the accessibility feature, you may execute an iOS shortcut by double- or triple-tapping the back of your iPhone to access system utilities like the flashlight, magnifier, and so on.

To test out the new Circle to Search functionality with Back Tap, make sure you have an iPhone 6S or later model running the most recent version of iOS. Then:

  • On your iPhone, if you haven’t already, install the Google app.
  • Create an iOS shortcut for this Google app.
  • Under the Physical and Motor area, choose Touch by going to Settings > Accessibility >.
  • Back Tap can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the Touch menu.
  • Select Double Tap or Triple Tap (Double Tap is more likely to cause accidental triggers but is also simpler to activate).
  • Choose “Search your screenshot” when you reach the Shortcuts area by scrolling down.

Nowadays, all you have to do to capture a screenshot and launch a Google Lens scan while using your phone is to tap the back of the device. While it’s not as accurate as circling what you want on an Android device, it still functions!

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