6 ways to use Circle to Search on your phone

The Samsung Galaxy S24 series focuses on its built-in AI features; Samsung calls it Galaxy AI. Some of these features were developed in partnership with Google, especially the Circle to Search feature, which allows you to display useful, high-quality search results around information on your screen. In this read, we will discuss how an older non-Samsung phone can do the same job.

Galaxy AI Circle for searching on any phone

How to get Samsung circle search feature on any phone?

The search circle is a more intuitive way to find additional information about items on your screen. The user must long-press the Home button and select an item with a circle, scribble or simple tap, and the artificial intelligence will display relevant information from the web without having to manually search.

Circle to search your Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Developers: Samsung (search wheel on Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra)

Below, we have discussed existing circle search alternatives that you can use on your phone right now, no matter how old or new your phone is.

On Android

Method 1 – Use Circle to search on Google Pixel 6 and later

After the introduction of Circle to Search on the Galaxy S24 and Google Pixel 8 in March 2024, Circle to Search has been rolled out to more phones. Currently, it can be used on Google Pixel 6a and newer models. The process is identical to Samsung Galaxy phones.

Follow the steps below if you have a compatible Google Pixel phone.

1. Go to the screen where you want to search for an object, image or text item.

2. Press and hold the home button or navigation bar on your Google Pixel phone.

3. Create a circle or lasso around the item you want to search for.

This will scan the selected item with Google Lens and display the appropriate information on the screen. You can even purchase clothing, accessories and similar items directly based on the results.

Method 2 – Use Smart Select on Pixel smartphones

As mentioned above, Search Circle is created in partnership with Google; uses Google Lens integration to retrieve relevant information from the surrounding network. The Google Pixel smartphone has a similar feature since the Pixel 2 ran on Android 9 (Pie). Here’s how it works.

1. Bring to the screen the object, image or text item you want to search for.

2. Do a swipe up gesture to go to the last menu.

3. To choose Select under the active application window i tap the image. Now choose Lens from options.

4. Now, adjust the corners to match the item you want to search for.

Depending on the type of content you select, you will receive various helpful suggestions for taking action, such as calling someone directly, getting directions, copying, sharing, searching, saving images, etc.

Method 3 – Use the Galaxy.AI app

You can use this third-party app from Translapp on a non-Samsung or Google phone. The developer used Google Lens to add the Circle to Search feature on phones running Android 7 and above.

1. Install the Galaxy.AI application from the Google Play Store on your phone.

For this to work, you need to install the Google Lens app on your phone.

2. Scroll through the setup screen and tap “To continue” to continue.

3. When prompted, go to “Availabilitysettings by tapping “Turn ON

4. Now tap “Galaxy.AI” and turn on the switch next to “Use Galaxy.AI

5. Get “Allow” when prompted to grant the app screen reading access.

6. Once you’re done, to use the circle to search, tap the arrow in the sidebar to reveal the floating touch button.

7. Choose “Picture” and tap “Start now” so that the app can take a screenshot and read the screen content.

8. Now create a circle around the element on the screen and select “Search on Google” to search for information using Google Lens.

Method 4 – Use Google Lens

On all other Android phones, Google Lens offers the same functionality. It is available in the camera interface and the Google Photos app. However, you can even search for items in a random image from the Internet on your Android phone or iPhone.

1. Using Google Search, navigate to the image that contains the object or text information you want to search.

2. Tap and hold to see more options and select Search for an image using Google Lens.

3. You can touch Lens icon if the image is in the Google Images tab.

If the image is of high quality, Google will automatically identify its elements. You can then directly touch items to look for relevant activities around them. You can even select and translate text in an image using this method.

On iPhone

1. Install or update the Google app from the Apple App Store.

2. Launch the Shortcuts app and tap “+” (plus) in the upper right corner to create a new shortcut.

3. Tap on “Add an action” and type “Screenshot” in the search bar at the top to select “Take a screenshot

4. Now click “search for apps and actions” at the bottom to add an additional action to your shortcut.

5. Type “Search for an image” to choose “Search for an image using Lens” from the list of options.

6. Once you have defined your shortcut actions, tap the down arrow at the top and select “Rename

7. Give your shortcut a name, such as “Search with Lens” or “Search with Lens” and tap “Done

Method 1 – iPhone 15 and newer versions

1. Launch Settings on your iPhone and go to “Action button

An image of the side of your iPhone will appear with icons representing actions you can assign to the Action button.

2. Now swipe right until you see “Abbreviation” as action on screen.

3. Tap on “Menu button” below a shortcut to display all shortcuts.

4. From the Shortcuts menu, select the shortcut you created above.

Method 2 – On iPhone 14 and earlier

1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone and go to “Availability

2. In Accessibility Settings, tap “Touch

3. Scroll down and go to”Back Tap” here, tap “Double Obtain” Or “Triple Obtain” depending on how you want to run it.

4. Now scroll down and select the shortcut created above to set the action with the back tap gesture.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How do I get Samsung Circle to start searching on my phone?

If you’re a Google Pixel user, use Smart Select to bring up Google Lens on any screen. For other smartphone users, take a screenshot and use Google Lens to search for relevant information around the image elements.

Q. Will other Samsung Galaxy phones have Circle to Search?

The “Circle to Search” function uses the capabilities of Google Lens, already available on most Android phones. It should arrive on other Samsung phones starting with the Galaxy S23 series, Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5. While there is no official statement from Samsung on this matter, we will update this page if there is any update from Samsung.


Circle to Search is currently only available on Samsung Galaxy S24 phones. Some features and availability may not be compatible with certain applications and may vary by country and language. We think it’s coming to Pixel smartphones soon, and before developers port it, you’ll be able to use the methods mentioned above to search for things using Google Lens. Stay tuned to GadgetsToUse for more reads like this and check out the ones linked below.

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