How to Use Google Lens to Identify Plants: Quick, Easy + FREE
INSIDE: Learn how to use Google Lens to identify plants, flowers, and weeds for free.
If you’re new to gardening, trying to identify plants can feel like reading a foreign language without knowing any of the words.
And after a long winter, even seasoned gardeners can struggle to identify some of the plants growing in their garden.
But I have good news…
With Google Lens, you can easily identify various plants, flowers, and weeds, no matter your gardening skill level.
Simply point your smartphone at the plant, and Google Lens will do the rest.
It’s a digital detective that fits in your pocket!
And you can even use Google Lens on your desktop to identify plants from photos on your computer.
Keep reading to learn how to use Google Lens to identify plants, flowers, and weeds in seconds with any device.
How to identify a plant for free with Google Lens:
- Use Google Lens to identify plants on Android phones
- Identify plants with Google Lens on iPhones
- Use Google Lens to identify plants on your PC or desktop computer
- Three tips to help you correctly identify your plant from a photo
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On Android phones, you have three choices.
- Use Google Lens inside Google Photos
- Install the dedicated Google Lens app
- Tap the Google Lens icon in your Google Assistant.
Which Android app should you use?
- If you already have a photo of the plant or flower, use Google Photos or Google Assistant.
- Use Google Lens to ID plants when you’re about to take a photo of the plant.
Related: How to weed your garden.
Download: Google Photos (Android)
- Take a photo of the plant, flower, or weed you want to identify
- Open the Google Photos app.
- Select the photo, and tap the Google Lens icon.
- Depending on the image, you may need to change the selection for Google Lens to correctly ID your plant.
- Google will show you a page with images that match your photo.
- Download: Google Lens app (Android)
- Open the Google Lens app.
- Tap “Seach With Your Camera” and grant the app approval to use your camera.
- To take a photo of the plant you want Google Lens to identify, tap the shutter button in the bottom center of the screen.
Google Lens will show you search results and similar images.
- Download: Google Assistant (Android)
- Open your Google Assistant.
- Click the lens icon – the camera icon in the search bar.
- Google will show you a search results page with images that match your photo.
iPhone owners can use Google Lens inside either of these Google apps:
- Take a photo of your plant or weed.
- Launch the Google app.
- Tap the camera icon in the search bar to use Google Lens.
To upload a photo to search, allow the app to access your photo gallery and then select an image.
PRO TIP: To get more specific results when you upload a photo, select a smaller area on the image to isolate the weed if needed, as I did here.
Use the selection tool to isolate the plant you want to ID for better results.
Here’s an example.
This is a really tall prickly lettuce growing in a butterfly bush.
I didn’t take this to ID this weed. I already knew what it was.
I took it because it had grown so ridiculously tall!
But I wanted to see what Google Lens would do with this image. So, I selected the prickly lettuce, trying not to get any butterfly bush flowers in the selection.
And you can see at the bottom of the screen the app has correctly identified it!
Which is pretty impressive, considering all that mess behind it!
Download: Google Photos for iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
- Take a photo of the unknown plant.
- Open the Google Photos app.
- If this is the first time you’ve used the Google Photos app, grant Google Photos access to all of your photos. You must do this to use Google Lens.
- Select your photo.
- Tap the Google Lens icon at the bottom of the screen, and It’ll tell identify your plant in seconds!
Google Lens can help you identify plants by picture online.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Go to google.com to use Google Lens.
- Click on the camera icon.
- Upload your photo.
- Scan through the visual lookup results to see if there’s a match for your plant or weed.
I recommend that you look for images on .edu or .gov sites. These will be the most accurate way to ID your plant.
Inside Freed From Weeding, my weeding workshop, I cover everything you need to know to take clear photos and make identifying plants more reliable.
Here are my top three tips from the workshop:
- Keep the plant in focus. Don’t use blurry photos for plant ID.
- Fill the frame with the plant. This helps remove distractions for apps like Google Lens.
- Isolate smaller plants by shooting them against a plain background or blurring the background behind it.
Watch as Fraser Valley Rose Farm compares Google Lens to two plant ID apps
What is Google Lens?
Google Lens helps you identify things with your camera. It uses reverse image search AI to tell you about the things or objects in your photo. You can use Google Lens for plant identification. This means you can quickly and easily learn more about plant life in your backyard without a dedicated plant identifier app!
What images can Google Lens identify?
You can use Google Lens to identify any object you can photograph – plants, places, animals, products, etc. You can also use it to scan and translate text.
How accurate is Google Lens for plants?
I’ve found Google Lens plant identification to be about as reliable as some popular plant identification apps. And Google Lens is free, but some plant ID apps aren’t. After Google Lens identifies the plant, you’ll get a list of relevant information about it.
Can Google Lens identify plants?
Yes, Google Lens can identify indoor and outdoor plants. Yes, Google Lens can identify indoor and outdoor plants. With the help of its advanced image recognition technology, Google Lens can quickly recognize the unique features of a plant and provide accurate information about it. Simply point your phone’s camera at a plant, and Google Lens will analyze the image to identify the plant. This feature can be very useful for gardeners, plant enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to learn more about the plants around them.
Can Google Lens identify flowers?
Yes, Google Lens can identify flowers with remarkable accuracy. It uses advanced image recognition technology. This cutting-edge feature lets you point your smartphone camera at a flower and receive instant information about it. Whether you want to identify a rare blossom or that beautiful bloom in your neighbor’s yard, Google Lens is a powerful tool that can help you do it quickly and easily.
Can Google Lens identify weeds?
Yes! Google Lens can identify weeds.
It’s one of the weed ID tools I recommend in my workshop, Freed From Weeding. In the workshop, I walk you through all the ways you can identify your weeds with and without a photo.
If you have a photo of your weed, Google Lens is a great place to start. It’s easy to use and pretty accurate.
How can I identify a plant on my iPhone for free?
Install Google Photos or the Google app (both free) and use the Google Lens feature to identify plants, including flowers, trees, and weeds, on your iPhone.
Have you tried Google Lens?
Google Lens can help you identify plants and flowers you come across every day.
Have you tried it?
Let me know in a comment below!
Hi, I’m Cheryl Spencer, a Certified Gardener.
Born with a plant addiction that has no known cure, I became a Certified Gardener to help ease the symptoms. Now I write articles and create gardening products that help you save time and money in your garden. I believe you can grow your dream garden and still have time to enjoy it. The good news? Anyone can do it. Start here »