Google Lens is the default option on the Chrome browser; Here’s how to disable it, if necessary / Digital Information World
Since Google Lens is integrated into the Chrome browser itself, it is recommended to know how to disable the new feature and embrace it. Hence, here is how to disable Google Lens search feature from Chrome browsers.
Google Lens is one of the company’s most creative tools it’s ever invested in and looks like it was pulled straight out of an 80s sci-fi movie. Although we may not have had our beloved hoverboards (having to settle for ones that spin weirdly and stay on the ground), we got ourselves a translator, interpreter, and database all in one.
Google Lens is a feature that launched in 2017 that relies on a phone’s camera to do most of its work. With it, users can point their camera at a language and have it translated into English in real time. The lens can be pointed at items in a menu and will provide the necessary information about them. Point it to a Wi-Fi tag containing both the address and password, and Google Lens will automatically connect to it.
It will scan barcodes and read labels and other relevant text. New features are being beta tested and added to the Lens on a regular basis: there’s even a feature in the works that allows users to window shop at certain stores simply by pointing the camera at them! There’s no reason to venture there when the whole catalog is at your fingertips. Google Lens was originally announced as part of Pixel mobiles, later got its app and now replaces Google Image Search functionality in Chrome browsers.
Of course, while much of this sounds incredibly nifty and appealing to many users, others may find such a handy database of information a little odd. There is already a lot of discussion about companies that collect data from users and their electronic devices; Does Google need access to a person’s camera to record everything they do? The tech giant hasn’t explicitly stated whether it collects user data through Lens, but hasn’t refuted that point either. Naturally, this leaves some people willing to opt out, and reasonably; if every tech company in the world, hardly every exception, collects user data by any means possible, why should Lens be any different? Hence, here is a brief overview on how to disable Google Lens in Chrome browser.
Currently, Lens is a flags page available in Chrome, accessible to users via the chrome://flags URL. Typing this will take users to the list of experiential flags available in the browser, with options to enable or disable them. Scrolling through this list will lead users to the subheading “Enable Lens features in Chrome” (which can be quickly approached by either pasting this term into the search bar or simply visiting this page chrome://flags/#enable-lens-standalone), with the option Default or Enabled in front of it. All a user has to do is toggle the flag to Disabled, click the Relaunch button located in the lower right corner of their screen, and voila!
After disabling the mention flag above, users can simply skip the Google Lens that appears every time they right-click an image via “Find Image on Google”. Average users will be redirected to the direct Google Images page instead of Google Lens (the good old reverse image search method). Good research on Google.
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