How to use Circle to Search feature on your Pixel 8 and Samsung Galaxy S24


Circle to search is a new feature that lets you search for anything on your screen by simply circling it with your finger. You can use it to find out more information about objects, people, places, products, and more, without leaving the app you are using. Circle to Search is powered by Google Lens, which uses artificial intelligence to analyze images and videos and provide relevant results.

This feature is available on the latest Pixel 8 and Samsung S24 phones, which are among the best Android phones of 2024. You just need to gesture or long-press the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen to bring it up. Let’s say you see a cool pair of boots or an interesting microphone in a video – just circle it, and Google will show you search results for that item. You can also tap, highlight, or scribble on the screen to select what you want to search for.


It also allows you to multi-search, which means you can combine text and images to refine your query. For example, you can circle a specific food you see on a lot of videos and ask why it’s so popular in the Add to your search bar. You’ll get a text response giving you an answer to your question. You can also swipe up the search panel at the bottom to see more results, such as images, videos, web pages, news articles, and more.

How to enable or disable Circle to Search

  • Open the Settings app and go to Display.
  • Tap on the Navigation bar.
  • Choose either the Buttons or Swipe Gesture option.
  • Now, you can toggle on/off Circle to Search.

How to use it

To use ‘Circle to Search’, you need to have a Pixel 8 or Galaxy S24 device with the latest software update. You also need to enable the feature in your phone settings. Once you do that, you can start using ‘Circle to Search’ by following these steps:

  • Open any app that has text, images, or videos that you want to search for.
  • Draw a circle around the word, phrase, or object that you want to search for. You can adjust the size and shape of the circle by dragging the edges.
  • Wait for a few seconds until you see a pop-up window with the search results.
  • Tap on the window to see more details, or swipe it away to dismiss it.

This feature has some limitations

This innovative feature is still in development. Therefore, it may not work perfectly in some situations. Some of the limitations of ‘Circle to Search’ are:

  • It may not recognize some words, phrases, or objects that are too small, blurry, or obscure.
  • It may not show relevant or accurate results for some topics that are too broad, vague, or complex.
  • It may not work well in some apps that have custom or incompatible formats or layouts.
  • It may consume more battery or data than normal searches.
As GizmoInsiders' Senior Writer, Ashish is your go-to guide for all things tech. Passionate about Android, especially Pixel phones, Ashish dives into the nitty-gritty of "How to's" and untangles bugs and issues with a smile. Beyond that, he tackles other crucial topics with the same enthusiasm.

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