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Lens is available worldwide on iOS and Android for Pinners who have their mobile devices set to English. When you open the latest version of our app, you’ll see a camera icon next to the search bar. This is the beta version of Lens, our brand new visual discovery tool.

Lens is is all about helping you find ideas inspired by things you see in the real world. Just point Lens at an object, then tap to discover related ideas. Try pointing it at an ingredient to discover recipes to try, or use it on a pair of shoes to see similar styles, along with ideas for what to wear them with. You can even search for ideas using images from your camera roll.

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon to go to the Explore tab

  2. Click the red camera next to the Search bar

  3. Tap the circle to focus on an object or pinch to zoom

  4. Tap the button to capture

  5. Discover related ideas by tapping Instant Ideas

How do I search an image from my camera roll?

To use an image from your camera roll, drag the box that appears to the right of the capture button to browse through your gallery. Tap the photo you want to Lens to see results. 

Will Pinterest have full access to my camera roll? 

When you first use Lens, you will be prompted to give Pinterest Lens permission to your camera roll. If you grant permission, you will be able to perform Lens searches on your photos. If you choose not to grant permission to your camera roll, you will only be able to perform Lens searches on objects you capture in real time. 

Can other people see what I search for?

No, your search activity with Lens is private.

Will the pictures I take with Lens be saved to my camera roll?

No, the pictures you take with Lens are only used to search for other ideas, and will not be saved at this time.

Can I search previous searches?

No. The results you see are unique to the object you’re searching for now, and you can’t go back to previous searches.

Lens seems to be having trouble. What can I do?

Some things you can do to make an image easier for Lens to search:

Turn on the flash by tapping the lightning bolt icon in the upper-right corner.

Hold your camera steady to improve the clarity of your capture, and tap the circle to focus your camera on the object.

We’re always looking for feedback about how we can make Pinterest better. Please let us know what you think!

Lens is available worldwide on iOS and Android for Pinners who have their mobile devices set to English. When you open the latest version of our app, you’ll see a camera icon next to the search bar. This is the beta version of Lens, our brand new visual discovery tool.

Lens is is all about helping you find ideas inspired by things you see in the real world. Just point Lens at an object, then tap to discover related ideas. Try pointing it at an ingredient to discover recipes to try, or use it on a pair of shoes to see similar styles, along with ideas for what to wear them with. You can even search for ideas using images from your camera roll.

Lens is just getting started and still doesn’t recognize every object yet. For now, it works best for discovering home decor ideas, things to wear and food to eat. But as more people use it, the smarter Lens will get.

  1. Click the search bar in the Explore tab

  2. Click the red camera next to the Search bar

  3. Tap the circle to capture an object

  4. Scroll to see the results related to the object

How do I search an image from my camera roll?

To use an image from your camera roll, tap the landscape icon in the upper-right corner.

Can other people see what I search for?

No, your search activity with Lens is private.

Will the pictures I take with Lens be saved to my camera roll?

No, the pictures you take with Lens are only used to search for other ideas, and will not be saved at this time.

Can I search previous searches?

No. The results you see are unique to the object you’re searching for now, and you can’t go back to previous searches

Lens seems to be having trouble. What can I do?

Some things you can do to make an image easier for Lens to search:

Turn on the flash by tapping the lightning bolt icon in the lower-left corner.

Hold your camera steady to improve the clarity of your capture.

We’re always looking for feedback about how we can make Pinterest better. Please let us know what you think!

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