Friday, 20 May 2022 08:57

How to search with images and text using Google Multisearch

By  [Source: This article was published in William Antonelli]

A new Google feature lets you search using images and text at the same time — here's how it works

We've all had that moment where we need to make a Google search, but just don't know how to describe what we're looking for. When words fail us, images are a great substitute. And now Google lets you use both.

Google Multisearch lets you search with images and text at the same time

Google is beta testing a new feature called Multisearch in the official Google apps. It's a game-changer for anyone who struggles to find the exact words to search the web with.

With Multisearch, you can search Google for an image, then add text to refine the search.

For example, say you're shopping and find a dress that you really like, except you need it in blue instead of green. Take a picture of the dress, search using that picture, then add the word "blue." Google will then find you that dress in blue (or at least, dresses similar to it).

Multisearch will find you both the original picture and its variants. Google

Multisearch will find you both the original picture and its variants. Google 

This works with all sorts of combinations. Take a picture of a smoothie and add "healthy" to find recipes for vegetable drinks. Search both a picture of a car and "Honda" to see a list of Honda cars that match its appearance. It's a great way to refine your online shopping searches, even when you don't have the right words.

The feature is available in the Google app on iPhone and Android. Here's how to use it.

How to use Google Multisearch

1. Open the Google app and tap Home (iPhone) or Discover (Android) in the bottom-left corner.

2. In the Google search field, tap the icon that looks like a camera.

3. This will turn on your camera. Either take a picture of the thing you want to search for or tap the icon next to the shutter button to upload a picture that's saved to your device already.

4. When the Visual matches menu appears at the bottom of your screen, swipe up to open it, then tap Add to your search at the top.

5. Type in more details, like the brand or color, then search again.

You'll get a new search page, with the results representing both the picture and text you searched.

Multisearch takes a few stepsjpgMultisearch takes a few steps. Google; William Antonelli/Insider

[Source: This article was published in William Antonelli - Uploaded by the Association Member: Alex Gray]


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