Since the launch of Google Lens as a Pixel-exclusive feature in 2017, Google has not only expanded the availability of the tool for Android and iOS but also builds on its functionality. Now Google has, in addition to translator, tip calculator, personal shopper and travel guide, added math teachers to the job of Google Lens.
Yes, with homework mode, Google Lens can help you solve equations and learn math. And it’s just in time, because many students in the United States are in distance learning situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Step 1: Go to Google Lens
There are several ways to access this feature, but here is the best one. Open Google Assistant by long-pressing your home button or dragging inward from one of the lower corners. From there, tap the Google lens icon (to the left of the microphone icon) and access your camera if prompted.
If you have a Pixel smartphone, Google Lens is built into your Camera app. When you open the camera, tap More to access the additional camera functions, where you will find the Lens.
Step 2: Enter homework mode
When the lens is open, you will notice that the camera view constantly scans what it sees. But to solve math problems, you want to select homework mode in the menu at the bottom.
Step 3: Scan the equation
Center the target mounts over the equation until Lens recognizes it and marks it on the screen. Click on the equation and Lens will analyze it. Lenses can recognize typed or handwritten equations, although readability can hinder the app’s ability for the latter.
Step 4: Solve and learn
For simpler equations, Google will provide the steps to solve the problem as well as the solution. For more complex features, Google will point to other services from the web, such as Cymath, MathPapa and Wolfram | Alpha.
You can also scroll further to find other resources, such as flashcards for similar problems from Quizlet and key word explanations. Homework mode is not as useful for solving word problems, but Google’s hive mind also provides resources from across the web for these exercises.
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