How to Disable Lens Search in Google Chrome


Google Chrome makes it easy to disable the Lens search and bring back the traditional “search Google for this image” context menu option. Here’s how to do that in Chrome on desktop and Android.

Chrome’s Lens Search feature is extremely useful because you can use it to find more information about your selected image. However, if you prefer the old reverse search method, it’s easy to disable this new feature and get that old option back.

You can always re-enable the Lens Search option if you want.

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Disable Chrome’s lens search option on Android

To disable the Lens search option on your Android phone, first launch Chrome on your phone.

In Chrome, tap the address bar, type the following and press Enter:

chrome://flags

On the “Experiments” page that opens, tap the “Find Flags” box at the top and enter:

Lens

In the search results, look for “Google Lens Powered Image Search in the context menu.” Then tap “Default” under this option.

Choose “Disabled” from the menu that opens.

Tip: If you want to re-enable Lens search later, choose Default from the menu.

In the lower-right corner of Chrome, you’ll see “Restart.” Tap this option to close and reopen the browser.

You are done. From now on, if you tap and hold an image in Chrome, you’ll see the traditional “Search Google for this image” option.

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Disable Chrome’s lens search on desktop

To remove the Lens search option from your desktop, first launch Chrome on your computer.

Type the following into Chrome’s address bar and press Enter:

chrome://flags

In the “Search Flags” box at the top of the page, type the following and press Enter:

Lens

In the search results, next to ‘Enable Lens Features in Chrome’, click the menu and choose ‘Disabled’.

Tip: If you want to re-enable the Lens Search option in the future, choose “Enabled” from the menu.

Make your changes by clicking “Relaunch” in the lower-right corner of Chrome.

When Chrome reopens, the Lens search option is gone and you have the old Google Image Search option instead. Have fun searching for images!

You can also disable translation in Chrome if that bothers you.

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