Google Lens now allows you to copy handwritten notes to your computer, learn new words

Google Lens now allows you to copy handwritten notes to your computer, learn new words
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  • Google Lens now allows users to copy handwritten text to their computers, learn new concepts and words.
  • The update is being rolled out to both Android and iOS versions of the app.
Google Lens is one of the search giant’s most useful products and now, it is getting some new productivity feature that will help you get some work done while you are stuck at home due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The new features include the ability to copy handwritten notes to your computer, learning about new concepts and learning how to pronounce new words. While the first two features will be available for both Android and iOS users, the listen feature that allows you to learn pronunciations is currently limited to Android.

Copy handwritten notes to your computer

While Google Lens already allows users to copy text from notes and documents and save them on their phone, the new feature will allow users to save the text on their computer.

Do note that your handwriting needs to be neat for this feature to work properly.


  • Open the Google Lens app on your phone and scan the document.
  • Now, highlight the text and click on ‘Copy to computer’.
  • Then, open Google Docs on your computer, click on ‘Edit’ and then click on ‘Paste’.
For this to work, you need to have the latest version of Google Chrome and both the devices need to be signed into the same Google account.

Learn how to pronounce new words

As per Google, the searches for learning a new language have doubled over the last few months and to help these users, Google has introduced a new feature.

You can use this feature to listen to over 100 languages and practise words or phrases that are difficult to say.

  • Scan the text using the Google Lens app.
  • Now, select the text that you want to listen to.
  • Then, click on the ‘Listen’ button.
Search new concepts

If you are using the lockdown to learn something and if you come across a new concept or something that you do not understand, you can search for it using the Google Lens.

  • Scan the text and select the word that you want to look up.
  • You will get search results for the topic. Scroll down to get more information.
See also:

How to use Google Lens to identify objects and learn more information using your camera and Google Assistant

How to activate voice controls on your Android device, and make Google searches or open apps with your voice