Google Introduces Circle to Search Feature for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Users

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro users rejoice! Google's innovative Circle to Search feature is finally making its way to your devices. This exciting new functionality, initially introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S24 series and Pixel 8 series, empowers you to seamlessly search your phone's content without ever leaving the app you're currently using.

What is Circle to Search?

What is Circle to Search
Circle to Search
Circle to Search lives up to its name, allowing you to search for information on your screen by simply circling, highlighting, or tapping on the text, image, or video you're interested in. With a quick gesture and a tap, relevant search results appear in a convenient pop-up at the bottom of your screen, providing the answers you seek without any app switching required.

Early rollout and activation details:

Reports indicate that some Pixel 7 and 7 Pro users have already begun receiving the Circle to Search feature through a server-side update. While a wider rollout is expected over the coming weeks, some eager individuals have managed to activate the feature even earlier.
Early rollout and activation details
Circle to Search working on the Pixel 7 (image credit: Android Police)
One such instance involved a Reddit user who successfully activated Circle to Search on their Pixel 7 Pro while running the latest Android beta build. Interestingly, they were also able to enable the feature after switching back to the stable Android 14 version. This suggests that activation might be triggered by a combination of factors, including updating the Google app and potentially a server-side switch being flipped by Google.

How to activate Circle to Search:

While the exact method for activating Circle to Search remains a little unclear, some users have reported success after updating their Google app. It's worth noting that both the latest beta and stable versions of the Google app ( and, respectively) seem to have yielded positive results.

Benefits of Circle to Search:

The arrival of Circle to Search on Pixel 7 and 7 Pro promises a more streamlined and efficient user experience. By eliminating the need to switch between apps for simple searches, this feature can significantly boost your productivity and save you valuable time. Whether you're looking up unfamiliar terms while reading an article, searching for the cast of a movie trailer, or identifying a plant species in a photo, Circle to Search empowers you to find the information you need with just a few taps and gestures.

Stay tuned for wider rollout:

As Google continues its phased rollout of Circle to Search, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro users can expect to see the feature become available on their devices in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for updates and don't hesitate to try updating your Google app to see if it unlocks the functionality early. With Circle to Search at your fingertips, exploring information on your Pixel phone is about to become a whole lot smoother and more convenient.