Google's Pixel 7 Series Receives Circle to Search Feature in March Update

Google's Pixel Feature Drop for March brings exciting new features to Pixel smartphones, and one of the most anticipated additions, Circle to Search, is finally rolling out to Pixel 7 and 7 Pro users.

What is Circle to Search?

Circle to Search allows Pixel users to quickly and easily search the web using an image or text on their screen. By long-pressing the home button or navigation bar and circling the desired content, users can initiate a reverse image search or find information related to the highlighted text.

Circle to Search Arrives on Pixel 7 Series:

Pixel 7 Series Circle to Search Feature
Pixel 7 Series Circle to Search Feature
Google confirmed the arrival of Circle to Search for Pixel 7 and 7 Pro in the official March Pixel Drop announcement. However, software updates often take time to reach all devices.

The feature seems to be activated through a server-side switch, similar to how it was implemented on the Pixel 8 series last month.

Early Reports and Activation Tips:

Several users have reported experiencing Circle to Search on their Pixel 7 devices. A Reddit user found the feature working on their Pixel 7 Pro running the Android beta build, while Android Police confirmed its functionality on a Pixel 7 with a stable Android 14 version and updated security patches.

Interestingly, both reports suggest the Google app update might play a role in activating Circle to Search. In both cases, the feature became available after updating the Google app to the latest beta build. Even switching back to the stable Google app version seemed to enable Circle to Search, implying the beta update might have triggered its activation on the server-side.

How to Get Circle to Search:

If you haven't received Circle to Search yet, there's no need to worry. Here's what you can do:
  • Keep Your Google App Updated: Ensure you have the latest version of the Google app installed on your Pixel 7 or 7 Pro.
  • Check for the Feature: Try long-pressing the home button or navigation bar on your device. If Circle to Search is available, you should see an option to circle content and initiate a search.
With Circle to Search, Pixel 7 users gain a convenient way to explore information and visually search the web directly from their screens. So, stay updated with your Google app and keep an eye out for this exciting new feature!