Use Bixby Vision on your Galaxy phone

Bixby vision identifying a dog on Galaxy S22 ultra

Sometimes, there's more than meets the eye. If you need some assistance understanding a picture or image, Bixby Vision is here for you. It will help you learn more about what you’re looking at, whether it’s translating text or identifying an item. It can even help you do some online shopping. Become a visual learner with Bixby Vision.

Note: Available screens, settings, and lenses may vary by wireless service provider and software version. A network connection is required to use Bixby Vision.

Access Bixby Vision

Note: When you launch Bixby Vision for the first time, you will be asked to review and accept Terms of Service, Samsung Privacy Policy, and allow permissions.

To help you discover more, Bixby Vision is built into your Camera, Gallery, and Samsung Internet.

  • Camera: Bixby suggests information based on what’s live in the viewfinder. From the Camera app, tap MORE and then tap BIXBY VISION to use it.

  • Gallery: If you’ve already taken or downloaded a photo, Bixby can analyze what’s inside it. From the Gallery app, tap your desired image, and then tap the Bixby Vision icon (it looks like an eye).

BIXBY VISION highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  • Samsung Internet: Learn more about pictures by having Bixby analyze what you’re looking at. From the Internet app, tap on and then hold the image you want to view with Bixby Vision, and then tap Search with Bixby Vision.

Use a lens in Bixby Vision

With Bixby, you can look at the world in a new way. The possibilities are endless.

Just open the Camera app, tap MORE, and then tap BIXBY VISION in the top left corner. If it's your first time using Bixby Vision, agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Next, agree to the different permissions, and if desired, tap Add to add a shortcut to your phone's Home screen for easier access.

You can now use Bixby Vision inside your phone's Camera app. The search results will show up right away when Bixby scans an image. Simply scroll through the lenses and tap the one you want to use.

Translation in the Bixby Vision app

Here are the features available in Bixby Vision:

  • Translate: Automatically translate text from another language in the live preview on your screen. You can tap the T icon at the bottom to see the extracted text. Please see the next section in this article for more details.

  • Text: Copy printed text into the clipboard. You can also quickly translate or perform a web search on text that Bixby identifies.

  • Discover: Point the camera at something and see similar things on Pinterest.

  • Wine: See the bottle’s rating or learn more about the vineyard it came from.

  • Additional lenses are available to assist users with low vision. While using Bixby Vision, tap More options (the vertical three dots) and then tap Settings. Tap Accessibility modes and then tap the switch to turn it on. By default, all the lenses will be enabled, but you can select which lenses will be available with the switches.

  • Scene describer: Point the camera at a scene, then tap Capture. Bixby will speak a description of the scene that it sees.

  • Text reader: Point the camera at some text to have it read aloud.

Note: Available lenses may vary depending on your Bixby Vision software version. The QR code lens can be accessed via the Quick settings panel: swipe down from the top of the screen using two fingers, and then swipe to and tap the Scan QR code icon.

Use Bixby Translate

Maybe you’re learning a new language, or maybe you came across some text that you can’t quite read. Just use the Bixby Translate feature to easily understand what you’re looking at.

  1. Open the Camera app, then tap MORE, and then tap BIXBY VISION.

  2. Swipe to and tap Translate at the bottom of the screen. 

  3. Next, tap Auto. Tap the switch next to Auto detect language to allow Bixby Vision to automatically detect the source language. Or, deselect the switch and tap a language in the list.

  4. Tap Back to return to Bixby Vision's main interface. Next, tap the target language (on the right side), and then tap your desired language. You can also select a language under Recently translated.

  5. Now you’re ready to translate; point the camera at the text and Bixby Vision will provide the translation. You can tap Copy all or Save image as well.

Samsung AR Zone with Bixby Vision

Bixby vision opens up a world of Augmented Reality capabilities on your Galaxy phone. Did you ever wonder how you'd look with a rainbow colored beard? Would you like to have a cartoon version of yourself to send as a sticker in a message?

Just open the Camera app and tap MORE. Tap AR Zone to access all the fun and useful features of AR.

Samsung AR Zone options with the Bixby Vision app
  • AR Emoji Camera: Create your own AR Emoji, or use one of a number of fun characters and see it react to your motions and expressions. Capture a photo or video to share with friends.

  • AR Doodle: Record fun videos with virtual handwriting or drawings on faces or anywhere else.

  • AR Emoji Studio: Create a custom look for your AR Emoji.

  • AR Emoji Stickers: Create animated stickers you can use in messages, featuring your own AR Emoji.

  • Deco Pic: Fun filters and stickers for adding that extra punch to your photos and videos.

  • Quick Measure: Lets you measure objects and distances without having to find a tape measure.

  • 3D Scanner: Only available on the Note10 and S20, the 3D Scanner lets you scan an object and then use the scanned object as a character in your videos.

  • Note: Additional third-party apps may be available. Available apps may vary based on software version.

Was this content helpful?
We're here for you

Contact Samsung Support

Contact us online through chat and get support from an expert on your computer, mobile device or tablet. Support is also available on your mobile device through the Samsung Members App.
Table of contents