Google 3D animals: why is it trending and how to use the feature

“Google 3D animals feature has become a popular tool for parents to keep the kids occupied during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown”

Coronavirus lockdown imposed in major countries around the world has led to schools and offices shutting down. This has thrown a major task on parents to keep their kids entertained during isolation. One of the ways parents are doing this is though Google 3D animals, which is a feature that has been trending these days. Why is it trending? Well, Google’s 3D animal feature, as the name explicitly suggests, places 3D animals in your real-life environment such as your bedroom or living room. The AR feature uses your phone’s camera to place virtual animals in your surrounding. This has become a primary tool for parents to keep the kids occupied during the lockdown while also helping them gain educational knowledge about the animal names, behaviour, lifestyle and more. In this article, we tell you how you can use the Google 3D animals feature.

How to use Google 3D animals

  • The AR animals can be found through Google Search considering it is the easiest way to access them. Firstly, you have to fire up your browser (Chrome, Safari or Firefox) on your mobile and head to
  • You can type an animal in the search bar like Tiger, Panda, or Shark and hit search.
  • You will be presented with search results on the animal that you wanted to look up. Just below the images and Wikipedia box on the animal, you will find a section that reads, “Meet a life-sized tiger up close” and a “View in 3D” button.
  • Tapping on the “View in 3D” button will fire up your rear camera. You will need to move the phone around to map the room, following which the AR animal will pop up. You can now scale it and move it as per your choice.
  • The Google 3D animals feature isn’t available on a laptop or desktop browser and will only work on smartphones.
Google 3D animals Live View feature supports most known animals, including alligator, cat, cheetah, bear, dog, duck, eagle, angler fish, goat, panda, horse, lion, octopus, racoon, among others. The feature, while being fun is also informative. Google 3D live image feature is compatible on phones running Android 7.0 or higher and iOS 11.0 or above.