If you Google these animals you can see interactive 3D versions of them

Pandas and tigers can be seen in 3D using Google

Google recently introduced a new way for people to interact with their favourite animals online, thanks to augmented reality.

For parents with children staying indoors, this provides a fun new way to learn about their favourite animals.

How do I view 3D animals on Google?

To use the feature, you’ll need to google an animal, for example: ‘giant panda’.

Just underneath the image search results and the Wikipedia description of the panda, you’ll be able to see a little box that says, “Meet a life-sized giant panda up close”.

Click the ‘view in 3D’ button, then click ‘view in your space’ to see the panda in your own surroundings.

You’ll need to give Google access to your camera for it to be able to insert the panda into your space.

What animals can you find?

There are loads of different animals you can see through the feature.

It first gained popularity when people realised they could see a huge 3D panda when they googled the animal - but there’s a huge list of animals the feature works for.

You can also find a:

  • Lion
  • Tiger
  • Cheetah
  • Shark
  • Hedgehog
  • Duck
  • Emperor penguin
  • Wolf
  • Angler fish
  • Goat
  • Rottweiler
  • Snakes
  • Eagle
  • Brown bear
  • Alligator
  • Horse
  • Shetland pony
  • Macaw
  • Pug
  • Turtle
  • Cat
  • Octopus
  • Dog

But the list is endless - you and your kids could discover many more animals to learn about.

What does AR enabled mean?

In order to access this feature, your device will need to be AR enabled.

For Android users, Google requires an operating system of Android 7.0 or later, originally shipped with the Google Play store already installed, and internet access.

For iPhone users, you need to be running iOS 11.0 or later. You’ll likely already be running iOS 11.0 or later, but if you’re not sure, simply head to your settings > general and then tap software update.

If there is a software update available, hit download and install.