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Take an In-Home Safari with Google’s 3D Animals (It’s Free & Awesome for All Ages)

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Give your kids a close encounter with their favorite animal, right in their own home!

Google has added new augmented reality objects to its search function, so you can now get an up-close and personal view of select 3D animals like lions, tigers, and bears using Google’s AR feature.

By viewing these animals in augmented reality, you’ll be able to see the scale of the animal, hear its sounds (select devices only), turn it around to see different angles, and zoom in to see details you might not otherwise notice from a picture or even a trip to the zoo.


Screenshot of Google View in 3D

To find 3D animals on Google, grab an Android smartphone or tablet or an iPhone/iPad (iOS 11.0 or higher), go to Google.com, type the name of an animal into the Google search bar, and if your animal is available in 3D, you’ll see the option to meet a life-sized version of it up close along with a “View in 3D” button.

As pictured above, just click this button to launch the AR experience!


hedgehog on laptop

You may not see Google’s 3D animals on a desktop computer or laptop, so you’ll need a smartphone or tablet to view them. It does appear that most smartphones are supported, though!


Girl staring at tiger on desk

Select devices also support an additional feature called “View in Your Space.” Selecting this option will open your device’s camera so that you can see what a hedgehog would look like on your desk or snap a photo of your kids with a tiger for Grandma.

As you can see from the photos, our team was having tons of fun testing this feature! 😂


shark over girl in bed

There are many other animals available to view in augmented reality, including an alligator, cheetah, eagle, penguin, wolf, and more. The list continues to grow, so keep checking back if your favorite animal isn’t available yet!


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Comments 22

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw, fun! Thanks for sharing!

      • rachel-6

        Thank you 💗 I hope we see you there!

  1. Jen

    List of animals:
    Alligator, Angler fish, Ball python, Brown bear, Cat, Cheetah, Deer, Dog (Bulldog, Pomeranian, Labrador Retriever, Pug, Rottweiler), Duck, Eagle, Emperor penguin, Giant panda, Goat, Hedgehog, Horse, Leopard, Lion, Macaw, Octopus, Raccoon, Shark, Shetland pony, Snake, Tiger, Turtle, Wolf

  2. TJ

    My youngest two (13 and 7) just spent an hour doing this! Then shared with my oldest (20) who is pretty enthralled with it too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, TJ! My kids had a ton of fun with it today as well.

  3. K

    I can’t figure out how to hear the animals, like the lion roar for example

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      K, we definitely didn’t hear any noise when my kids and I were playing with it, and I am not seeing anything online about it making noise. I am going to delete that from the post: I think it may have just been a mistake on our part in adding.

      • TJ

        We heard noise! I have a Samsung S10+, not sure if that makes a difference. The lion roared, I think the shark had swimming/water noises. The panda had chewing noises.

        • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Now, I’m so jealous!! No noises here!

          • Chi li

            You need to press the volume button on your phone after you have the animal open on your screen. Once you do that once it should remain loud for all animals

      • Dennis

        They make noise on my phone (Galaxy S9 Edge) when I place them in the room.

        • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Oh cool! So maybe it is only on select devices. I was using iPhone 11.

  4. Amy

    I have an iPhone 10, I am not seeing any options to view in 3D. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Some girls on the team were having issues, Amy, and we found out that they could do it in Safari app but not Google App. If you are searching using the Google app, try it on safari.

      • Amy

        Thanks! That worked. I guess it needs to be a browser, not the google app. 👍🏼 so fun!

  5. Kim

    I haven’t been able to get it to work. I have a Galaxy s10.

  6. Mary

    If you move your camera of your phone closer to the image it will make noise.This is so much fun ! Thank you !

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip! You’re welcome, Mary!

  7. Liz

    No noise on iPhone 8

  8. nldaadmin

    No noise iPhone 5s, but I see it! How fun…!

  9. RickBrown

    Doesn’t seem to work on my 5th Generation iPad running iOS 13, despite being on the “compatible devices” list. Tried Safari, Chrome, Firefox. None of them show the “3D” option in the search results. Works fine on iPhone 8.

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