Become a Tiger King with These 3D Google Animals and Objects

A hand holding a phone with a tiger on the screen.
Justin Duino

Google now offers incredible animals and 3D augmented reality objects on almost all iPhone, iPad and Android phones. You can find them with a quick search on Chrome. Use of Google ARCore technology, you can study realistic objects in the world around you.

What animals and 3D objects can you see?

Google has added almost every animal you can think of in the AR experience, which is built right into the Chrome web browser. Below is an abbreviated list of what’s available, with more animals added every few months:

  • Alligator
  • Ball python
  • Brown bear
  • Cat
  • cheetah
  • Deer
  • Dog
  • duck
  • Eagle
  • Emperor penguin
  • giant panda
  • Goat
  • Hedgehog
  • Horse
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Macaw
  • Octopus
  • Raccoon
  • Shark
  • Snake
  • tiger
  • Tortoise
  • Wolf
  • Easter Bunny

Meeting on 9to5Google for a list of all animals offered by Google as a 3D model.

If you want to inspect more than life-size animals, Google also offers some items. You’ll find everything from planets to human muscle in flexion. The available items are:

  • Sun
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • March
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • Neptune
  • Pluto
  • Earth Moon
  • Neil Armstrong Costume
  • Mars rover
  • Muscle flexion
  • Santa Claus

9to5Google contains the full list of available objects, which is updated as new items are added.

How to display animals and 3D objects on Google

Once you know which animal or 3D object you want to display, launch Chrome on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Look for the animal or object on Google.

Scroll through the results until you find what you want, then press “View in 3D” to launch the AR experience.

Note that not all devices support this feature, but it should work on the latest iPhones, iPad, and Android devices. Check Official list of ARCore supported devices if you’re having trouble.

The website will ask you to scan your immediate area. Your device will need to find an open space to place the animal or 3D object on the appropriate scale.

A phone sweeping the floor to charge the AR experiment.

When the AR experiment ends, you will see the animal or 3D object on your screen through the camera. You can walk or pinch it on your screen to adjust its scale.

If you want to take a photo of the AR object, press the Shutter button.

Press the shutter button.

Alternatively, if you only want to view the 3D object without the AR experience, press “Object” at the top. In this view, you can rotate the animal or object, and pinch inward or outward to adjust its size.

When you are ready to exit the AR experiment, press “X”. You will return to Google search results.

That’s it! Unfortunately, there is no way to view Google’s 3D models on a Windows 10 PC or Mac.

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