Move around, calculator: these apps solve math problems by taking a photo

(KTLA) – Have you ever tried typing a complex equation into Google to get the answer? It can be a challenge.

These apps solve math problems – and explain the process – just by taking a photo!


Snapchat has long had the ability to help solve math problems, but now functionality is front and center.

“It’s about making the camera more magical,” said Eva Zhan of Snap.


Just open the app and hold your phone over a math problem, then tap the new “scan” icon, located below the shutter button.

The AI ​​will analyze the problem and within seconds you will have an answer.

“Having to type it into a research, especially with math, is a very difficult problem… whereas if you can just pull out your camera and scan and get the answer quickly, that’s going a long way,” Zhan said.

Google Goal

Google Lens is all kinds of smart. It can recognize anything you photograph, including math problems.

Open the Google app on your phone and tap the camera icon in the search bar.

Google Goal

Then select Homework at the bottom of the screen. Then just take a photo of a math problem to get an instant answer.


Photomath is the king of math solving apps.

Not only is it the best at recognizing all kinds of math problems, but it also explains the answer in detail, which is why it’s the most popular of the bunch. He solves over 2.2 BILLION math problems every month.

“We help students understand how to approach and solve this problem through a series of step-by-step explanations,” said Jennifer Lee of Photomath.


The app just launched a new feature called “Animated Tutorials with Voice” which explains how it got the answer using computer generated voices.

“It’s supposed to mimic how a tutor would explain it on a whiteboard or blackboard, but it’s all computer generated,” Lee said.

Photomath is free, but if you really want to get the most out of it, you can pay for premium features ranging from $ 5 to $ 10 per month.

Microsoft math solver

If you want a completely free solution, check out Microsoft Math Solver.

Microsoft math solver

It’s not as complete or as stylish as Photomath, but it can also solve problems while taking a photo. You can also use your finger to draw on the screen or type in a problem.

It will show you the steps it took to get the answer.

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