Copy text from photo with Live Text in iOS 15

iOS 15 is coming soon, with all kinds of new features for your iPhone. And there are some gems. For example, Live Text, which allows you to copy texts from photos or screenshots. Super handy, and we explain why.

iOS 15 Live Text

In iOS 15, the Photos and Camera apps can recognize texts. You will probably have taken a picture of a phone number, an email address, a password. In the future you can easily select, copy and paste that text into an email, note or document.

Live Text in Photos

Did you take a photo with a text on it? Or a screenshot? You can get it from the photo like this:

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Choose a photographed text.
  • In photos in which texts have been recognized, a note sheet appears at the bottom right.
  • You can immediately press the text to make a selection. The selected text turns blue.
  • Via the menu, you can copy the text, search it via Google, translate, pronounce and share.

Find text ‘live’ through the camera

The Live Text function also works directly via the camera, even before you have taken a photo.

  • Point your camera at a text.
  • Did your iPhone detect a text? Then a yellow frame appears around it.
  • A notepad icon appears in the lower right corner. Tap this.
  • The text is enlarged.
  • Swipe or tap the text to make a selection.
  • Via the menu you can copy the text, search it via Google, translate, pronounce and share.

Copy Text From Photo: Which iPhones Does It Work On?

Not all devices that get iOS 15 support this new feature. You need a fairly new iPhone for it. Live text works on iPhones with an A12 Bionic chip or newer. In other words:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone 11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone SE (Second Generation)
  • iPhone XS (Max)
  • iPhone XR

iOS 15 coming this fall

iOS 15 is the new operating system for the iPhone and will be released this fall. The update includes several features that help you focus. For example, distracting messages are now summarized in a message overview that appears several times a day. There is also Focus, which allows you to set up a profile for each activity – at work you will then see different notifications and apps than when you are at home.

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