How to Scan Text Using Your iPhone's Camera

  Matt Cone       October 27, 2021      Tutorials iPhone


If you have an iPhone running iOS 15 or later, you might be able use the Live Text feature to scan text in photos. After you scan the text, you can paste it into a different application, such as Notes or Mail. This is a great way to record text off receipts, copy a friend’s written notes, or scan a page from a book.

Here’s how to scan text using your iPhone’s camera:

  1. From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Camera.

  2. Point your camera at the text, or open a photo of the text.

  3. Tap the Live Text icon, as shown below.

    Scan text using your iPhone’s camera

  4. Tap and drag to select the text you want to copy.

    Scan text using your iPhone’s camera

  5. Tap Copy to copy the selected text.

    Scan text using your iPhone’s camera

You’ve successfully scanned the text using your iPhone’s camera and copied it to your iPhone. Now you can paste the scanned text into a different application, such as Notes or Mail.

Can’t Scan Text Using Your iPhone’s Camera?

This feature isn’t supported on all iPhones. If you can’t scan text using your iPhone’s camera, you might need to enable the feature for your camera. Here’s how to enable the text scanning feature on your iPhone:

  1. From the home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Camera.

  3. Tap the Show Detected Text switch so it’s in the on position, as shown below.

    Enable the text scanning feature on your iPhone

The text scanning feature is now enabled on your iPhone and you should be able to scan text with your iPhone camera.

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