Now that most iPhone users have become more comfortable with iOS 15 and the new features it brings, including FaceTime support for Android, a simplified clock interface, a new focus mode, and a visual update for Safari, some of the updates are lower. -Key features like ‘Live Text’ have gone relatively unnoticed.
Live Text broadens the horizons of your iPhone camera beyond just taking photos and recording videos.
While scanning text and converting it to digital words has been around for a while, Live Text brings the functionality straight to iOS 15, which means it doesn’t require any third-party apps.
To use it, you must first make sure it is turned on. Head into Settings, scroll down to ‘Camera’ and turn on Live Text if it’s off.
Live Text works directly from your iPhone’s camera, gallery roll, and even notes. Just point your camera at the text you want to scan and you will notice a new tool appear at the bottom right. Clicking on it offers several options, including ‘Copy’, ‘Select all’, ‘Search’, ‘Translate’, ‘Share’ and if you scan a phone number you will see ‘Call’, ‘Message’ and ‘FaceTime’ options.
One of the easiest ways to use Live Text is directly from the iPhone camera app, although you do need to have an iPhone XS or a newer device. Just head over to the camera app and point to whatever you want to convert to digital text.
In this example, I pointed my camera at an LCBO magazine and, when prompted, clicked on the new Live Text tool in the lower right (above panorama mode). As mentioned above, this will allow you to copy, select all, or search for the text.
Live Text doesn’t just work with what your camera is seeing at the moment; it can also detect and scan what your camera took in the past. Go to the Photos app and select an image you want to scan. It works the same way as highlighting real text on an iPhone. Long-press on the text in an image and the familiar-looking blue highlights will appear, offering you the same options: ‘Copy’, ‘Select all’, ‘Search’, ‘Translate’ and ‘Share’.
Alternatively, you can click the Live Text tool at the bottom right, and it will highlight all the text it detects in the image.
If you are browsing in Safari and you capture an image with text that you would like to save, you have two options.
You can take a screenshot or save the photo and follow the steps above to scan the text. You can also long tap on the image and click ‘Show Text’ and follow the same steps listed above