How to use Live Text on iPhone running iOS 15 [Definitive Guide]

Apple released iOS 15 to the general public with the release of the iPhone 13. iOS 15 comes equipped with a lot of great features some of which are huge quality of life improvements as well. One of the new features that iOS 15 comes equipped with is Live Text. Live Text can copy text from your photos and paste it into other apps. Read along to know how to turn on Live Text on iOS 15 and how to use Live Text feature to copy and paste the text into the iPhone apps.

Live Text is one of the most impressive features in iOS 15. With Live Text, you can select and copy text out of any photo, and paste it into any other app that accepts text input, treating it like any other text. Live Text is also very simple to use.

Note: iOS 15’s Live Text feature is only available on iPhones that have the A12 Bionic chipset and above, i.e., iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, and the iPhones released after these models.

Here’s how to use iOS 15’s new Live Text feature. First, you need to enable Live Text. Here’s how to enable it:

How to Turn on Live Text on iOS 15

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down till you find the Camera app settings, then tap on it.
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  2. Make sure the toggle against the Show Detected Text or Live Text setting is on.
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How to use Live Text on iPhone

  1. Open any image that contains text. (You can even select any image from Safari, or the Photos App, or Notes, or any app that can display images)
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  2. Make sure the text in the picture is detected.
  3. Tap on the Live Text icon in the bottom-right corner of the image.
  4. iOS will now highlight all the text it has detected from the picture.
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  5. Double Tap or Tap and Hold on any part of text to select it.
  6. Once selected, tap on Copy.
  7. Open Safari, or Notes, or any other app that lets you enter text.
  8. Tap on Paste.

At first, you may notice that the results aren’t always accurate, when comparing Apple’s Live Text feature with Google Lens. Apple is working hard to improve the accuracy of this feature.

How to copy text from any image using Live Text in other iPhone apps

Live Text also allows you to insert the text captured via your camera into the text field of any app on your iPhone that accepts text. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open any app that lets you insert text, such as messages, or notes.
  2. Tap on the text cursor to view the pop-up containing options.
  3. When the pop-up is visible, tap on the Live Text icon. This will launch the camera app.
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  4. Point your camera/viewfinder at any text.
  5. As the text is detected, it will automatically paste the text in the text field. You can keep moving your camera until all the text you want is visible.
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  6. Alternatively, you can tap the Live Text button in the bottom right to see which parts of the text is being captured by your iPhone’s camera. You can then fine tune your selection to only the text you wish to capture.
  7. Tap on Insert to finalize and paste the text.

Other uses of the Live Text feature

iOS 15 is intelligent enough to get multiple uses out of the new Live Text feature in iOS 15. Here’s some of the uses:

  1. You can make a call directly, by tapping on a phone number from the detected text.
  2. You can open a maps application and get directions directly, by tapping on an address from the detected text.
  3. You can translate from another language to English.
  4. You can use the Look Up feature with Live Text to get more details about a text.
  5. You can send an email by tapping on an email id from the detected text.
  6. You can add dates or reminders by tapping on the corresponding text when detected.

There are many more uses of this incredible new feature.

Live Text is absolutely remarkable on the iPhone, but as it usually goes with new features, it doesn’t work perfectly. At times, Live Text has trouble scanning certain text, and if it does, the text might be incorrectly copied to your clipboard. At times, you won’t even know that Live Text is working on an image until you press down on text that might be too small for Live Text to easily scan, and so it’s up to you to test it out on every image.

However, despite these bugs and flaws, Live Text works wonderfully and has changed the way you interact with your photos. Now, with ease, you can quickly take photos of flyers out in the streets, posters on the wall, and books on your desk, to copy and share text in a way that you have never been able to. Hopefully, Live Text will continue improving as more updates come out in the near future.

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That’s it, isn’t using the new Live Text feature very simple? We hope this article helps and makes it easier for you to use the new Live Text feature. Feel free to drop a comment in the comments section. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family.

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Shaikh Adil

Adil is a writer at ytechb. He started caring about technology after he got his first iPhone. He likes to help others by posting tips & tricks and providing solutions regarding iOS problems. When not at work, he enjoys playing football, watching movies, watching tech videos on YouTube, listening to music and podcasts and playing video games.

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