How to Extract Text from Image on iPhone for Totally FREE

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Learn about 3 free and easy methods to extract text from images on iPhone and iPad for free.

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How to Extract Text from Image on iPhone

How to Extract Text from Image on iPhone

Compared with copying scanned PDF text, extracting text from images on an iPhone has never been easier, thanks to both built-in and third-party solutions available at no cost, without OCR services.

This guide will walk you through the seamless process using the Photos app’s Live Text feature, directly from the Camera app, and by leveraging the capabilities of the Microsoft Office Lens app.

Using Built-in Live Text Feature in Photos App

Apple’s introduction of the Live Text feature with iOS 15 revolutionized text extraction from images on the iPhone. This functionality is perfect for quickly capturing information from photos without the need for manual typing, converting to PDFs or third-party applications.

Ideal scenarios for using this feature include extracting recipes from cooking books, capturing notes from whiteboards, or saving details from printed documents.

Step 1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone and navigate to the photo containing the text you wish to extract.

Open the Photos App

Open the Photos App

Step 2. Tap and hold on a word in the image. You’ll notice that the word becomes highlighted. To select more text, drag the handles that appear to include the desired text or tap “Select All” to highlight all text in the photo.

Select the Text

Select the Text

Select All Text

Select All Text

Step 3. After selecting the text, tap “Copy” to copy it to your clipboard. You can now paste this text into notes, messages, emails, or any other app where you need to use the text.

Copy the Text

Copy the Text

Using Built-in Live Text Feature in Camera App

Not only can you extract text from images saved in your Photos app, but iOS 15 and later also allow you to capture text in real time using the Camera app.

This is particularly useful for instantly capturing and utilizing text from documents, books, or any text in your environment without having to take a photo and save it first.

Step 1. Open the Camera app and point it at the text you wish to capture.

Open Camera

Open Camera

Step 2. Point your camera at the document or image with text. If Live Text is available, the Live Text icon (lines of text in a box) will appear.

Point and Detect

Point and Detect

Step 3. Tap and drag to select the text you wish to copy, then tap ‘Copy’. If you wish to copy all the text available, then tap “Select All” to capture all visible text.

Extract the Text

Extract the Text

Using Microsoft Office Lens App

For those who need more advanced features or prefer a dedicated app for text extraction, Microsoft Office Lens is a fantastic free option. It offers Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to accurately convert images to text.

This app is perfect for users who need to manage a large volume of documents, such as students and professionals. Not only the app is limited to extracting text but also enhances the quality of photos taken of documents and whiteboards.

Step 1. First, download the Microsoft Office Lens app from the App Store. Once installed, open the app.

Download and Open Microsoft Lens

Download and Open Microsoft Lens

Step 2. You have the option to take a new photo using the app or import an existing one from your gallery. Tap ‘Actions’ to continue with this step.

Take or Import a Photo

Take or Import a Photo

Step 3. Choose the document or whiteboard mode based on the type of image you’re working with for optimal text recognition.

Select the Mode

Select the Mode

Step 4. If you’re taking a new photo, align the camera and take the picture. The app will automatically recognize and extract text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Press ‘Confirm’ when all the text is selected and ready to be extracted.

Capture and Extract

Capture and Extract

Step 4. Once the text has been extracted, you can edit it within the app, copy it, or save it to your desired location.

Edit and Save

Edit and Save

Conclusion

By leveraging these tools, iPhone users can effortlessly extract text from images, typing on PDFs, enhancing productivity, and making information capture as seamless as possible. Whether using the built-in features of iOS or opting for a third-party app like Microsoft Office Lens, text extraction is a powerful capability that’s easily accessible and entirely free.

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