Smartphone cameras can do much more than just take photos and videos. You can take a photo with your iPhone and copy a text from the real world. We show you how this practical function works.

iOS 15 introduced a couple of new features to the Photos app. “Visual Lookup” can identify objects, while “Live Text” can identify text. The text can be copied, translated or used for a search.

First, you will have to take a photo of the object with text. Do it if you haven’t already. Next, open the “Photos” application on your iPhone.

Select the photo that contains the text you want to identify.

If the Photos app detects text, you’ll see a small scan icon in the bottom corner.

The identified text will be highlighted. Now you can treat it as you would when highlighting a text anywhere. Hold down to bring up the selection tool.

This will bring up handles so you can drag to select more text. A floating toolbar will also appear with various options, including “Copy”.

Once you have copied the text, you can paste it anywhere as you normally would. That is all. This is a nifty little feature you should know about that can save you some time transferring text from the real world.

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