How to Copy, Paste and Translate Text from Photos on iPhone and iPad

With iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.1 or later, you can use Live Text to copy the text in photos, translate languages, make phone calls, and more.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 28, 2022

With iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.1 or later, you can use Live Text to copy the text in photos, translate languages, make phone calls, and more. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for iPhone and iPad running OS 15 or higher. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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The Live Text feature can easily identify text. The text can then be copied, translated, or used for a search. Live Text also can capture text from your photos. So, instead of retyping text from a photo, the use of Live Text is a time saver.

To use Live Text, you need an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or a newer model. For the iPad, an iPad 8th generation or later, iPad Mini 5th generation or later, iPad Pro 11 inches or 12.9 inches.

Enable Live Text

First, to turn on Live Text for all supported languages, head to:

Settings > General > Language & Region

Next, toggle the Live Text switch to ON. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling Live Text

Copy and Paste Text

First, open a photo with some text. See the below image:

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Opening a photo that contains text

Next, touch and hold some word(s), and move the handles to adjust your selection.

Now. a pop-up menu will open. Here, either tap Select or Select All. You can also select all by tapping the Live Text button in the lower right-hand corner of the image. See the following image:

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Selecting All of the photo text

Next, from the pop-up menu, you can Paste your copied photo text. In our example, we are pasting it into Apple Notes. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the Paste option in Apple Notes

Now, you will see your copied text. Tap Done when finished. See the below image:

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Your pasted text from a photo

Translate Text

To Translate text, you follow the above steps, except chose a photo with text in a foreign language. First, from the pop-up menu, tap on Translate. You might need to tap Continue, then choose a language to translate in or tap Change Language. Your copied and pasted text will be translated. See the following image:

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Selecting to Translate your photo text

Additionally, you can copy and paste links and even make phone calls using Live Text.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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