iPhone photos to textual content: methods to convert screenshots, pics, extra – 9to5Mac

The tried-and-true copy/paste combo is a staple of productiveness however that may grind to a halt when you might want to rapidly seize textual content from the true world or present screenshots and photos. Learn alongside for methods to convert iPhone photos to textual content accessible proper in your clipboard.

Whether or not you need to rapidly convert photos to textual content from Twitter, the online, or your individual screenshots or need to seize information from the true world and make it simple to avoid wasting, share, and so forth., iPhone is a helpful software to make that occur.

Whereas there are various apps that supply OCR (optical character recognition) scanning for iPhone and iPad (Genius Scan is a good superior choice), it’s rather more uncommon to seek out an app that instantly converts photos and extra to textual content proper in your clipboard.

This is a vital distinction, as conventional scanning apps with OCR often have you ever save new paperwork as PDFs (or different codecs) after which it’s a must to open the PDF, discover the textual content you need, and duplicate it. So let’s take a look at choices to streamline the method.

Associated: Tested: TextSniper is a great Mac utility for converting graphics to text

Methods to convert iPhone photos to textual content

LiveScan for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

In our testing, that is the most effective iPhone and iPad app to transform photos to textual content, and there’s additionally a Mac model of LiveScan. The app comes from Gentlemen Coders who make the favored RAW Energy photograph enhancing app for iOS/macOS.

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Within the brief setup course of, you’ll be able to decide if you wish to detect “English, French, German and so forth.” or “Chinese language Characters.”

The app has a easy and efficient UI the place you’ll be able to both faucet/drag to transform photos to textual content stay with the digital camera or use photos/screenshots out of your Picture Library.

When utilizing your iPhone digital camera, you’ll be able to faucet the shutter button in LiveScan to freeze the picture, then drag to pick what you need to convert to textual content (it gained’t save your Picture Library). Or for quicker conversion, you’ll be able to faucet or drag on textual content with out utilizing the shutter button.

How to convert iPhone images to text - LiveScan app

It’s also possible to faucet the Picture Library button simply to the left of the shutter button to choose from your individual library.

In our use, LiveScan works rapidly and precisely. After it identifies your textual content, you’ll be able to copy it, share it, do a fast Google Search or Google Translate with it. You may even faucet the black textual content field to edit it manually.

Additionally, for telephone numbers, emails, addresses, and so forth. you are able to do a long-press to get contextual choices.

One other facet we like about LiveScan is the privateness coverage, it “by no means saves your display contents or transmits them wherever.”

LiveScan for iPhone, iPad, and Mac provides a free seven-day trial after which runs $0.99/month, $5.99/year, or simply $9.99 for a lifetime access.


My colleague Ben Lovejoy examined out TextSniper for Mac. He was very impressed with it, saying, “I’m blown away by how good it’s,” due to its velocity and accuracy.

It will be nice to see an iPhone/iPad model of this, however for now it’s simply the TextSniper Mac app from developer Valerijs Boguckis.

Very notably, there’s a “Textual content Sniper – On the spot OCR” on the App Retailer however I rapidly realized this isn’t the identical app as “TextSniper for Mac,” the previous is from a unique developer and really doesn’t work in any respect (and appears prefer it’s been deserted – final up to date in 2018). So keep away from the iOS Textual content Sniper – On the spot OCR app from Glyphin SPRL.

SnipCopy for iPhone and iPad

One other app we tried to transform iPhone photos to textual content with was SnipCopy. The app claims to do the identical as LiveScan and it makes use of a free, ad-supported mannequin.

Sadly we couldn’t get the app to work, with it kicking out “Error: OCR engine not accessible.”

The app additionally doesn’t function close to the UI polish that LiveScan does. However the error we skilled may very well be a short lived drawback and SnipCopy may very well be price it if you wish to attempt a free choice.

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