Live Text has to be the most interesting feature of all the enhancements Apple unveiled with iOS 15. It’s a text recognition tool that allows you to extract text from photographs (printed or handwritten) without the need for a third-party programme. Unfortunately, many iPhone users are missing out on this ability since the Live Text function isn’t working for them.
There are a variety of reasons why Live Text may not work on your iPhone, including compatibility difficulties and wrong settings. To assist you, we’ve compiled a list of solutions that should get Live Text up and running in no time. So, let’s get this party started.
1. CHECK DEVICE SUPPORT
Keep in mind that not all iPhones support the Live Text function if you’re using it for the first time. You’ll need an iPhone with an A12 processor or later running iOS 15 or above to utilise Live Text.
To put it another way, the Live Text function is only available on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, as well as iPhone 11, 12, 13, and later running iOS 15 or later.
2. ENABLE LIVE TEXT FOR CAMERA & PHOTOS
It’s conceivable that you haven’t activated Apple’s Live Text function yet if you don’t see the symbol in Camera or Photos. Continue reading to find out how to enable the Live Text function on your iPhone.
Turn on the camera’s live text feature.
Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Camera to enable Live Text for Camera. Toggle on the switch next to the Live Text option as you scroll down.
Enable Live Text for Photos
If you wish to enable the Live Text feature for other apps, here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Open up the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to General.
Step 2: Go to Language & Region and enable the Live Text option.
Once enabled, you’ll see a Live Text icon in the live preview in the Camera app, Photos, Quick Look, and Safari.
3. CHANGE LANGUAGE
If you still can’t utilise the Live Text function after activating it, it’s possible that your iPhone’s current language setting is to blame. Only a few languages are now supported by the iPhone’s Live Text function, including English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Live Text function may not operate if your phone is set to a language other than English.
So go ahead and change your iPhone’s language by following the procedures below.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General. Now tap on Language & Region.
Step 2: Tap on the iPhone Language option to change the language to any of the supported languages.
Once done, try using the Live Text feature to see if it can detect text now.
4. RESTART APP
If the app hasn’t been properly launched, Live Text won’t operate. You might try restarting the app in such circumstances to see if it helps.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold until you get a multitasking interface to force close an app. Now go to the app that isn’t working with Live Text. To close the app, swipe up on it. Now restart the app to test whether the Live Text is working properly.
5. RESTART IPHONE
Restart your iPhone if restarting the app doesn’t work. It’s possible that the Live Text isn’t working because of an app or background activity running on your iPhone.
To restart your iPhone, press and hold the power button and then use the slider to turn it off. Wait a minute or two before turning on your iPhone again.
If the problem persists, you might try a hard reset of your iPhone. To do so, press and immediately release the volume up button, then press and hold the volume down button until you see the Apple logo appear, then press and hold the power button.
6. RESET YOUR IPHONE
If nothing else seems to work, you might want to try resetting your iPhone’s settings. This should return all of your iPhone’s favourite settings to factory default.
To reset your iPhone, go to the Settings menu and select General from the drop-down menu. Then select Reset All Settings from the Reset menu. To finish resetting your iPhone, follow the on-screen prompts.
Lastly, if the Live Text is still not working then it might due to some bug in the current iOS version you’re on. Thus, you can try updating your iPhone to see if that solves the issue.
NOW IS THE TIME TO BE ACTIVE!
It’s a lot of fun to utilise Live Text. While it doesn’t have as many features as a Google Lens, it is still significantly more accurate and speedier than its competition. Hopefully, Apple will continue to do so in future iOS releases. Until then, you can recognise objects, locations, and things with Google Lens on your iPhone.