How to Copy Text from Pictures in iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhones, iPhones, and iPhones. Everyone is a fan of the high-end smartphones that Apple creates, and who can blame them? They are truly at the top of the best smartphones on the market enough though a bit expensive.

Apple introduces new features with every iOS update, and one of the best is the ability to copy text from pictures (aka Live Text features). However, many of the iPhone 12 Pro Max users are facing trouble using the features but don’t worry. I’ll show you how you can do so with ease.

In this article, you’ll learn about the following:

  • When was this feature introduced
  • Why is it useful
  • How to copy text from pictures

For the new iPhone users who are aware of this feature can be a bit shocking if they go to the iPhone 12 version of the phone and don’t see the feature. Let’s tell them why.

When Was This Feature Introduced

The iPhone 13 lineup and iOS 15 introduced this feature, which is one of the most useful. Suppose you were using an older version of iOS, such as iOS 11, 12, 13, or 14. This feature won’t work.

You can only take advantage of these features in iOS 15. I just sifted to the iPhone ecosystem by buying the iPhone 12 Pro from Wise Market Pakistan. When the phone came, I tested the phone, and when I tried to copy text from the pictures, the phone didn’t select it.

I thought that the phone was defective or the display of the phone was damaged, but when I looked this up, I found that Apple introduced this feature with the iOS 15. As I looked at my phone’s version, it was on 14 for two years. Meaning the device was completely fine.

The same will also be true for the entire iPhone lineup, starting from iPhone 12 to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Plus, with the release of iOS 16, you’re not limited to only pictures.

Suppose you want to save some text from a YouTube video you are watching. Simply pause the video and hold the text, and doing so will highlight it. Simply copy the text, and you can now paste it anywhere. The OCR technology that the iPhone uses in its iPhones is truly amazing because they aim to provide a premium experience to its users.

Why Is It Useful

If you’ve been using a smartphone for some time, then you know that sending some text from an image to another person isn’t easy. Normally, if you want to extract text from a picture, you normally need an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tech to do so.

However, in the iPhone, this process has been made so much simpler with the iOS 15 update. All you’ll need to do is hold the text on the image, and it will become highlighted. From there, you can do anything from copying and pasting it into documents, sending to other people or using it for google searches.

Speaking of google searches, sometimes people forget that you can’t copy and paste text from the pictures, and the same is true for links. If a person sends you a link, you can easily copy it and paste it into a search engine. It’ll make the process of finding the site that much simpler.

The same principle can be applied to phone numbers. If you have a phone number picture in your gallery, you have to copy the text and paste it into the dialer. Viola, you can now make calls without needing to type in the number.

Another useful thing about using this feature is that you won’t have to worry about typing down all the written information on paper. In order to make use of the information, there are 2 main methods. First is that you simply take the pictures and copy the text you want to keep and paste it into the document. The other way to save information is to make a PDF of the paper. Simply scan the paper using the Notepad app, and it’ll convert the text into PDF. It can also include images, texts, links, numbers, etc.

There are several other benefits of using this feature of the iPhone 12 Pro Max with iOS 15, but they all depend on particular scenarios in which you want to use it. For example, you’re abroad and want to copy the text from a signboard and translate it, or you’re simply a student who wants to save all of the homework given to him/her.

The possibilities are endless, and the only thing holding you back is your imagination.

Now, enough dilly-dallying, let’s move to the main topic at hand, which is how to copy text from pictures in iPhone 12 Pro Max.

How to Copy Text from Pictures in iPhone 12 Pro Max

You might think that this lineup of phones comes with the iOS 14 version of the operating system and can’t copy text from pictures. To that, I’ll say you’re completely right, but since it’s only a few years old phones, it’ll still get the latest iOS updates for a few more years.

So, all you have to do is simply update the phone to the latest version of iOS available for it, and you’ll be good to go. To do so, you’ll need to:

  • Go to the “Settings” section.
  • Tap on the “General” option.
  • After that, tap on the “Software Update” option.
  • Next, download and install the latest iOS.

After some time, the phone will restart, and the latest version of iOS will be installed on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Since you only need to update it to the iOS 15 version, there won’t be any issues, no matter what version iPhones are using. By the time of writing this article, iOS 16 is out.

Once you’re on the latest iOS, you’ll need to activate the “Live Text” feature on the phone. This is the feature that is responsible for interacting with texts in a picture. To activate it, you’ll need to:

  • Go to the “Settings” section.
  • Tap the “General” option.
  • After that, tap the “Language & Region” section and turn on Live Text.

This will activate the feature and copy a text from a picture simply:

  • Open the image with the text on it.
  • Tap and hold the text to be copied.
  • Now tap on the copy option that appears on the screen.

The process of activating the feature may seem a bit long but once activated; you can easily copy the text in iPhone 12 Pro Max in a matter of seconds.


By going through all of the above-mentioned steps, you can easily copy text from any image you want in an iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just make sure that the image that you’re using is clear, and the text isn’t blurry because it’ll hinder the phone’s ability to recognize text.

For those looking for a used or brand new iPhone 12 Pro Max or another, such as iPhone 13 Pro Max or iPhone 14 Pro Max, I’ll recommend Wise Market Pakistan. They are the best in the market, with the trust of several vendors.

As I said before, I just bought an iPhone from them, and my current experience with the company is nothing short of amazing. They shipped the phone in time, and there are no scuff marks or any sort of damage on it. Plus, they also offer 14 days of warranty on a used phone. If iPhones aren’t your first pick, then they also have a wide variety of other phones as well, such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, etc. So what’s the hold-up? Head on over to Wise Market Pakistan and get the best devices for the best prices.

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