Live Text Translation: Scan and translate texts using your iPhone camera directly

While Android users have long been able to use their smartphone camera to directly translate text on the go, but that’s not the case with iPhone users. At least before iOS 15. With the introduction of iOS 15, Apple has now caught up with Google by introducing what Apple called as Live Text Translation. While the new feature is still not as fancy as what competitor (read: Google) is offering, but at least now iPhone users has a native way to translate texts. Using Live Text Translation, you can now scan any texts and straight-away translate into supported languages directly from your iPhone camera – no copying and pasting needed and no 3rd party app involved. Looks pretty neat, right? Check out below on how you can do it with your iPhone camera.

  • This article shared the detailed steps how you can use iPhone camera to scan and translate any texts directly from your iOS Camera app.
  • While this article is intended for iPhone and / or iOS, but the same method works for iPad (with iPadOS) and iPod Touch too.
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Here’s how to translate text directly from your iPhone camera

Before proceeding, ensure you are running iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 as Live Text Translation feature is available starting from iOS 15 onward. In case you are not on iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 yet, check the link here to get iOS 15 & iPadOS 15: Here’s how to update iPhone to iOS 15 today (iPad and iPod Touch included!) at JILAXZONE.

1) Open your iPhone Camera app. Then select the “Photo” mode as Visual Lookup works only with “Photo” mode.

2) Move your iPhone camera closer to the text you would like iOS to scan and translate.

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iOS Camera Live Text Button – Tap the button to use Live Text Translation feature

3) When iOS camera detects any presence of texts, a “Live Text” button will appear on the bottom right corner of your iPhone screen. Tap on the “Live Text” button.

4) On the pop-up menu, tap on Translate.

5) You can change the translation language by tapping on “Change Language”. As of when this article is written, Live Text Translation unfortunately only supports 12 languages including English. Here they are the supported languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English (UK)
  • English (US)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish

For any unsupported languages, while waiting for Apple to further enhance the feature to add more supported languages, you can use the workaround here: Enable Instant Translation For Any Languages on Your Smartphone at JILAXZONE.


Bring it all together

So either you are in supermarket looking to translate your international food item ingredients or you are traveling to foreign countries looking for direction, you can now use your iPhone camera to help you translate those foreign language into language of your choice.

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