Live Text not working in iOS 15? How to fix it

Live Text not working in iOS 15

Live Text is an excellent new iOS 15 feature that lets you quickly grab text from images or camera views and use it as you will. However, many users have a complaint that Live Text is not working on their iPhone as expected. So, here are some troubleshooting tricks that will help you fix the problem in no time.

Let’s see them one by one.

  1. Check if your device supports Live Text
  2. Ensure Live Text is enabled for Camera
  3. Enable Live Text for images
  4. Change iPhone language
  5. Force quit and relaunch the app
  6. Restart the iPhone
  7. Reset all settings

1. Check if your device supports Live Text

Did you know that not all iOS 15 supported devices support the feature? Live Text is only available on iPhone with A12 Bionic or later running iOS 15 or above. That means, it is only available for the below listed devices:

  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, 12, and 13 Series

Note: Want to know more about Live Text and what it can do? Check out our detailed blog for everything you’ll need.

2. Ensure Live Text is enabled for Camera

One of the perks of Live Text is that you can recognize text in live scenarios via your iPhone camera. But if you can’t see the Live Text icon (yellow brackets) on the screen, it might be disabled. Follow these steps to turn on Live Text.

  1. Launch SettingsCamera.
  2. Scroll to Live Text and toggle it on.
Ensure Live Text is enabled for Camera on iPhone

3. Enable Live Text for images

Now, if you can’t see the Live Text icon in Photos, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Launch SettingsGeneral.
  2. Tap Language and Region.
  3. Scroll to Live Text and toggle it on.
Enable Live Text for images on iPhone

4. Change iPhone language

When you can see and tap the Live Text icon, but nothing seems to happen, maybe you are facing a language barrier. Currently, Apple only supports English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

And if your device is set to any other language, Live Text won’t be able to respond.

To change it, go to SettingsGeneralLanguage and Region and check the language currently selected. Change it to any of the languages mentioned above and try again.

Change iPhone language on iPhone

5. Force quit and relaunch the app

If all the settings mentioned above are enabled, and Live Text is still not working, force quit the app and relaunch it after 30 seconds. This will most likely kill the background issue, and the feature should work properly now.

6. Restart the iPhone

No matter the problem, restarting your device can often resolve the issue. So, no harm in trying to resolve this issue as well. The method will depend upon your iPhone model; check out this guide if you need any help.

7. Reset all settings

This one’s a harsh step as it erases your Apple Pay cards, Keys, Passwords, and more. However, it may also resolve the issue blocking Live Text from working smoothly. And as long as you have a backup of all the settings, it is a win-win situation.

  1. Go to Settings General.
  2. Scroll down to Transfer & Reset iPhone.
  3. Tap ResetReset All Settings.
  4. Enter the passcode and tap Reset All Settings to confirm.
Reset your iPhone

I hope the above fixes helped you resolve the issue, and Live Text on your iPhone is working flawlessly. If you are still facing any issue getting Live Text up and running, there might be a hardware-related issue. It’s better to contact Apple support to get a solution.

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