How to Copy Text from an Image in Google Photos

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Want to copy text from an image? Google Photos is the one-stop solution. Some users might have tried the Google Lens feature on their smartphone earlier and it has now been integrated into Google Photos as well. From now on, you don’t need to rely on third-party apps to copy text from a picture.

Google Lens is an AI-powered image recognition service that helps users scan images for texts. This comes in handy in various situations. For instance, you have received a picture of notes or documents from someone and you want to copy and save it in the text form, then Google Lens comes to aid.

You can scan any image from Google Photos and copy any text available in the image with the click of a button, thanks to the Google Lens integration.

Since Google Photos is available on both Mobile and Desktop devices, it’s imperative that we walk you through the process for both.

Copying Text from Image in Google Photos App on iPhone and Android

To copy text from an image in the Google Photos app, launch the app, and then select a picture from which you wish to copy text.

The image will now launch in full-screen mode. Look for, and tap on the ‘Google Lens’ button at the bottom of the screen.

Multiple white dots will flash on the screen while the image is scanned for text. After the scan is complete, a box will appear at the bottom. Click on the ‘Select all’ option under the ‘Text found in image’ section.

After all the text is selected, all you have to do is tap the ‘Copy text’ button to copy all text found in the image to your mobile’s clipboard.

Once the text is copied, you will receive a prompt saying ‘Text copied’.

After you receive the prompt, you can now paste the text anywhere you want on your phone. On iPhone, we suggest using the Notes app to paste the text and format it to a readable state (because copying text from an image comes with no formatting at all).


Copying Text from Image in Google Photos on Desktop

To copy the text from an image in Google Photos, go to photos.google.com and sign in with your Google account, if not already signed in.

After you have opened Google Photos, select a picture from which you wish to copy text from.

Once you have selected an image, it will open in full-screen mode and the ‘Copy text from image’ option will be visible at the top, tap on it. If not, just press the Google Lens icon on the image. The image will now be scanned with multiple white dots flashing on the screen.

After the scan is completed, the text from the image will be displayed on the right side of the page. It’s highlighted initially by default and all you have to do is click on the ‘Copy text’ option at the top to copy it.

The text is now copied to clipboard and you can use it anywhere you want.


The ‘Copy text from image’ feature on Google Photos will come to aid in various situations in the long run and will nullify your dependence on third-party apps.