In Google Photos app (Gallery app), there is a simple way to extract text from images and scanned documents. You can then save the text on your phone or send to your computer wirelessly. Usually, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) application is used for copying text from images.  With Google Photos app, you could copy text from images on your Android phone with out using an OCR.

In this guide, we let you know how to use the Google Photos app to extract text from an image or a scanned document. Google recently added a new OCR feature to its cloud-based gallery app for Android. You can use the app to copy and paste text from photos.


Here is how to use Google Photos app’s new OCR feature to copy text from photos. Before jump into the guide, update your Gallery app to the latest version.

Copy Text From Images Using Google Gallery app

  1. Open Google Photos app on your phone and select a photo with text on it.
  2. Tap on ‘Copy text from image’ toast message.
  3. You should see text highlighted on your photo. Select all the text that you want to copy from the image.
  4. Tap on ‘Copy text’ option to copy the text and paste it in any app.
  5. Tap on ‘Copy to computer’ option to paste the text on your computer wirelessly. [See the guide to know how to copy text to your computer from your phone].
Extract text from images using Google Gallery app
Extract text from images using Google Gallery app

If you don’t see the ‘Copy text from image’ toast message, then tap on the Assistant button at the bottom of the screen. Now, tap on drop-down button and then tap on the Search button (middle of the screen). You should see text highlighted on your photo. Select the text you want to copy and save it.

If the text is in another language you can use the translate button to translate it. If you want to search the text on Google, use the search button. So, this is how to copy text from images using the Google Gallery app’s new OCR feature.

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