How to Fix iOS 16/15 Live Text Not Working on iPhone/iPad/Mac

Live text not working on iPhone X (iOS 16/15 developer beta). I was so excited after I downloaded the beta only to see that one of the only few big features on iOS15 is not available to a device from not so long ago.

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The release of iOS 16/15 RC attracted many loyal Apple fans to update it and try its new features. Among these features, the live text is an interesting and convenient one. But some iPhone users found that live text didn’t work on their iPhones, which made them so disappointed. No worry. This article offers you 9 ways to fix iOS 16/15 live text not working. Moreover, in order to make you familiar with live text, it also tells you how to use live text on iOS 16/15.

Part 1. Introduction about iOS 16/15 Live Text

Live text is an integrated OCR feature of iOS 16/15. It can scan and recognize the text in photos automatically. iOS 16/15 users can copy and paste the recognized text to search for related information on the web. Except for this basic function, it can recognize the phone numbers, E-mail, and addresses intelligently and iPhone users can take actions like calling, messaging. And it also supports 7-language live text translation and spotlight search.

Part 2. Top 9 Ways to Fix Live Text Not Working on iOS 16/15

Text on photos can’t be recognized or the scanned result is wrong? Can’t copy text on your iPhone/iPad/Mac? Below are 9 ways to fix live text not working when updating to iOS 16/15/iPad OS 16/15.

Way 1. Check iOS 16/15 Live Text Supported Devices (iPhone/iPad/Mac)

Before fixing live text not working, you need to make sure that your iDevices support live text as the feature requires A12 Bionic chip. For your convenience, the table below will show you iOS 16/15 live text supported devices.

Live Text Supported iPhone models Live Text Supported iPad models Live Text Supported Mac models
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max iPad Air 3rd generation, iPad mini 5th generation, 11-inch iPad Pro (2018 and later) , 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018 and later), iPad 8th generation, iPad Air 4th generation, iPad Pro (2023) M1 MacBook Air, M1 iMac, M1 Mac Mini

Way 2. Enable Live Text

Though Apple claimed that live text is enabled automatically, you still need to check it just in case it isn’t enabled. Below are the steps to turn on live text on iOS 16/15:

  1. 1. Open Settings and click Camera.

  2. 2. Choose “Live Text” and check whether it is enabled. If not, turn on it.

    enable live text on iphone

Way 3. Using a Clearer Photo

Live text is a new feature of iOS 16/15, which means that its functions still need to be improved. Based on this, the reason why iOS 16/15 live text not working is that the photos are too blurred to be recognized. Thus, using a cleared photo may be worked.

If you are using camera preview, please point your camera at an easy-to-recognize text. If you are using live text on a picture, please change it into another photo with clearer text.

Way 4. Reopen Camera/Safari/Photos Apps

Close and reopen Camera, Safari, and photos on which iOS 16/15 live text not working. If it doesn’t work, you are supposed to force closing these apps with a multitasking menu and open them again.

Way 5. Restart Device

In most cases, restarting devices can fix most iOS bugs as it can delete cache, reconnect network and reset RAM. Thus, this way may also work on fixing iOS 16/15 live text not working. Press the power button on your device until the turn-off slider shows up. Then, drag the slider to the right to close your device. After doing this, wait a minute and then press the power button again until the Apple logo shows up.

Way 6. Reset All Settings

Here is the route to reset all settings: Settings>General>Reset>Reset All Settings. Then you are requested to enter your passcode or Apple ID password. After entering your passcode or Apple ID password, tap “Erase All Content and Settings”. All of your settings will be reset to default and your data and apps won’t be erased.

reset all settings to fix live text not working

Way 7. Reinstall iOS 16/15

If all of the 7 ways above cannot fix iOS 16/15 live text not working, you can try to reinstall iOS 16/15.

Here is the route: Settings>General>VPN & Device Management>iOS 16/15 RC Software Profile>Remove Profile.

Then, follow the instruction popping up on the screen to remove it. Once the process is done, you will get a notification to update iOS 14 version. After the installation, you can reinstall iOS 16/15 RC. Then, you can try whether live text works or not.

Way 8. Restore iPhone via iTunes on Mac

What you can do next to fix live text not working on iOS 16/15 is restoring your iPhones via iTunes on Mac. But what you need to know is that you may encounter the risk of losing data.

  1. Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable or Wi-Fi.

  2. Step 2. Launch iTunes on Mac and click “Device” on the left.

  3. Step 3. Click Summary>Restore. Follow the onscreen instruction to restore your iPhone.

Way 9. Using a Free Tool to Fix Live Text Not Working on iOS 16/15

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  • Step 1 Launch UltFone iOS System Repair and connect your iPhone/iPad to your PC or Mac with a cable wire.

    ios system repair interface

  • Step 2 Click “Enter Recovery Mode” to put your iPhone/iPad in recovery mode. Very soon, USB to iTunes logo will appear on your iPhone/iPad. It means that your iPhone entered the recovery mode successfully.

    enter recovery mode

Part 3. For Your Information: How to Use iOS 16/15 Live Text

1. Use Live Text in Camera

Step 1: Launch the Camera app on your iDevices and point them at text you want to recognize.

Step 2: Live text icon will show up and tap it.

Step 3: Select “Copy”, “Select All” or “Look Up” and you can call and email according to different results.

2. Use Live Text in Photos

Step 1: Choose a photo with text that you need to recognize.

Step 2: Tap live text icon and highlight the text in the photo.

Step 3: The text will be recognized intelligently.

3. Use Live Text in Safari

Step 1: Press an image on a web page and then the context menu will appear.

Step 2: Choose the “Show Text” option and then the text will be highlighted.

Step 3: Just like in Camera and Photo apps, addresses, phone numbers, and emails will be recognized and you can take action accordingly.

ios 15 live text on safari

For more details about how to use Live Text, please check the video below.

The Final Word

In conclusion, this article offers 9 ways to help iOS 16/15 users fix live text not working. You can choose any one of them to help you fix problems. And it is highly recommended to download UltFone iOS System Repair as it can not only fix live text problems but also other 150+ iOS issues. In this case, UltFone iOS System Repair will be your free-worry choice.

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