Is there an app that will use an iPhone’s camera to recognize and speak text in real-time?

iOS & iPadOS

Is there an app that can read text to me in real time, by pointing my phone camera at it, for example, restaurant menus? Using Voiceover. IOS10.2 and IPhone 6S Plus.



Submitted by Mani on Sunday, February 19, 2017

You can find a plethora of apps. Names that come to mind are Text Detective, VoiceCam, Voice, KNFB Reader and many others. And I think KNFB Reader is by far the best.
I hope this helps.

Submitted by Tangela on Sunday, February 19, 2017


I've also been looking for something like this. I don't think any of the apps you mention work in real-time. I'm thinking more of something like google goggles, which seems to be defunct now, that scans and reads detected text in realtime but doesn't stop the scan to process or after it detects text.

Submitted by Justin on Monday, February 20, 2017

I deleted goggles from my device. I find that Identifi does what I need to do, plus tap tap see works well most of the time

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