How to copy text from an image on your android phone

Knowing how to copy the text content of an image can be useful in various ways.

You may want to share the content of an image in plain text format, also if you had an old book that you wanted to convert to pdf format, this knowledge can be helpful, you may also want to share your note with a classmate, in such case, sending the pdf format can be a better option.

Thankfully, you can convert the text on any image file to a text file on your android device, which you can thereafter turn to any electronically readable format (word, pdf, etc)

Texts from pictures are converted to pdf documents by using Apps utilizing Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Apps utilizing the Optical Character Recognition technology are known as Optical Character readers.

OCR (optical character recognition) is the use of technology to distinguish printed or handwritten text characters inside digital images of physical documents, such as a scanned paper document. The basic process of OCR involves examining the text of a document and translating the characters into code that can be used for data processing. OCR is sometimes also referred to as text recognition.


This post teaches you how to convert images to text by using an OCR Reader.

Image to text convertion

How to convert image to text by using an OCR Reader

There are lots of apps on the play store dedicated to this purpose, but for this tutorial, I will be using “Text Scanner (OCR)”.

To convert an image to text using this tool, follow the steps below.

Step 1: First download the App from Google Play Store, then launch it, it will ask for permission to access your phone camera, grant it to continue.

The scanner will launch your phone camera as shown below.

Step 2: Focus your camera on the text you wanted to convert to an image, I will be converting the following portion of this mathematical textbook page to text format.

If you already had an image on your phone, you can click on the image icon to import the image.

The app will indicate processing during the conversion process. Please note that you need an internet connection to use this app.

Once done, I had the following result.

Step 3: You can edit your result before saving it by clicking on the pencil icon, here you can make every necessary adjustment.

Once you are satisfied, click on the Save button located at the upper-right corner.

Listen to the text by clicking the speech button as shown below.

To share the text before saving it, simply click on the share icon located at the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 4: Your file will either be saved as a .txt or .pdf format, depending on your preference while saving the file.

Thereafter, you can convert your file to any other format by using file conversion tools.

Please note that it is recommended to always cross-check your text results before saving them since they are not always 100% accurate.

I hope you find this post helpful, kindly leave a comment if you had any questions.

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