6 Ways to Fix Live Text Not Working in Videos in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad

Apple introduced Live Text in iOS 15 to let you easily extract text from images. With iOS 16, this OCR ( stands for Optical Character Recognition) powered feature has become even more efficient. Notably, you can now use Live Text to even copy text from videos. While this feature is very reliable, it is not perfect. Recently, a large number of users have reported that Live Text fails to extract text from videos. If you have also faced the same issue, this guide is for you. That said, check out these 6 best tips to fix Live Text not working in videos in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad.

Can’t Copy Text From Videos in iOS 16/iPadOS 16? Here is the Fix!

In most cases, you can bring the ill-functioning Live Text back on track by just rebooting your device. However, if the problem persists, you might have to go with some radical solutions (more on this later0.

Ensure That Your Device Supports Live Text in Videos 

Note that only the latest iPhone add iPad models support Live Text in videos. So, make sure your device is compatible. 

Here is the list of iPhone models that support iOS 16’s Live Text in Videos feature.

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro 
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2nd generation and 3rd generation 

iPad Models that Support Live Text in a Video 

  • iPad Pro 2020 or later
  • iPad Air 2019 or later
  • iPad mini 5th generation or later
  • iPad 2020 or later

Make Sure the App Supports Live Text in Videos 

Currently, only a handful of apps support Live Text in Videos. Even though Apple has already released the Live Text API, it’s going to take a while for developers to make their apps compatible with this feature. 

So, make sure that the app where you are trying to copy text from images has been updated to support Live Text in videos.

Restart Your iPhone or iPad 

When it comes to fixing common problems, the restart tip has long been a pretty effective solution. That’s the reason why I never fail to give it a try whenever I face any miscellaneous problems.

  • Press and hold the volume up/down button and the power button at once. Then, drag the power off slider to shut down your device. After waiting for a few seconds, press the power button again to restart your device.
  • Once your device has restarted, open a video > pause where you want to copy the text and then hit the Live Text button. After that, either copy the entire text or copy only the selected text as per your needs.

Update the App

If you have not updated the app, there is a good chance that the outdated version could be behind the issue. So, try updating the app.

  • Launch the App Store app on your device > tap on profile at the top right corner of the screen. Now, scroll down to find the app and then update it as usual.

Update Your Software 

If you still can’t copy text from videos on your iPhone, a hidden software bug could be behind the issue. But bother not, updating the software could help you resolve this issue.

  • Head over to the Settings app on your device > General > Software Update.
  • Now, download and install the latest version of iOS or iPadOS on your device.
Update software on your iPhone and iPad

Reset All Settings 

Factory reset may be a radical solution but it has the knack for troubleshooting even complex issues. Therefore, you should make sure to try this one.

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone/iPad > Reset > Reset All Settings.
  • If asked, enter your device passcode and confirm by tapping on Reset All Settings again in the popup.
Reset Settings on iPhone

Check out the video for more info:

Fixed Live Text Not Working in Videos Issue on iPhone and iPad 

That’s all there is to it! Hopefully, live text in videos has started to work once again on your device. Would you like to let us know the trick that has worked for you? We would love to know your feedback in the comments section below.

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