How to Extract text from Images using Google Photos App

Published: Apr 4, 2018
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Last updated: Apr 4, 2018

Sometimes you want the text from an image. For instance, a quote from an image, the address from the photo of a restaurant bill. There are many OCR services online for this. Now you can also use Google Photos. It is a reliable service to save our photos in the cloud. It is also bundled with all smartphones.

Google Photos comes with Google Lens which uses visual analysis to obtain useful information from any image. We can make use of it to extract any kind of text from an image.

Steps to be followed

  1. Open Photos app & select the image.
  2. Click on Google Lens icon.
  3. Wait for sometime till the analysis of lens is done.
  4. Select Text Selection from the popup.

The best thing is, it also supports your regional language. I tested it with my mother tongue Tamil, it worked fine. Sometimes it fails if the image input is not so clear or too blurry.

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Check the below image taken from my mobile. Lighting was not so good while the image was shot. Google lens is smart enough to pick the text from the t-shirt of my friend standing behind the bottle.

image of a bacardi wine bottle opened in google photos

This is a photo of a hotel bill. It has the smaller black text on white background. All the text has been captured in this case.

photo of a hotel bill opened in google photos

It's an image of a quote. Fonts are big and the OCR here is accurate.

image of a quote extracting text using google lens

Let's give a challenging task to Google photos. When given an image of a handwritten passage, It was able to do a decent work. The text detection here is appreciatable.

photo of a handwritten text opened in google photos

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