How To Capture Text From A Video On Your Android Phone
It’s not as easy as in iOS 16, but it’s doable.
Live Text is one of the awesome new features in 1OS 16, the latest version of Apple’s OS. Live Text enables you to capture and use text from both, a still photo or a video quickly. As yet, Android doesn’t do this job straight from video, it does capture text from still photos via the very useful Google Lens app. You can use Lens to capture text from a video too with some guidance. It may not be as smooth as Live Text, but it’s quite simple and works just fine.
Here’s what to do.
- Create your video on your Android phone.
- Go to the Photos app and start the video.
- Pause the video at the point where you want to copy the text.
- Near the bottom of the video, you’ll see a button labeled Get photos from this video. Tap on it.
- At the bottom of the screen, you’ll now see a collection of stills from the video. If you decide you’re not at the frame you want, you can move the indicator (the vertical line) you see on the stills collection until you get to the frame you want to export. When you’re ready, click the Export frame button just above the series of stills.
- A pop-up will tell you that you still have been exported to the Camera folder. You can tap on the pop-up to view the photo or go back to the Camera folder in the Photos app and find it there.
- Either way, once you’re looking at the still from your video, you should see a Copy text button near the bottom of the screen. Tap that, and Lens will pick out the most likely text in the photo and invite you to copy it, search on it, listen to it being narrated, or translate it. If Lens didn’t pick out the correct text, use your finger to highlight the text you want.
- If the Copy text button didn’t show up, just tap on the Lens app at the bottom of the screen and select Text (also at the bottom of the screen). You can then either choose the Select all button (which will pick up all the text on the screen) or highlight the text in the image you want. You can then copy, search, listen to, or translate it, just the same as if you tapped the Copy text button.