WhatsApp for iOS Users Get New Feature to Copy Text from Images


WhatsApp for iOS finally gets support for Optical Character Recognition (OCR).The new update is now available for iOS users who have updated the app to 23.5.77.The changelog does not specifically highlight the feature though.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging apps in India and other global markets, has released a new feature on iOS. The company has now released a new update for its iOS app. WhatsApp users on iOS will now be able to copy text from images, thanks to the new update. It has been available for iOS users as a standalone feature but only in the Photos app. With WhatsApp releasing the new update, the feature could be used directly from the messaging app without having to switch to the Photos app.

Unlike a beta update, which tests many features with a select number of users, the new WhatsApp feature is widely available for all users on iOS. WABetaInfo, which spotted the new update, also revealed some more details about the feature. Let’s take a look at the new WhatsApp update and features introduced on iOS.

WhatsApp for iOS Gets Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Support.WhatsApp has released a new stable update for all iOS users. The update can be downloaded and installed via the Apple App Store on eligible iPhones. The new WhatsApp feature for iOS provides the ability to extract text right out of an image.

Although the feature has been available for iOS users in the Photos app, users previously could not use OCR on WhatsApp as the app did not provide support for the feature. Once users update the app, they can directly select and copy text from an image and paste it elsewhere.

WABetaInfo stated that the feature was previously being tested with select iOS beta users in the update Now, the company has released a new update with version number 23.5.77 for all iOS users.

The changelog only reveals the ability to record a voice note and share it through Status is rolling out to everyone. However, WABetaInfo claimed that the OCR feature is also being made available via the new update for all iOS users.

WhatsApp took quite a bit of time to make use of the iOS 16 API, which provides support for OCR. However, better late than never as they say, the feature is now available for all iOS users. The feature is also available on select Android phones, including the latest Samsung devices running One UI 5.0. It would be interesting to see if the feature is being made available to all Android users soon. We will share more details about the same as and when available. Do you find this feature useful? Let us know in the comments below.


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