Copy Text From Image in Your Phone App in Windows 10

How to Copy Text From Image in Your Phone App in Windows 10

Your Phone, one of the built-in Windows 10 apps, has a lesser known but cool feature that allows you to extract the text from images without have any image recognition software installed. The option can be used to convert image attachments you receive on your linked smartphone to text for further use.

Windows 10 comes with a special app, Your Phone, that allows pairing your Android or iOS smartphone with your desktop computer and browse your phone data on the PC.

Recent versions of Your Phone app show a notification toast for a message received on your paired Android phone.

Your Phone was first introduced during Build 2018. The app is intended to allow users to sync their smartphones running Android or iOS with Windows 10. The app allows syncing Messages, Photos, and Notifications with a device running Windows 10, e.g. to view and edit photos stored on your smartphone directly on the computer.

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Since its first introduction, the app has received tons of new features and improvements. The app supports Dual SIM devices.  In addition to the battery level indicator, and inline replies, the app is able to render the background image of your smartphone.

Some of the features of the Your Phone app are hidden, but you can unblock them.

Force enable Your Phone app's secret hidden features in Windows 10

Last month, Microsoft added an option that allows you to easily copy the text contents from an image which you have received or sent. Microsoft is using its own OCR backend to extract text from images.

To Copy Text From Image in Your Phone App in Windows 10

  1. Open a message that has an image attachment in Your Phone app.
  2. Right-click on the image you see in the conversation.
  3. Now, select Copy text from Picture.
  4. The text that Your Phone app was able to recognize is now in your clipboard!Your Phone App Copy Text From Image
  5. Open any text editor, e.g. Notepad, and paste it.

You are done.

The Your Phone app can be downloaded from the Store. Get the app here.

This tip was initially revealed by Microsoft's Roberto Bojorquez. Thanks to Geeker Mag for the tip.

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