The first step is to open Google Lens. If you have Google Assistant installed and have given it permission to record your voice, just activate it as normal and tell it to open Google Lens. Otherwise, find Google Lens in your apps and open it from there (some android phones also come with a small Google Lens” icon built into the native camera app which, once tapped, automatically opens Google Lens from within the camera).
- Now, point your camera at the text you want copied.
- At the bottom of the screen you should see several options. Tap “Text” to switch to text capture mode.
- The camera will now automatically highlight any text your camera is pointing at.
- Tap the big document icon in the middle bottom of the screen and the highlighted text will be captured.
- Now tap “Select All.”
- You can now tap “Copy text” to copy all the highlighted text. It’s then easy to open up your favorite note-taking application and paste! Make sure to manually check for errors because Google Lens isn’t infallible.
You can also copy your content directly to a linked computer running the latest version of Google Chrome. Note that you will also need to be signed into your Google Account.
- Follow the previous directions to capture text with your phone’s camera.
- Instead of tapping “Copy Text,” swipe the list to the left — you should see an option labeled “Copy to Computer.”
- Send to the device of your choosing.
- Open Google Documents on the device you sent the text to.
- Navigate to the “Edit” tab.
- Select “Paste,” and the copied text from your phone will automatically paste over!
Finally, you can also search the web directly through Google Lens via this text capture function.
- Follow the above instructions to capture text using your phone’s camera and Google Lens.
- Instead of “Copy Text,” select and tap “Search.”
- This will automatically search the Internet for an example of text that matches what you copied! (Note that Google limits this search to 32 words, but that should be more than enough to find some matches!)
We've all been there before: we have one copy of some vital document to which there is no editable, digital copy.