This iPhone trick is worth knowing

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(Pocket-lint) – Apple’s iPhone and iPad pack some great features into their software. Some of these features are obvious and easy to find, others are a little more hidden.

Did you know that you can copy and paste from your iPhone directly to your iPad, for example? Or set your iPhone to execute your chosen shortcut when you hit the Back key two or three times? There is also a way to close all Safari tabs at once and a way to scan a document using just your iPhone.

We have a separate section of tips and tricks that you can read to learn more, as well as camera tips and tricks for those with an iPhone 13 Pro, but here we’re focusing on a clever trick called Visual Look Up that lets you find more information from a photo in the Photos app.

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What is visual search?

Visual Look Up allows you to learn more about landmarks, artwork, plants, flowers, pets, and other popular objects that appear in your photos.

For example, if you take a picture of a dog or cat but don’t know what breed it is, Visual Look Up can tell you. The same goes for famous landmarks, such as the London Eye, as well as flowers, plants and other objects.

The system isn’t perfect and doesn’t always give an exact answer – our dog is a Mastador, for example, but it displays information about Vizslas and Labrador – but it’s very useful for plants and landmarks.

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How do you use Visual Look Up to find a dog breed, plant or landmark?

Visual Look Up is a feature launched with iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. You will therefore need an iPhone or iPad compatible with this software. Follow the steps below to use Visual Look Up:

  1. Take a photo of the place, animal, flower, artwork or other object you want more information about.
  2. Open the Photos app on your iPhone
  3. Open the photo you want more information about.
  4. If the Visual Search feature is available, you will see an “i” in a circle at the bottom of the screen, with two stars next to it.
  5. Tap this symbol and more information about the photo will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  6. You will then see “Search – Dog” or “Search – Plant”, for example, at the top of the information sheet.
  7. Tap it to see the results and get more information.

When you follow these steps to a famous landmark, Apple Maps appears in the results under “Siri Knowledge” and not only gives you directions to the landmark, but also gives you the option to purchase tickets. Practice.

What do you need to use Visual Look Up?

Visual Look Up is not available in all regions and does not support all languages. You’ll also need an iPhone with iOS 15.4 or later or an iPad with iPadOS 15.4 or later, and your iPad or iPhone must have the A12 Bionic chip or later for the feature to work.

Below is a list of devices that support the visual search function:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (2018 and later)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018 and later)
  • iPad (8th generation and later)

Below is a list of languages ​​that support Visual Look Up.

  • English (US)
  • English (Australia)
  • English (Canada)
  • English (Indonesia)
  • English (Singapore)
  • English (UK)
  • France French)
  • German (Germany)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Spanish (United States)

Written by Britta O’Boyle.

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