How to extract text from image on your smartphone [Android Guide]

Ever came across some useful information while reading a book or some printed text on a paper and felt like having a text only version of it on your Android? Or, your boss gave you some images containing information which you were supposed to rewrite for next office presentation?


It is situations like these when you loose your calm. Rewriting information from an image or from a printed form can easily make any one loose the calmness because of the efforts needed to do it. Wouldn’t it annoy you if you had to type something by looking into an image or a printed paper? Well, it surely would.

It’s times like these when a smartphone becomes really useful. If you own an Android device, you can easily extract text from image. You can use that extracted text from the image to share it with someone, create a PDF file, or, to simply edit it. Still wondering what we are talking about? Well, read this tutorial and you will understand how much useful smartphones can really get.

How to extract text from image on Android

Step 1: Download the ‘Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner)‘ app form Google Play Store.

Step 2: Now open the app. As soon as you open the app, you will be shown what the app can do and what it can’t. Tap on ‘OK‘ button provided at the bottom of the app screen. You will now be taken to the home screen of the app. Tap on the ‘Camera‘ icon provided at the top-right corner of the screen if you want to convert text from a new image.


The camera app will open as soon as you tap on the camera icon. Make sure the surroundings are well lit and then take a clear picture. Tap on the ‘tick mark‘ icon if you are satisfied with the image taken. Tap on ‘GOT IT‘ after that.


Step 3: Use the blue box to choose the portion of the image you want to extract text from and then tap on the ‘blue arrow‘ located at the bottom-right corner of the screen.


You will then be presented with the option to choose the language of the image you just took. Select the language and then select the number of columns you want.


Tap on ‘START‘ after you have selected the language and the number of columns.

Step 4: The app will then analyze the image to extract text from it. You will then be presented with the actions to choose from. If you don’t want to perform any of it, just tap on ‘OK‘ and you will be presented with the text that is extracted from the image.


You can also tap on the ‘three-dot button‘ provided at the top-right corner of the app screen for more options.


You can either copy the text to clipboard, share it using the apps installed on your device, create a PDF, or, make the app speak the extracted text. The speak text feature did work well. However, the accuracy of the text being extracted from the image will solely depend on how clear the image itself was.

You can also extract the text from the image which is already stored on your Android device. Just tap on the image icon instead of the camera icon in the beginning.

Now that you know how to extract text from image, we hope making office presentations by using the information from a given image will now be easier. Be sure to check our ‘How-To Guides‘ section for more such tutorials.