If you need to quickly transfer the text from any printed medium to an editable format, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technique would help you get text from the image easily. Searching for the term “OCR” in Apple App Store would throw up a lot of apps that offers extraction of text from images.

Though all the apps that would pop up does the same job, there are apps worth mentioning when primary functionality and features are put to test. These include the accuracy of the conversion, price of the app and speed of the conversion process.
Taking these elemental practicalities into consideration, i’d short list TextGrabber and  Image To Text – OCR from the list of OCR Apps.

TextGrabber ($2)

Though TextGrabber comes for a price, it does its job neatly and quickly.
The interface in simple and it does the processing on the device itself, which mean you wont require an internet connectivity for extracting text from images on your iphone.


  • Share the extracted text via Email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter and Evernote
  • Supports iPhone 5, 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS
  • Allows you to crop the images so that you could choose from where the text needs to be extracted from the image
  • Multi-language support
  • Translation from 40+ languages (requires internet connection)
The following video shows you its interface and features.

It might be worth considering the just $2 TextGrabber App if you often deal with converting images to text. It provides great accuracy with cheap price.

Image To Text – OCR (Free)

While TextGrabber process the images within the phone itself, Image To Text – OCR would require you to email the photo or send it to Evernote to convert it to text. The image gets processed on their servers and it offers better recognition as the server is far more powerful than a mobile phone and could process complex algorithms much faster.

The processed images from their server is sent back as an editable text file.

Image to Text OCR App for iphone


  • Optical Character Recognition engine is excellent when compared to competitors
  • Free


  • Doesn’t support any other language other than English
  • Internet Connection required for processing the images
  • Limited Sharing functionality

Setting apart the cons, the app is free and does a pretty good job in accurately getting the text out of images on your iphone.

Above all, the quality of the source image is what matters the most than the accuracy provided by the recognition engine of any of these OCR apps. So, make sure you does your part well by taking a clean and well focused photo when ever possible.

Amal Roy is the Founder-Editor of Computing Unleashed. A Technology Enthusiast, Windows Adept and a Proud Geek!