Your iPhone can identify plants and animals with this forgotten feature

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Each new version of iOS includes hundreds of features and bug fixes for iPhone. In fact, there are often so many big changes that some of them go unnoticed by the majority of users. This was certainly the case for Visual Look Up on iOS 15which can help you identify plants, animals, landmarks and more with just the press of a button.

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Visual Look Up is a hidden gem of iOS 15

Here is Apple’s official description of the Visual Look Up feature from its website:

Swipe up or tap the info button on any photo to highlight recognized objects and scenes. Learn about folk art and landmarks from around the world, plants and flowers in nature, books and pet breeds.

If you didn’t know your iPhone could do this, you’re not alone. Despite the fact that we actually have wrote about this feature (more than one time), I had again forgotten that it existed. I’m not sure how much I would have enjoyed it anyway, but it might have been fun to play around with on my recent trip to Washington, DC. So hats off to Tom’s Guide for highlighting the feature earlier this month, reminding us that it exists.

Visual Look Up was initially only available in English in the United States at launch. Now, the new feature is available to all English speakers in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, and Singapore. iPhone owners in Mexico can also use the feature in Spanish, and Visual Look Up also supports French, Italian, German, and Spanish in Spain.

You will need an iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip or newer to use Visual Look Up with your phone. The A12 Bionic debuted in 2018 on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, so as long as your iPhone isn’t more than four years old, you can access Visual Look Up.

How to Use Visual Look Up on iPhone

Here are the steps you need to follow to use Visual Look Up on your iPhone:

  1. First, open the Camera app on your iPhone and take a photo of a popular landmark, piece of art, plant, pet, or other supported object.

  2. After taking the photo, go to the Photos app and find the photo you took.

  3. Swipe up from the bottom of the photo or tap the (i) button at the bottom of the screen to display the photo info window.

  4. If the photo supports Visual Look Up, you should see a banner that says “Look Up” at the top of the info window. Tap it to see results from Siri Knowledge, similar images on the web, and more information about the subject of the photo.

It won’t work every time, but when it does, it’s pretty neat. There are plenty of hidden gems like this in iOS, and we’ll keep telling you about them. For example, did you know that your iPhone has a hidden setting to improve the sound of your video calls?

More iPhone coverage: For more iPhone news, visit our iPhone 14 Guide.

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