Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:
• Short Text - Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera.
• Documents - Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting.
• Products - Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available. (works with iPhone 6 and later)
• People - Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.
• Scenes (early preview) - Hear an overall description of the scene captured.
• Currency - Recognizes currency notes. (Requires iOS 11)
• Color - Identifies color.
• Handwriting - Reads handwritten text like in greeting cards
• Light - Generates an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in the surroundings.
• Images in other apps - Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.
• Photo browsing experience - Describes photos on your phone

Seeing AI is built to help you achieve more by leveraging the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, more channels may be added.

Check out tutorials with this YouTube playlist:

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Recently honored by American Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind's Helen Keller Achievement Award, CES Asia, Mobile World Congress, FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility and AppleVis Hall of Fame.

Available in 70 countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, European Union, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, USA, UK and Zimbabwe. Gradually coming to more countries.
Languages supported – English
Supported on iPhone 5C, 5S and later; best performance with iPhone 6S, SE and later models.

Questions, feedback or feature requests? Email us at seeingai @

What’s New

Version 3.0

•Explore photos by touch: This new feature allows you to explore how objects in a photo are arranged. Select "Explore Photo" from the Scene channel, photo browser, or when recognizing photos from other apps. Then, move your finger over the screen to hear where objects are located.
•All new iPad support.
•Get faster access to your favorite features by customizing the order in which channels are shown.
•On the Person channel, you can now teach Seeing AI to recognize someone new, directly from the main screen.
•When recognizing photos from other apps, you will now hear the processing sound as in the main app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
229 Ratings
229 Ratings
Lucky 10382 ,

Overall a very useful and important app

Update: someone recently asked me about useful apps for the blind. I told them that seeing AI app was like the Swiss Army knife for blind people. I think that is the Best way to describe this app.
I love several of the channels that this app provides. The product, document and short text are great. The document channel especially is great. I purchase another app a while back for $100 and this app works better. I love that I do not have to presss a button to take the picture.
I found the person channel fun, but not very useful. I do not find the color channel accurate. I have better success with tap tap See for colors. I used the color channel on a white shirt and when it was on the sleeves it would say grey and on the front or back of the shirt it would say brown.
The currency channel is just as good as the other apps available It is very accurate.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the ★★★★★ rating! We are very pleased that you are enjoying Microsoft Seeing AI app. The latest version (2.3) has improved features with a few experimental Channels for Scenes, Colors, and Handwriting --- Please visit for more information, updates, and tutorials.

skylight Braille ,

Keep up the great work

I think that this application is really amazing. While I don't have one of the better iPhones to take full advantage of all the features, I fully appreciate it. I think it would be pretty cool though if we could insert pictures directly from the app, especially when training the facial recognition feature. I also think that, if the voices could sound more human like, that would be pretty cool. Would it be possible to get volunteers to lend their voices to such a project? I'm just curious to know since that would definitely be something I would be interested in. Please consider adding Jamaican currency on the list, and I definitely think we need a translation feature. Now that would definitely be cool. Thank you Microsoft, thank you so much for this application. It has really made a tremendous impact on my life.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for downloading and using the Microsoft Seeing AI app.
We hope that you find the app useful and we appreciate your comments regarding the facial recognition feature. We have had numerous requests for using photos to train the Facial Recognition and we have added that and your Jamaican Dollar suggestion to our list of feature requests for future releases of the app.

We are committed to continue improving Seeing AI with every update and feedback from users like yourself is very helpful.

Blind Alley Cat ,

Wreckin’ the Sighted!

I use this app for tons of stuff!
No more KNFB Reader!. It helps me with clothing selection with colors, I spot-check my mail with short text so I don’t have to sit down with Kurzweill until I know it’s not JUNK! I can use Document for obvious stuff, and the Product for re organizing my kitchen cabinet & putting away GROCERIES—It isn’t as up to date as an I.D. Mate, but it isn’t $1200 either!!
I even use it to see if I get the TV on when I get lost in the TV vs. Cable-box or Apple TV fight. I EVEN use it to see if I have any BIOS POST errors, or to see if Windows is UPDATING or such when my PCs take forever to BOOT! Needs some flourishes to be added, and I have a few suggestions, (already sent in!) but I try and get ev’body to think of and find new ways to use this app.

Microsoft— if you need a Rep / Presenter to travel to conventions, Here I Am!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for such kind words. We are really encouraged at how you are finding this useful. And with your feedback, we will keep improving this further. Could you kindly reach out to us at and mention your screen name 'Blind Alley Cat', we would love to connect with you.

Seeing AI Team


Microsoft Corporation
349.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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