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Text Detective is a fully accessible app for the Blind and those with low vision, that lets you read text of all kinds with your mobile device. Point the camera and you can read your mail, menus, cards, product packages, medication labels, and all kinds of other print around you. It's fully compatible with VoiceOver or iOS7's text-selection "speak" option.

Great for reading text on the fly!

With Text Detective you can easily edit, copy and paste text into documents, emails or other apps. It even keeps the text in a history for future use.

Text Detective works best with the clean and crisp text you find in documents, and at a distance of about the length of a forearm. You can use it wherever you go - no need for network coverage – it even works on the plane.

The app is optimized for iPhone 4S or newer, but can be used with iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 5G. If you’re using an iPad, please be aware that the camera position is different from the iPhone and iPod, which might require additional training and practice to align the camera and text.

The creation of this product was supported in part by SBIR grants from the National Institutes of Health (grants # EY011821 and EY020707).

Text Detective by Blindsight is covered by U.S. Patent No. 7817855 and pending US and international patents.

What's New

Version 1.6

* better iOS9 and arm64 support
* better paragraph grouping
* fixes for Twitter posting and overly-noisy images

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

The best OCR app I have on my phone

Jon squally

This is definitely my go to app every time I need to read a page of text quickly. It works almost flawlessly. The best feature of this app is that you do not have to try to tap on the Scan or take picture button when the phone positioned to scan. Lift the phone or tablet a forearm length from the document and The application automatically selects the best image.

Fast text detection


Works fine for me. Point app at the text you want to read, click the screen to start, get prompted for giving permission to use camera (1st time only) and voila it shows on screen what it detected and then when you click manage you can get the text out.

Feature Requests:
- Torch not working to turn on LED flashlight
- Share button to send text to other apps like Evernote
- Ability to drag a box around the text I want instead of getting everything the camera sees.

Forget it!


When I first downloaded this app, it worked well. It's been a while since I've used it and now when I try to use it the app continues to shut down on me as soon as I try to work it. Don't waste your time until they get this fixed.


A9 Innovations, LLC
46.3 MB
Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 A9 Innovations, LLC


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