In iOS 16, Apple added a built-in currency conversion feature to the Camera app. This article explains how you can use it.

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When Apple released iOS 15 in 2021, it introduced a Live Text feature that can automatically recognize text that appears in your camera’s viewfinder, allowing you to copy or share it. With ‌iOS 16‌, Apple adds a new trick to Live Text – the ability to convert currencies on the fly.

So next time you’re abroad and you encounter a price tag displaying a foreign currency, simply follow these steps to get a real-time conversion in your own region’s currency based on the current exchange rate.

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone.
  2. Hold the camera up to the price tag so that a frame appears around the digits in the viewfinder.
  3. Tap the Live Text icon that appears in the bottom-right corner of the viewfinder so that it turns yellow.
  4. Tap the currency conversion icon that appears in the bottom-left corner of the viewfinder to get a real-time conversion.

That’s all there is to it. Note that you can tap the Copy button in the conversion popover if you want to paste or share it elsewhere.

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