Phone Hyperlink (known as Hyperlink to Windows on the phone aspect) lets you sync calls, messages, notifications, and images — and forged your whole phone — from your Android phone to your Windows pc. It additionally works in a extra restricted trend with iOS units, which solely sync notifications, messages, and calls over Bluetooth.

Phone Hyperlink will now let you choose and replica text from images synced from your Android phone.
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The Windows Snipping Instrument obtained text extraction final 12 months across the identical time Phone Hyperlink obtained picture share notifications, so it’s been potential for a bit to extract text from phone photographs with the Snipping Instrument. This replace simply saves you a step and lets you do it in-app. The characteristic is reside in Phone Hyperlink 1.24051.91.0 and I gave it a fast take a look at in Insider Preview Construct 22635.3646 (Beta Channel).

In my testing, the OCR was respectable, although it made extra errors than both Samsung or Apple’s text extractors with the identical photograph of a e book web page. For longer passages you’re in all probability higher off enabling cross-device copy and paste, extracting the text on your phone, and sending it to your PC that approach.