Can Apple Notes read handwriting?

Answered by Cody Janus

With the release of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, Apple introduced a new feature that allows the stock Notes app to read and convert handwritten text into digital text format. This means that you can now easily scan and save your handwritten notes as typed text within the Notes app.

The ability to convert handwritten text into digital text is a significant addition to the Notes app, as it offers users the convenience of easily searching and editing their handwritten notes. This feature can be particularly useful for those who prefer to take notes by hand but also want the benefits of having their notes in a digital format.

To use this feature, simply open the Notes app on your iOS or iPadOS device and create a new note or open an existing one. Tap on the camera icon within the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, and then select the “Scan Documents” option. You can then position your device’s camera over the printed or handwritten text you wish to scan.

Once the text is captured, the app will automatically detect and recognize the text, converting it into digital format. You can then review and edit the text as needed. The conversion accuracy may vary depending on factors such as handwriting legibility and the quality of the scan, but overall, Apple has made significant improvements in the accuracy of text recognition.

I have personally found this feature to be quite handy in my own note-taking workflow. As someone who often prefers to jot down quick ideas or make handwritten annotations, being able to convert my handwritten notes into digital text has made it easier for me to organize and search for specific information within my notes.

It’s worth noting that while Apple’s Notes app can read and convert handwritten text, it may not be as accurate or as comprehensive as dedicated handwriting recognition apps. However, the integration of this feature directly within the Notes app makes it a convenient option for most users who don’t require advanced handwriting recognition capabilities.

Apple Notes can indeed read and convert handwriting into digital text format with the release of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. This feature provides users with the convenience of having their handwritten notes easily searchable and editable within the Notes app. While it may not be as advanced as dedicated handwriting recognition apps, it is a valuable addition for those who want to combine the benefits of handwritten and digital note-taking.