This iPhone trick helps you identify plants, plus: how to use it

(NEXSTAR) – Ever wondered what kind of plant you encountered while hiking? Or maybe you took a picture of a dog and want to know what breed it is? Anyway, there is an iPhone tool for that.

It’s called Visual Look Up, and all it takes is an internet connection and a photo.

Say, for example, you capture an image of a plant, like this.

An example photo of a plant. (nexstar)

When you view it in your Apple Photos app on your iPhone or iPad – or by touching and holding the photo in apps like Notes, Mail or Messages – you’ll also see the Info button (an i in the center of a circle) .

Selecting this button will open an information menu. This will include information such as where the photo was taken, when, and with what device. This will also prompt another icon (or maybe two) to appear in the photo. This additional icon can be a leaf, if there is a plant in the photo, or a paw print if there is a pet.

You can see an example here.

Tap this icon to open Siri Knowledge search results for the photo.

If the Info button does not have a star on it, Visual Look Up is not yet available for the photo.

The tool can also detect landmarks, artworks and books. However, this may not work on all photos.

According to Apple, Visual Look Up is only available on iPhones with iOS 15 or later. Visual Look Up is available for a variety of iPads including: Pro 12.9″ (3rd Gen) or later, Pro 11″ (all models), Air (3rd Gen) or later, iPad (8th Gen) or later, or iPad mini (5th generation) or later.


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