I used to copy text from PDF files in iBooks for the use in Notes, Word, and other apps on my iPhone. However this time have received a PDF doc through email which does not allow me to select and copy the contents of the PDF document. This PDF must have some sort of security set on it. Luckily there are many third-party apps can help select, copy and extract text from protected PDF docs. In this article, I’ll walk through the easy steps to copy text from PDF documents that are protected and the text is not allowed to be selected or copied on iPhone. By doing so, you can save a lot of time typing the text manually.
How to copy text from any PDF on iPhone through OCR?
Optical character recognition is a technology allows you to copy text from scanned PDF and images and even convert them into editable Word, Text, Excel, and other output formats. In a related article, we showed you a simple way to copy text from images, photos on iPhone using a OCR app for iOS. If you have read this post, you will find out that it can help us scan paper documents to PDF on iPhone and then perform OCR to extract text from scanned PDF. It however does not allow users to import an existing PDF from email, iBooks or web browser. So how can it help us select and copy text from any PDF documents on iPhone? So the only other option you have currently is taking a screenshot of the text from the secured PDF and then insert the captured screenshot image into the OCR app. Sounds like too much work? Not really.
Take a screenshot of PDF on iPhone
iPhone allows us to easily capture screen to save anything displayed on iPhone screen as image files in the Photos app. See how you can take a screenshot on iPhone here. Open the PDF which is unable to copy. Then capture your iPhone screen to save the PDF as image files.
Copy text from image on iPhone
Now your PDF file was converted into image and saves to the Photos app. Scroll up to the first paragraph where we have linked to the guide you can follow to copy the text you need from photos, images, pictures.