How to Master iOS 15 New Feature – Visual Look Up?


    iOS 15 is coming soon in the fall, it brings a lot of new features including an informative one called Visual Look Up! This function uses machine-learning technology to recognize highlighted objects and scenes from images. It uses the Siri knowledge base to provide info as well as other sources from the web.

    What Is Visual Look Up?

    iOS 15 visual Look Up is a very useful and educative feature that will help many people learn more about what they have photographed. The new function is going to be particularly handy to understand content when you take a picture of something or browse information of any photo, screenshot or image downloaded from the web. If you can’t identify its information — Visual Look Up will help you to recognize. Visual lookup can automatically detect art, landmarks, nature (plants, trees, etc.), books and animals as long as they’re the main subject of a picture.

    How to Use Visual Look Up in iOS 15 ?

    Wondering how to use visual look up in iOS 15? Follow the below steps to get started:

    1. Open the Photos and choose the photo you want to visually look up.
    2. Next, click the “i” icon surrounded by circle and stars.
    3. Then, an leaf icon will show up in the middle of the image. Tap it.
    4. Then, you can check all the images information in the visually look up card.

    You will see Siri Knowledge results (about pet breeds, plants, landmarks, or artwork), and you also can browse for similar results or more information on the web.

    What Devices Can Use Visual Look Up?

    First thing’s first — only some devices will be able to use the Visual Look Up feature, even though iOS 15 is compatible with older devices. The one requirement for Visual Look Up is that the device needs to have at least an A12 Bionic chip, which eliminates older models. In case you missed it, here is the full list of compatible A12 (and later) devices:

    iPhone XS

     iPhone XS Max

    iPhone XR

    iPhone 11

    iPhone 11 Pro

    iPhone 11 Pro Max

    iPhone 12 mini

    iPhone 12

    iPhone 12 Pro

     iPhone 12 Pro Max

    iPhone SE (2020)

    If you are using an older model that is not listed, then you may want to consider upgrading to the best iPhone — Visual Look Up is a very nice feature to have.

    Why Is Visual Look Up Not Working? How to Fix

    I have collected some problems encountered by users in the using process and the solutions.

    1. It is a new feature on iOS 15

    Visual look up is the newest function on iOS 15. If you find visual look up is currently not working on your device. Please check your iPhone (A12 and later devices) whether has updated to the newest operating system. If not, let go to update it now.

    If your iPhone happen any issues during updating ? You can use iToolab FixGo to fix it without losing any of the data on your device or needing any technical skills.

    Step 1: Download the software from official website. After downloading, switch to Standard mode. The specialty of this software is it can rectify 90% of errors related to iOS in standard mode.

    select standard mode fixgo

    Step 2: Connect the device to the computer using the lightning cable. The program should detect the device. If it doesn’t, it will guide you on how to put the device in recovery mode.

    download fixgo standard mode

    Step 3: The next step will be to download the latest firmware for the device. You can click on “Browse” to choose the path for the firmware and then click “Download” to begin downloading the firmware.

    download firmware standard

    Step 4: Once the firmware has been downloaded to your computer, you are now ready to begin fixing the device. Simply click “Repair Now” and iToolab FixGo will immediately begin repairing the device.

    fixgo standard mode

    2. iOS 15 Visual Look Up Shortcomings

    Like most new feature, Visual Look Up is far from being perfect. Don’t be surprised if it’s way off in some cases. For example, there is a user share his ridiculous experience that he tested it out during a mushroom picking session and found out that Siri can’t currently identify any mushroom at all. And Siri recognize it ornamental onion. It is ridiculous that confusing mushroom with an ornamental onion.

    As well some users also noticed that Visual Look Up can’t identify popular animals like horses. Nevertheless, Apple does claim that Siri is able to recognize pets in photos and doesn’t use the broader term ‘animals’.

    It seems able to differentiate between dog breeds though!

    So this new function – iOS 15 Visual Look Up maybe itself exists some bugs, believe apple support team will continue perfect it.

    3. Visual Lookup may be region limited to the US, at least at this stage

    According users feedback visual look up function currently is supported only in US region. So if you be in other regions you can try to change your iPhone region to United Stated.

    1. Open iPhone Settings
    2. Swipe for the General and Click it
    3. Select Language & Region
    4. Click Region button and Select United States

    4. Enable Suggestion While Searching

    Due to the Visual Look Up needs Siri Knowledge showing recognize results, you should turn on the “Suggestions while Searching” button.

    1. Open iPhone Settings
    2. Swipe for the Siri & Search and Click it
    3. Enable all Siri Suggestions buttons

    Then the sparkly “i” icon immediately started showing up in you photos.


    Hope after using above ways, your iPhone Visual Look Up can work. As long as you have an A12-equipped iPhone and update operating system to iOS 15, Visual Look Up is a cool new feature that lets you get information on the things that you photograph. It’s handy to have when you want to try identifying something or just learn more. Have questions about how to use Visual Look Up on iPhone? Let us know in the comments.

    Liam Alexander
    Professional editor of iToolab, Liam has been working in software industry for more than 10 years. Focusing on solving iphone, android and problems, the online articles have helped millions of users.

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