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How to identify plants, pets, and objects on an iPhone using Visual Look Up

Not sure what you're looking at? Let Apple help!

Published onNovember 23, 2022

Did you see a plant you like? Maybe you like a particular animal or location, and you’re trying to learn more about it. Your iPhone can help! Visual Look Up was introduced with iOS 15, and it can help you recognize a bevy of things using your camera and photos. Today we’ll show you how to identify plants on iPhone devices, as well as other objects. Let’s get right to it.

Read more: 10 things iOS does better than Android


To identify plants on an iPhone (or other supported objects), launch the Camera and take a photo of it. Open the Photos app or Camera Roll and select the image (you can also use old photos). Tap on the i button, and then select Look Up -- Plant. You'll see the results under Siri Knowledge.


Editor’s note: All steps in this guide were formulated using an iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 16.1.1. Some actions may differ depending on your specific iPhone model and software version.

What is Visual Look Up?

Visual Look Up is an Apple feature that uses artificial intelligence to recognize objects within a photo. It can recognize various things, but most people like using it to identify plants, pets, and landmarks.

Which devices support Visual Look Up?

side profile view of iPhones
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Visual Look Up continues to be a bit of a limited feature. For starters, you’ll need iOS 15 or later. If you’re using an iPad, you’ll need to have at least iPadOS 15.1. Additionally, it’s only available in select markets and languages.

Supported iPhones:

apple ipad home screen on table
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Supported iPads:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (all models)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation or later)
  • iPad (8th generation) or later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation) or later)

Languages and regions:

  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • Mandarin Chinese (China mainland)
  • Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan)
  • French (France)
  • German (Germany)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Arabic
  • Russian

What can an iPhone identify?

Visual Look Up can identify a variety of objects, including landmarks, statues, art, plants, and pets, among other things.

How to use Visual Look Up

Are you ready to learn how to identify plants, pets, and objects on an iPhone? Here’s a step-by-step guide. It’s a simple process, but the feature is a bit hidden.

  1. Launch the Camera app and take a picture of the object you want to identify.
  2. Go into the Photos app or the Camera Roll.
  3. Find and select the picture of the object you want to identify. By the way, this can also be an older image you took before.
  4. Tap on the i button at the bottom of the screen.
  5. If the iPhone can identify the plant (or anything else), you should see an option that reads Look Up – Plant (or anything else).
  6. You should see the Siri Knowledge results.


Only iPhones with iOS 15 or newer can take advantage of Visual Look Up.

Visual Look Up is only available in select markets, and using specific languages. Learn more about supported markets here.

While Apple’s Visual Look Up is helpful, you shouldn’t rely on it for serious matters like recognizing edible plants and fruits. This can be dangerous, as there’s very likely a certain margin of error.

Yes! Visual Look Up works with any picture stored in your iPhone.

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