Seeing AI

Seeing AI

By Microsoft Corporation

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2017-07-12
  • Current Version: 4.1.8
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 370.92 MB
  • Developer: Microsoft Corporation
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 4.4292
From 452 Ratings


Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects. Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize: • Short Text - Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera. • Documents - Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting. • Products - Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available. (works with iPhone 6 and later) • People - Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions. • Scenes (early preview) - Hear an overall description of the scene captured. • Currency - Recognizes currency notes. (Requires iOS 11) • Color - Identifies color. • Handwriting - Reads handwritten text like in greeting cards • Light - Generates an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in the surroundings. • Images in other apps - Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more. • Photo browsing experience - Describes photos on your phone Seeing AI is built to help you achieve more by leveraging the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, more channels may be added. Check out tutorials with this YouTube playlist: Visit for more details Recently honored by American Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind's Helen Keller Achievement Award, CES Asia, Mobile World Congress, FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility and AppleVis Hall of Fame. Available in 70 countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, European Union, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, USA, UK and Zimbabwe. Gradually coming to more countries. Supported on iPhone 5C, 5S and later; best performance with iPhone 6S, SE and later models. Questions, feedback or feature requests? Email us at seeingai @



  • Makes my life a little bit easier

    By sinned.
    This app makes my life much easier. While not being totally blind but with about 5% vision I can still see the little icons in the bottom. Haven’t used everything yet but the short text, document reader, currency, and color has come in very handy. You know you don’t want to look silly and where mismatch clothes lol. So I just use the product tab and figured out there was another icon that it would read me more information. The short text doesn’t always read the instructions well for heating but the extra product info gave me all the information I needed. This app matched with my Alexa microwave/oven/air fryer is going to be absolutely marvelous together. Thank you for this app and thank you for continuing to update it.
  • Problem solved

    By AK Noori
    Thank you it works now this is a great App
  • Does not work at all on iPhone 13 Pro

    By admmikal
    App is completely useless on iPhone 13 Pro. Will not read any short text and does not detect the document.
  • It's so helpful!

    By ☺️💙💖
    I'm visually impaired and I always had to ask people to read things to me or discribe things for me. That wasn't always easy because there wasn't always people around me. But when I found this app I was like yay this will help me a lot! And it is helping me so much! Now when I want something discribed for me all I have to do is go to Seeing AI. Thank you so much for making this app!
  • Even for me

    By calebdeming
    I have decent eyes but this thing makes things easy for me. I’m not going to be getting new glasses for a while and I have a highly technical job. I need to be able to read. Lifesaver.
  • No data

    By wiztzxy
    Barcode fails miserably 1 out 5 items scanned found This is poor Other function are ok
  • support language

    By احمد الكربلائي
    hi please support language Arabic
  • Thank you for giving me back my independence

    By IkariWarrior007
    I recently became blind. Your application has allowed me to be able to read my mail and read products that I have at home on my shelves and allowed me to pay the taxi driver using your money identifier without fear of being ripped off. I would like to see the barcode scanner improved with more product availability. A lot of times it just says no description available. I would love to see this app available on the Mac so that I can scan my mail using my scanner. Just a thought :-)
  • Best app for blind and visually impaired that I’ve ever seen

    By Big dady b
    Absolutely love this app I use it all the time because whenever I buy groceries sometimes I may forget what I bot I need to figure out where to put it but sometimes it is hard for me to read the letters on boxes and things either because the letters are too small or the letters are too different from just normal print text seriously love this app. Thankyou! The only thing that I would say I would like to have if it’s even possible is I have a very hard time with expiration dates I always have to have someone come down and read it for me and I have not found a single app that has been able to find and read expiration dates don’t know if that’s possible if not that’s fine it would just be nice thing to have I’m even very skeptical about eating things in my fridge and pantry just because I don’t know if it’s any good or not and I don’t wanna have to call someone to say hey can you come tell if this is good or not so it definitely is a real problem for me don’t really know what else to do so if that is a feature that is possible to be added it would be great but again I very much love this app it has made my life so much easier thank you again
  • Grate app

    By clashzork
    I like this app. I use it to read my recipe books and it is pretty accurate.