Game-changing iOS 17 feature could revolutionise how you do your laundry

  • The seventeenth update of Apple’s iOS operating system was released last week
  • Fans are raving over one feature which will help make everyday tasks a lot easier

The seventeenth update of Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 17, came into force last week – something fans have been eagerly waiting for.

The software update includes several exciting new features, including a Live Voicemail tool and the ability to share your contact details simply by touching your iPhone to another. 

However, there is one feature that people are raving over as it could help make small everyday tasks a lot easier and less time consuming.

The ‘Visual Look Up’ tool can impressively decipher laundry symbols, eliminating the confusion they bring for a lot of people.

iOS 17's new 'Visual Look Up' tool can help to decipher your laundry symbols, eliminating the confusion they bring a lot of people

iOS 17’s new ‘Visual Look Up’ tool can help to decipher your laundry symbols, eliminating the confusion they bring a lot of people

According to the Apple website, the ‘Visual Look Up’ tool also allows users to ‘identify and learn about popular landmarks, plants, pets, and more that appear in their photos and videos in the Photos app.’

Which phones are compatible with iOS 17?

iOS 17 IS compatible with the iPhone XS and newer models.

This means you’ll be able to download it if you have one of the following iPhones:

  • IPhone 14 
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  •  iPhone 14 Pro 
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max 
  • iPhone 13
  •  iPhone 13 mini
  •  iPhone 13 Pro
  •  iPhone 13 Pro Max 
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  •  iPhone XS 
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhoneXR iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

It can even identify food in a photo and suggest related recipes.

To make use of the laundry function, simply take a photo of the tag on your item, with the symbols in clear view.

Next, go to the photos app, click the photo and swipe up or tap the info symbol at the bottom.

There is then an option to press ‘Look up laundry care’ under the text caption field.

Pressing it will take you to a list of websites found by Siri that explain what each symbol means.

Another gamechanger is that you can also look up what car symbols and buttons mean, which will be very useful for new drivers.

Apple fans have taken to X (formerlly known as Twitter) to express their excitement for the revolutionary feature.

One person wrote ‘This new iOS 17 feature is slick. Scan your clothes wash tag and get the meaning. Today, it saved me the time to understand different laundry symbols.’

Others said ‘Finally something useful’ and ‘How cool!’.

To download iOS 17, go to your settings app, then General > Software Update.

There are many other cool and practical features that come with the update, so you don’t want to miss out. 

‘Check In’ allows users to automatically notify family members when they get their destination safely, meanwhile ‘Live Voicemail’ replicates an old-school voicemail machine, allowing people to pick up a call mid-message if they feel it’s worth answering.

‘Name Drop’ gives people the ability to share their contact details, simply by bringing your iPhone close to another.


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