Decipher Laundry Symbols with Your iPhone Camera

Everyone has seen the mysterious laundry symbols on their clothes, but nobody seems to really know what they mean. I, for one, always have to look up what the symbols actually mean to make sure I’m washing my clothes correctly. Luckily, the latest iOS software makes it easy to identify laundry tag symbols.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • Easily identify laundry symbols and their meanings with just a photo.
  • Ensure you’re washing your laundry correctly.

Use Your iPhone Camera to Look Up Laundry Instructions

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Visual Lookup is a handy feature in iOS that can be used to look up information about certain aspects of photos, such as landmarks, plants, car maintenance symbols, and now the meaning of laundry symbols. For more iPhone shortcuts and tricks, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here’s how to check laundry signs and meanings using your iPhone camera:

  1. Take a photo of the laundry symbols and open it in the Photos app. Tap the info icon. The icon might change to a washing machine.

    iphone photos app displaying a photo a laundry tag on a sweater, with the info button in the photos app circled in red
  2. Tap Look Up Laundry Care.

    iphone photos app displaying a photo a laundry tag on a sweater, with the info menu open, and a red box around "look up laundry care" button
  3. You’ll see a list of results. Tap Show More if the option appears.

    iphone photos app displaying a photo a laundry tag on a sweater, with the visual look up menu open, displaying different laundry symbols and their meaning. there is a red box around the show more button
  4. Scroll down to see all the different laundry signs and meanings.

    iphone photos app with the expanded visual lookup menu open, displaying different laundry symbols and their meanings with a red box surrounding them

That’s how to identify laundry tag symbols with your iPhone’s camera and Visual Lookup. Next, find out how to tag pets in your iPhone photos.

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Author Details

Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.