LINE has added a most new feature that’s incredibly useful, especially for anyone who does much traveling – it’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR), letting you scan signs and other texts from within a LINE chat, and then translate it or share the text with others.  

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Since the OCR feature allows you to easily translate any recognized text, it can be quite handy in a wide range of situations, especially when traveling overseas, letting you understand the text on a billboard or sign, or the items on a restaurant menu. 



iOS/Android
In order to convert an image in a LINE chat room, tap image that contains the text and then press the OCR icon on the top right of the screen. 
 
To convert the text in an image saved on your smartphone, tap the image icon, select an image and tap the OCR icon on the top right of the screen. 
 

If you see a text in the real world that you would like to capture and convert, turn on the camera from within the LINE app and select “OCR” to take a picture.
  


On a PC
Right-click on the image shared in a LINE chat room, and select “convert to text.” 
 
Select a language on the top right of the screen to translate the text to the target language. Click the button at the bottom of the screen to copy or send the translated text. 

 

Compatible languages
Languages that can be recognized by OCR: 
Japanese, English, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Thai, Indonesian and Korean. 

Languages that can be translated: 
Japanese (JA), Chinese (Traditional) (TW), Chinese (Simplified) (ZH). Thai (TH), Indonesian (ID), Korean (KO), Spanish (ES), Portuguese (PT), German (DE), Russian (RU), Malay (MY), Vietnamese (VI), Arabic (AR), Farsi (FA), and Hindi (IH).

This feature can be used with LINE 9.6.0 and later. 

Introducing a fun and very useful new function for the LINE messenger: “Chat Capture” (only for iOS). Using Chat Capture, you can easily take adjustable screenshots of any part of your chats, save them and share them. 

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This new feature has a lot of uses for your chats. Like when you need to discuss something sensitive and you don’t want to reveal who you were talking to. Or when you get a really nice message from a friend and you want to save the memory. There is no end of ways you can use Chat Capture to make your life easier. 

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LINE has changed the process of how you transfer a LINE account to a new device so now the process can be done more safely. The new transfer process begins with LINE version 9.2.0 — and while the old transfer process will continue to work with previous versions of LINE for now, soon the new version will be standard for all, so you need to be aware of the change.

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Ever get surprised by new friend notifications, suspicious offers, or unwanted messages from accounts you don't know? If so, they're probably from spam accounts.

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Spam accounts use a variety of methods to try and get your attention. For example, they may pretend to be attractive person or use the LINE logo to appear like official accounts. 

These accounts often want you to click on a link to make you buy a product or sign up for a paid website. Make sure you never click any links sent by spam accounts!
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For the latest version of LINE, we’ve revamped the profile screen!

The background image layout has changed from landscape to portrait orientation, which is better suited to smartphone displays. And you can still see the same important profile information like your name and status message.

How to set up the profile screen:
You can choose a cover and profile image that go together to make a unique profile screen.

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Here’s a new feature that we think a lot of people are going to find very helpful — it’s called “Reply” and it allows you to quote messages and answer them directly during a chat.

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Sometimes when you’re chatting, it’s easy to lose track of what message exactly someone is responding to. Like when you’re trying to answer a friend’s question, but just as you send your answer, your friend asks a second question.  

With Reply, you can quote the exact message you’re responding to, so your meaning is always clear.



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We are pleased to announce that June 23 is the seventh anniversary of the launch of LINE.


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In order to show our thanks to our loyal users, we have prepared a special present for everyone.

 

- 120 free LINE animated stickers added!

 

As part of our anniversary celebrations, users will gain access to three new sets of animated stickers — for 120 stickers altogether — all at no cost.

These stickers feature Cony, Sally, Brown and other favorite LINE characters, joined by the superstar characters BT21 in a set of 40 animated stickers of their own.

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We're happy to announce the release of Face Play, a fun interactive feature for LINE video calls!

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Just like the name says, Face Play is a new type of game you play with your face. Compete with your friends using AR (Augmented Reality), mixing your video chats with a series of fun challenges. All it takes is a single tap during a video call to get things started – and best of all it’s free.

 

To start things off, we’re launching Face Play with two exciting games, Monster Pop and BT21 Says. 

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Monster Pop features pulse-pounding thrills, as you fight off a monster invasion by shooting laser beams from your eyes – just like a superhero.

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In BT21 Says, you get to play along with the UNIVERSTAR BT21 crew. Compete with your friend to see who can best match the faces of UNIVERSTAR BT21 as they scroll across your screen. Collect them all and surround yourself with the cutest characters this side of the galaxy!


How to use Face Play

 

To start a Face Play game, open the "+" menu while in a video chat and select Face Play or tap the Face Play icon.

 

You can even take screenshots while playing a game and, of course, share any funny faces you and your friends come up with.

 

Face Play is supported on iPhone 6 and above or devices with Android 4.4 or higher.

 

We'll be releasing more Face Play games soon, so stay tuned!

Update to the latest version of LINE now! 

http://line.me/update