The best scanner apps for Android and iOS: Scanning documents has never been so easy
Document scanners for Android and iPhone are a practical thing. This saves you the trip to the printer.
The selection of suitable apps in the stores is huge, but not all of them have the necessary functions. TECHBOKE shows you the top apps.
Document scanners for the smartphone are a really useful idea – you don’t have to walk to the printer all the time and you can completely save yourself an expensive printer and scanner at home.
Instead, you simply have to photograph the corresponding document and the app does the rest. Digitization is a child’s play.
There are now many scanner apps in the Play Store and the Apple App Store. Not all of them are really usable – after the scan, the document should be easy to read and any app should do without unnecessary permissions. We present to you the best apps.
The best scanning apps for Android
1 – Adobe Scan
Android App 03/20/09
With the free “Adobe Scan” app for Android, you can scan and save documents with automatic text recognition.
Chip rating: Very Good – DOWNLOAD HERE
2 – Photo scanner from Google Photos
Android App 1.5.2
With the Google Photo scanner app, you can digitize your old analogue photographs using the camera on your Android device.
Chip rating: Very good – DOWNLOAD HERE
3 – Microsoft Office Lens – PDF Scanner
Android App 16.0.12430.20112
With “Office Lens” Microsoft is bringing a free document scanner to your smartphone and tablet.
Chip rating: Very good – DOWNLOAD HERE
Adobe Scan: Scan documents with text recognition
The most important feature of Adobe Scan for Android and iOS is only noticeable after scanning – so first open the app and scan a document with the smartphone’s camera. This is immediately sharpened and the contrast increased so that texts can also be read well. If the automatic adjustment is not enough, you can also help yourself.
When you reuse the PDFs, you notice it: Adobe Scan automatically recognizes the individual letters of a document and converts them into digital text so that the text can be copied, marked or commented on again from the PDF document. Nothing stands in the way of further processing in Word.
Adobe Scan: Download now
1 – Adobe Scan – Android App 03/20/09
2 – Adobe Scan iPhone / iPad app 03/20/16
Office Lens: OCR and different modes
Microsoft’s direct competitor is Office Lens, which is also available for iOS and Android and cuts a good figure with various modes. The whiteboard mode is particularly interesting: It allows you to take notes and diagrams directly from the whiteboard and save them in OneNote or on your mobile phone, so that, for example, results from workshops or meetings are immediately at hand.
Just like Adobe Scan, Office Lens has automatic text recognition (OCR) and also selects the image section itself. Documents, invoices or photos are reliably recognized and everything superfluous is removed immediately. This saves the manual adjustment step and hardly needs to be readjusted, so you can export scans directly. All scanned content is also automatically stored in OneDrive.
Office Lens: For download
1 – Microsoft Office Lens – PDF Scanner – Android App 16.0.12430.20112
2 – Microsoft Office Lens – PDF Scan iPhone / iPad app 2.33
Google photo scanner: high-quality digitization of photos
The also free Google photo scanner for Android and iOS specializes in digitizing photos, but documents can also be scanned with it. Simply illuminate the desired image as evenly as possible, scan it in via the app and your photo is already available in a digital copy. This image can then be easily processed – and the quality is more than impressive.
Annoying reflections are automatically removed from the scan. In addition, the app comes with corrections for the perspective on your smartphone and automatically cuts the images to the best size and resolution. Anyone who uses their scan app more for documents than photos is advised even better with the integrated scanner in Google Drive.