Mobile apps have made our lives a lot more productive, be it collaboration apps, cloud storage apps, personal assistant apps and more. These apps have made our life and work a lot easier. For instance, scanning documents used to be such a hassle in our yesteryears but not anymore, all thanks to scanner apps. Need to scan a document, receipt, business card or extract texts from scans? These scanner apps let you do all of that and more.
If you have been wondering whether these scanner apps can match the quality of a real scanner, they cannot but they have gotten very close indeed. We were sceptical at first but after using some scanner apps on Android, we are pleased to say, they work great and the quality of scans is certainly good enough. There are a ton of scanner apps on Google Play Store and we tried a lot of them and found the best ones for you.
Here are the Best Scanner Apps for Android:
There are no surprises here, as CamScanner is undoubtedly the best scanner app on Android and other platforms as well. CamScanner lets you scan documents, receipts, business cards, notes on whiteboard, contracts or paperwork, certificates, ID cards and more. It brings the ability to enhance scans, annotate them, extract texts from images and collaborate with others. Since the app is available on all major platforms including iOS and Windows Phone, there’s ability to sync documents on different platforms. There’s also a cool Search feature, that lets you search for invoices and receipts from the past.
CamScanner also supports various cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Evernote and OneDrive. It has a free version but the full version of CamScanner brings higher quality scans, no ads or watermark and ability to edit OCR results.
Compatibility: Android 2.3 and up, iOS, Windows Phone.
ScanBot lets you scan documents in premium quality with more than 200 dpi, which is the norm for desktop scanners. It lets you scan almost anything including documents, business cards, invoice or receipts, tickets, whiteboard notes and more. Once you scan something, you can even sign it or annotate it. You can save the pictures to Dropbox, Box, Evernote, Google Drive, OneDrive and easily share them. The app also includes a cool search feature.
ScanBot is available in a free as well as pro version, which brings a “Smart names” feature that saves different scans with different specific names, so that they are easier to find. The pro version also brings themes for the app along with text extraction.
Download ScanBot (Free with in-app purchase for Pro version)
Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and up, iOS.
Genius Scan brings some cool technology like smart page detection, perspective correction and various enhancements for high-quality scans. It supports different page layouts like A3, A4, A5, Legal, Letter and Business card. The app also includes ability to backup and restore scan data. It supports both PDF & JPG scans and you can do multiple scans as well.
Genius Scan is available in a free as well as Plus version, which brings export options to various cloud services like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive and more. It also excludes ads from the app and lets you have a custom sign. The best thing about Genius scan is that all these features are packed in a great UI.
Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows.
Microsoft Office Lens
Microsoft has a number of quality apps on Android and Office Lens is no different. The app is a simple scanner app that scans documents, whiteboard notes and business cards. Once you scan a document, the app clears whatever fudges might be there and also corrects angles. It lets you save the scans in PDF, Word or Powerpoint file formats and you can save them in OneDrive or OneNote.
The app also lets you extract texts from pictures and you can also search for texts in images. Microsoft Office Lens is totally free at the Play Store. So, if you want a decent scanner app for free, you should definitely give Office Lens a try.
Download Microsoft Office Lens (Free)
Compatibility: Android, iOS, Windows.
Mobile Doc Scanner
Mobile Doc Scanner comes in a Lite as well as a full version. It has a bunch of great features like Batch mode, which lets you scan documents quickly, one after the other. The app has some cool gestures to navigate the app with ease. It comes with a new camera2 API, which claims to bring better and higher quality scans. There’s support for various page layouts like Executive, Tabloid, A3, A4, A5, B5, Business card, Envelope, Letter, Legal and more.
MD Scanner, as some people call it also supports the popular cloud storage services to let you save your scan files with ease. The full version of the app removes ads & watermark and adds the ability to read PDF files, extract texts and more.
Compatibility: Android 2.3 and up.
Handy Scanner is a very feature rich document scanner and it brings some cool advanced filters to make sure your scans are good enough. There’s also Batch Scan support, so that you can scan a bunch of documents on the go. It supports different page layouts like A3, A4, Legal, Letter, Executive and more. The app also brings handy backup & restore feature and you can upload your scanned documents or pictures to Dropbox, Google Drive and other popular cloud services.
The free version is pretty limited, as it allows you to scan only 20 documents with 3 camera shots per document. You can get the Pro version of app that brings unlimited camera shots, higher quality scans, ability to fine tune images and no ads or watermark.
Compatibility: Android 2.2 and up, iOS.
TurboScan has the usual scanner features but there’s one thing that stands out. There’s a “SureScan3x” feature, which takes 3 pictures of the same page for better and higher quality results. Along with that, you can email all the scans to your account automatically. It supports different page layouts including Letter, Legal, A4, Receipt and business cards.
Other features of the app are ability to save in PNG, JPG or PDF, support for Cloud Print, automatic correction of scans and more. The free version of TurboScan is limited to only 5 documents, so you better get the paid version.
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up, iOS.
If you want tablet support for your scanner app, Tiny Scanner should be a good choice. The app comes with both phone and tablet mode pre-loaded. It lets you scan documents, receipts, reports and more. There’s support for various page formats like Letter, Legal, A4, A3, A5 and Business cards. You can scan in color, photo, black & white or grayscale along with ability to share it via email or cloud services or WiFi Direct.
The app lets you name and organize your files with specific names & folders. There’s also ability to lock a file through a passcode, which might come in handy. It also features a Search bar to get hold of your files. The app comes in both free and a paid version dubbed as Pro, which removes limitations and ads.
Compatibility: Android 3.0 and up, iOS.
Fast Scanner is a quick and smooth scanner app, which lets you scan documents, whiteboard notes, invoices and more with ease. You can save these scans as images or PDF files and share them via email. The app brings a lot of editing options and it supports Legal or Letter pages and business cards as well.
Just like the others, Fast Scanner comes with support for all the popular cloud storage services to save all your scans. It also supports Cloud Print and other print options. The app is completely free and it has no limitations on scans or features.
Download Fast Scanner (Free)
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up, iOS.
Last but certainly not the least, the Google Drive app lets you scan documents with ease. For people unaware, when you tap the add button in Drive, you also get an option to scan along with others. The scan option opens up the camera and lets you scan documents on the go. It also lets you scan several documents at once and save it in your Drive cloud storage.
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According to us, these are the best scanner apps for Android. Which one do you like the most? Tell us in the comments section below.