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Photo Scanner Apps

When we think of scanner apps, document scanners are the first that come to mind. These are very helpful tools for saving travel receipts, saving sketches or ideas scribbled on an envelope, or capturing notes from a whiteboard. But photo-scanner apps, although newer, can be just as useful.

Here’s how they work:

Take a snapshot with your phone, edit and save the resulting scan. That’s it. No need for an expensive flatbed scanner or software for cropping and editing. You’ll be surprised at the speed and quality some of these apps can offer–and just how much time they’ll save you.

We’ve tested the best photo scanner apps on the market, and have selected the cream of the crop. Here are the top apps to digitize your prized pictures.


    Genius Scan is a simple, flexible, scanner app with a nice set of features. Once you scan your document, contract, or note, you can export it as a JPEG or multiple-page PDF file, which is handy. If being able to fine tune everything about your scanned documents is the way you want to go, Genius Scan is an excellent option.  Genius Scan is a good scanner app for iOS and Android devices. Easily scan documents by taking a picture with your phone. GeniusScan turns them into a scan and you can then email them out from the app. Like most people, I don’t have a scanner when I need one. Genius Scan definitely makes life a bit easier when you are on the go.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

    Tiny Scanner is a free document scanning app that can quickly capture your receipts, documents, or anything else you need to scan as either an image or a PDF. The app can save the scanned files in the folders to keep yourself organized and then share your scans in just a few taps. You can quickly toggle between photograph, black and white, or greyscale. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad

    CamScanner is an app that turns the camera of your mobile device into a document scanner. With it, you’re able to scan a range of documents, from invoices to receipts.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad