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The 7 Best Mobile Document Scanner Apps

Sandy Writtenhouse 29-09-2017

Gone are the days of taking documents to the library to scan or spending a bunch of money on a scanner for your home. You can find many applications for Android How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android & Google Drive Looking to scan some documents without purchasing hardware? The Android phone in your pocket is all you need to start scanning. Read More , iOS, and Windows that put scanning at your fingertips no matter where you go.


These seven awesome apps provide more than just scanning. They are smart enough to adjust and correct items for you, let you save them where you need to, and are perfect for both business and personal use.

1. Office Lens

From Microsoft, Office Lens is a flexible, portable scanner with a nice set of features. Scan documents, receipts, business cards, notes, and even whiteboards or blackboards. The app then uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to recognize handwritten or printed text, allowing you to easily search, copy, or edit.

In addition to the versatile scanning abilities, Office Lens provides a Whiteboard Mode with trimming and glare adjustments. The Document Mode also trims and adjusts colors accordingly. For quickly adding contacts from business cards you scan How to Scan and Manage Your Business Cards We exchange business cards because our memory sucks. Do it and use business card management apps to convert the cards into their digital equivalent. You just need a smartphone and the right scanner app. Read More , the app extracts the details and saves them to your address book.

You can save the images to OneNote or OneDrive and convert them to Word, PowerPoint, or PDF files. Available across platforms, if you use Android, iOS, and Windows devices, this is the scanner you want.

Download: Office Lens for Android | iOS | Windows Phone and PC (Free)


2. CamScanner

Another terrific app available across mobile platforms is CamScanner. Capture your receipts, notes, business cards, and other documents including whiteboard discussions. Like Office Lens, CamScanner uses OCR to extract the text from your scans Scan Documents on Your Phone with CamScanner for Android You can use this handy app to scan any document straight from your phone. Read More . The app also has smart cropping and automatic enhancement features to clean up your text and images for a sharper appearance.

More features include sharing options via email or social media as a PDF or JPEG file, advanced editing for annotations, passcode protection, cross-platform syncing, and a keyword search.

If you enjoy CamScanner, you can upgrade to a subscription for even more benefits. These include collaboration ability, multiple page collages, automatic uploads to Google Drive, Evernote, and other services as well as cloud space and a password protection expire date.

Download: CamScanner for Android | iOS | Windows Phone (Free)


3. Adobe Scan

For Android and iOS users, check out Adobe Scan. You can capture pictures, documents, notes, receipts, business cards, and whiteboards and then the app automatically sharpens them for clarity. With OCR, you can create a PDF that works with Adobe Acrobat Reader and similar products.

You can use the enhancement features to crop, rotate, and adjust the colors. Plus, your scans are saved to the Adobe Document Cloud where you can access, share, highlight, add notes, and perform a search. Connect with Adobe services to convert documents to Microsoft Office for editing.

If you want to do even more with your scans, you can subscribe to a monthly Adobe PDF Pack via in-app purchase. This allows you to combine files, rearrange documents, and fill and sign forms.

Download: Adobe Scan for Android | iOS (Free)


4. Genius Scan

Genius Scan is a great option as well for Android and iOS users. Once you scan your document, contract, or note, you can export it as a JPEG or multiple-page PDF file, which is handy. The app uses a smart page detection feature to correct the perspective and enhances the images for you.

When you need to scan lengthy documents with many pages, you can use the bulk scanning function. Other awesome features include batch importing of photos, sharing via email, password protection, document organization, and a helpful search.

You can upgrade to a paid version of the app called Genius Scan+ and integrate with cloud services like Dropbox, Evernote, and Box. The price is $4.99 for Android and $7.99 for iOS. Or just continue to use the free version if it provides the features you need.

Download: Genius Scan for Android | iOS (Free)


5. Scanbot

For a document scanner with a built-in QR code 11 Fantastic Browser Tools for Making and Reading QR Codes QR codes are handy tools, providing a convenient way to share websites with friends or our own mobile devices. QR code makers are available for most browsers and for some, there are readers as well. Read More and barcode scanner, Scanbot is a wonderful choice. Like the other applications, you can scan almost anything from documents and notes to whiteboards and business cards. Save scans as either a JPG or PDF and perform a search from the OCR ability.

Scanbot lets you scan multiple-page documents, edit and annotate items, and enhance images with color and filters. You can connect with a variety of cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box as well as connect to Evernote, Slack, and Todoist.

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You can also check out Scanbot Pro for password protection, automatic uploads, and functions to move, delete, or add pages. The app offers a variety of in-app purchases to cover your additional needs including credits to fax your items.

Download: Scanbot for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Scanner Pro

For iOS users, Scanner Pro is an exceptional, full-featured document scanner. Scan items with your iPhone or iPad and then email, export, save, or upload the images to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneNote, and similar services. The app uses advanced image processing for automatic corrections, offers color stamps and signatures, recognizes 21 languages using OCR, and lets you print or fax documents.

You can use iCloud sync to access items on all your Apple devices, add password protection to PDFs, edit, save, and undo edits if needed, and share your scans easily.

If you want to try before you buy, you can take a look at Scanner Mini for free with limited features. Both Scanner Pro and Scanner Mini offer in-app purchases for you to obtain fax packs and other useful items.

Download: Scanner Pro for iOS ($3.99)

7. Evernote Scannable

If you are a die-hard Evernote fan, then Evernote Scannable might be the perfect app for you. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, you can turn business cards into contacts and scan multiple-page documents with ease.

With its fast scanning ability, you just point your camera at the document or whiteboard and Evernote Scannable captures it quickly. Then, the app automatically crops and adjusts them for easier reading. Share or send your scans as a JPG or PDF or simply save to Evernote.

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Download: Evernote Scannable for iOS (Free)

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Do you have a different one that you believe is well above the rest? Whether for Android, iOS, and Windows, certainly share it with us in the comments below!

Related topics: Evernote, PDF, Scanner, Smartphone Photography.

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  1. Facebook
    January 6, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Sandy Writtenhouse has created one of its kind detailed analyses on the scanning apps which showcases the best available in the app stores. We look forward to more such exploration in the future.

  2. Darrell
    October 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    HandyScan on Windows Phone was a great scanning app for me. I could scan a document , receipt, etc. and save it directly to Onedrive.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 7, 2017 at 7:24 am

      What do you miss about HandyScan that the above apps don't offer?

  3. tinyscanner
    September 29, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    You missed Tiny Scanner! It never falters. Every single document I have thrown at it, no matter what lighting, what angle, it parses it perfectly!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 7, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Thank you for the recommendation.

    • Jane Andrews
      November 28, 2017 at 4:10 am

      Love Tiny Scanner and Tiny Fax!

    • Jane Andrews
      November 28, 2017 at 4:11 am

      I love Tiny Scanner and Tiny Fax

  4. Michle
    September 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Missing from this list is Clear Scanner and mostly Dropbox which now allows for direct scanning.

    • Armakuni
      September 30, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Yes ClearScanner is missing. Small, fast, easy and affordable. Converts to PDF with a click and automatically improves scans for better reading.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

      We didn't try to include everything, we focused on the best apps. What do you like about Clear Scanner and Dropbox's direct scan feature that you can't find in the apps above?

  5. RK Ackerman
    September 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    These seem to need a lot of information to sign up. I do not like to give all that info out. How safe is this to let them have your location, apps, photos, etc. Why do they need it?

    • vicn
      October 1, 2017 at 1:09 am

      You failed to tell us which app this refers to !!

  6. Tony Criswell
    September 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Did you miss the document scanner in the iOS 11 Notes app?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 7, 2017 at 7:26 am

      This certainly isn't a comprehensive list of all mobile scanner apps. We focused on the best ones. What do you like about the document scanner in iOS 11 that you can't find in the apps above?