Best Photo Scanner Apps

The time of needing a massive machine to copy a photo is long past, as smartphones become more and more powerful.

Why buy a large scanner to take up home office space, or go to your local office supply store and pay someone to scan items for you?

Just download one of these amazing apps, and you can do all of that and more right from your phone. How awesome is that?!

Let’s take a look at five of the best photo scanner apps available, and what makes each of them the best at what they do.

1. PhotoScan

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If you are looking for a good quality photo scanner app from a company you trust, PhotoScan could be the perfect one for you. Developed by Google, this app works extremely well and is easy to use. Chances are you already use Google for your email, especially if you own an Android phone. That gives it a familiar layout and look, and integrates seamlessly into your photo storage.

This app uses Google Photos for storage, which is perfect for Android users as well as those who use the service on iOS. It has a ton of great features like glare removal and quality enhancement. That will give you good looking photos, regardless of lighting.

The app isn’t without faults, however. The resolution that the app uses to capture your scans is great for social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), but doesn’t do as well during scans. In addition, the filters the app uses to “clean up” the image can be a bit overdone as well. Even so, PhotoScan is an incredibly solid option.

What We Like:

  • Easy to use
  • Google integration
  • Photo touch up and glare removal

What We Don’t Like:

  • Low resolution. Photos aren’t great for printing
  • Sharpening tends to be a bit harsh

2. CamScanner

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CamScanner is a great photo and document scanner available for both Android and iOS. It has a large feature set, a nice user interface, and OCR that allows you to scan your papers and convert them directly into a text document. That’s a nice addition if you want to use the app for more than just photo scanning.

There are some great automatic features built into CamScanner as well, such as auto-enhance image quality and auto cropping. The first one works extremely well, enhancing and optimizing your photos to make them look as close to the original as possible. The auto cropping, on the other hand, is hit or miss. When it works, it works really well. However, it doesn’t always give you great results.

One of the best things about this app is the ability to print wirelessly across the network. This lets you print the images right from your phone, without having to connect to anything via wire. This is an extreme time saver, and will make your life much more simple. Unfortunately, to unlock all the capabilities you do need to pay a monthly fee. Luckily, it’s not too expensive.

What We Like:

  • OCR works well
  • Available on both iPhone and Android
  • Supports wireless printing

What We Don’t Like:

  • Auto cropping doesn’t work all the time
  • Premium features are on a monthly subscription

3. Photomyne

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Photomyne helps you scan old photographs and save them as you see fit. While other apps are multi-purpose, this one focuses its energy on giving you the highest-quality photo scans possible. And it shows. This is one of the best apps on the market.

One of the best features here is the ability to scan multiple pictures at a time. While other apps have this functionality, the AI-powered version in Photomyne works extremely well. The quality will not be as high when scanning photos individually, but it’s perfect for uploading photos that you don’t want to lose.

Expanding on that, the single photo scanning creates great-looking, high resolution images. The image enhancement and auto cropping work well too. The photo effects and the ability to colorize black and white images are nice additions that will allow you to spice up your photos. Once you have your images scanned, Photomyne gives you the ability to make an album website and share it with whoever you want.

What We Like:

  • Good image resolution
  • Ability to make a website for your photos
  • Scan multiple images at a time

What We Don’t Like:

  • Doesn’t remove glare and reflections
  • Mediocre auto image adjustment

4. Pic Scanner

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Much like Photomyne, Pic Scanners main selling feature is the ability to take scan up to four photographs at a time. The ability to scan multiple images at once can save you a ton of time if you have boxes or albums full of old pictures. The image quality will be a fraction of what you’d get with larger images, but it’s still good enough to create a decent-looking digital copy.

Creating albums in Pic Scanner is a breeze. The app quickly organizes your photos, which comes in handy if you plan on scanning a lot of pictures. There’s nothing wrong with being organized.

The free version will allow you just enough functionality to give it a try, but you definitely want to upgrade to the full version if you like this app. It’s affordable, which means it won’t cost an arm and a leg, and once you buy it, you’ll unlock unlimited use.

The last thing we should mention is the ease of use. Pic Scanner is quite sleek in its design, giving everyone the ability to quickly scan their photos. Some apps can get a bit confusing, but there’s no need to worry about that here.

What We Like:

  • Takes up to four images at a time
  • Easy to use
  • Cheap to buy full version

What We Don’t Like:

  • Glares are quite apparent
  • Straightening images can be finicky

5. Memories

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If you’re looking for an app that easily lets you scan your photos onto social media, Memories is the way to go. This guides you through the process beautifully, and even gives you tips as you take the scans to give you the best results.

The ease of use and instructions on the screen are the big selling point here, but there are a ton of other features as well. Let’s start with the auto correction. It takes the photo, and gives it the best possible color tones and vibrance.

Memories auto edge detection is its weakest point. It can often struggle to find the edges of a photograph unless there is a good amount of contrast between the picture and the background it’s sitting on. While you can manually adjust it, that just adds time to the process.

The last part that we can’t overlook is the overall quality loss when viewing the images in a large format. This shows that the resolution is not high enough to keep the details at large sizes. This makes Memories a bad option if you plan on printing these photos in the future.

What We Like:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Auto correction works well
  • Nifty photo effects

What We Don’t Like:

  • Photo quality is not good for printing
  • Glare can cause some issues

Final Words

There are many, many more photo scanner apps out there, but the above five are the best of the best. Even if you can’t decide between them, simply pick the one that speaks to you and give it a shot. No matter which one you choose, you’re going to be satisfied with the great features and stunning photo quality.

Do you currently use your phone to scan photos? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below!

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