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The Best Free Scanner Apps For Your Phone

Posted by Auvi Evans on 3/13/18 4:26 PM

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Did you know you don't need to go to the library to scan a document? You can just do it with your phone! Use these apps while traveling, at school, or for any other need you have.

We've all had times where we've needed to scan something and had to go out of our way to find a scanner. Because really, how many of us actually have a scanner at home? Luckily there's an app for everything, including scanners.  

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These apps are super handy to have on your phone when you need to scan something quick! Maybe it's a paper for school, or you could be scanning your travel documents to the ILP office!  Whatever you need it for, check out these free apps.

What are the best scanning apps for my phone?

  1. Evernote Scannable (iPhone)
  2. Genius Scan
  3. Adobe Scanner
  4. Microsoft Office Lens

Evernote Scannable

If you want something really fast and reliable, look no further! Evernote Scannable makes it easy to do quick scans and save the picture to your phone, email it right where it needs to go, or even save it to your iCloud. 

Genius Scan

Genius Scan scans very clearly and has great results. We love their site because they have a quick, helpful video that shows you exactly how to use the app. You can convert your scan into a JPEG or PDF depending on what you need which is really helpful! One extremely nice thing about this app is your ability to organize things. You can make individual folders within the app to save scans and keep thing separate. This makes it easy to access if you need it in the future, and saves room on your camera roll!


Adobe Scanner

This app takes all the work out of scanning and does it for you! After you snap a picture the app will detect what is and is not the document and crops it down for you! This is a great multipurpose app and does a great job with everything from receipts to pictures.

Find it on iTunes

Find it on Google Play

Microsoft Office Lens

This app doesn't only scan documents well, but also scans whiteboards. One super great thing is the editing you can do. The app will help you clean pictures up so they are more crisp, brighter, etc. It evens makes things editable so you can edit and add things onto what you took a picture of (super helpful for class notes that the teacher has written on a whiteboard).

Find it on iTunes

Find it on Google Play

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