4 Free OCR Apps – Scan And Convert To Text With Smartphones

Updated: August 11, 2018 / Home » Smartphone and Tablets » Apps and OS

Back in the good old days when taking notes for me meant writing down key points on a piece of paper or photocopy a few important pages. This habit was eventually replaced with taking pictures with digital compact camera, and now taking notes means snapping photos with a smartphone and convert it into editable text with an OCR App.

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Scan images into editable text with these best OCR scanner apps for Google Android Smartphones and Apple iPhone iOS. For those searching for other alternatives, Google Drive and Evernote do comes with their own optical character recognition. For those using an iPhone, Apple has been improving its Notes app each year, and this time around one of the main updates is the ability to scan documents within the app in iOS 11. Works great on Android 8.0 Oreo / Android 9.0 [ Popsicle, Pancakes or Pie ] smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy, Huawei Mate, Oppo, Vivo, XiaoMi, Nokia, and also Apple’s iOS iPhone.

iOS scan documents

↓ 01 – Office Lens [ The Best ] | Free | Android | iOS | Windows Phone

Office Lens

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word and PowerPoint files too. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don’t lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

  • Capture and crop a picture of a whiteboard or blackboard and share your meeting notes with co-workers.
  • Make digital copies of your printed documents, business cards or posters and trim them precisely.
  • Printed and handwritten text will be automatically recognized (using OCR), so you can search for words in images and then copy and edit them.
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↓ 02 – Google Keep | Free | Android | iOS

Google Keep

Google Keep is well known as the alternative for Evernote. However, it also comes with a very powerful OCR technology. They have one of the best OCR technology and this is because they’ve literally scanned millions of books for Google Books – practice makes perfect. Once the note ( image ) is captured, open the three-dot menu and select the option, Grab image text. Keep will automatically convert the images to text.

↓ 03 – Text Fairy | Free | Android

Text Fairy

Text Fairy is a very powerful OCR for smartphones. It comes with advance features such as exporting scanned pages into PDF, extract text and format them into two columns and the best part is, it Recognises printed text of more than 50 languages including – Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, German, Greek, English, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Serbian, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

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↓ 04 – CamScanner Free | Free / USD5/m Android | iOS

CamScanner Free

Turn your smartphone into a document scanner with character recognition (OCR). Quickly scan documents of all kinds and auto-optimize the scans quality using its unique technology. The free version is an ad-supported version and scanned documents are generated with watermark, Invite 10 collaborators per document at most. Use your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates, etc.


7 comments on “4 Free OCR Apps – Scan And Convert To Text With Smartphones

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    I don’t know about the rest but OCR feature is NOT available in CamScanner free version for iOS definitely not available. In order to copy (or share) the recognized text app requires premium version. Please correct this list accordingly.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Are you sure, I’ve used it before and I’ve downloaded it again just to find out if what you said is true, the free version does come with OCR. I am not sure why you said otherwise.

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        Joseph [ Reply ]

        It does have OCR, just as Erkam mentions, but you can’t do anything with the text generated without a subscription. All you can do is look.

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        Please try to copy, share or somehow try to extract the OCR text in free version CamScanner. I bet for $999 that you won’t be able to do anything the recognized test. That’s why I think CamScanner should not be listed as free in this list.

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          Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

          Which version are you using? Android or iOS? I use iOS, maybe the iOS version is slightly different?

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            Erkam

            I use iOS too.
            Version: 3.9.8.12813

            Have you ever try to copy the recognized text in iOS?

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    Liza89 [ Reply ]

    If you need web application you will like this one text-extract.com

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