Gone are days where you used to scan documents with either a dedicated scanner or the integrated scanner with your printer. With the rapid evolution of smartphones, scanner apps are available for both Android and iOS. These apps enable you to use your smartphone to scan documents, images and other content in both image and PDF format. The scanner apps are very useful since you can virtually perform a scanning operation on the go without depending upon your printer. Moreover, even if your printer or scanner goes out of order, you will be able to scan important documents easily. In this article, we will explore the best scanner apps for Android and iOS.

In this article, we will explore the best free scanner apps for Android and iOS.

1. Tiny Scanner

Tiny Scanner

Tiny Scanner enables you to convert your Android device into a portable document scanner. The app provides an ability to scan documents such as documents, photos, receipts and reports as images and PDFs.

Designed for both phone and tablet, Tiny Scanner also enables you to share the scanned content via email, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, One Drive. You can also send a fax from your handset via Tiny Fax app.

With Tiny Scanner, you will be able to perform scanning in color, grayscale or pure black and white. The app includes five levels of contrast for crisp content reproduction. You can also protect your documents with a password.

Availability: Android | iOS

2. CamScanner


CamScanner enables you to scan, store, sync including the ability to share across a wide range of smartphones, tablets, and computers. You can use CamScanner app to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards and certificates. The app also offers smart cropping and the ability to improve content and graphics with auto-enhancements.

You can also quickly search for the relevant document by entering any keyword. In the free version, you can share the scanned images via various sources. It is also possible to make annotations or customized watermarks to protect your images and documents. The app also helps you to set a passcode for improved security of your scanned documents. CamScanner is also available for iOS.

Availability: Android | iOS

3. Fast Scanner

fast scanner

Fast Scanner enables you to turn your Android devices into a multiple pages scanner for documents, receipts, notes, invoices, business cards, whiteboards and other content.

You will be able to scan your document and then print or email them as multiple pages PDF or JPEG. With Fast Scanner, all scanned documents are automatically exported as industry-standard PDF file. It is possible to add and delete pages within the PDF file.

Availability: Android | iOS

4. Genius Scan

genius scan

Genius Scan helps you to quickly scan your documents on the go and export them as JPEG or multi-page PDF files. The app automatically detects the page frame and crops it with the ability to remove unwanted backgrounds.

The Genius Scan iOS app enables you to enhance the readability of your document in addition to a provision for emailing the final scanned pages. The app easily organizes your documents with titles and tags including the ability to export the documents to a wide range of cloud and social media services.

Availability: Android

5. Microsoft Office Lens


Microsoft Office Lens is a simple app that enables you to scan documents, whiteboards, and photos. You can also import them to your Microsoft account. It is possible to scan the documents as PDFs and save them to cloud storage services like OneNote or OneDrive. The Office Lens app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile.

Availability: Android | iOS Windows Mobile


As you can see there are plenty of scanner apps for Android and iOS. You will find plenty of apps in both play and app store. Each app has its own advantages and disadvantages. You will be able to find an app suitable for you only by trial and error method.