5 Free CamScanner Alternatives for Android
The days of going to shops to scan photos and documents are gone. Now, all we need is our camera phones to scan and email documents. Looking back, it’s not surprising that CamScanner played a key role in this revolution. With its cool editing tools, CamScanner works like a charm for scanning bills and important documents. However, if you want more than just scanning and need to organize docs or create a doc collage, CamScanner can get expensive. Unlike other apps with a one-time fee, this photo-scanning app has a monthly recurring charge of $4.99.
If you’re searching for free alternatives to CamScanner on Android, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered the best photo-scanning apps for Android.
1. Adobe Scan: Capture With Precision
The first on our list is the Adobe Scan app. Adobe’s scanning app has many tricks up its sleeves, and one of its best features is the auto-detecting camera. Point the camera at the document, and the app will capture it automatically.
The app has fewer filters than CamScanner, but the four built-in filters work well. What I liked most about this app is that the OCR technology creates editable PDF files.
What’s more? If you take a couple of shots together, the app arranges them in a neat folder, which you can then share directly.
Other tools like cropping, saving PDFs, running text recognition on saved files are also included. Additionally, you can save the shots directly to your phone’s gallery.
2. Fast Scanner: Easily Convert to PDF/JPEG
Next, we have the Fast Scanner app. This app doesn’t follow the auto-capture mantra. Here, you have to manually capture the frame and adjust the edges of the document similar to CamScanner.
Fast Scanner offers a variety of filters for different document types. Like Adobe Scan, it organizes captured shots into folders named by date and time.
You have the option to create folders manually to organize your important documents. This Android app also allows you to save the scans as Jpeg or PDF files.
Scanning documents is mainstream. Microsoft’s Office Lens not only supports scanning documents but also business cards and whiteboards.
This app stands out because it prompts users to select the type of document before scanning. Simply choose the correct option and let the app do the rest.
Lens is great because it allows you to save scanned images to your phone’s gallery as well as OneNote, Word, OneDrive, or a PDF file.
4. Tiny Scanner: Simple and Light
While Tiny Scanner may not be as popular as CamScanner, it has received numerous 5-star ratings on Google Play Store. It is a user-friendly app that allows you to scan and store documents and receipts as PDF files on your phone or within the app.
This Android app automatically detects page boundaries. Once the image is captured, it’s cleaned and allows you to set page sizes and filters.
The image can be saved to the phone’s gallery. Saving to Dropbox, Evernote, and Email is locked in the free version. However, you can unlock it for a one-time fee of $5.25.
5. PhotoScan: Bring Your Photos to Life
We have covered apps that digitize documents, receipts, business cards, and whiteboards. So why not photos?
Just in case you digitize old pictures with your phone, let PhotoScan show you a better way. It transforms your pictures into a digital format without the glare of the flash.
The app will guide you through scanning and, afterward, the digital image will be an exact replica of the photograph, if not better.
Here are some free alternatives to CamScanner. Apps like Adobe Scan may require payment for collaboration and cloud storage, but only if you need more than 5GB on Adobe’s Document Cloud. In my opinion, 5GB is plenty for most documents. For more options, you can watch this video.
Namrata Gogoi is an author specializing in Buying Guides and device-related tips. She enjoys exploring functional, innovative gadgets and accessories that positively impact people’s lives. Since 2016, she has covered smartphones, computer accessories, and household electric appliances at Twothirds.Us. Prior to this, she worked as an IT Analyst in TCS but discovered her true passion lay elsewhere. In her free time, she loves getting lost in a murder mystery.
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