PhotoScan by Google Photos

Google, Inc.

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Photo & Video 1.5.1 Nov 15, 2016 Mar 09, 2018 107.9 MB iOS 9.0 or later 4+
New in version 1.5.1

• Performance improvements
• Bug fixes, especially for iPhone X


Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future.

PhotoScan is a new app from Google Photos that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera.

Don’t just take a picture of a picture. Create enhanced digital scans, wherever your photos are.
– Get glare-free scans with an easy step-by-step capture flow
– Automatic cropping based on edge detection
– Straight, rectangular scans with perspective correction
– Smart rotation, so your photos stay right-side-up no matter which way you scan them

Capture your favorite printed photos quickly and easily, so you can spend less time editing and more time looking at your bad childhood haircut.

For documents and photos in glare-free environments, toggle off glare removal for even faster scans.

Back up your scans with the free Google Photos app to keep them safe, searchable, and organized. Bring your scans to life with movies, filters, and advanced editing controls. And share them with anyone, just by sending a link.

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Great app!!!
Jbcv1993 on 7/19/2018
This app has been working flawlessly. I have yet to have any trouble with it. It is also so useful with scanning photos. It does it with no problem at all.
Armin Hasanpour on 7/18/2018
it suprise me
Good scanner
ex-trumpeter on 7/18/2018
If you need quick scans for online use or other sharing, this works well. It works best in good natural light, so the dim light in your bedroom is a poor choice. Do your best to keep a steady hand and keep the phone parallel to the workpiece, which can be hard to do.
Works well
Lopresb on 7/17/2018
I have several scanner apps that I’ve tried and do far I like this one the best. I didn’t quite understand how to scan with it at first but figured it out after a few tries. I like that I can scan and then send the picture by text or email right from the app.
I love this app.
isatetterton on 7/17/2018
Highly recommend to anyone who can’t afford/ doesn’t want a printer in there home or a laptop/home computer. The picture quality is really good and when I put this app with google photos and all my old baby pictures I no longer have to worry about losing them (especially thankful for the one that have about had it.) this is an amazing app and I think it’s defiantly worth the download.
Easy scans with compromises in quality
Bezaleel31 on 7/16/2018
Quality is significantly lower than taking a picture of the print –details are lost– and colors take a yellow hue when using the flash. Can’t edit photos’ dates on the app –something essential given the fact that most scanned pictures are old
Good but not great
polaroid photographer on 7/15/2018
This app does not replace a dedicated photo scanner. While the results are decent at best, a large amount of aliasing can be found on the compiled image. The quality is significantly less than that of the native camera and often looks blurry. If you would like to quickly scan prints or pictures at the cost of fidelity, this app is for you. Otherwise, you are better off staging your pictures with the native camera or better yet, get a decent scanner. quick+ I like the icon of app. Very nice
A little bit of a learning curve.
why did you gut the app on 7/15/2018
Scan photos on a horizontal surface like a table. Doesn’t work vertically on a wall.
Slow, can’t find edges
J. Olson on 7/14/2018
The app itself is very slow. It takes a minute or so per picture and sometimes the little dots to follow go entirely away from the photo which doesn’t make sense. I wasn’t checking after each upload but after going back through the pile of photos I scanned, I discovered that many edges were missed entirely. Some 4x6 photos ended up square or looking like panoramic pictures with parts of the photos missing. Don’t recommend.
dannyidol on 7/14/2018
Can’t believe how easy and effective this app is. Saves hours of frustration. Can easily scan all my old family pictures!
Horrible glass glare all over the place
Second-Mouse on 7/14/2018
This is terrible !!! It does not get rid of glare from glass in photo frame at all!!! Did it many times, no flash, but window glare is all over it. Worst experience I have ever had with an app.
A Great Tool!
Bidstick on 7/13/2018
Nothing like it.
Could be great
mrs.clapp3 on 7/12/2018
Love the idea of this. I was a scanning machine last week with a bunch of old family photos, but then yesterday I was looking through all the scanned photos and it’s “auto-crop” is off on the majority of them. I even laid the photos on a white or black (depending on the color of the photos edges) poster board so that the app could find the edges of the photos easier. And the glare-free feature is nice, but it doesn’t do anything about shadows... Most of the photos I scanned last week.... Have the shadow of my phone and hand in it. Super bummed.
Awesome app!
Xmancastle on 7/12/2018
Easy to use and makes taking a picture of your picture fun!
Great app
SisAlys568 on 7/11/2018
I use it for digitizing old family photos
Photo scan
*HoosierDaddy* on 7/8/2018
Works better than I ever expected!
The Best
Mammahaseena on 7/7/2018
So cool, quick, and easy !!!
Too much work
BethieB00 on 7/7/2018
I hate this app. It’s way more difficult than just using the iPhone camera and editing tools. You have to finish up the editing with iPhone anyway, so you should just start with it. At least I didn’t have to pay for the app.
CFreeeman on 7/7/2018
This app is simply incredible. I’m scanning hundreds of old family pictures in a fraction of the time it takes to use a traditional scanner. The quality is surprisingly good and it’s simple to use. Thumbs up to Google for developing this app. Very impressed.
cas42439 on 7/5/2018
This is not a user-friendly app. I’m floored that so many people like it, it is slow to use and it has me chasing the dots off of the photo until it says that it can’t complete the scan. Really really hated it, got my blood pressure up with an only 15 minutes of trying to use it!
elio serfaty on 7/5/2018
Por ahora esta muy sencilla de usar y las fotos se ven maravillosas. Esperaremos cuando las pase a la computadora. La calificó con 5 el 5 de julio 2018
Marginally better than default camera in certain circumstances
Lieutenant Beefheart on 7/4/2018
I’ve found this app to be mostly disappointing; if you can more or less reduce glare to begin with and fill the frame with your photo, this scanner can produce a pretty good result, although not much better than the default camera. In less ideal circumstances, the result can be very poor, with a resolution that’s far inferior to the default camera. It would be better if you could increase the number of capture points so you could create a higher resolution image, if desired.
Best app
vick90220 on 7/3/2018
I love this app
Crashes more than a NASCAR driver
sendmorecoffee on 7/3/2018
This app continually crashes! I have tried making sure all other apps are closed, keeping updates updated, restarting etc. and so far nothing has helped. I love the concept, but the bugs need to be worked out so that it doesn’t crash.
Great scanning app
beaver1957 on 6/30/2018
I have literally thousands of photos from as far back as 1820 to present day, all of which have to be digitized if I want them to last. This app is very handy and does as good a job as my flatbed scanner in a third of the time.
Worst scanner ever!
dlj57 on 6/29/2018
Glad it was free...I regret even the time I wasted trying to use it! Trying to capture the “little dots”...what a pain in the butt.
Really good app it would be better if the flash didn’t make the color of the photos look so different
Thank you thank you thank you!
Jdjdbbdene on 6/24/2018
Love this app. It’s everything technology should be
Great App for scanning photos
wjwardcpa on 6/24/2018
Cannot believe this is free. Disconnected my flatbed scanner and will probably throw it away as this app renders it obsolete. Easy to get started and you plow through piles of photos much faster than with old technology.
Great app
Chuck767 on 6/23/2018
Great app use it all the time
daniimarie97 on 6/21/2018
I loved this app at first. It scanned my pictures so easily & auto-cropped them. So simple. Then a couple hours later all of the pictures I had scanned updated in my photos. They again all had my carpet background I scanned the pictures on. If I had wanted to sit there & crop all the photos, I would have simply taken pictures of them. This app was a waste of my time.
This Great!!
Doris Olson on 6/16/2018
The scanner is so easy!!!
Noah L22 on 6/15/2018
Amazinwould give ten stars
Really good and easy to use...
Dave Mac on 6/14/2018
This is a good app. It is easy to use and the finished scanned quality is really good. I wish it would upload directly to google photos or the iPhoto . Right now, after scanning, I have to share to my iPhoto app. Still, I have a scanner that I still use, but this app really rivals the quality of my scanner.
Comical redos of idiots
Red Legend38 on 6/13/2018
Heil a big gnarsty fart right in Der Fuerher Trumps face!
Great App
Goobish on 6/13/2018
We have scanned thousands of photos and have had no major issues
Great!!! But...
anjharrold24 on 6/13/2018
This is fantastic. The only problem I have with it is that it lightens some of my photos too much and they end up looking washed out. Please make that an option to keep original format of photo or to “auto edit”.
App closes and doesn’t work for long period of time.
hmm...........? on 6/12/2018
This app works great sometimes, and then it shuts down and won’t work at all. Ugh!
Shigaboba on 6/12/2018
What a time saver this app. has been for me!! I am able to collect all of my documents and place them in an album, and share items as a scan in no time at all!! Saves so much time!!
Memories Saved!
PDabbs on 6/12/2018
This is the very best app ever! I have hundreds of photos and now I have a way to save them forever without taking up much simple and easy to do! Grateful that I was watching “Good Morning America “ when they recommended this wonderful app!
YYYYYY???? on 6/10/2018
It works great with documents but I'm using it to copy years of my children's artwork and the quality is amazing! :-)
Must have App!!
Azcaveman on 6/10/2018
I love this app! It is perfect for quick scanning photos and docs. A must have app to scan in a photo for those throw back Thursday’s!!
Reneeshaylee on 6/8/2018
Easy to use! Great quality scan, IN COLOR!! 🤗🤗
Not ideal for photocopying documents
_chin16 on 6/8/2018
App is perfect. But not ideal for scanning documents and photocopies with the label in the final scanned image (google photo scan).
I’m never able to use it!
Texas!! pride!! on 6/7/2018
Every single time I try to scan a photo, the app just closes down. It’s seriously terrible and needs to have the bugs worked out.
Portable scanner!
RajC1 on 6/5/2018
It is a very handy and useful app.
cme1050 on 6/3/2018
Works great but I don’t like that photos are tagged with “scanned by google photo scan”
Love this app
AFHatcher on 6/3/2018
The quality of scanned photo is great and simplicity of use can’t be beat
bobmarq on 6/2/2018
It positioned my pictures so good
Isse Wadde on 6/1/2018
Best photo scanner I have seen.
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