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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Bloody amazing
kloopie on 4/20/2018
I had low expectations but boy was I wrong. An amazing piece of software, although not perfect. Good one Google!
My go-to photo scanner
Sprucenbirch on 4/19/2018
Why is this not available for iPad? I love the way it works, the way it takes for sub scans of each photo, that way I can adjust the corners.
Thank You so much
Naing Htet Win on 4/18/2018
感谢🙏你帮我找回了 无数的回忆 !谢谢
Best scan app
Sunnz316 on 4/17/2018
I have downloaded a bunch of free apps, and thanks to this app I was able to delete all the other apps. I almost gave up and bought a real scanner, until I found this app. This is quick and easy to use, and has not given me any problems. I scan all my receipts using this, even when paper is creased and folded it will give you a clean clear scan.
Edwardmgonzalez on 4/12/2018
Amazing and easy
New Satisfied User
Megga Fish on 4/11/2018
I was shown this new scan app by a friend. I am a new user, but I must say this app works pretty well. I am pleasantly surprised.
Boycott sexism and racism
Wallyman.8 on 4/9/2018
Loved google till I read the entire Damore memo for myself and saw the screen shots of not hiring white or asian men. People aren’t random, over 70% of USA is white, google is only 55% white and they are desperately trying to lower that! The only way to “appear” to not be racist is to actually be systemically racist. Equality of opportunity is democracy. Equality of outcome is communism. Olympics are fair, equal opportunity, but the podium (outcome) is never politically correct/equal. The only way to make fair competition (olympics or capitalism) look equal for outcome, is the cheat and oppress the overachievers. You shouldn’t punish Norway for too many gold medals and “Norway privilege.” Read the Damore memo for yourself and watch his interview, and then vote with your wallet/privacy. boycott google #cathynewnaninterview
Way better than using a traditional scanner
Joe2... on 4/8/2018
I had a scanner that stitches photos together over sized pictures, it’s worthless compared to this. This is a much better way to scan a large photo because the subject is not moving, the camera is.
Easy once you get the hang of it
SFbizgal on 4/8/2018
Moving around gets tedious but the scans are good
I have been waiting for this perfect solution
Swisseed on 4/8/2018
Unbelievable way to restore and digitize all those old family photographs. Thank you Google!
Great crash
mindeman87 on 4/7/2018
Awesome app. It’s rating this version. Crashes on new iOS. Hope a new version comes soon.
Bopjects on 4/6/2018
It vibrates every time and the dots go in a different place, all for something that looks like I took a picture of the picture!! I want you to fix this!!
Awesome app
Grandma x 2 on 4/6/2018
Easy to use, great for saving pictures.
Crashes every time I try to take a picture
lowenmal on 4/5/2018
Very disappointing
suchymusiclover on 4/4/2018
This does an amazing job and sends them right to google photos, where I am putting in albums! Going to make archiving old photos very easy.
The best app ever!
Barb Hill on 4/2/2018
I downloaded this app and it did perfect scans from the very beginning! I usually dread getting a new app because it takes so long for me to learn how to use it. Not this one. It pretty much works automatically! It’s like magic and the scans are excellent!
Good scans a little time consuming
Jackknive on 4/2/2018
This has good scans, unless it’s a really glossy photo. Then you can see hand reflections and phone in the photo. Only on high gloss images. It doesn’t always crop right, like 50/50 so it takes a lot of time to scan, hit the points, then crop each one. Overall it’s a solid app. Would recommend.
Doesn’t work!
pgweng on 4/1/2018
I downloaded the app to my iPad Pro and my iPhone 7. Works fine on my iPad but on iPhone it keeps asking for access to my photos in settings which I have already allowed!! Double checked settings—quadruple checked settings, reset iPhone, deleted and reloaded app. STILL WON’T WORK! And no way to contact Google for help! 😡
So amazing!
Zumba2aT.Martin on 3/31/2018
This scanning app is awesome! Scanned photos are coming out better than the originals. My scrapbooks are all the envy 😁
MacBandit on 3/26/2018
I use to love this app. I scanned a number of things with. Now in the past several months every time I try it it crashes half way through a scan. I’ve tried deleting and reinstalling the app with no change. iPhone 6plus.
Straight up ****
Tblah blah on 3/24/2018
Google will show you what it wants you to see. They will try to control you and you research. They know where you go and they see you went you’ve been good or bad. Just as Santa, google is there. To know everything about you, and sell it.
What an app :) !
Great apppli on 3/23/2018
Fast and easy to use. I’m getting old pictures out of storage and getting them into my computer!
Very slow to respond
techsnowguy on 3/22/2018
I tried to take pictures of 15 different documents. Each document had to have 4 to 5 attempts to get the original photo and move over a doctor didn’t actually move. This app needs tremendous amount of improvement.
Easy to use
TamaraJune on 3/19/2018
Love the ability to scan and save old photos. Could use some instructions. I hadn't used in a while so needed to find a video to watch to remind me the steps
Grandparents love it. New project
Digitalcutter on 3/16/2018
Archiving all my family photos with this app. So easy.
Everything comes out unnaturally green.
Jex Universe on 3/16/2018
Currently out of time so I can’t write a full analysis on what I thought, but that’s the biggest flaw at the moment. The way the camera examines the picture is fun, but everything comes out in a strong hue color.
Just WOW!!!
Atique002 on 3/15/2018
Best scanner I’ve ever used.
Not so smooth with iPad Pro 10.5
Justme1402 on 3/14/2018
This app works well with my old iPad Air 1 but the camera was not wonderful. Replaced it with an iPad Pro 10.5 and installed the app. It only allows me 5 or 6 scans before it quits . They don’t show in G-photos until I uninstall the app and reinstall. The pictures are much nicer but it is obnoxious and a pain to delete and the app and reinstall over and over.
Great for a short period of time...
JRose90 on 3/12/2018
I’m super happy to change the review once my issue gets resolved. As soon as I start issuing the app, my phone overheats, crashes and doesn’t accept the photo. I’m working on a family project to allow other family members access to old photos. I’m halfway through but can’t finish until I can move forward and not struggle with the issues listed above. This app was working wonderfully but again, it’s overheating my phone and crashing. It’s getting worse 😡😢
Scanning issues
suxplor on 3/11/2018
Just downloaded the app and I’m having trouble scanning pictures with the flash on. I have to have it off in order to avoid using the four point system. If I try to use it normally, the app tends to freeze a lot and exit. I was expecting a lot more from this app since it has had plasticine reviews.
WebChitect on 3/11/2018
Really Amazing app! Keep up the improvements. I’am a lifetime user!
Incredible App!
WebDeb3233 on 3/11/2018
This app is so slick! You can digitize any picture without the glare, borders and background noise of taking a picture of a picture. Truly a leap forward, plus easy to use. LOVE IT!
iPad support?
Yousri Ahmed on 3/10/2018
Great app! Native support for iPad would be great, however.
Glossy pics not a problem anymore
Knotty_ on 3/10/2018
Taking pics of pics, especially glossies, has always been an issue but this app fixes that problem. No need to bother with scanners either, thanks to this app.
Scans in low res
cacofonix1 on 3/10/2018
Scan is in lo res
New user
Wife player on 3/8/2018
Just downloaded this app to scan a bunch of old photographs. It works great and I love it!
.....hdtgghm on 3/4/2018
Great app works great
Great app!!!
mickey_marie on 3/4/2018
My internet went out and I don’t have a cable for my printer/scanner. I had to have some copies of some family pictures done. This app is my life saver. Just hold your phone and snap. One step after that, I had my copies and didn’t even have to take my pictures out of there frames. Super easy to use.
Amazingly great
JustinS71 on 3/3/2018
The DoD probably needs to investigate how they acquired this alien technology.
Rammorty on 3/1/2018
Being a low end user of the Internet and apps, this one knocks it out of the park! Very simple to navigate, take photo, save and print. Great for photos that are yellowed, cracked, stuck to the glass and those already in a frame.
Worked well but now won't start
mozillalives on 2/25/2018
The app worked really well the couple of times I used it. But the last time out crashed and now won't start even after I force quit the app. *update* - I uninstalled and then reinstalled the app. It started up but then, first picture it started crashing again. As soon as I go into the picture and adjust the corners (particularly on a photo that is an unusual shape) the app enters “repeatedly crash” mode. Really disappointing.
Crashes immediately when opened
CDville3 on 2/25/2018
I hadn’t used it in awhile and uninstalled it when I needed space on my phone. I just reinstalled it because I need to use it, but it let me scan one photo before crashing, then crashed immediately when I tried to open it. I tried uninstall/reinstall with same results. My phone does have the latest iOS.
Best App for Scanning photos hands down
Dom from the D on 2/23/2018
I LOVE THIS APP! I don’t normally write reviews but this was an opportunity I made time for. I’m a designer and often Make obituaries and memorial videos. I was able to scan in 55 photos in less than 30 minutes. The best part was not having to edit or crop the photos. Every image was client ready and most were auto rotated as well. I will be recommending this app to clients and friends. Thanks Google for making my job easier.
Frustrating waste of time
Nnairol78 on 2/23/2018
I’m a huge fan of Google products but this app is a dud. It crashes every other picture, I have to chase the dots all over the place and I have no option to connect to my Google Photos account. I have uninstalled and reinstalled and same problem. I had very high hopes but am greatly disappointed.
Seems to work good
RobbieK50 on 2/22/2018
Still working with it
Really big waste of space on your phone
GBJones on 2/21/2018
Have tried multiple times to scan pictures, following the dot with it sometimes working sometimes not working but mostly a big waste of time. Sad to see google putting out a piece of junk like this because I’m big fan of Google
Fantastic app
NicBen2006 on 2/19/2018
Scanning a box of my deceased fathers photos and the app is invaluable! A++
Great For Photo Archiving
Cantrben on 2/19/2018
This is an amazing app! It lets you easily use your phones camera to “scan” physical photos. It auto detects the edges of the photo, works best if you put the photo on a contrasting surface (I.e. light surface for dark photo and dark surface for a light photo), so you don’t have to spend hours cropping the edges. You can then save the photos to your device or in the cloud. This is great for finally getting those old family photos online without having to mess with a printer/scanner and without paying someone else an arm and a leg!
Love it
VictorSashti on 2/18/2018
I am eliminating paper at every stage and this apps make it so easy to scan.
Why all the 4 and 5 star reviews?
unvoyageur on 2/18/2018
I don’t get it. Why so many positive reviews? I’ve used the app about 50 times now. In about 30 cases, it crashed before completing the scan. In another 10-15 cases, the four circles you are meant to line up on were inches away from the photo, with no overlap whatsoever on the photo itself. So far, I have been able to successfully scan only five photos. This app is trash.
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