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PhotoScan by Google Photos
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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. PICTURE PERFECT AND GLARE FREE 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 SCAN IN SECONDS 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. SAFE AND SEARCHABLE WITH GOOGLE PHOTOS 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.
Crash-o-matic
by Dlanc5301 on 2019/06/17 18:42
Every time I scan a photo it crashes. Worthless. Google could do better than buying up apps. This one hasn’t been updated in a year. There’s your sign!
Probably the best app for old photo scanning
by JynC93 on 2019/06/16 19:23
Photos turn out slightly grainy, but so much easier than doing it by hand and trying to avoid glare and then individually crop each one. Thanks Google!
Easy and FUN!
by Sonic Siren on 2019/06/14 07:56
Couldn’t be easier to use. I am literally running through our new house looking for old photos. So perfect for transferring those ancient things called “photographs” lol lo😝😛🤓
Love this app.
by best_artdoc on 2019/06/12 15:11
With a little trial and error, you’ll find situations where it’s useful outside of its advertised purpose!
Easy
by Wheelsrolling on 2019/06/08 22:35
Ease of use is great. Enjoying it so far! Thanks for making it.
Real photo scanner
by AlwaysScanning on 2019/06/08 00:20
Used this app to keep the old photos , not more paper. Easy to use, the photos are very nice. This is a photo scanner and works as it. Doesn’t work with documents.
Crashes frequently/Needs update
by Snomom6 on 2019/06/06 17:00
I used to love this app, but it has not been updated to keep up with iOS updates. It crashes frequently and becomes frustrating to try and use.
Easy but not great quality
by Sashazur on 2019/06/04 06:49
This app is definitely the easiest way to "scan" a bunch of old photos without glare. But compared to just taking a regular photo with my iPhone camera app or using a real scanner, this app often gives lower quality results - subtle brightness and color gradations are lost and fine details get blurry. If you just need to scan a photo once in a while, I think you're better off using the camera app and be careful to avoid glare - and if you have a lot of photos to scan, consider sending them to a scanning service; you'll get the best results at maximum convenience (yes you could also buy a scanner but you probably have better things to do than spend days just scanning and tweaking photos).
I like it.
by tamsue9 on 2019/06/04 04:24
Great app for scanning to the photo/paper is flat and doesn’t look like you took a picture of a picture.
Stupid watermark
by bdw7 on 2019/06/02 23:50
Great app but it adds a Photoscan by Google watermark to every scan. Has to be removed by hand from every scan using yet another cropping program. Dumbest feature ever.
Love this app!!!!
by sconelzac3 on 2019/06/01 17:11
Was looking for a way to scan photos that have been in albums since the 70’s and can’t be removed without totally destroying the pics and found this app. Super easy to use and great quality!!! Highly recommend this app!!!
Hero of an app
by bunnyearzmsh on 2019/05/31 05:08
This app is a life saver! I was spending so much time trying to take photos of my physical pictures, but all of them were coming out with a horrible glare. This app completely minimized that problem as well as cropped them perfectly. Could not recommend this app more!!!
Constant crashes
by west african music fan on 2019/05/30 21:06
Crashes all the time. What’s the point?
What a day we live in...
by JmcmReview on 2019/05/29 18:44
Needed to scan over 40 photos for a wedding anniversary, and didn’t want to wait for a scanner all day. This nifty app actually does the job extremely well, except for the fact you can’t manually adjust exposure for the processing to work. Best done in a well lit environment. If there’s extra tape stuck on a photo, the app even removes it as well. Overall, best value for time and was of use!
10 stars ? I’d give them 100 if I could !!
by everyone took my nickname 3 on 2019/05/28 01:53
This app is beyond amazing . I never leave a review for anything. I always tend to find glitches here and there with sooooo many apps HOWEVER....I’m beyond impressed, the quality in which my extremely old pictures were scanned were beyond my imagination!!! Thank you to the amazing developers and creator of this app for bringing my childhood back to life !!!
Garbage
by Hooman_Sab on 2019/05/27 19:01
With all due respect, it is trash. If you scan docs with this app and print them out, you will only see a shadow of real docs. Waste of time.
Worthless
by Denisevhin on 2019/05/23 21:15
This app made my pictures look worst than doing it on my own in my regular camera app. And did not remove any glare
Needs level adjustments
by Reviewer J on 2019/05/19 20:58
Great method for avoiding scan, but needs some level adjustments. Generally over-exposes highlights and won’t let me adjust that.
Very good for scanning old prints
by Money Mike 48 on 2019/05/17 01:36
Love this app. Really makes getting those old photos in my google photo collection easy.
Love Love Love This App!!!!!
by Nrobins60 on 2019/05/14 22:50
I was spending hours scanning photos on my Cannon Flat Bed. I can scan a photo in 3 seconds with this app! And I love that the pictures are immediately saved in both my Google Photos and IPhone Photos without being asked! Thank you for saving that step!!! A couple things to know. Click the lightning bolt on bottom of screen to turn off your flash and cancel out glare. It saves the extra seconds it takes to readjust the photo. Also don't let Google modify your picture when it pops up. It was cropping off heads and the focus of the picture when I went to look at them in my Google Photos. Thanks for making this great app!!!!!
Suggest
by STT93 on 2019/05/10 08:35
If available to export pdf, it’s better.
Scanning wonder
by Aliweb1 on 2019/05/09 19:52
With 5 clicks, 4 of them automatic, any photo is scanned perfectly. Amazing!
Cool!!!!
by nunumusic on 2019/05/07 02:23
This is really awesome! Best idea!!!!!!
Absolutely horrible.
by MysticMaven on 2019/05/06 17:57
I just tried to scan some photos and compared them to scans I did 20 years ago on a cheap flatbed scanner and the Google photo scan images are absolutely horrible! I can’t believe the positive reviews this app has because these are by far the worst photo scans I’ve ever seen.
Phenomenal app!!!
by SiestaSunshine on 2019/05/06 16:54
Phenomenal app! I wish I had found it sooner! It is easy to use and the quality is superb!
Love this app!
by Ratheesh nellikal on 2019/05/05 19:22
One of my favorite app; it was so easy to scan my documents with really good quality when I was doing my project of digitize all the docs !
Excellent for Genealogy
by Vanripsm on 2019/05/04 15:19
When I go to family reunions this app is perfect for making copies of pictures behind glass frames. They look as good as the original. Perfect for digitizing old photos.
Great app
by towdoc on 2019/05/03 22:14
I have use this app three or four times that’s far and have always found wonderful results. Thank you very much for this app
Amazing!!!
by LucyFigFlow on 2019/04/30 15:55
Me ha gustado mucho esta aplicación, es rápido y quedan como las originales, con la opción después de editarla!
Print to digital conversion
by 908 gregg on 2019/04/29 00:30
This is phenomenal!
Great scanning app
by Roger Barberra on 2019/04/28 16:22
So easy to use that I am having fun scanning my old pictures
Very helpful
by berteer on 2019/04/26 00:36
Works awesome. Easy to use. Couldn’t ask for a better tool
Awesome!
by Joaquin19901 on 2019/04/23 03:43
It is just the best scan picture!
Top pic scanner
by my 10cents on 2019/04/20 13:50
God sent app . It’s a life saver. Well I said top pic scanner because I went through the process of comparing just about 7 other top ones including CamScanner which was the better of the others but still not as good when it comes to photography scanning
Súper
by Nikiyoli on 2019/04/12 13:49
Sencillamente la mejor manera de conservar y rescatar fotos q pensabas q ya no tenían solución. Gracias PhotoScan!!!!
PhotoScan caption
by shybutterfly24601 on 2019/04/12 01:26
The app was easy to use, but every scan included the caption, “PhotoScan by Google Photos” which I had to then crop out of every photo. Too much work!
Clean, quick scan solution
by Heather Riverson on 2019/04/12 00:56
I use this to photograph my kids artwork. It is fast and reliable enough. Auto-rotate needs work.
Simply Awesome
by RMannepa on 2019/04/10 03:22
Guys you are really great what a technology .....I just amazed by looking at the quality it’s pretty cool....
Crashed images
by Hasporo on 2019/04/09 02:00
The app dose not work properly, if you scan a document, after taking its 4 ordered photos, the result is a crashed photo from one corner of the document Please fix it
A few glares
by Gamer27473826 on 2019/04/04 22:32
I like the app but sometimes theres still a few glares on the photos, but its a really good app.
Great app!
by Redoak4111 on 2019/04/04 15:17
I am not too savvy when it comes to technical ( computer) literacy. This app is great!
Fast and easy way
by KNatGU on 2019/04/03 00:14
Fast and easy way to save memories
It's great 👍🏽❤️
by Capris13 on 2019/04/03 00:12
Works real well love it
Aspect ratio??
by JoshuaHouston on 2019/04/02 19:50
My photo doesn’t fit in the strange frame for an aspect ratio that google has set up so i have to climb on the table and risk a worker’s comp scenario. Then when i get the photo to fit within the frame bounds I climb down and go to each corner to get a more detailed capture. But something is whack with the perspective so one photo ends up being the office fridge, I have no idea how that helps. Fix your stuff Google.
AMAZING!
by Hekutokku on 2019/04/02 18:39
I can’t stress how accurately and close to originating in digital this app makes pictures look. It’s great for scanning documents, assignments, photos, polaroids and so many more things. I would give it a million stars if i could
iPhone 6 Issues
by Abbiey on 2019/03/31 19:55
This app is continually crashing on my up-to-date iPhone 6. I am unsure if this app is being maintained for older devices.
Amazing app
by SLMoore71 on 2019/03/29 14:41
Scanning old pictures with my phone is fantastic and a time saver! Thank you Google for this jewel of an app!
4-stars
by JenH:) on 2019/03/28 22:12
Pictures are not entirely crisp and clear, but a great way to back up old photos and store digitally.
Glare not removed
by asshajdbcjshd on 2019/03/28 22:05
The light from my phone used to scan the photo is not removed it covers it up
Great app, but needs PDF conversation functionality.
by Basching on 2019/03/28 18:30
Over great app though
Amazing App!
by CA Jester on 2019/03/27 15:36
Hasn’t let me down yet!
Great functionality, but needs some improvements
by espressosuckingpavementdweller on 2019/03/25 23:16
The flash is so hot it burns out must scans.
Crashes
by AKAbbey on 2019/03/25 18:39
This app was great when I first downloaded it. But now it crashes every time I open it. Pretty useless now.
Victor Agius
by RustPack0 on 2019/03/24 11:45
Absolutely perfect it is the “trick” I have been waiting for far superior to other options Thank you
Amazing piece of software
by probtrojanhorse on 2019/03/23 16:44
PhotoScan has saved me from the laborious task of Scanning then editing old family photos. In seconds, I have a digital file of a photo that would have taken me minutes to scan and edit using Photoshop. Who ever coded this App deserved the free food Google serves up.
Terrible Quality
by Bubbles4872 on 2019/03/22 16:33
How does this app have so many good reviews? Were they written when the concept of scanning things from your phone was so novel that no one cared about how the actual scans turned out? Every photo I scanned was washed out. Every photo I scanned had glare. Every photo I scanned created a weird, dark pixelated effect over parts of the photo. I was using natural morning light and scanned the same photo with this app and then again with Photomyne for comparison. Photomyne scans were significantly superior every time. Glare removal is a cool concept... if it works. For me, the effect just ruined the photos.
Love
by kmj42 on 2019/03/22 16:26
I’m enjoying this app so much. I’m making a book and this app is awesome
Easy to use!
by Libba0454 on 2019/03/22 12:31
I’ve just starting using Photo Scan, and I love it! I can easily scan photos—and quickly.
Amazing app
by Meanbass on 2019/03/21 20:49
So easy to use and takes out all the glare! Photos look great!
yuuusss
by Arkadiy!!!!! on 2019/03/20 18:06
this app is absolutely wonderfully perfectly excellent!! mmhhmmm
The Best!
by grannyamos on 2019/03/16 22:43
I have a nice scanner connected to our computer but if I can’t get to it because someone else is using it, this is great. And actually if I’m in a hurry this is faster. I’ve been going through old pics of my parents and this is doing an amazing job. THANK YOU! I love this app.
App crashes and phone heats up when scanning multiple photos
by djriosl on 2019/03/15 02:20
Overall I like the app and it does what it's stopped to. I like how the photos automatically upload to Google photos. I encountered lagging, lots of crashing, and my phone heating up when I was trying to scan a whole photo album worth of photos (around 50). I had to take a break and let my phone cool down and then continue after 30 min or so. This process happened continuously. If you're planning on scanning a few photos at a time, this app is excellent!
Great for archiving old photos
by Sara W. 11 on 2019/03/13 19:18
I use this app all the time! So easy and great results. Great way to preserve photos digitally.
Thank you
by therealdps on 2019/03/12 19:48
This app is the best. I’m currently going through my mother’s secret photo albums (she just passed), and needed something to digitize my family history. The app is easy to use, and automatically (and VERY accurately) cuts the photo and removes glare. Again, thank you for helping me during this rough time. I can’t express how grateful I am for the intuitive and easily accessible products you make. Tytyty
Phtotoscan Rocks
by alliedroofingtx12 on 2019/03/11 15:26
Great way to scan on the go and email!!
Slow, but then also poor quality
by jzcolo on 2019/03/11 00:02
Very disappointed in this. Very slow. Crashes or fails to save photo maybe one third of the time. And saved photos often obliterated by glare. Supposed to be glare free?? Nowhere close. Some photos come out okay but a good fraction are just not usable. I’ll try different lighting but so far this is a failure.
No glare!
by Squenz on 2019/03/10 20:47
Worries great. Scans and saves automatically. No glare. Super simple to use.
Excellent photo scan app!!!
by L cosk on 2019/03/10 20:15
Super easy, saves also to photos for easy access for texts etc... Love this app!!!
No way to save photos natively on iOS
by @jimray on 2019/03/10 15:11
At some point, it became impossible to save scanned photos to anything but Google photos. Exporting them reduces the quality and adds a garish border and Google watermark. It’s a free app and it’s certainly Google’s prerogative to lock the functionality as they see fit, but if you’re not using their Photos app, this probably isn’t the app for you.
Great app for preserving old photos
by ysabearx on 2019/03/09 04:03
I used this app to preserve memories of my late grandfather. I was afraid that the app would not capture the old photos accurately but it was so easy to use and it helped that it took out the glare of the glossy film.
Easy way to share old pictures
by gonzo 15 on 2019/03/09 00:04
So easy to use and fun way to re-live old memories and share your memories with friends and family!
Best Photo Scanner available
by michaeljr410 on 2019/03/07 15:08
BY FAR !!!!
Copies of copies
by Homer's life on 2019/03/07 14:28
Enjoying the fact I can scan old historic photo’s and give new life to history
Excellent photo scan
by Babeth White on 2019/03/07 04:19
I got quality results from the photo scan. Very user friendly and there’s no glare from the camera. I’m very satisfied with the app!
Do. It.
by polllRoid on 2019/03/06 00:07
Amazing. So easy. What a great solution!
Best scanning app
by Junkmail0115 on 2019/03/05 19:31
Love this app! So much faster & easier to scan pics than using a scanner. Quality is almost as good as a with a real scanner. I wish you could attach a label or description after each scan.
Excellent app
by Jskshebnapdysbeksuwhbw on 2019/03/05 08:36
I really like it so much because you can do everything you want to make the picture look really nice
High quality
by Sheridan1900 on 2019/03/04 02:25
High quality photo scans. Good use of AR tech
Easy to learn
by Lefty Grover on 2019/03/04 01:12
I find this app to be extremely easy you just need to get the knack of it. Thanks for having it in the App Store.
Disappointed
by mlboyles on 2019/03/02 23:51
I am very disappointed with how the photos I scanned turned out. First you line up the shot and shoot then you focus on the four points as instructed. I did not get the entire photo and the quality was not great. I will be much more content to just snap a photo on my phone as they turn out better and exactly how I see it.
My iPhone takes better pics
by Wisdomseekers on 2019/02/28 21:37
Not for me—the pics I scanned looked terrible compared to just snapping a photo with my iPhone. If I could post an example here I would so you could see how bad it looks in comparison.
Good until...
by Yeah123456789yeahyeah on 2019/02/26 22:44
It keeps crashing
Very good
by Tms12breds on 2019/02/26 01:35
My only complaint is that it doesn’t scan in in a great quality...
Excellent product!
by LairBear7 on 2019/02/25 15:29
I use it all the time to copy documents for personal use and friends. Learning to “adjust corners” is very helpful. The only suggestion I would have for the product is that it include a “Fax” option within the product so it could be easily faxed to others.
Unparalleled Usefulness
by J. G. Coleman on 2019/02/25 03:57
This app has truly been streamlined for rapidly digitizing photographs. Each photograph can be digitized maybe 10 seconds and you can move on to the next instantly. Truly a gem of an app!
PhotoScan turns relics into eternal memories!
by Matthew J. Copley IV on 2019/02/24 15:13
This app gives you the power to transform piles of old-fashioned photos into modern-age images; all the while, the images, in their entirety, fit conveniently into your pant pocket. I love the power of technology! 💗📸💡
Don’t use on iPad
by ClubberKang on 2019/02/24 02:41
Enough said
Too low res scan
by xidelta1 on 2019/02/22 09:04
Best to just take pix from camera phone and manage with Google photos app
Great for Polaroids
by krispewkreme on 2019/02/21 03:15
This app is perfect for creating digital copies of Polaroid photos. It perfectly crops just the paper portion and cuts out any glare. Nifty little app.
Good at first but crashes now. Useless!
by Curious Critter on 2019/02/17 19:05
At first, I really liked that it took multiple shots to combine into a picture with no glare. Though the resolution isn’t the best it’s ok for most things. Unfortunately, the current version crashes every time it’s at the stage of combining your multiple photos into one. Hope this is resolved soon or else I’ll sadly have to ditch the app.
Tf
by IhatePeople13 on 2019/02/16 21:34
This app crashes more than Florida drivers. Trash.
Scanner in your pocket
by maxgogram on 2019/02/16 16:37
The app works great to scan photos, I can scan pictures of old family photo’s on my phone without having to take a hard copy of the photo. It take a high quality scan which will automatically store in google photos.
Photo scan
by retrophoto on 2019/02/15 21:28
Love it!
Thank you
by makena-macias on 2019/02/15 04:33
This is the best app. I got it to scan photos for my mother. It’s amazing.
Best Ever
by Action Master on 2019/02/13 15:16
I’m absolutely loving this app
It’s incredible and so easy to do
by shardwi k on 2019/02/12 13:47
It’s incredible and so easy to do I love this app
Not always works
by cp95035 on 2019/02/12 06:07
It is great when it works. But in half of the times, the final result is not framed according to the first shot. In one of the worst case, the final image is a piece of the center less than 5% of the original frame I tried to capture.
It’s hard to not get any glare
by ny01 on 2019/02/09 20:05
It says don’t worry about glare, but it’s really hard to not get any glare in the scans. I also often see a reflection or shadow of the phone in the scans. I got tired to trying to re-scan photos to get it just right. I think I will need a real scanner to get decent scans.
Love this little scanner
by faebrue on 2019/02/07 21:53
Just scanned a few photos and so far I love it.
I would give it 10 Stars if I could!!!
by Can't open the app on 2017/08/16 03:33
This app is straight up AWESOME. There are other good scanner apps out there, but this is by far the best photo scanner app I have ever used. In fact, it might even be better than actual photo scanner machines. The quality of scans is great. I scanned several old family photos and they came out clear and accurate. It has to take a picture in the dead center of the picture, then it primos you to move to the four corners of the picture. It similar to when you take panoramic photos with your phone. By taking pictures of the center and each corner, it allows the software of the app to automatically get out any glare, but also maintain the integrity of the photo. Once you're finished with a batch you can save the photos to your Google Photos app. I highly recommend it to anyone, but especially those who have been wanting to scan old photos, but have been afraid of the amount of time it would take as well as the money to spend on a photo scanner. Here is your answer.
Does the basic job.
by Rodger584 on 2018/09/13 15:24
This app does the basic function of removing parallax from a flat image and it often removes the glare. I use it primarily to scan magazine covers and important documents. A significant problem has been encountered when trying to position crosshairs, as they often move as I remove my finger from the screen. This occurs when the view changes to the overview, so the error is not detected until the image is magnified again. A second problem occurs in the management of the saved images. I do not use Google photos to store the images and so local storage is the Apple photos camera roll. When I modify an image, the app requires that I replace the existing image if I want to keep it. It would be helpful to allow replacing or adding to the camera roll or just storing locally in the App. It would also be helpful to dump local storage directly to an album and then clear the storage without losing the images from the photos app.
Great photo scanning app
by lex57ukr on 2017/08/02 08:35
It handles both gray and color photos just fine. Instructions are easy - you will be scanning in no time. It handles pictures in frames or behind the glass - its anti glare feature is awesome. I wish they had a bit better border detection as I often find myself tweaking borders for older pictures. The UI for border detection could be better likewise / provide better controls as pictures could get small while it gets harder to catch the border at such scale (with my imperfect eyesight). Still, I like the app a lot. Taking pictures in batches works faster. When scanning albums, just keep going - you can adjust borders for your batch later before saving them all in one go. This speeds things up significantly rather than taking a picture/adjusting its borders/saving one at a time.
Great Scanner with some limitations
by HaveeLand on 2018/11/22 01:17
I have been using this app to recapture printed photographs. The scanned images are of great quality however, just like anything else there are several factors that need to be considered such as room lighting, condition of original, size of the original, etc. The program does not have photo editing tools, but the scanned image gives you a good copy to start with if you then want to edit it. Most of the images I was able to touch up using google photos edit tools and was satisfied with the results. I am sure the images would look even better with professional editing tools but like I said, this program gives you a better starting point that just taking a picture of the original or even worse scanning the photo.
Awesome App... includes suggestion(s)
by smykwb on 2017/09/03 04:19
This app is very good and I have tried several including both phone based and also a flatbed scanner. It removes glare very well from both satin and glossy photos. It seems to auto correct for faded color which eliminates a post scan step. The auto cropping is also good. The two suggestions would be 1) To allow an auto create of an album. 2) To allow the capture of some notes along with the picture. But these two things are minor and can also be handled after the fact. Modified Review: the final resolution is pretty low... several other apps do significantly better... I stand by the review above... it is easy to use and does a good job of removing glare, however, the current final resolution does not allow for a good display on a full sized monitors which is should be table stakes for type of app.
Doesn’t export properly
by mDevereaux on 2019/01/01 19:18
UPDATE: Looks like I jumped the gun a little bit. The app did transfer all photos (original and cropped) via thunderbolt cable! However, it still needs option to export multiple photos directly from within the app. The initial portion of the app - photo-scanning images is very good. I also like the ability to crop the images. For that, Id rate 5 stars. But it completely falls flat for what I would say is the most important part - exporting the images. After scanning and cropping, the photos are saved to the camera roll (as cropped), but when they’re imported to a desktop via thunderbolt cable, the photos are not cropped. That’s completely useless. There is, however, an option to extort photos directly from the app, but only one at a time!?? The app allows selecting multiple photos but then the only option is to delete. That’s a huge usability error. So the only way I can export over 500 finalized cropped photos is to export the one at a time via AirDrop. Like I said, great on the front end but complete fail on the backend. Developers, please add option to; A) bulk export from the app, and B) Export finalized photos from the camera roll.
Love Love Love This App!!!!!
by Nrobins60 on 2019/05/14 22:50
I was spending hours scanning photos on my Cannon Flat Bed. I can scan a photo in 3 seconds with this app! And I love that the pictures are immediately saved in both my Google Photos and IPhone Photos without being asked! Thank you for saving that step!!! A couple things to know. Click the lightning bolt on bottom of screen to turn off your flash and cancel out glare. It saves the extra seconds it takes to readjust the photo. Also don't let Google modify your picture when it pops up. It was cropping off heads and the focus of the picture when I went to look at them in my Google Photos. Thanks for making this great app!!!!!
An absolute Must for sharing old photos!!
by DZBJAM on 2017/08/30 21:32
I don't remember how I stumbled onto this hidden gem of an App, but all I know is that I wished I would have sooner! My mom had an old original family photograph of her and her late father that she wanted to share on FB on father's day and as soon as I scanned it on this App, I was sold! Gone are the days of taking a picture of an old photo and spending time trying to lighten/darken/sharpen etc etc.. This is truly a digital photo album device, saving and restoring your old photos in top quality. And if you have a family like mine, that loves to share old me memories (photos) with each other across social media, you cannot NOT have this App!
It’s either magic or witchcraft!
by richiebcorbett on 2018/05/28 18:01
My mom asked me to take a box marked “games” and donate it. When I got to the thrift store, I decided to open the box and take a quick look. In among a still-shrink-wrapped game of Yahtzee, a cribbage board, assorted playing cards, some old health insurance documents and a giant magnifying glass...3 envelopes stuffed full with old photographs: of me as a child, of my mom as a graduate student at NYU, of my father and grandparents and my earliest childhood friends. Treasures that might’ve been lost forever.... Fast forward a day, I’m using this app to scan these pictures, and it works beautifully. Thanks, Google, for an amazing gift.
Excellent time saver and easy way to look professional!
by SoulStrike on 2018/10/18 04:57
This app is great! Does what it says, stores files in with other photos where they can be edited(usually only to rotate) then be sent off to where they need to be in your choice of format. Takes roughly 2 seconds to capture, then your off doing whatever else you got going. No complaints, I use no other apps for capturing documents. This app works flawlessly and makes life so much easier! Definitely download! And tell your boss! Who knows, saving his time could lead to another way to make life easier/better!
Great for making digital copies of my scrapbook pages
by Doggieluver1239057 on 2017/06/25 00:27
I made several scrapbooks of my family photos before digital photos were around. But now I wanted to preserve them digitally but they are too big for my flatbed scanner. This app is great for taking digital copies of these large pages so I can view them on my iPad. Sometimes I can even scan the scrapbook pages right from their plastic overlays without any glare. The app even takes pictures of the pages and crops them automatically so just the pages are the photos, without me having to crop out any unnecessary surroundings. Great app!
Easy but not great quality
by Sashazur on 2019/06/04 06:49
This app is definitely the easiest way to "scan" a bunch of old photos without glare. But compared to just taking a regular photo with my iPhone camera app or using a real scanner, this app often gives lower quality results - subtle brightness and color gradations are lost and fine details get blurry. If you just need to scan a photo once in a while, I think you're better off using the camera app and be careful to avoid glare - and if you have a lot of photos to scan, consider sending them to a scanning service; you'll get the best results at maximum convenience (yes you could also buy a scanner but you probably have better things to do than spend days just scanning and tweaking photos).
Easy scanning but terrible quality
by AdamWalter on 2018/10/21 17:51
The UI on this app is very simple and makes it incredibly easy and fast to scan your photos. It corrects the perspective and colors of the photo very well. Unfortunately, the resulting image is very grainy and well below the resolution that my iPhone takes photos. I tested a photo scanned in this app vs. taking a normal photo in the native Camera app and when you zoom into the details the difference is night and day. The image quality that this app saves in will be fine if you just want to share it on social networks or other low-res applications. However, if you’re like me and want to archive old photographs in a high-quality digital form without a traditional scanner, then you’ll have to look elsewhere.
New version started crashing a few months ago
by bispymusic on 2018/02/13 13:31
Google updated this app a few months ago so that it automatically syncs with your photo library. Now whenever I attempt to manually edit the corners of the captured image, the app crashes when updating the photo in my iOS photo library. After that the app is never useable again. It crashes every time I reopen it and this behavior survives through force-quitting the app and reboots. The only way to get it to work again is to uninstall and reinstall. Of course if you ever edit a photo manually again you’re back in the same boat. So frustrating and disappointing. I keep the app on my phone in hopes that someday Google will issue an update to fix it! This used to be one of the most useful apps I’ve ever had.
Great except when it’s not
by gwhehneumry on 2018/05/22 15:09
This is a great app for capturing old images in digital format. The only downside is that it can be clunky and not complete the process, or it requires you to chase it down across the table away from the picture. And it faults with a message that could be more friendly to the user other than a terse message to hold the picture in the viewing area... which of course I’ve been doing. This last point is the reason it’s not 5 stars. Obviously the marketing department has not been too involved with the launch of this product.
Great For Photo Archiving
by Cantrben on 2018/02/19 10:16
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!
Great for making a quick backup of the blunder years
by pkpriority on 2019/01/02 17:38
My granny is in her nineties and is basically the family archivist. This app is great for when the family gatherings when the blunder years photos come out (and other fondly treasured snaps). The stitched and de-glared photos seem compressed, which makes the results slightly mushy no matter how steady I try to make my hands. Not a perfect replacement for a place with a proper photoscanner perhaps, but as is often the case with the photos I’m duping: “the best camera is the one you have on you at the time”
Awesome app for preserving memories!
by Dalehorse on 2018/12/12 04:17
This app is awesome! A great way to quickly scan photos and save them to your phone. Only problem I've run into is that the same great technology that allows you to edit corners and cropping and save it across the app and the rest of your albums is that if you try to remove them from the app it will delete them everywhere. This is causing me problems since the app has a lot of data in it and is therefore crashing a lot. Other than that it's awesome. Definitely recommend.
Great Tool for sentimental moms
by Puddlepusher33 on 2018/05/19 17:27
As a mom with 3 kids, 2 of them being prolific picture creators, you might imagine how much paper clutter that we have, especially wanting to keep so many of their masterpieces! This app means that you can keep it all, without burying yourself and your loved ones in paper! This way, I have a copy of their work, while only keeping a physical copy of the really important pieces. I use it for photos too, and even documents, and it is WONDERFUL! Thank you, thank you for this app!
App crashes and phone heats up when scanning multiple photos
by djriosl on 2019/03/15 02:20
Overall I like the app and it does what it's stopped to. I like how the photos automatically upload to Google photos. I encountered lagging, lots of crashing, and my phone heating up when I was trying to scan a whole photo album worth of photos (around 50). I had to take a break and let my phone cool down and then continue after 30 min or so. This process happened continuously. If you're planning on scanning a few photos at a time, this app is excellent!
Awesome, love it!
by Dragon-rider56 on 2017/06/30 16:07
This app is super simple to use. It pretty much does it all for you. You know those pictures you get that have stuff you didn't want around the edges? You can easily make that stuff go away on your scanned photo. My mom still uses a camera with film and is always giving me pictures I want to keep but have no room for, I love this app! They can now all go into Google Photos and it's "one stop shopping!" All in one place, nice, neat uncluttered and supremely space saving. Love it!
Great idea, super easy & well implemented
by YoiuWishYouWereMe on 2017/06/07 19:29
This is a great tool for getting old photos, epically ones your family won't part with, into digital. It's very easy to use and gives you good results most of the time. Users should beware of glare in the window when framing your shot. I'd *love* to see this product augmented with better editing tools or at least allow 3rd party integration within the app so I can edit my photos within Photoscan. Also, zooming in the main window would be quite helpful as would pre-photo resolution options.
Great photo Scan app
by AnnahWM on 2018/10/25 21:11
I looked for a scanner that would scan photos from old albums or portraits that can’t be removed from the album or frame without wrecking the image. I tried 4 apps, and this was the only one that allows you to have a less-than-steady hand and get a good image. It also allows you to scan a page full of photos at once, as long as there are images close to the corners of the page, which is a great option.
Surprising Photo Quality
by SydneyK13 on 2017/07/04 04:44
Before downloading this app I was skeptical of what it could do and how well it could execute it. Quickly, after using it I got the hang of it and had scans of Polaroid pictures I had taken to share with my friends. The quality of the scans is something to be excited about because if done right the quality like for the Polaroids that I scanned could be better than the original picture itself. Job well done Google. :)
Jaw dropping!
by Mmmblh on 2017/06/15 21:18
This is the most mind blowing app I've seen in a very long time! My mind is going crazy trying to figure out how it so seamlessly matches up the quadrants of the photo, and then magically orients your phot to the natural aspect ratio. I was just able to scan a couple of hours worth of pictures in less than 5 minutes. It's seriously take me longer to write this review than it took to scan a dozen pictures. If I could give it 6 stars, I would.
Best App for Scanning photos hands down
by Dom from the D on 2018/02/23 20:09
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.
Good news and bad news.
by Simple Solutions. on 2017/08/15 19:10
The good news is that this is a fabulous app. I particularly like the ability to crop the old photographs. In the good old days my camera did not have a zoom capability. The bad news is that I have a collection of photographs going back 50 years. It will take me at least a year to get my collection digitized. But as I go through each picture one at a time it certainly brings back lots of happy memories.
Marginally better than default camera in certain circumstances
by Lieutenant Beefheart on 2018/07/04 16:04
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.
Amazing
by Jessierose2013 on 2017/05/14 12:09
I love this app. I have a really nice scanner but it isn't always convenient and doesn't always pick up on shiny photos well. This often does a better job on shiny photos as it knows how to take the glare out. I have also used this at work to make digital copies of notes someone else has already taken. This app also works well if you use google photos. I would highly recommend and hey it is free, what do you have to loose?
The best app ever!
by 1bbgma on 2018/08/29 19:24
I’m making a photo book for my son’s 50th birthday. I wondered how I could get my old photos digitized and whether I could afford to do it. With this app I take a picture of the old photo right from my album- through the old plastic sleeve. It makes a perfect print which I can upload to make my book. Easy peasy even for a 70 year old mom. And it doesn’t cost anything to do this. Can’t get any better than that.
Could be great
by mrs.clapp3 on 2018/07/12 23:35
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.
I love this app.
by isatetterton on 2018/07/17 20:02
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.
Truly amazing
by Heather23renae on 2017/06/23 07:18
I used to spend so much time with my grandma trying to angle photos just right to take pictures of our hundreds of old family photos just to share them online with friends. She's no longer around but I can tell you she would have LOVED this and probably would have found it easy enough to do herself! I am actually amazed how well they turn out. Another win for Google!
Its okay
by Sweetnothings07 on 2017/08/15 01:46
The location of the corner dots do not always line up correctly so u end up rescanning a picture a few times. Otherwise the app is great... I definitely recommend it for anyone that needs to scan/save multiple photos fast & don't have the time to do each pic individually. It definitely saves time. I have not printed out any pics yet from the app, so that'll be the true test. Most picture apps print crappy pixelated pictures. Im hoping this one doesn't.
Good app but could be made more user friendly
by Mysiddi on 2017/07/15 07:28
It does the job and the scanned photos are of good quality. It integrates well with google photos. But the it is not as user friendly as it can. First of all it should start the scan process automatically when held over a photo. The other scanner apps do that. This one requires pressing a button. Also aligning the four circles takes time. Compare it with other scanners where just focusing over a document automatically detects the boundary and starts the scan.
Easy and Great Quality
by LISA NOS on 2017/10/23 19:23
This is so simple to use. My hands aren't very steady but the digitized images still come out great. We have boxes of old family photos. Getting them all digitized on a scanner takes too long and having them professionally converted is too expensive. You can use this app anywhere so if your going through some one else's photos you can easily get copies for yourself.
It's great!
by grantwalters98 on 2017/08/24 03:29
I have scanned over 300 photos and only a select few did I ever have trouble with. Pros: ITS GREAT ITS GREAT ITS GREAT! The quality of a picture is only as good as the camera you take it with. If you're using a low end phone to scan or take pictures, chances are they aren't going to turn out the best. I use an iPhone 7 plus and my pictures turn out great. It might take some time to perfect the lighting but overall, it's great!
What a day we live in...
by JmcmReview on 2019/05/29 18:44
Needed to scan over 40 photos for a wedding anniversary, and didn’t want to wait for a scanner all day. This nifty app actually does the job extremely well, except for the fact you can’t manually adjust exposure for the processing to work. Best done in a well lit environment. If there’s extra tape stuck on a photo, the app even removes it as well. Overall, best value for time and was of use!
FANTASTIC!
by Spish67 on 2017/09/04 14:02
We lost so many old family photos during Hurricane Andrew. This app has just been invaluable in helping us rebuild our family album from copies we each have in our own collections. So easy and quick to use..much more efficient than scanner. Photos save to device and can add to Google Photos or any other photo sharing app, so all of our family can enjoy. Priceless app and it's free!
One more thing . . .
by Turrellf on 2018/08/20 20:10
would make this perfect . . . unless I’m missing something. I can invite a person to view all my pictures. But I have 5 siblings, with their spouses, umpteen nieces, nephews, cousins and grands, 2nd and 3rd of each. Can we not create a group share option. Scanning 69 yrs worth of my parents’ photos which will want to be shared with various members of the family. If they ALL had access to the photos I’m scanning, they could pick which ones they want. Thx.
Amazed
by Sgw768 on 2017/07/10 17:21
I have just started using this to scan photo prints that are about 20 years old. The images come out perfect every single time. So easy to use, and it cuts out so many steps compared with using an actual scanner. Just snap the image, then pop over to Google Photos to crop and color correct in just a few taps. I will definitely be using this app often as I archive my old prints.
Needs a caption option
by Skinnizzle on 2018/02/17 22:19
Great app. I do wish it had a caption option so you have a description of the photo. Or a truly interactive option that would record sound. We used this to scan old family photos and it either of the above options would’ve been great to have while elder relatives were telling us the story of the photos. But again, great app.
Google Photo scan
by Charlene Fenton Grippy on 2018/08/08 05:51
This is awesome app! I love it!!! I would rate 10 stars if I could!!!! Besides scanning photos and getting rid of glare it works perfect on turning slides from the 70’s into great looking pics. Refreshes old pictures. You just gotta play with the app and scan from slightly different angles to get the perfect pic from a slide. Make sure you put a white background behind slide before scanning and use flash.
10 stars ? I’d give them 100 if I could !!
by everyone took my nickname 3 on 2019/05/28 01:53
This app is beyond amazing . I never leave a review for anything. I always tend to find glitches here and there with sooooo many apps HOWEVER....I’m beyond impressed, the quality in which my extremely old pictures were scanned were beyond my imagination!!! Thank you to the amazing developers and creator of this app for bringing my childhood back to life !!!
Best scan app
by Sunnz316 on 2018/04/17 22:20
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.
One important feature missing
by Rannnnnnndy on 2017/11/12 05:58
I would love to give this a higher rating but there is one feature that needs to be in here related to organization. Scanning photos generally mean they were not taken that moment. This app needs to allow you to change the metadata so that photos that you scan from 1984 show up in that year, not the day that you scan it. The photos scan great but without this feature I can’t organize the way that I would like.
Thank you
by therealdps on 2019/03/12 19:48
This app is the best. I’m currently going through my mother’s secret photo albums (she just passed), and needed something to digitize my family history. The app is easy to use, and automatically (and VERY accurately) cuts the photo and removes glare. Again, thank you for helping me during this rough time. I can’t express how grateful I am for the intuitive and easily accessible products you make. Tytyty
Most useful app I’ve ever down loaded
by Fatboy912ga on 2018/01/15 18:43
My family has thousands of photos from the last 100 years family pictures, trips and such this makes it so easy to organize and show them off. My grandfather leads tours to Vietnam and Korea for war vets and this app has allowed me to easily catalog and digitalize the thousands of photos he took on each trip. If this app wasn’t free I’d pay for it.
When it works, it’s great.
by ToriWho on 2017/11/18 19:49
I am very frustrated with this ap. One time it works fine, then I try to scan something another time And it freezes up and I can move around to the 4 circles. I just get a message that says “sorry can’t scan”. There is no rhyme or reason why it won’t scan. It is not a Lighting issue. I hate apps because there is no one who you can call to ask for help. The help forum doesn’t seem to address this issue. So use this...but it’s reliability is questionable.
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