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PhotoScan - scanner by Google Photos

By Google, Inc.

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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.

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.

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.

What's New in Version 1.2

New in this update:
• Higher resolution scans on iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7.
• Performance improvements.

Share your favorite scans with #PhotoScan. We enjoy seeing your questionable childhood clothing choices.

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Customer Reviews

Good but Understand its Limitations

In order to be a comprehensive tool for archiving old photos some key features need to be added. The most glaring is a way to help record the notes that are often written on the back of old photos. For pictures older than yourself this is often the only key to understanding the contents of the image and it would be a shame to loose that information for future generations. It is also worth pointing out that once the files are exported the maximum resolution is 3,000 pixels in either direction. This results in around a 6 megapixel image which is generally enough if scanning a 4x6, but if you are scanning a professional 8x10 you may want a more detailed scan for long term archival.
Otherwise this is a very good app for anyone looking to digitize old photos and does not require you to use Google Photos.


This is an amazingly easy app to use, and the results are nothing short of miraculous. There are still some elements that need to be developed--I found I had to go in and manually show it where the corners of many photos were, particularly if I wanted the margins inside the scan, or if there was a lot of white space on an old black-and-white photo--but the ease with which I was able to capture so many old photos, and the confidence I had that the result of a few seconds work was going to be better than what I could do earlier with several photos and an hour in Photoshop is incredible. This is an app I will always have on my phone from now on.

Great App!

I have been wanting to find an easier way to scan all of my family photos. Using a flatbed scanner was very hard as it kept having dust in the pictures even with cleaning it often. This app gives glare free scans without having to mess with a flatbed scanner or getting the camera perfectly positioned over the photo so the glare isn't there. Is it as high quality as a flatbed scanner? No, but it does a pretty decent job and shows similar quality to the print photo that I'm scanning from.

PhotoScan - scanner by Google Photos
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  • Free
  • Category: Photo & Video
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  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 65.3 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lingala, Malay, Norwegian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss German, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).

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