PhotoScan by Google Photos

PhotoScan by Google Photos

By Google LLC

  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Release Date: 2016-11-15
  • Current Version: 1.5.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 102.87 MB
  • Developer: Google LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 5
From 22,392 Ratings


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.



  • Great photo scanning app

    By lex57ukr
    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.
  • Does the basic job.

    By Rodger584
    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.
  • Pretty decent app

    By Tomy tony timmy
    I like this app, a lot actually. It does a good job of removing glare, but you still have to have good lighting otherwise some parts of the photo will be brighter than others. But I might just be noticing that bc I like to edit photos and can run into problems if a photo doesn’t have consistent lighting. But even with that I would still give this app five stars, except that isn’t the only issue that I’ve been having. About half the time that I’m trying to do a scan the app just quits and I am sent to my homepage. I’m wondering if this is bc I have an older phone ? I Have an iPhone 6? So is it possible that this app isn’t compatible with my phone. I’m going to give this app 3 stars, only because if it takes me 3 tries to get one scan without the app mysteriously quitting then that def leaves areas for improvement . However if I hear from support on this app who can help me resolve my issue then I will change my rating to five stars. I’ve already tried deleting and reinstalling the app once before.
  • Great Scanner with some limitations

    By HaveeLand
    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.
  • An absolute Must for sharing old photos!!

    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!
  • Awesome App... includes suggestion(s)

    By smykwb
    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
    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
    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!!!!!
  • It’s either magic or witchcraft!

    By richiebcorbett
    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
    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!


  • Even I can so this

    By Lorraine I
    Terrific. Easy. Do this!
  • Really helpful!

    By Sarah.perry👌❤️
    The only thing is I just wish it didn’t whitewash all my photos...
  • A life saver

    By omgthis sucjs
    I love what this app can do.
  • Needs

    By Central229a
    This app is in need of an update to make it compatible with iOS 13 and the new iPhones
  • Beautiful

    By ffuzzyy
    This app works beautifully.
  • Family

    By InYourPants
    I Found a ton of vintage photos of my family (300+) and would cost me a years worth of morgage payments to scan. Using your app I was able to scan the ones I really want to share with my family and the app made it so easy. Would recommend your app to anyone.
  • Used to work well

    By PinterestFails
    Since the addition of these circles I can't get any documents properly scanned. Thanks.
  • PhotoScan

    By LBNert
    This is such a helpful app! So much better than just taking a picture on camera! There are things you can do like flip the photos and crop them and it doesn’t even need to be square! If you are looking for a perfected document then this is a great app for you. I can’t even believe the work it has saved me, and I think that the only thing it could change is writing on it digitally! If that happens I will gladly give it a 5 star review!! Perfect photos!!
  • Very useful

    By antioxinut
    I have been able to scan hundreds of old family photos w/o having to risk touching or removing from the album
  • Saves so much time!

    By Peteneat0
    Awesome capturing old photos. So easy to use!