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The Best Scanner Apps for iOS

Every day, we come across many different things that we may need to scan. Whether it's documents, business cards, or even product barcodes and QR codes, they need a scanner. Fortunately, your iPhone can be a great mobile scanner for pretty much anything you may need.

Scan Documents

You don't need a scanner to turn your papers into digital documents. All you need are these apps.

Scanner Pro - PDF document scanner with OCR

Turn your iOS device into a precise, high-quality pocket scanner.

Scanner Pro - PDF document scanner with OCR

Scan

For anyone who dislikes dealing with paper and encounters it left, right, and center.

Scanner Pro allows you to easily scan documents, receipts, tickets, and more using your iOS device’s camera, with automatic border detection and shadow removal at that. It then lets you save or share your scans as multi-page PDF or JPEG files.

Why we love it

Scanner Pro wouldn’t have lasted for as long as it has if it didn’t offer and continually expand on a robust feature set for quick and easy mobile scanning. More than merely scanning documents, the app incorporates automatic border detection, shadow removal, distortion correction, optical character recognition, workflow integration, and other technologies to let you do more with the files you care about.

Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner, Documents, Receipts

Go from paper to digital in lightning speed

Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner, Documents, Receipts

Scan and Save Files in Adobe Scan

For people who have paper they want to turn into PDF files

With Adobe Scan, you can turn almost anything made out of paper into a PDF. Receipts, notes, pictures, documents, business cards, whiteboards, whatever. You scan your paper-based document, turn on text recognition if you want it, and enjoy a gorgeous PDF that you can touch up, crop, rotate, and adjust color on. The built-in optical character recognition engine lets you reuse scanned content by creating a high-quality PDF you can work with in Adobe Acrobat Reader, and you can save your scans to Adobe Document Cloud for easy sharing. The main drawback is that if you want to make things other than text into PDF files, you have to pay for a PDF Pack subscription.

Why we love it

This app works great for scanning text into a searchable PDF. It allows you to quickly and easily import your paper-based receipts, business cards, and other documents into Adobe Document Cloud. You can take just about any paper document and make it digital. That mountain of receipts can become a digital library in very little time. I just wish Adobe Scan didn't force you to make an in-app purchase to turn more than text into PDF files. Then again, the Adobe Document Cloud integration makes the app quite unique, and works well when you frequently (or not-so-frequently) use other Adobe apps.

Scan Business Cards

You might get a business card when you meet someone new in a professional atmosphere. Scan them in, so you don't have to keep tons of business cards.

ScanBizCards Business Card Reader

When you need a powerful but fast business card reader

ScanBizCards Business Card Reader

ScanBizCards Business Card Reader

For anyone who wants a fast and efficient card reader.

ScanBizCards is an intuitive app that makes it super easy to scan business cards. When you get a card, just whip out your phone and take a picture of it — the app scans it for all the necessary contact information and will parse it into the appropriate contact detail fields. The OCR engine is powerful and accurate, so you shouldn't have to do much manual input of data. Contacts will be synced with the cloud so your rolodex goes with you everywhere. It's fast and easy to use, making it an indispensable tool for business.

Why we love it

Scanning business cards is important, especially during conventions, and this app is simple and easy to use while still being powerful and effective.

WorldCard Mobile - business card reader & scanner

When you have to deal with a lot of business cards, you need this app

WorldCard Mobile - business card reader & scanner

WorldCard Mobile - business card reader & scanner

For anyone who deals with a lot of business cards.

WorldCard Mobile is a powerful app that lets users scan business cards and then save them to their contacts. The app will pull data from specified fields and add them to a new or existing contact, and you don't have to do much manual work. The app saves all cards that you scan, and you can even contact them directly from the app itself, whether it's an email, message, or phone call. There's syncing solutions so that all of your business card contacts stay with you, and you have your own digital rolodex.

Why we love it

When conventions come around, we end up with a lot of business cards. This app makes it easy to save and keep track of everyone we meet.

Scan Barcode & QR Codes

If you ever come across a barcode or QR code, these apps can help make sense of the codes. You can also save the information for later.

Scanner App & Fax - Scanbot

The ultimate mobile scanner

Scanner App & Fax - Scanbot

Processing your scans

Scanbot is a powerful and awesome scanning solution in your pocket.

Scanbot is a scanning app that is capable of scanning business cards, documents, QR codes, and barcodes. The app itself has a gorgeous interface that is easy on the eyes and it is highly customizable with different theme options and settings. Scans can be automatically uploaded to services like Dropbox and Evernote, or you can share scans directly with others through email and SMS or open it in another app through the share extensions. The Pro upgrade will unlock more features, and after we've been using it for the past few years, we can say that this upgrade is well worth it. Scanbot is the best mobile scanning solution out there.

Why we love it

It has a beautiful interface and packs in a ton of amazingly powerful and useful features.

Bakodo - Barcode Scanner and QR Bar Code Reader

When you need to scan barcodes and 2D codes

Bakodo - Barcode Scanner and QR Bar Code Reader

Quickly Scan

For anyone who needs to scan barcodes for products or 2D (QR or Bidi) codes.

Bakodo is a great app to have around if you need to do any barcode scanning or deal with 2D (QR and Bidi) codes. Just point your camera at the code and have the app scan it automatically. No matter what the code is linked to, the app will take the appropriate action without any extra input from you. No matter what you may need a scanner for, Bakodo covers all of its bases.

Why we love it

Bakodo is fast and easy to use. No matter what data is linked to the code, the app will take the right action every time.