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Top 5 Apps for Scanning PDFs on Android

With the ban of CamScanner and the rise of online classes and work from home, you need a reliable piece of software for converting written hard copies into soft copies. But everyone doesn’t normally have a scanner lying around the house. Although, we have an Android phone. Hence, Harness the accessibility and use one or more of these Top 5 Apps for scanning PDFs to get electronic format copies of the hard pages for online use.

Students and Employees both need to send electronically formatted documents to their respective places. Be it for assignment submission or some documents to their clients, PDFs are the go-to format of files that are used worldwide. After the ban of CamScanner in India, which was the go-to choice for the purpose, Here is the list of the Top 5 apps for scanning PDFs for Android.

The list consists of apps that are extremely good for the purpose and are alternatives for CamScanner. The rankings of the apps don’t matter as they are based on the user’s taste so try each one of them and keep the one that best suits your needs.

1. Adobe Scan

One of the best alternatives for CamScanner. From Adobe we have Adobe Scan. You can create professional-looking clear PDFs with the app. All of the scanned PDFs are uploaded to Adobe’s Cloud. You can export the scanned copies in JPEG format as well as use OCR to copy text that the app recognizes.

The app is completely free to use. You can scan business cards, whiteboards, receipts, and other hard page copies. The app also supports batch scanning so you can scan on the go. The current ratings are 4.7 stars with 10lakh+ reviews close to 11lakhs.

2. Microsoft Office Lens

Another App from a reputable development firm. Microsoft Office Lens is the go-to app for scanning whiteboards and pages and above all, it is free.

Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote,  OneDrive, or your local device. You can even import images that are already on your device using Gallery.


The description on the Play Store gives all of the information you require. It is blindly one of the best apps for scanning PDFs on Android. The ratings for the app at the time of writing are 4.7 stars with 5lakh+ reviews close to 6 lakhs.

3. Document Scanner – PDF Creator

An App that is made in India. Doc Scanner offers the basic functionality that we are looking for. We can save the scanned PDFs in multiple sized pages like A4, A3, and others. The app also provides a QR Code And Bar Code Scanner. OCR isn’t yet supported so if you need to use it, DocScanner may not be the app you are looking for. Although OCR is on the upcoming features list.

The current ratings for DocScanner are 4.6 stars with 1lakh+ reviews. Be Warned that the app contains ads.

4. SwiftScan

An editor’s Choice app on Play Store, SwiftScan is a great app that provides many good features for free. It also has a VIP plan that offers features like OCR and automatic Cloud Backup. It is a go-to app for basic needs and it also features a QR code scanner.

The ratings for the app are 4.5 stars with 48k+ reviews.

5. Genius Scan – PDF Scanner

Genius Scan is a Scanning app developed by The Grizzly Labs. It has a 4.7-star rating with 1lakh+ reviews. The app supports batch scanning and auto-cropping for pages that you can. You can import images from local storage to convert them to pdf. Most of the basic features are free, although if you want to use features like OCR and Business Card Scanning you will need Genius Scan+. The Premium version also has automatic exporting to Multiple Cloud Services like Google Drive, OneDrive, and others.

Rohit Patil

I am a Student who has a knack for programming and Tech. I love to code and automate things that can be. I love tinkering with softwares and often use them uniquely.

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