Best Document Scanner iPhone and iPad Apps in 2020

Simply put, there are all sorts of reasons why you may want a document scanner for your professional or personal needs. Be it for neat digitization or storing the docs as multipage PDF files or JPEG images, needs may vary. Whatever could be your requirements, these 10 best document scanner apps for iPhone and iPad can live up to your task with fast scanning, sharing, and even printing. Needless to say, they are like having an all-in-one document scanner in your pocket for on-the-go scanning!

#1. Stock Document Scanner

Stock Document Scanning iPhone App Screenshot

If all you want is a simple document scanner that can take care of basic needs, you don’t need to look anywhere else. You guessed it! iOS comes with a built-in document scanner to let you scan docs fast. And that too without having to spend a lot of time learning the basic tools.

To save your time, Apple’s built-in document scanner gets rid of the unwanted borders automatically. As a result, the scanned docs appear ready for sharing right away. Of course, you can also take control of the whole scanning process, if you wish to have complete control. Long story short, it’s got everything to stake the claim of one of the best document scanning iPhone tools.

#2. Scanner Unlimited: Scan & Sign

Scanner Unlimited Document Scanning iPhone App Screenshot

While there is no dearth of document scanners in the iOS App Store, there are very few apps that can offer a simplified document scanning experience. And that too without cutting down on the essential features. What puts “Scanner Unlimited: Scan & Sign” is the ability to make document scanning pretty straightforward, while also ensuring there are no compromises with the quality.

This app is an advanced Scanner. It does not only do Document scanning, but it can also scan Barcode, QR Code, Business Card. It meets all your scanner needs in one application.

The app supports any kind of document to keep the incompatibility at bay. Moreover, you can easily sign your documents and even be able to add multiple signatures to the same document. And with the quick sharing feature, you can share your scanned docs with anyone via several mediums including WhatsApp, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Slack, and more.

In terms of OCR, I have found Scanner Unlimited quite efficient as it excels in extracting the text of any photo. Not just that, it also comes with a handy PDF converter and allows you to send a scanned doc as a fax as well.

As for pricing, it’s available for 3 days free to let you get started without paying anything.

Price: Free/Subscription (In-app Purchases start from $1.99)

#3. Scanner App: PDF Document Scan

Scanner App Document Scanning iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

For a straightforward document scanning, saving, and sharing, you can’t go wrong with iScanner. Courtesy the wide compatibility, the app makes sure you can scan a variety of things including fax papers, paper notes, receipts, and more. As for the scan quality, it’s at par. Moreover, the app lets you choose from three scan qualities: low, medium, and HD.

Another feature that makes iScanner a really useful tool is the ability to let you store your scans as multipage JPEG images and PDF files. Perfect for the times when you have to handle a ton of scans and need to keep them organized. Not just that, the app is also quite good in terms of turning an image into text using OCR (optical character recognition) technology.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $3.99)

#4. Genius Scan – PDF Scanner

Genius Scan iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Featuring a wide range of tools, Genius Scan promises to be a reasonably good prospect. By removing shadow and correcting distortion, the app delivers high-quality scanned docs instantly. So, there is no need to fiddle with the cropping or filter tools to get the desired results.

Times when you have to deal with a lot of docs, the batch scanning feature can come into play really well. It can speed up document scanning while keeping the clarity intact. Plus, it also offers multipage PDF creation and lets you export your docs via several services including Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, Dropbox, and more. In a nutshell, you can count on Genuine Scan to be your favorite iPhone or iPad document scanning app.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $0.99)

#5. Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan Digital PDF Scanner iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

If I were to pick a fully-featured document scanner for professional-grade document scanning, Adobe Scan would be one of my top picks. The app excels in scanning PDFs. Additionally, you can use it to convert anything like notes, docs, images, business cards, receipts into PDFs.

Adobe Scan comes with an advanced image technology so that it can automatically detect borders. As a result, it’s able to recognize text and sharpen content effortlessly. What’s more, it is integrated with several document services to let you manage your docs right from one spot.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $9.99)

#6. CamScanner-PDF Scanner App

CamScanner Document Scanning iPhone App Screenshot

Claiming to deliver perfect scan quality, CamScanner deserves a mention in this roundup. The document scanner is fully equipped to let you scan invoices, receipts, notes, business cards, and more with the desired clarity. It comes with the auto-enhancing and smart cropping features that ensure the texts and graphics appear crisp.

With the e-signature at the disposal, you can sign documents comfortably. And if you ever want to give your docs a pleasing look, the annotation tools can come into play. What’s more, CamScanner can also let you add a customized watermark so that your docs can stay protected online. Thanks to the support for AirPrint, you can even print your docs with ease.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $0.99)

#7. Evernote Scannable

Evernote Scannable Document Scanner iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Though not the most feature-packed document scanning app for iOS, Evernote Scannable is up to the mark when it comes to scanning docs fast and with high precision. To make things a bit straightforward, Scannable automatically enhances the docs by cropping the unwanted parts and adjusting images. Therefore, the scanned documents will appear clear and easy to read.

Even on the sharing front, Scannable has looked quite good to me. The app lets you export the scanned docs as PDF and JPG files via email and other apps. Even better, this app works in sync with the ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner to let you handle multi-page documents hassle-free.

Price: Free

#8. FineScanner: Doc Scan to PDF

FineScanner Document Scanning iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Another fully-featured document scanner for iPhone and iPad that has caught my attention is FineScanner. What gives it an edge over many rivals is the smart AI. Yeah, you heard that right! The app takes advantage of artificial intelligence to scan any text with precision.

Once you have scanned docs, you can save them to JPEG or PDF formats. To prevent unauthorized people from having access to your sensitive files, you can password protect your PDFs. Thanks to the integration with multiple cloud storage services including Google Drive, iCloud, and Dropbox, your files can remain protected and quickly accessible across platforms. On top of all, FineScanner also works with Siri Shortcuts so that you can take control of scanning just the way you want.

Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $2.99)

#9. Scanbot Pro

Scanbot Pro Document Scanner iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

When there is a discussion about the best document scanners for iOS, missing out on an app that has long been considered as one of the best wouldn’t be apt. Yes, I’m talking about Scanbot Pro. What makes it stand out is the top-notch scan quality.

So, if you want the pro-grade scanning without any blurring, it can be the right answer to your needs. Another feature worth taking note of is the neat text recognition. Add to that several sharing options and you have a document scanner that’s really hard to beat.

Do note that the app offers a standard variant for free. Just in case you wish to give a try to its basic features before upgrading to the pro variant, check out the freemium model.

Price: $99.99

#10. Microsoft Office Lens

Microsoft Office Lens Document Scanner iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Should you want to have a highly-rated document scanner for your iOS device for free, look no further than Microsoft Office Lens. The app has got all the essentials tools so that you can digitize all of your docs. Featuring a handy cropping tool, it also lets you trim the scanned documents to make them look professional.

The Office Lens comes with OCR tech to automatically recognize printed docs and handwritten text. Thus, you will be able to not only search for words in images but also copy and fine-tune them. Better still, this efficient doc scanner also works reliably in converting images to Word, PowerPoint as well as PDF and then automatically saves them into OneDrive to keep them secure and easily available across devices.

Price: Free

That’s all!

Your Top Bet?

Now that you’ve got the top document scanning apps for iOS lined up, get the one that looks promising for your taste. If your needs warrant a simple doc scanning tool, go for the built-in option or the freemium variants. But if pro-grade scanning is what you are after, the fully-featured contenders would be the way to go.

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By the way which is your favorite document scanning app? Sound off in the comments below.

Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.