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10 Best CamScanner Alternatives For Android [OCR Apps]

Well, Android is one of the smartest things that the world has ever seen. It can quickly digitize any printed text for you to maintain a soft copy of it. To do that, Android smartphones need an OCR app. There are plenty of OCR apps available on the Google Play Store like Office Lens, Text Fairy, etc.

However, out of all those, it was the CamScanner that stood out from the crowd until it was found pushing malware into user’s smartphones. If you have been reading the news section of TechViral, you might know about the CamScanner ‘Scam’. The app was found pushing malware onto user’s smartphones to display intrusive ads.

Google has already removed the CamScanner app from the Google Play Store, and if you are using the app, you should stop and uninstall it right now. Since we can’t use the app anymore, it’s time to know the best CamScanner alternatives.

List of Best CamScanner Alternatives For Android

There’s no shortage of OCR apps for Android on the Google Play Store. However, finding the right one might take some time. In this article, we will share a list of the best OCR apps or CamScanner alternatives that you can use on your Android without any risk.

1. Office Lens

Office LensWell, Office Lens or Microsoft Lens is right now the most powerful CamScanner alternative available for Android. Unlike CamScanner, Microsoft Lens is entirely free and offers a much better experience if you are already into Microsoft’s ecosystem. Apart from scanning documents, Microsoft Lens can even scan handwritten notes, diagrams, whiteboard tables, and more. Once scanned, you can export the text right into Word or PowerPoint documents.

2. Text Fairy

Text Fairy

Text Fairy is probably the best OCR app available on the Google Play Store. The great thing about Text Fairy is that it comes for free and doesn’t show any ads. If we talk about the features, Text Fairy can scan through any printed thing or image to grab the text out of it. So, Text Fairy is another best Android OCR app that you can use right now.

3. SimplyScan


Well, if you are searching for the best free and lightweight PDF scanner app for your Android smartphone, then you need to give SimplyScan a try. Guess what? SimplyScan comes with a material design, and it carries a minimalistic look. It can scan through the PDF documents to provide you the text file.

4. Adobe Scan

Adobe ScanIt’s possibly the best and most advanced CamScanner alternative on the list. The app is heavily popular amongst Android users, and it can scan through Documents, receipts, ID Cards, Notes, etc. However, some of the essential features were limited only to the premium version. So, to use the app at its full potential, one needs to purchase the in-app license.

5. Scanbot


If you are searching for an easy way to scan documents and create PDF files, then Scanbot might be the best app for you. Guess what? Scanbot uses some advanced techniques to scan documents, ID Cards, Whiteboards, QR Codes, etc. However, the app has few bugs which would disappoint lots of users.

6. Evernote


Well, Evernote is a note-taking application, but it also has OCR support. With Evernote, you can create and share notes with anyone. From meetings to webpages, Evernote lets you arrange everything in one single place. The OCR feature of Evernote allows you to scan notes, business cards, receipts, and any other types of paper documents. The scan results were pretty accurate, and it’s the best OCR app that you can use today.

7. Google Keep

Google Keep

Google Keep is pretty much similar to the Evernote application that had been listed above. The app can help you in multiple ways, like creating notes, to-do lists, etc. Apart from that, Google Keep also got the ability to integrate with Calendar, Docs, and other Google Services. If we talk about the OCR features, Google Keep does allow you to scan documents, whiteboards, QR codes, and much more. Overall, Google Keep is an excellent app for creating notes and scanning documents.

8. Smart Lens

Smart Lens

Although not very popular, Smart Lens is still a capable app to convert images into text. With Smart Lens, you can effortlessly scan and translate text, documents, scan and detect phone numbers, email, website URLs, business cards, and more. The app is best known for its high-speed and accurate OCR recognition. It also includes foreign language translation options. However, on the downside, the app doesn’t seem to work well with handwritten texts.

9. Fast Scanner

Fast Scanner

Fast Scanner is another best app on the list, similar to CamScanner. Unlike all other apps which follow the auto-capture rule, in Fast Scanner, you need to capture the frame manually. Once done, it will let you adjust the edges of the documents. What’s more interesting is that Fast Scanner allows users to print or email the scanned documents as PDF or JPEG files.

10. Tiny Scanner

Tiny Scanner

This app is for those searching for a lightweight CamScanner alternative for Android to scan documents and receipts. It automatically detects the edges of the documents and saves the output file directly on the Gallery app. If you purchase the premium version, you can save it on cloud storage services like Gdrive, Dropbox, etc.

So, these are the ten best CamScanner alternatives that you can use right now. If you know of any other such apps, let us know in the comment box below.

This post was written by Amarnath Chakraborty and was first posted to TechViral

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