Free apps for scanning documents on your iPhone


School is back in session, meaning students have folders full of syllabi, schedules, and other paperwork you're likely to reference as the semester goes on. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to carry all of it around with you all the time, without overloading your backpack?

Thanks to a handful of iOS apps, you can scan whatever paper documents you might need easy access to and store them on your iPhone, in the cloud, or on your computer with just a few taps.

I've found five apps that will help you quickly scan and organize documents. The scanning process with all of them is nearly identical; you take a photo of your document, the app tries to identify the outline of the document, and it's saved within the app. Here's a brief rundown of each, so you can pick which one makes sense for you.

Genius Scan


Genius Scan is a great free option, complete with scanning and adjustment settings to help you achieve the best scan possible.

The free version will allow you to scan documents, select what type of file you want to save it as, and e-mail it or open it in compatible apps. You can even organize and conveniently search scanned documents by using tags.

If you want to use it with cloud services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, you'll need to pay $2.99 for the upgrade to Genius Scan+.

Genius Scan is available in the App Store for free.

CamScanner Free


For the price, CamScanner Free may just be the best deal for scanning documents on your iPhone.

You're able to quickly scan, merge, password protect, delete, share, tag, and even upload documents to cloud services -- all in the free version of the app.

Dropbox, Google Docs (Drive), Evernote, and Box.net are all supported in the free version of the app. The paid version will set you back $4.99.

One disadvantage of the free version is the small watermark placed on scanned documents. In the lower-right corner of your document, you'll see "Generated by CamScanner." If you're using this to scan personal documents that aren't intended to be shared or used in a business setting, this isn't that big of a deal.

You can find CamScanner Free in the App Store for free.

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