Best document scanner apps for iPhone: Scanner Pro, TinyScan, PaperBox, and more!

Best document scanner apps for iPhone: Scanner Pro, TinyScan, PaperBox, and more!

The absolute best iPhone apps to accurately scan your pages, store your documents, and let you share them more conveniently than ever!

Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you scan and manage documents? These days you can create, edit, and share documents on the go without stopping at the office. You can even print them out with AirPrint. The App Store plays host to several document scanner apps that can help you file receipts, track bills, and get important documents to clients when you need to. But which document scanner apps are the absolute best?

Scanner Pro

Best document scanner apps for iPhone: Scanner Pro

Scanner Pro by Readdle has a great interface and is one of the easiest scanner apps to just pick up and use. Scanner Pro also supports scanning of both documents and images as well as the ability to store them in PDF format or jpeg formats. Scanning is fast and accurate and cleans text up extremely well. You can upload images and documents and scan them directly to Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs. You can also sort documents into custom folders to keep them organized. Readdle also has several other document and PDF management apps that play nicely with Scanner Pro and create a completely virtual office environment.

If you're looking for a scanner app that's well supported and has many other companion apps to go with it, you want Scanner Pro.


Best document scanner apps for iPhone: InstaPDF

InstaPDF has not only an iPhone app but a Mac app that magically collects all the PDFs you scan to it from the iPhone app. Not only is the scan quality great, InstaPDF is user friendly and has one of the nicest designs of all the scanner apps we've looked at. If you're on WiFi, upload is pretty much instantaneous. This is convenient for times when you need to sign documents and have them instantly available on your computer, or whenever you're in the office and just want all your documents on your Mac instantly for safe keeping.

If you need to wirelessly beam documents from iPhone to Mac on a regular basis, get InstaPDF.

TinyScan Pro

Best document scanner apps for iPhone: TinyScan Pro

TinyScan Pro can quickly capture your receipts, documents, or anything else you need to scan as either an image or a PDF. You can quickly toggle between photograph, black and white, or greyscale. Create folders to keep yourself organized and then share your scans in just a few taps. TinyScan Pro currently supports sharing directly to Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. You can also use AirDrop in order to share your scans to other iPhones and iPads. Batch mode can also let you scan multiple pages into a single PDF.

For a great scanner app that's easy to use and consistently produces great quality scans, check out TinyScan Pro.

SharpScan Pro + OCR

Best document scanner apps for iPhone: SharpScan Pro

ShareScan Pro not only creates great quality scans, but can also use OCR (optical character recognition) to actually extract text from scans. Currently SharpScan Pro supports over 50 languages that it can extract and recognize text from. This feature is extremely useful for times when you need to type out large blocks of text. Instead, just snap a photo with SharpScan Pro and let it do the heavy lifting for you. SharpScan Pro also features many other features to help you achieve the best scans possible including image stabilization, smart crop, and more.

If you're looking for a scanner app with OCR capabilities and lots of layering and editing options, look no further than SharpScan Pro.


Best document scanner apps for iPhone: PaperBox

PaperBox is a unique kind of scanner app that focuses on helping you organizing bills, receipts, and other paper documents. Once you link PaperBox with your Dropbox you can start scanning in documents. Mark bills for later and PaperBox can notify you when an upcoming bill is due. You can also trash items once you're done with them too. PaperBox also supports OCR and can extract text from any document in order to create searchable text. You can also organize your PaperBox by adding buckets such as loans, bills, and anything else you'd like. Finally, add tags to add even more organization.

If you're looking to go paper free and need a way to organize and track bills and receipts digitally, PaperBox is definitely worth a look.

What are your favorite document scanning apps for iPhone?

These are the document scanning apps I've found to be the most worthy of your attention. But as always, I want to know what you're using and why you chose it over the many other options available in the App Store. Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Note: Originally published August, 2013. Updated May 2014.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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mjcostajr says:

Loving Scanner Pro - got it while it was on sale for $2 :)

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iOS Gravity says:

I got it when it was the App of The Week.

Cyrano says:

Bought Scanner Pro at full price and use it almost everyday. Great that it syncs direct to Evernote.

jeffsf says:

If your destination is Evernote, why not just scan directly into Evernote using the Evernote app? Free, easy, and effective.

T-Will says:

Scanner Pro. The auto-upload to Dropbox and iCloud sync between iPhone/iPad are pretty sweet!

robots says:

I love Scanner Pro, I've been using it for about a year now. If your goal though is to do the same things specifically with Recipes, check out Recipe Gallery. It incorporated using the camera of the iPad to capture recipes and OCR to index them.

gustavossa says:

I'm using my scans and I like it

Spectre says:

I use Scanner Pro whenever I travel for work to scan all my receipts. Saves time when I get back to file the expense report, and by scanning as I get them, losing a receipt is no big deal.

alesbe says:

I think you should really try My Scans PRO.

Patrick Harold says:

Scanner Pro can be more productive by adding the ScanJig iPhone/iPad accessory. This inexpensive tool holds the smart device in the correct position and at a fixed distance from document pages. The result is faster scans with less adjustments.

talluptallup76 says:

I use cam scanner pro and it works fine for me

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cmkirby says:

Tiny Scan. Saves to Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive, and best of all…, it's free!

DmitryH says:

One more rather new scanning app - SharpScan (
Working very fast (less than 3 sec per page) in full auto mode. Non destructive editing let me reprocess doc an any time. Can save scan as true B&W images (~20x time smaller than jpg). Bach mode for large volume scanning ... etc
Last but not the least - it's FREE

Luz Bella Ramirez Romero says:

Thank you so much! I didn't like TurboScan producing heavy scans. Just downloaded SharpScan: clean and light scans, and free!

David Zi says:

For scanning photos with iPhone I use Pic Scanner ( Its combo-scanning feature is best for fast scanning. If I place three photos and take combo snapshot, these get automatically split and saved - saves a lot of effort. Also has editing, filters, adding photo titles etc. With free version you can do unlimited scanning and cropping, but share only once. For "unlimited sharing and saving" it costs $2.99 (one-time.) Very worth it.

socrim says:

PaperScan ( is really cool. It already comes in iOS 7 design. It scans automatically when it detects a document.

Dijo Joseph says:

Easy and fast document scanner. Take a picture, adjust it, enhance it, perform OCR on it (great for doing searches on documents), and then export it as pdf to any cloud service you like. Or just print it..
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iOS Gravity says:

I picked it up during that time. It was the App of The Week.

Nikorn Lansa says:

Useful article!
I am developing an Document Scanner App and would love input and opinions:

Stenchwycke says:

Turboscan is my favorite that I have tried.

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Chuck_Bad says:

Turboscan has the best interface and integrated well with Evernote. I tried genius scan and scanner pro and the quality of PDF and nah. Turboscan is the best selling for these reasons. Currently #21 paid app.

fritzdoss says:

I switched from TurboScan to Scanner Pro back when it was the app of the week. Works better for what I need it for than TurboScan. With Scanner Pro and Hello Sign, I sold a house without ever having to be present at the closing, which was two time zones away from me.

nikkisharif says:

NICE!!!! I use Scanner Pro & Sign Now! I'm a traveling independent contractor & I love being able to sign & scan documents from my phone...its so convenient.

NealMaxwell says:

Was a Scanner Pro fan, but Scanbot is my new favorite. It's simplicity makes it great.

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Suresh Babu8 says:

What about cam missed this.....

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Antron says:

CamScanner is one of the document scanning apps I use. I also like Scanner Pro & Scanbot. I like CamScanner's design so I'm trying it out.

oscaramzz says:

Genius scan free!

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nikkisharif says:

Scanner Pro is my fave!!! I got it a couple years ago when there was a free promo :)

rbreban says:

I use cam scanner

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Derrick4Real says:

Genius scan pro (got it free though). i rarely use it but i have it because it uploads to skydrive (onedrive) where i have like 50 gbs of free storage.

Spectre says:

I use Scanner Pro on business trips to scan my receipts as I get them. It saves me time when I get back home and gives me peace of mind if I were to lose a receipt since it is already scanned.

Aaron says:

PDFPen Scan + is what I use.

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rdstryr says:

I feel as if you guys at iMore are scanning my Google search history. I was just looking for a decent doc scanner app on Tuesday. I couldn't decide on a good one so opened up the iMore app and started searching, didn't find an article for it. Now this article shows up. I'm watching you guys, or are you watching me?! dun dun duuuuuuun ;)

Mateus C says:

Scaner Pro. Got it when app of the week.

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mmackh says:


I'm one of the creators of InstaPDF - if you have any questions on how to use our app, leave a reply or contact us on Twitter @InstaPDF. Our website is


jmtighe says:

Jotnot pro is the one for me. Been using it for years

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donpraj says:

Was a Genius Scan fan, then got Scanner Pro for free, and then got SharpScan Pro too. But Scanbot is my new favorite. I love the interface.

jeffsf says:

Puzzled you did not include JotNot Pro, which I've used happily for several years.