Best document scanner apps for iPhone: Create, search, and send PDFs on the go!

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: Scanbot

Scanbot is not only a document scanning app, but can also scan QR codes all in one. If you upgrade to the pro version of Scanbot for a one time purchase of $4.99, you also get OCR which converts all your scanned images into searchable PDFs. Scanbot also has one of the nicest designs that I've seen of any scanning apps, which makes it easy to use. You can even change between different colored themes to suit your taste. Other features include 200 dpi or higher scan quality, upload to many different cloud services, and much more.

For a document scanner app that provides a great user experience alongside high quality scans, check out Scanbot.


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.

PDFpen Scan+

Best document scanner apps for iPhone: PDFpen Scan+

PDFpen has been around for a long time and with Scan+ they bring OCR support right to your iPhone or iPad. You can easily search anything scanned in, copy the text, and more. You can share your scans instantly or upload them to many different cloud services including Dropbox and Evernote. Have a scan already in your photo library? PDFpen Scan+ lets you import from there too. You can use editing tools to enhance your scans before sharing them, rename them and more. Scan+ also offers TextExpander support.

If you want TextExpander support and lots of export options, you can't go wrong with PDFpen Scan+.

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.

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, August 2014.