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Top 9 Best PDF Scanner Android Apps – 2021

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There are quite a few PDF scanner apps available in the Google Play Store. Some are better than others, and here we decided to hand-pick our favorites. In the list below, you’ll find 9 PDF scanner apps that will do a fine job if you need such an app, these are the best apps in the category, at least in our book. They do differentiate in comparison, though. Some come with more advanced features, others stick to basics but do an excellent job at that, and so on.

Do note that these apps are no listed in any specific order. Just because one app is placed above the other doesn’t really mean anything. We did, however, share more information about each of them, so that you can decide which one to try out. You can even try out all of them, if you’d like. You’ll find not only descriptions of each app, but screenshots / video, cost, required Android version to use them, and so on.

Top 9 Best PDF Scanner Android Apps 2021

Below is a quick overview of the top 9 best PDF scanner Android apps for 2021, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

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Download CostIn-app cost (per item)
Adobe Scan$9.99
Microsoft Lens
Simple Scan$0.99-$89.99
CamScanner$0.99-$399.99
TurboScan$4.99
Tiny Scanner$1.99-$39.99
Scan to PDF
Genius Scan$0.99-$29.99
PDF Scanner App$3.99-$34.99

Top 9 Best PDF Scanner Android Apps 2021 Downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, a suggestion for the type of user the app is best suited to, and a direct link for easy downloading.

All download links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.

Best PDF Scanner Android App For Most Users

Adobe Scan

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

Adobe Scan is Adobe’s very own solution for a PDF scanner. This app comes bearing a really nice-looking UI, and it’s quite functional as well. It can recognize text automatically (OCR), and allows you to create digital documents as PDF and JPEG files. It can scan pretty much anything, including receipts, notes, documents, photos, business cards, whiteboards, and so on.

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The app can also automatically detect borders, sharpen scanned content, and more than that. It can also do touch up scans of photos from your camera roll. No matter whether it’s a PDF or photo scan, you can preview, reorder, crop, rotate, and adjust the color of such images. The app even allows you to scan multi-page documents, and save them with a single tap. This surely is one of the best PDF scanner apps around.

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Best PDF Scanner Android App For Microsoft Users

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Microsoft Lens

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: Android 7.0+

If you’re a Microsoft user, you may want to give Microsoft Lens a go. Even if you’re not, this is a great solution for a PDF scanner. Microsoft Lens brings a modern UI to a really capable application. There is a reason why this app is currently holding a 4.8-star rating in the Play Store. This app can trim, enhance, and make pictures of whiteboards and documents readable, without a problem.

You can use this app to convert images to PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. You can digitize printed or handwritten text, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local storage, whichever you choose. It’s even possible to import images that are saved in your gallery. It does great when it comes to scanning classroom handouts, even. This app shines in collaboration with other Microsoft services, but it can do a good job even if you don’t use any of them.

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Best PDF Scanner Android App For Design

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Simple Scan

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.4+

Simple Scan is one of the best-looking PDF scanner apps on the list. This app comes with a modern, and yet really functional UI. It can also scan a wide variety of things. It can scan documents, photos, receipts, reports, and so on. It will save such scans in a PDF format, which you can either save or share. It can even automatically upload your scans (either in PDF or JPG formats) to a cloud service of your choosing.

It supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, WhatsApp, and more. You can email, print, or fax your scans via this app without a problem. You can even connect it directly to your computer for fast faxing. It has support for adding tags for quick file search. It also supports OCR text recognition. The app offers automatic page detection, 5 levels of contrast for clear monochrome text, and much more.

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Best PDF Scanner Android App For Features

CamScanner

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

CamScanner is one of the best-known PDF scanner apps around. It may even be the best-known PDF scanner on this list. This application has been around for quite some time now, and it still manages to keep up a really high rating. This app features a 4.7-star rating in the Play Store, and it’s packed with features. It’s one of the most feature-rich applications on this list.

It comes with OCR support for text recognition. It allows you to scan, save, and share any document in PDF, JPG, Word, or TXT formats. It can quickly digitize documents for you, while it features smart cropping and auto enhancing features. You can AirPrint or fax documents directly from the app, and the app does support advanced document editing. On top of that, it has a neat quick search function… and much more.

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Best PDF Scanner Android App For Page Edge Detection

TurboScan

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

TurboScan is yet another highly-rated PDF scanner app. This app has quite a few features, but its page edge detection feature does stand out. It does a great job when it comes to automatic page edge detection. This app allows you to scan documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, photos, or basically any text you can find. It can save your scans in both PDF and JPEG formats, which seems to be a standard.

The app will allow you to adjust the brightness, rotation, and color of your documents as well. It can also sharpen your scans, when needed. It can process a scanned page in under three seconds. If you really prefer PNG files, the app does allow for that change as well. The app comes with cloud services support, and it does allow you to Cloud Print your scans, or print them with some help from other apps.

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Best PDF Scanner Android App For Cloud Storage Services Support

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Tiny Scanner

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.1+

Tiny Scanner is also quite a compelling app when it comes to PDF scanner applications. This app comes with great cloud services support. It supports Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box. It also has great integration with Evernote, in case you’re using that app. The app can scan documents in color, grayscale, or black and white. OCR support is included here as well, and it works great.

It has page edge detection, and 5 levels of contrast for crisp monochrome text scans. You can set page sizes for PDF if you want, and the quick search function is also supported here. You can even protect some of your documents with a passcode, if you’re scanning some sensitive stuff. That is an immensely useful feature that not many other apps offer. You can also add a signature to scanned docs, which is also one feature that is not easy to find in PDF scanner apps.

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Best Completely Free PDF Scanner Android App

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Scan to PDF

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 5.0+

Scan to PDF app from Simple Design is one of the best-rated PDF scanner apps on the list. It’s not the most popular one, but it’s great. Best of all, this app is completely free. There are no hidden features that you can access after you pay up, nor does it feature ads. The app’s UI also looks really clean, and it’s quite easy to use. It can convert your scanned documents and image to PDF or JPG formats.

This app can scan receipts, invoices, notes, documents, photos, business cards, certificates, whiteboards, and so on. It also allows you to print your scans straight away, via Cloud Print, if you want. Automatic edge detection is supported, as is smart cropping. The app also comes with some auto enhancing features, which will make sure that your scans turn out sharp. OCR is supported, and much more.

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Best PDF Scanner Android App For Added Features

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Genius Scan

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Android 5.0+

Genius Scan is also a great PDF scanner that is packed with features. This app also comes with a really great design which is easy to recognize thanks to combining white and orange colors. This app can also scan pretty much anything, and it comes with a background removal tool as well. It can remove shadows from your scans, and there are several filters that you can use. It also supports batch scanning.

It supports document merging and splitting, while you can set some passwords for your documents here, for privacy’s sake. You can use your phone’s fingerprint scanner to lock stuff down, for example. Document tagging is supported, while the app has support for various cloud storage services. It also supports any WebDAV compatible service, such as NextCloud, ownCloud, Synology, Yandex, and much more.

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Best PDF Scanner Android App For Simplicity

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PDF Scanner App

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Android 5.0+

PDF Scanner App may not have a recognizable name, but it’s quite good at what it does. It can scan documents, ID cards, books, and photos. It even has separate modes for scanning each of those, so that you can help it adjust to the type of scan to the best of its ability. This app also comes with OCR support for text recognition, so you can digitize books without a problem. It also has automatic edge detection, and perspective correction features.

The PDF creator feature can create PDFs in different sizes, depending on whether you need a postcard, letter, a regular book page, or something large like A1 format. You can also print documents from the app, not to mention multi-page scanning feature is also available here. This app can pull images from your gallery as well, and scan those for you, they don’t necessarily have to be new documents / images.

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