Top OCR Apps for iPhone and Android Devices


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The OCR technology became more and more popular in the last couple of years, and there are multitudes OCR programs available on the internet that can help you to convert any scanned document or image into editable text. If you search the web, you will notice there are multiple iPhone and Android OCR apps, both free and paid, but the key is to choose the best ones, which will offer you high quality results. In this article, I will introduce you the top mobile OCR apps for iPhone and Android devices. For desktop users, PDFelement Pro also provide OCR feature.

Part 1. Top 3 Best OCR Apps for Android

#1. Google Docs

You know that Google dominates the entire Android market, and things do not change when it comes to OCR apps. Google Docs has a nice OCR feature that works great, as surprising as it sounds. It is developed exclusively for Android, but it does a good job when it comes to converting PDF scanned documents or images to editable text. On the other hand, there are no other features or options, but the tool is for free!

Google Docs

#2. Google Goggles

Another Google app that can help you to convert scanned PDF files or images into editable text is Google Goggles. The best part of it is that you can simply paste the text after anywhere into your smartphone, including an SMS, a note, or maybe Gmail? You can also use it to scan business cards and to save the details into your contacts section, all in one click. How cool is that? Last, but not least, you can use it to translate the text in a multitude of languages.

Google Goggles

#3. OCR Test

This experimental app is based on Tesseract, and is totally free to use. They do not have a great accuracy, but we liked that it works almost similar to Goggles, but they have an extra cool feature: you can continuous preview in real time the way the app recognizes the text from the PDF document or image.

OCR Test

Comparison of the above OCR Apps on Android

Google Docs
Google Goggles
OCR Test
Price Free Free Free
Type Personal, Professional Personal Personal
Functions OCR Converter OCR Scanner and Converter OCR Converter
Features Easy to use
Pretty accurate
Unlimited conversion
Multiple languages
Scan texts
Recognizes books, paintings, etc.
Translates by taking picture of a text
Reads in 8 languages
Live conversion
Continuous preview
Copy and paste the text

Part 2. Top 3 Best OCR Software for iPhone

#1. Image to Text OCR

This app allows you to extract any editable text from images, but also to share it using your Email or Evernote. You simply need to take a picture of a printed page with the camera of your iPhone, and the program will convert it automatically into text. It works perfectly for English texts.

Image to Text OCR

#2. Perfect OCR

Unfortunately, Perfect OCR is not a free app, but it is great because it can convert any image into editable text "on the go". You can use it even to store the history of the generated text, to crop, rotate, or adjust colors of a taken image. Furthermore, the OCR function is a little slow, as it needs three captured images of a text to analyze and convert it.

Perfect OCR

#3. Prizmo

Prizmo is a famous and sophisticated OCR iPhone app, with an easy-to-use interface. Friendly, but professional, if offers a lot of flexibility for users who want to change or work with the text as they wish. A cool feature of Prizmo is that you can share the resulted text through Dropbox, Evernote, and other platforms.


PDFelement Pro - The Best Desktop PDF OCR Tool

PDFelement Pro is the best PDF OCR tool with multiple OCR languages. It allows you to edit and convert scanned PDF files with ease.

Why Choose This PDF Editor:

  • Advanced OCR feature with multiple languages.
  • Edit and mark up PDF with editing tools.
  • Convert PDF to other editable formats.
  • Secure PDF with password, watermark and signature.
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Comparison of the above iPhone OCR Apps

Image to Text OCR
Perfect OCR
Price Free $3.99 $9.99
Type Personal Personal, Professional Personal, Professional
Functions Image Scanner and Converter Scanner, Converter, Editor Image Converter
Features Share the results
Email features
Great for English texts
Keeps history
"On the go" conversion
Edit images before conversion
Options for image adjustment
Extracts text from images

Ivan Cook

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