Top 4 Best OCR Apps for Android | Extract Text From Images

Have you ever tried of copying text from your notes or any sheet to your laptop, PC or mobile and wasted hours on it? We all have done it. It takes a lot of time and workload to copy the content. If you want to digitalize the printed content then there are some best Optical Character Recognition (OCR) tools that you can use to do the task quite easily.

OCR apps can be really helpful if you have a lot of bulk content to copy from a book, newspaper or anything into digital media. With OCR app, you just need to scan the particular document and rest of the work will be done by OCR app.

Top 5 OCR Apps for Android

Below, we are going to list some of the best top OCR apps that you can use to extract text from images and printed documents. These apps are tested and work in almost every case. If you’re looking to convert an image to text then apps can be really helpful for you. These applications are quite fast and can do the tasks in few seconds. So below are some of the best OCR apps for android that can help you do things a bit easier.

  1. Google Keep

Google Keep is one of the most popular apps that is used to keep and save your notes in any of your devices. It’s a product from Google. But Google Keep is much more than a normal notes saving the application, you can do a lot more with it. With Google Keep, you can read text from images with the help of its optical character recognition features which allows you to scan the images and extract text very easily.

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Google Keep
Google Keep

To grab text from an image, you need to add that image in Google keep, click on that image. Now click on the 3 dots in the upper right and then click on grab text option. Now, wait for the magic to happen.

2. Text Fairy

Text Fairy is another great tool to scan images and printed media into digital media. It just not only works in English content but also supports more than 60 Languages from all over the world. The languages include Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, French, and more. One of the best things is that this application also supports a lot of Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, etc. Although you will need to download the languages to run them in the application.

 Text Fairy
Text Fairy

To extract the text from an image, you need to open the application, tap on the camera icon to capture the image of the object from which you need to extract the text. You can also import a picture from your saved files by clicking on the gallery icon button. Now, once you select the image, select the area you would like to scan and click on the arrow to proceed, select whether the layout of the document is one column or two column and select the language of the tet and click on start. That’s all.

3. Text Scanner [OCR]

Text Scanner is the third OCR scanner that you can use to scan and extract text from images perfectly. It works very fast when it comes to extracting text from an image using optical character recognition technique. Text Scanners also supports more than 50 languages and claims to scan and extract text from handwritten content. The app also offers features such as increasing or decreasing the brightness and magnification.

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Text Scanner [OCR]
Text Scanner [OCR]

To use this OCR app, you need to open the OCR application, turn your phone towards the object from which you have to scrape the text. Click on the blue Sutter button and capture the document. You can also import the picture from your phone by clicking on Gallery icon in the app.

4.  Office Lens

Office lens is a great application developed by Microsoft. This app trims enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens allows you to convert your images into PDF, powerpoint and word files. Along with these great features, Office lens by Microsoft also provides the feature of OCR.

Office Lens
Office Lens

With Office Lens, you can easily extract text from an image with the help of OCR technology. To use OCR feature in office lens, open the camera and focus on the document that you want to scan. This application will automatically detect the section of the image with text. Press the shutter button of the camera and then you can adjust the text area manually.  Click on save and check word document and tap on the check icon.

So these were some of the best OCR apps for android that you can use to make your task of extracting text from any image or documents easily. These applications above are totally tested and work great in most of the conditions. I  really hope that this article will help you a lot and if it does, make sure to share this post on social media or with your friends.

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About the Author: Abhishek Tiwari

The author spent a significant chunk of his formative years resisting technology. He now keeps an eye on where the world is heading to and drives a passive pleasure from this indulgence. His passion for writing, learning and growing drives him each day.

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