Google’s new PhotoScan will Scan Your Photos and Automatically Remove Imperfections, No Scanner Needed

PhotoScan is a new smartphone app used to “take a picture of your pictures.” That is, it will snap photos of all those old pictures you have stored in photo albums or in Fotomat envelopes. It will then create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction, and smart rotation. Even better, it also automatically recognizes the four corners of the frame and displays circular overlays on each corner of the scanned image. You then point your phone camera at each circle, create a robust scan of the image, and PhotoScan gets to work from there.

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PhotoScan eliminates reflections and other aspects of digital deterioration. PhotoScan stitches together a single image from those several overlapped photos, making sure to eliminate any glare-infected shots while evening out the overall exposure Once it’s captured, a photo is backed up online and added to your Google Photos library, where the app offers its standard face-recognition and manual enhancement tricks.

PhotoScan is available free of charge for Android and Apple iOS cell phones in your smartphone’s app store. You can read more about the new PhotoScan app at https://www.google.com/photos/scan.

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Can not find on Google Play, eventually did by a web search. Not compatible with my old Samsung S2.

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I found it on Playstore (on a Droid phone). It’s there, under Photoscan by Google Photos. I’m at work at present, but I’ve got boatloads of old photo albums I need to try this with!

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Doesn’t work on Nexus 7 either

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Can’t wait to try this. If it actually removes glare it will become my favorite app

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It works well on a Pixel XL cell phone.

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I downloaded the app for my Motorola Android. It’s a new phone with great camera so anxious to try it!

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I am so very anxious to try this app. I just have one worry. Does this mean that our scanned pictures are in the public domain when they are backed up online and when they are stored in Google Photos Library?

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    No.

    All photos stored on Google remain your property, stored in your personal password-protected area, and not available to anyone else. No company is ever allowed to do anything with your photos (or any other files) without your explicit permission.

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PhotoScan PDF Pro available on my i phone 6 but cost is $6.99. Probably cheap at twice the price since our scanner died.

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Your article states it will work on tablets….. I have tried 3 different ones and the app states its not compatible with this device. HELP

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    Please keep in mind that the program’s specifications state that Android users need at least Android 5.0, aka Lollipop.

    The iPhone/iPad version states at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photoscan-scanner-by-google/id1165525994?mt=8 : “Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).”

    That’s a lot of iPad tablets that should work with it, according to the program’s specs.

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    They all have 6

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    The folks at Google Support should be able to help you better than anyone else can. According to the PhotoScan description on the Google Play Store, their email address is: apps-help@google.com

    I have not used Google Support so I cannot tell you how much help they offer. Most companies cannot afford to offer personal troubleshooting assistance for free programs.

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I’ve experimented a bit with PhotoScan on an iPhone 7 using iOS 10.1.1. The flash tended to wash out the image, but natural light without flash was OK. The resolution is limited: a 4 X 6 print ends up as a 700 to 900KB file, less than I had hoped for. (Most photos I take with this phone are over 3MB actual size) Glare was reduced using natural light, but remained when using flash. It won’t replace a scanner and an editing program, but it is quick and handy for digitizing and sharing.

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