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Polaroids are back in style, and millennials love them. It’s a way to turn average pictures into something artsy and different. The only issue is that those photos aren’t on your phone. The pictures are on paper, and there’s only one copy. Well, luckily there’s a way to fix that. The Google PhotoScan app can convert those Polaroids, or any printed photograph, into a digital form. This saves you the hassle of using an actual scanner. Let’s be real, the days of a scanner are numbered. PhotoScan is much more convenient.  

What is PhotoScan, exactly?

The Google PhotoScan app is a savvy way to digitize your old photos. All you have to do is point the camera on your phone to a printed photo for a few seconds, and the photo is automatically uploaded to your camera roll. Old family photographs can be saved on your phone instantly instead of slowly fading away on browning picture paper. It’s not the only photo scanning app out there, but it is definitely revolutionizing the way we can preserve memories from the past.

Should I use this app? 

You should use PhotoScan if you have prints of photos you took back when we still used filmstrips and disposable Kodak cameras. If you have a collection of old family photos, PhotoScan would save you a lot of time and energy. Scrapbookers and Polaroid-lovers can also take advantage of this app by transferring their prints to their smartphone.

What does it do exactly?

It’s an app to scan printed photos. When you click to open the app, it will ask for access to your camera. After accepting it, PhotoScan will open your camera within the app. It will have guides that border the edges of the screen to help you line up your photo correctly. If you have a landscape photo, make sure to turn your camera horizontal.
 
When you have your photo lined up, press the white circle at the bottom of the screen to take the picture. The app will then prompt you to hover your camera over four circles arranged in a rectangle. Move your camera in the direction of the arrow and line it up with each circle, one at a time. When the check mark appears, it’s alerting you to move to the next circle. Once the app has analyzed each circle, it uses algorithms to combine the four images and removes any glare.
 
The new image will be in your saved photos within the app, which syncs seamlessly with Google Photos. From there, crop the image, share it, or save it to your camera roll. You can do this by pressing the button with an arrow inside a square at the top of the screen.

What are the pros?

Google PhotoScan has the technology to remove most glares that come from taking pictures of printed photographs. The glare-removal feature is unique to this Google app. It is also mobile and convenient. You can now save old printed photos to your camera roll or save them to your computer without using a normal scanner. You no longer have to keep pictures in a box, and you can easily scan old photos to a device at any time.

Are there any cons?

If you share a photo directly from the app, it leaves a stamp at the bottom of the image. This takes up a considerable amount of space. To avoid this, save a photo to your camera roll and share it like normal, and there will not be a stamp.

How much does the app cost?

PhotoScan is free, and there are no upgrades or pro versions. You can scan as many photos as you want at no cost!

Where is the app available? 

You can download PhotoScan on your iOS or Android device. However, it is not available for Windows phones.

Anything else?

This app is unique because it isn’t just a cropped picture of a picture. PhotoScan uses fancy algorithms to piece together our photos in digital form. Overall, this app is worth trying out. I’d give it a solid four out of five stars

 

What would you PhotoScan first?

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