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CamScanner App | Scanner to scan PDF | Chinese App


CamScanner is a Chinese based scanning app. It is one of the most popular scanner apps that will turn your phone into a PDF Scanner. It has over 380 million downloads in over 200 countries across the globe. Its helps you to scan, sync and combine on various contents across smartphones, iPad, tablets and computers. It was launched on 17 February 2017. It is based on a freemium model with the ad-supported free version. This app also has a premium version with additional features.

Features Of CamScanner

1. Quickly digitize all kinds of documents with just your smartphone.

2. OCR feature allows to  recognize texts in document images.

3. Easily share documents in PDF or JPEG format with friends and family via various ways.

4. Instantly airprint any documents in CamScanner.

5. Securly store important documents at one place.

6. Auto enhancing image quality, makes the PDF look more sharp and clear.

7. Helps you fax easily over more than 30 countries.

Best 5 Alternatives Of CamScanner App

1. Adobe Scan – The fast scanning app from Adobe turns any standard device into a powerful portable PDF scanner that has an OCR feature. This app enables the user to scan ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. It provides a fast and easy way to capture business cards, receipts, documents etc. It was launched on 31 May 2017. The app has more than 50 million downloads with over 1 million reviews.

Rating on Google Playstore – 4.7.

2. Microsoft Office Lens – Named as “One of the best apps in 2015 in the U.S.” it is a scanning app by Microsoft office. It trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. It helps in converting images to PDF, Word or PowerPoint files. It is like having a scanner in your pocket.  The app has more than over 10 million downloads with over 597K reviews.

Rating on Google Playstore – 4.7.

3. Tap Scanner – Tap Scanner is a simple Camera document scanner app with high-quality PDF output. It allows users to scan and share documents in an easy and quick way. It has features like OCR, Cloud Integration, Electronic Signature etc. It was launched on 13 October 2017. The app has more than 50 million downloads with more than 620K reviews.

Rating on Google Playstore – 4.6.

4. Doc Scanner – It is a PDF document scanner app. You can scan documents, receipts, photos, reports or anything. You can e-sign, extract, translate, share, create workflows and process your documents with Doc Scanner. It was launched on 15 March 2018. The app has more than 1 million downloads with more than 45K reviews.

Rating on Google Playstore – 4.6.

5. Kaagaz Scanner – It is an India based document scanner app and has been acknowledged by the Government of India as a part of Atma Nirbhar App Challenge. It is created by IIT graduates just 10 days before the Chinese App Ban. It has features like Multiple Page Scanning, No Watermark, Enhanced Scan Quality, Free of Charge etc. It was launched on 12 June 2020. The app has more than 1 million downloads with more than 16K reviews.

Rating on Google Playstore – 4.2.

CamScanner App banned in India? Why?

After the tensions on Indo-Chinese border, the Centre Government banned CamScanner along with other 58 Chinese apps as they posed a threat to India’s “sovereignty and security”.The reason for this ban was Government authorities getting complaints about misuse of this app for stealing and secretly transmitting user’s data in an unofficial manner to locations outside India. In order to protect the cyberspace of India, the app was banned.

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Is CamScanner Safe?

CamScanner in itself is a safe app, but the problem comes with a third-party advertising library on it that secretly installed malware on victims’ phones. This gave rise to various speculations on the app and somehow makes it risky to use.

Can you still access the CamScanner App?

Yes, you can still access the CamScanner app after downloading it in your phone. Steps on how to download or access the CamScanner app is given below.

How to access the CamScanner App after the ban?

Steps to access the CamScanner App are as follows:

Step-1 Download Turbo VPN App from Google Play Store.

Step-2 Select China VPN Server and connect it.

Step-3 Now you can easily access CamScanner App in your device even in India.

CamScanner Reviews

CamScanner has 4.6 stars rating on Google PlayStore with more than 3 million views. Users claimed it to be a very handy app for all the scanning work purposes. It is acclaimed to be a power-packed app with all the features like OCR, Airprint, Easy Sharing etc. This app has got a lot of positive reviews in terms of PDF quality that it delivers. One major drawback of the app was the watermark visibility on PDFs.


We at FreshTalk do not support or promote these banned apps thus we suggest our readers to go for the alternatives of this CamScanner App as this app breaches the privacy concern of the users and poses threat to National Security. We support the decision of our government authorities.

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