3 OCR Apps to Extract Text from Image

Using OCR software on your PC is well and good, but what if you need to extract text from images on the go? That’s what you use mobile applications for.

There are a lot of different OCR apps that you can find on the internet nowadays. But, choosing between them can be a little difficult…especially if you don’t know what features to look for.

In this post, we’re going to be looking at three OCR apps that you can use in 2022 for quickly extracting written text from your images. We’ll talk about their perks and features as well so that you can get a good idea about them.

Let’s get started.

OCR Apps for Text Extraction from Images

While we want to give you a good idea about the apps that we will be discussing, we also want to keep the discussion somewhat brief. Keeping that in mind, we’ll be looking at a short intro for each app, followed by the ‘how to use’ and then the ‘features’ at the end.

1.      Image to Text: Picture to Text (by Prepostseo)

Image to Text: Picture to Textis free to use, and it comes with a range of useful features that you can enjoy. To begin with, you don’t have to sign up or register to start using this app. This is something that you can be required to do with some others and it can be a bit annoying.

Other than the ease of accessibility, another thing that makes the Image to Text: Picture to Text app worth using is its integrity. The publisher is a pretty popular name in the industry and has a booming presence online. You won’t have to worry about getting your data stolen or misappropriated in any way when using this app.

Incidentally, if you ever want to extract text from image using the web version, you can look it up on Google and use it easily without signing up.

The web version works just as well as the app, and you can extract text from image using it without any words.

How to Use This App?

Here are the steps that you can follow to use this app:

  1. First of all, download and open the app.
  2. Once the app opens, click on the camera icon 📷 at the bottom center of the screen and select an option from ‘Camera’ or ‘Gallery’.
  3. If you want to use the ‘Camera’ option, you will have to take an image using your device’s camera. But, if you want to use an existing image from your local storage, you can use the ‘Gallery’ option instead.
  4. After you snap the image using your camera or choose one from your local storage, the extracted text will appear in the main text box.
  5. You can copy the extracted text to your clipboard or you can click on the ‘Send’ button to share it via your message apps.

Features of This App:

Here are some of the awesome features that you can enjoy with this app:

  • Has a ‘History’ option that you can use for recalling old documents
  • Allows you to share the extracted text with your contacts
  • Quick processing speed
  • No signup or payment required

2.      Photo to Text – Text Extract (by Enzipe Apps)

Photo to Text – Text Extract is an easy-to-use app with a simple interface. Like the one discussed above, this one is also free to use and it does not require any sort of signing up beforehand.

Although there is no ‘History’ feature in Photo to Text – Text Extract, the simplicity of the interface makes up amply for it. The app is ideal for users who want to just quickly extract some text from an image without navigating through a lot of features and menus.

The same goes for the web version of this app. It is also easy to use and you can access it to get text from image without signing up or buying a paid plan.

How to Use This App?

The steps to use this app are very similar to the ones we discussed above.

  1. Download and open the app.
  2. At the starting screen, click on ‘Take a Picture’ or ‘Gallery’. If you want to snap a picture of a document in real-time, you can use the former option. But, if you want to work with an existing file in your storage, you can use the latter.
  3. Once the image loads, you can do some light edits by rotating or cropping it.
  4. After the image has been corrected, click on the ‘à’ arrow icon to start the process.
  5. The app will extract the text, and you can easily download/copy it.

Features

Here are some of the features that you can enjoy with this app:

  • Complete freedom of use. No signup or payment required
  • Multiple importing options
  • Image editing options available
  • Output downloading feature available

3.      Image to text scanner – OCR – (by Apps Ace)

The Image to text scanner – OCR – app is also simple and easy to use. It comes equipped with several useful features, such as multi-language support and integration with the other available tools.

After you use the app for extracting text from an image, you can use the other two integrated tools on that same piece of text. The integrated tools include:

  • Text-to-Speech: Using this feature, you can get audio feedback on the extracted text.
  • Translate: Using this feature, you can translate the extracted text to any of the other supported languages.

Although this app is very feature-rich, it has the disadvantage of showing too many ads during the using process. While testing it for this review, we got a full-screen ad before almost every step i.e., text extraction, and audio feedback.

How to Use This App?

Here are the steps that you will have to follow to use this app:

  1. Download and open the app.
  2. At the starting screen, click on the ‘OCR’ option at the top.
  3. Select your language by clicking on the button at the center of the screen.
  4. Click on the ‘Camera’ button at the bottom corner of the screen to select an image from your gallery. You can also snap one directly using your camera.
  5. After selecting the image, you can edit and adjust it by scaling, cropping and rotating.
  6. Once you’re done, you can click on the tick mark at the top right corner to finalize the image.
  7. The results will be provided after which you can save/share them, or use them with any of the other integrated tools.

Features

  • Free to use
  • Multiple important options
  • Integrated tools available
  • Results sharing enabled

Conclusion

That wraps it up.

Hopefully, after reading this post, you have a good idea about the features and functionality of the three apps that we’ve discussed. All of them are worth using. The last one on the list is particularly feature-rich, but it has to be used a little…patiently due to all the ads.

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