Convert Images to Text or Word Documents on Android Devices [OCR]

Are you looking for easy and dependable methods that can convert images of different types having text to electronic text or word documents on Android devices? Check out this guide for detailed instructions, required Android applications and links to download them.

Convert Images [OCR] to Text or Word Documents

Need for Digital Documents (Text, Word ..)

Time, space and money has become crucial today. It takes extra time, extra physical space and additional money for paper documentation. To address these issues, many are moving towards paperless documentation i.e, digital documentation.

In digital documentation, the required content is entered into the text or word documents electronically on digital devices and are saved on device storage memories. When required, they are accessed and displayed using appropriate software.

Advantages of digital documents

Following are some of the advantages of using digital documents.

  • Better ways to organize content.
  • Create, edit or append documents on the fly.
  • Documents are stored on electronic storage devices. Hence, grants instant access to the documents.
  • Consumes less time and less money compared to paper documentation. Hence widely used for information entry from printed media.
  • Negligible maintenance cost etc.

Now that we have discussed in brief the need for digital documents and its advantages, its your decision to either go with paper documentation or digital documentation.

Need to Convert Images Having Text to Electronic Text or Word Documents

So, you decided to go with digital documents. Nice! Its easy to create fresh digital documents. On the other hand, while dealing with images containing text, printed or handwritten text, you have to rewrite the content again manually.

Are you willing to rewrite the content again? I don’t think you should be. There are applications available for Android devices that can help us to do this task in just few seconds.

These Android applications scans the already written text on images, printed or handwritten media and then converts them into electronic text. This output text can be edited (if required), copied to clipboard and saved as a new digital document. Thus saving our precious time.

Convert Images to Text or Word Documents on Android Devices [OCR]

You can convert the images of recipes, notes, thesis, contracts, invoices, reports etc to electronic texts or editable word documents to save your precious time.

Following are two easy and dependable Android applications using which one can convert images of different types having text to digital documents (text, word etc) on Android devices with the help of OCR.

Before proceeding, I would like to list the basis on which the following suggestions are made.

  • The following applications are free to use and are supported by in-app advertising or in-app purchases.
  • These applications has simple user interface and thus are easy to use.
  • These applications supports Optical Character Reader (OCR). OCR helps to convert images to machine-encoded text.
  • Developers provides timely updates based on bugs reported.
  • User reviews on Play Store.

Text Scanner [OCR]

This Android application is developed by Peace App group which is based on Tokyo, Japan. Text Scanner [OCR] has over 10,00,000+ downloads and requires Android version 4.0 or higher.

Pros of using Text Scanner [OCR]

  • High speed image conversion with high quality and high accuracy.
  • Supports scanning from device camera and device gallery.
  • Supports handwritten text.
  • Supports editing and sharing output text.
  • Supports conversion history.

Cons

  • Requires Internet connection for displaying advertisements to convert images to electronic text.
  • The feature to create documents from output text is missing. This missing feature should be an in-built feature. We have to make use of another Android application like Microsoft Office Word for this purpose.

Convert Images to Text using Text Scanner [OCR]

Follow the instructions below to convert images having text to electronic text using Text Scanner [OCR] Android application.

  • Install Text Scanner [OCR] Android application from Play Store.
  • Launch the application, and ALLOW Text Scanner to take pictures and record videos when asked for permission.
  • Make sure your device Internet connection is turned ON. Else you won’t be able to convert any image to electronic text. This Android application is built this way to work.
  • Using device camera
    • If required, click on the flash icon to enable camera flash. You can also adjust brightness and zoom using the buttons provided.
    • Take a picture of the printed document, or digital photo, or handwritten text.
  • Using images from device gallery
    • Click on the gallery icon.
    • ALLOW Text Scanner to access photos, media and files on your device when asked for permission.
    • Scroll down and select the desired image.
  • That’s it. Wait for a few seconds and you will have the converted text.
  • Click on the edit icon to make any changes.
  • Click on the share icon and then select Copy to clipboard option.

Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner)

This Android application is developed by Renard Wellnitz. Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner) has over 50,00,000+ downloads and requires Android version 4.0.3 or higher.

Pros of using Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner)

  • High speed conversion.
  • Scan from device camera and device gallery.
  • Corrects the viewpoint of images.
  • Supports image rotation before conversion.
  • Supports editing and sharing output text.
  • Supports conversion to PDF format.
  • Free from advertisements.

Cons

  • Does not support handwritten text.
  • Like Text Scanner, Text Fairy also cannot create documents from text output. We need another Android application to do this.

Convert Images to Text using Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner)

Follow the below instructions to convert images having text to electronic text using Text Fairy Android application.

  • Install Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner) Android application from Play Store.
  • Launch the application, and ALLOW Text Fairy to access photos, media and files on your device when asked for permission.
  • Using device camera
    • Click on the camera icon.
    • Take a picture of the printed document, or digital photo. Then click on the ‘Right Mark’ to select the image.
  • Using images from device gallery
    • Click on the gallery icon, scroll down and select the desired image.
  • Adjust the text selector, rotate the image if required, then click on the ‘Arrow’ icon to proceed.
  • Now click on the START option.
  • If everything goes well, you will be greeted with ‘That went well’ text or something like that after converting the image.
  • Else you need to repeat the process again.
  • Make any changes to the text and click on the Copy option.

Create a Document using Output Text

After copying the output text to clipboard, you need to create a document using the copied text. To do this, follow the instructions below.

  • Open any ‘document creating application’ like Microsoft Office Word, and click on ‘New’ button or any other already created document.
  • If you do not have any such application installed, click on the above link attached and install Microsoft Office Word Android application.
  • Long press on the document, and then select ‘Paste’ option.
  • Save the document.

Note: There are some other Android applications that can convert images to electronic text and then directly saves the output text to a word document.

‘Image to Word – Picture Scanner with OCR’ is one of such applications. This Android application requires us to wait for an hour between each free image conversion. This is the time limitation set by the application developers. The application has in-app purchases that can grant fast image conversions.

Image to Word – Picture Scanner with OCR

This Android application is developed by CometDocs Inc. Image to Word has over 1,00,000+ downloads and the required Android version varies with device.

Pros of using Image to Word – Picture Scanner with OCR

  • Accurate conversion. I am impressed with the quality.
  • No limitations on input file size.
  • No limitations on number of free conversions.
  • Powerful scanner with OCR.
  • Supports cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive etc.
  • Converted documents are in .docx format. Editable and immediately ready to use.

Cons

  • Requires us to wait for an hour between each free conversion. I hope the developer again takes a look at this limitation.

Convert Images to Word Documents using Image to Word – Picture Scanner with OCR

  • Install Image to Word – Picture Scanner with OCR Android application from Play Store.
  • Launch the application, and ALLOW it to access photos, media and files on your device when asked for permission.
  • Using device camera
    • Click on the camera icon, and ALLOW the application to take pictures and record videos when asked for permission.
    • Enable or disable flash using the flash icon.
    • Take a picture of the desired printed media.
  • Using images from device gallery
    • Click on the image icon, scroll down and select the desired image.
  • Rotate the image (if required) and then click on OK.
  • Now click on the Free button to start the conversion. You can see the progress of the conversion. Once the file is converted, you will get the notification about the same.
  • The converted text is directly saved to a word document. This document is editable and immediately ready to use.

That’s it. Using these methods one can convert images to electronic text and save it as a digital document and retrieve them whenever there is a need.

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