Google Introduces PhotoScan, an App for Digitizing Your Old Photos

This week Google announced the release of its all-new PhotoScan app, a mobile app aimed at helping users digitize and archive their old photos. Available on both iOS and Android devices, Google touts the app’s ease-of-use and scan quality as key features of the software. Users with old printed photos may find the app useful for creating digital copies to have as backups. And those fond of shooting Polaroids, may now have an easy way of getting their prints on their phone while retaining a high level of quality. 

To use the app, users simply hold their phone over a printed photo, scan over four points of the photo, and you’re all done. The finished image will be a high-res version of your original photo instead of just a photo of a photo. If you’re a Google Photos users, scanned photos will also be organized by face or place. Other key features include the ability to stitch multiple photos together, remove glare, perspective correction, and smart rotation. See it in action in the short video below.

PhotoScan by Google Photos is available for free and is out now on the App Store and Google Play. Find out more by visiting Google’s official website here.