What are the best apps for translating a photo or scanned document?

asked by Michael Edge
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    #1Scan and Translate

    Scan and Translate

    Scan and Translate is an app that allows you to translate text from pictures, scanned documents and more. You'll be able to read whatever words are in the images you have on your phone.



    Free- With in-app purchases

    Jonathan Medina
    Written on January 12, 2018
    "Pretty useful app, especially when traveling. Language barriers are difficult when traveling in foreign countries. This app is great in helping with signs and things you need to travel safely and efficiently. It's pretty easy to use and my experience has been great with it. "
  2. 5

    #2Microsoft Translator

    Microsoft Translator
    Microsoft Translator is a free translation application that supports over sixty languages for online and offline use. The app for iOS and Android can be used for translating text, voice, conversations, camera photos and screenshots.

    Android, iOS


    Jeremy Beck
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "I work for a multi-national corporation and sometimes I need to translate info off of a photo or advertisement. Microsoft Translator does a great job of translating in a simple to use interface."
  3. 4

    #3Google Translate

    Google Translate

    Google Translate is a free language app available for Web, Android and iOS devices. This language learning/translation platform provides access to instant translations to and from various languages, so users will have a way to communicate.


    Android, iOS, Chrome


    Sai Sharma
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "Google translate is an app that I myself has used extensively. The translations are far from perfect, but they are good enough that you get the meaning behind the translated text most of the time."
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    Waygo is a free translator app and also a Chinese, Japanese and Korean dictionary.  You can get immediately any translate just by putting your phone's camera over a foreign text.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Judith Mason
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "Sometimes when I'm watching a movie or I'm reading a book or even out in the world, I see foreign language and wonder what it means. I would take out my phone and attempt to write it out in google translate, but it was so time consuming, and you can't really type those Chinese letters. My friend sent me this app that you can just use your camera to put over the text and it will translate it for you. I can't believe how fast and easy it is. It is such a wonder!"


Best What are the best apps for translating a photo or scanned document
1Scan and TranslateApps 10 Free
2Microsoft TranslatorApps 5 Free
3Google TranslateApps 4 Free
4WaygoApps 1 Free

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