Google's PhotoScan Is the Best Thing to Happen to Your Old Photos

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Using your smartphone to take a picture of a printed photograph is tricky. You have to angle the photo the exact right way to minimize the glare, but it's nearly impossible to get rid of the glare completely. Or at least it used to be impossible thanks to Google's PhotoScan.


PhotoScan lets you scan and save printed photos using your phone's camera. You can create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction, and smart rotation. All of that sounds great, right? But the best part is the automatic removal of the glare that has plagued every photo you've ever tried to take a picture of with your smartphone.

Photo Scan has been around for a year already, but if you haven't experienced it, you should probably get on that. Especially if you're heading home for the holidays and plan to look through old photos. You're bound to find some gems that need that social media love.

Download PhotoScan for iOS and Android.