Use Google Photoscan App on Android
Edited by Jay, Maria
Most of us have some older (or newer) photographs laying around that were taken with a traditional-style camera, developed and printed off. Up until the release of PhotoScan by Google photos, taking a digital shot with a smartphone would inevitably leave a glare from the flash. And of course shooting without the flash leaves the picture looking dull and lacking detail and sharpness.
PhotoScan uses technology that eliminates the glare while retaining all the details of the original photograph. The process is simple enough, but it may take a few attempts to get the hang of it. Below we'll walk through the process of installing the app, scanning a photo, and covering the app's settings.
For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android Oreo. However, PhotoScan will work on any device running Android 5.0 or higher.
Scanning a Photograph
- 4Next, you have to move the device around, so the larger hollow circle fully surrounds each of the four smaller solid circles.Now you'll see four solid circles imposed over the picture, and one hollow, slightly larger circle.
Access Help and Printing Options
Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- To completely remove the glare you may need to take a few shots as the results are dependent on how well you maneuver the device around.
- Keep the phone steady, fluid, and the same height from the picture as you move it around during the scanning phase for the best results.
- Turn off glare removal to quickly scan documents containing simple text or images. Depending on the lighting in the room, you may not need the flash either.