PhotoScan by Google

Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future

#2 Product of the MonthNovember 2016
  • Seth Hawkins
    Seth HawkinsContent Marketing Manager, Vivint

    Quick, high-quality scans. Easy to make fine-tune adjustments. Saves to Google Photos.


    It can sometimes be difficult to align photos just right to be captured.

    PhotoScan is a phenomenal app for quickly converting printed images into digital images. Forget your scanner. This app is faster and easier to use. Simply hold your phone above a photo and scan at a handful of points and your photo is digitized and uploaded to your Google Photos account. One of the best uses for this app is family history. You can quickly archive all your family history photos from a photo book without lots of extra touching of old or delicate photos.

    Seth Hawkins has used this product for one year.
  • Alma
    AlmaProject manager

    Photo quality is great


    Have to move the cam to scan properly

    The app reminded me of the old photo archive I stored over two decades. The scan quality is great.

    It's wearisome to scan over 1k photos. I guess most of the app users ditch it after the firs hundred of scans.

    Alma has used this product for one week.
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Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell ·
Excuse my language but this is shit-hot Great choice of background music in the video too 🔥
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@bentossell "People took REAL photos, printed on actual paper."
Will Schwarz
Will Schwarz@will_schwarz
@rrhoover @bentossell There was a time when pictures didn't move?!
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell ·
@rrhoover wtf is that?!
Hugo Fauquenoi
Hugo Fauquenoi@hfauq · growth @todoist and @twistappteam
@bentossell Took me a while to remember the song!
Tamas Ratkai
Tamas Ratkai@tamasratkai · HOM at FleetYou
@rrhoover @bentossell OMG this just sounds so unreal! :D:D:D Like before the cars people were riding horses. Funny as hell!
David Lieb
David LiebMaker@dflieb · Product Lead, Google Photos
Here's a great video explaining the tech at a high level:
Narendra Rocherolle
Narendra RocherollePro@narendra · CEO, Peck, Inc.
@dflieb Does this let you assign date and location to the scan?
Steven Diffey
Steven Diffey@stevendiffey · Product Programme Manager
@narendra @dflieb You can edit the date/time once uploaded to Google Photos
Aneela@ak310i · Entrepreneur
@dflieb this is great to back up old prints. But the bigger issue is digital photos are stuck and essentially any app is a graveyard. Does googlephotos have integrations to make printed scrap books. I dont want my 3yo staring at a computer screen. And honestly neither do i!
Ross Rojek
Ross Rojek@sacbookreviewer · CTO,,
@dflieb Really spectacular job. My wife will be all over this once the holidays are over.
𝔻𝕒𝕪𝕝𝕖𝕟 𝕊𝕒𝕨𝕔𝕙𝕦𝕜
𝔻𝕒𝕪𝕝𝕖𝕟 𝕊𝕒𝕨𝕔𝕙𝕦𝕜@askdaylen · 𝒮𝓉𝓊𝒹ℯ𝓃𝓉 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒲𝒾𝓀𝒾𝓅ℯ𝒹𝒾𝒶𝓃 𝒾𝓃 𝒱𝒶𝓃𝒸ℴ𝓊𝓋ℯ𝓇
@ak310i Images on Google Photos can be uploaded to Google Drive in the app. Many photobook services allow photos to be uploaded via Google Drive.
Christoph Wagner
Christoph Wagner@wagca · CEO Scanbot / Unfade
As we don't have the budget of Slack for taking out an ad in the NYT the "Unfade" team welcomes you here on Product Hunt. Great addition to the space!
Vahagn Mkrtchyan
Vahagn Mkrtchyan@vahagn_mkrtchyan · Physicist
@wagca "The Unfade team welcomes you here on Product Hunt for only $4.99" and that's a really big difference for a lot of people
Christoph Wagner
Christoph Wagner@wagca · CEO Scanbot / Unfade
@icyber0n PH is probably not the right forum for a pricing discussion. Shoot me a DM on Twitter, I am always happy to discuss this topic.
Slaven Radic
Slaven Radic@slaven · Tapstream cofounder
@wagca Tried PhotoScan now and really disappointed with output quality, and from reading a few other reviews I'm not the only one (on iOS the native camera app takes much crisper photos of photos, glare be damned). Have you compared Unfade quality with PhotoScan, how do you guys compare?
Frank Thelen
Frank Thelen@frank_thelen · Founder and Investor
Happy Unfade user, works with all clouds
Nikunj Kothari
Nikunj Kothari@nikunj · Senior PM, Opendoor
Amazing, love love the video! @dflieb any reason this is put in a standalone app instead of integrated with Google Photos? Do we expect to see more standalone apps from Google Photos?
@nikunj @dflieb Classic Google. Probably a different team working on each app.
David Lieb
David LiebMaker@dflieb · Product Lead, Google Photos
@nikunj We think that scanning photos isn't something you'll do daily -- it's more like something you'll do a handful of times when you get access to the printed photos. So it didn't make much sense to incorporate directly into Google Photos. Plus, this lets us offer PhotoScan to people who aren't yet using Google Photos.
William Pitcher
William Pitcher@wmpitcher · Founder, Pitcher Group
@nikunj @dflieb probably because you don't need it nearly as often as a regular photos app.
David Lieb
David LiebMaker@dflieb · Product Lead, Google Photos
@nikunj We'll do separate apps if/when it makes sense, but no specific plans atm.
David Lieb
David LiebMaker@dflieb · Product Lead, Google Photos
@dubstrike @nikunj Nope, it's us :)