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Office Lens for iOS

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Key Details of Office Lens

  • Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable.
  • Last updated on 2/21/2024
  • There have been 5 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Office Lens captures and enhances business cards, receipts, sticky notes, whiteboards, and more.


Dynamic intro: Launch Office Lens and you'll see a dynamic description of what this app can do for you, from scanning to editing docs in Word and whiteboards in PowerPoint. Then the app will ask you to allow access to your camera so it can take photos.

Minimal interface: Office Lens' drop-down menu button includes Camera, Import (which requires access to your photos), Recent Uploads, Settings, and Send Feedback, in case you wish to share your improvement ideas with Microsoft.

Easy functionality: Shoot and frame your picture in Photo (default), Document, or Whiteboard mode. You can also switch modes after the photo is taken. Whiteboard mode crops and removes glare and shadows, while Document mode crops and color-corrects your image. If you take your picture at an angle, but would prefer to see it head on, the app flattens it for you in Document or Whiteboard mode. If you dislike the photo's framing, crop it manually and, when you're satisfied, click Done to export.

Optical character recognition: Supported by OCR technology, Office Lens automatically recognizes text, which enables you to later search for specific scans and edit them.

Plenty of saving and sharing options: Save images on OneNote or OneDrive; convert them to Word, PowerPoint, or a PDF for further manipulation; or share them over email or to your Photo Library.


Microsoft account required: To take full advantage of Office Lens' many saving and sharing options -- anything other than saving to Photos or emailing your pictures -- you must first set up a Microsoft account and download free-to-use OneNote and OneDrive. Word and PowerPoint are also advisable for more sophisticated editing and document creation. But a costly Office 365 account is required to edit in those apps.

No multipage documents: Office Lens won't capture multipage documents.

Navigation issue: To share feedback with Microsoft, you are taken out of the app, without the ability to easily return to it when you're done.

Bottom Line

Office Lens is an easy-to-use, feature-rich, and highly useful pocket scanner. But you need to create a Microsoft account; download OneNote, OneDrive, Word, and PowerPoint; and subscribe to pricey Office 365 to get the most benefit from it.

What's new in version 2.77.1

Bug fixes

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Full Specifications

September 30, 2017
Latest update
February 21, 2024
Operating System
iOS 16.4
Total Downloads
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Developer's Description

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable.
Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word and PowerPoint files too. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again. Scenarios: Capture and crop a picture of a whiteboard or blackboard and share your meeting notes with co-workers. Make digital copies of your printed documents, business cards or posters and trim them precisely. Printed and handwritten text will be automatically recognized (using OCR), so you can search for words in images and then copy and edit them. Features: With Whiteboard mode, Office Lens trims and cleans up glare and shadows. With Document mode, Office Lens trims and colors images perfectly. Pictures can be saved to OneNote, OneDrive or other cloud storage. Business Card mode can extract contact information and save it into your address book and OneNote. This feature works best with the following business cards: English, German, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Support for more languages is coming soon. Choose to convert images to Word (docx), PowerPoint (pptx) or PDF (pdf) files that are automatically saved to OneDrive.