Adobe Scan vs Genius Scan: Which Document Scanner App is Better on iPhone?

You can remember the times when you looked for a real scanner to get a digital copy of a document. The whole process was tedious and time consuming. But today, your iPhone or Android can achieve similar results in seconds. Genius Scan and Adobe Scanner are two of the most popular document scanning apps for iPhone.

Both offer the convenience of converting printed text into digital at the push of a button. All you need is proper lighting and the rest of the way for the respective apps. But as we all know, a perfect app is a myth. And these apps end up having a bug or two as well.

When it comes to choosing the best between Genius Scan and Adobe Scan, comparisons are inevitable. So in this post today we’re going to pit Genius Scan versus Adobe Scan and figure out which scanner app is best for you.

Without further ado, let’s dive into it.

App size

Genius Scan weighs around 52MB, while Adobe Scan is three times as large at 146MB. You can download it from the link below.

user interface

Both Adobe Scan and Genius Scan offer a standard home screen view with all scanned documents on the front. Adobe goes one step further and allows you to import files and images directly from the Gallery or the Files app.

Genius Scan follows the same routine. It offers recently scanned documents and you can use the camera capture button at the bottom to start scanning pages.

Ingenious home

Unfortunately, none of the apps open the camera interface directly to quickly scan documents on the go. Again, this has something to do with how Apple changed the way you allow apps to access native features like the camera.

Multi-sided scanning

Most scanner apps handle the scanning of individual pages with no problem. But what about multi-sided scanning? Let’s talk about it.

Scanning multiple pages is useful when you need to scan multiple pages together. At the same time, you don’t want to lose sight of the order of the pages. It is an added benefit if the app has the ability to combine all of these pages into one neat PDF file.

After you’ve scanned a document, you can use Adobe Scan to add more pages (yes, the little icon on the left). All you have to do is grab a document from your gallery, scan a new one, and then merge it into a PDF.

Record document

Genius Scan handles multi-page scanning like a pro. You can still scan documents and the app will show the number of pages you scanned for the PDF file. You can hit the Done button and the app will generate a clean looking PDF file to share.

Multipage scanner

Scanning documents in landscape orientation

When it comes to scanning documents in landscape orientation, Adobe Scan is great. It recognizes the document layout almost instantly and takes a snapshot of it. You don’t have to tap the document; You don’t have to adjust the focus either. It does everything automatically, and more exceptionally.

Speaking of Genius Scan, the app can also recognize documents in landscape format. However, the detection is not quick and fast and, especially with a light background, you may have to struggle a little with the camera position.


Adobe Scan comes with several well-working editing tools – you can rotate images, change colors, and remove unwanted visual artifacts from images.

All scanned documents undergo predictive text when they are saved. You can then manually copy text from your document scans to the clipboard of the iPhone or iPad or edit it with a PDF editor.

Adobe Scan also offers additional scanning modes (whiteboard, form, and business card) that you can easily switch to while scanning, each with its own specific functionality. To the example, with business card you can scan business cards and easily add the details to the contacts app.

Adobe editing

Search text

Genius Scan focuses on the security part. You can password protect a PDF from sharing, and you can also enable Face ID authentication to keep prying eyes away.

Other add-ons include document manipulation, OCR (text recognition), business card scanning, shadow removal, batch scanning, and more.

Ingenious processing

Scan quality

Let’s talk about distortion and scan quality. Normal white pages won’t make Adobe Scan or Genius Scan sweat. The real test begins when you try to use these apps on glossy documents or colored paper.

In some cases, you may notice the paint bleeding. Or in the worst case, the colored background makes the text unrecognizable. The good news is that both Adobe Scan and Genius Scan are free from such problems. In my limited trial period, I’ve found that Adobe does a slightly better job than its rival.

Storage and export

Adobe Scan has limited options. This Adobe app stores everything in the AdobeCloudso you have less control over how your documents are managed. You cannot edit these documents directly. But luckily there is the option to make a copy that allows you to email or share the PDF version WhatsApp.

Adobe scanning

Genius Scan is flexible here. You can export scanned documents to Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Expensify, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, OneDrive, and even OneNote.

Genie share

Go paperless

Both Adobe Scan and Genius Scan can do this for you. I have some observations when it comes to choosing between these two. Choose Adobe Scan if you live in an Adobe ecosystem and want the best possible document scanning product. Genius Scan is more flexible in the sharing department and has better data protection functions.

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