Scan documents and whiteboards with your Android smartphone and Microsoft Office Lens

Microsoft completes the trifecta with the full release of Office Lens for Android joining iOS and Windows Phone products.

It's convenient to use your smartphone to capture pictures of whiteboards, receipts, and other documents and then file those away in an app like Evernote or OneNote. Microsoft previously released Office Lens for Windows Phone and iPhone owners with the Android version hitting the Google Play Store last night.


The Android version was previously available as a public preview, but is now released as a full, free product. You can use Office Lens to capture documents and other important images that are then saved in OneNote or OneDrive.

Given the ability of the Android platform to share to multiple sources, Microsoft was able to use the same functionality from Windows Phone so you can save the image to places such as OneDrive and Word in one step.

As stated on the Microsoft blog, Office Lens offers the following:

  • Converts images of paper documents, electronic screens and whiteboard notes into Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and searchable PDF files for easy storage, editing and reformatting.
  • Enables images to be sent via email, making it easy to share whiteboard notes with work colleagues, submit scanned business expense receipts or ensure family and friends have copies of important paper documents.
  • Captures business cards and generates contacts, which can be sent to OneNote and added to your phone.
  • Recognizes the corners of a document and automatically crops, enhances and cleans up the image.
  • Identifies printed text with optical character recognition (OCR) so that you can search by keyword for the image in OneNote or OneDrive.
  • Inserts images to OneNote or as DOCX, PPTX or PDF files in OneDrive, providing options to save, export and share the image.

You can choose to capture an object as a document, whiteboard, or photo, which helps the software optimize the image. Save locations on Android include OneNote, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and image gallery.

The user interface is simple, which makes the software even handier as you can capture what you need and move along. The whiteboard functionality has proved useful to me in the past and I look forward to now using it on Android.