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Digital edge: Google PhotoScan digitises your vintage prints

Photographs are worth a thousand words, especially those from your childhood.

While there is something truly sentimental about flipping through old photo albums, sometimes you just want to share those precious memories on social media. Using a scanner to digitise our printed photos just doesn’t cut it anymore – because really, who has time for all that hassle?

Google PhotoScan
Image credit: Gizmodo

Here’s where we present to you, Google PhotoScan. This savvy app allows you to seamlessly take a snap of your photographs – which will be automatically cropped, enhanced and rotated.

The best part about this? You can say goodbye to that ugly glare you usually get when scanning your photos using a traditional scanner. The Google PhotoScan adopts a technology that eliminates glare, inspired by human vision. All you have to do is position your photo within the frame, tap on the shutter button, and hover your phone camera above the four white circles that appear.

Google PhotoScan
#tbt. Image credit: Google PhotoScan

The app works in tandem with Google Photos, which stores your images in the cloud and uses image recognition technology to sort your photos.

Well, it looks like we’ll be seeing more #ThrowbackThursday shots on Instagram now.

Compatible with Android and iOS, available for free on Google Play and the App Store.

Digital edge: Google PhotoScan digitises your vintage prints

Dewi Nurjuwita

Senior Writer

Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.


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