Microsoft Lens (formerly Office Lens) trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable.
You can use Microsoft Lens to convert images to PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files, digitize printed or handwritten text, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device. You can even import images that are already on your device using Gallery.


• Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents
• Capture whiteboard at end of the meeting to keep those action items on track
• Scan printed text or handwritten meeting notes to edit and share later
• Keep your business networking contacts handy by scanning business cards and saving them to your contact list
• Choose to save as PDF, Image, Word or PowerPoint formats into OneNote, OneDrive, or local device as location


• Scan classroom handouts and annotate them in Word and OneNote
• Scan handwritten notes to digitize and edit later (works with English only)
• Take a picture of the whiteboard or blackboard to reference later, even if you're offline
• Keep class notes and your own research organized with the seamless integration with OneNote

Join the beta program at this link to get an early preview of the next version of Microsoft Lens and help make it better by providing us feedback:

What’s New

Version 2.54.4

Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33.7K Ratings

33.7K Ratings

Apprat0r ,

Great scanning app

For documents/pictures/whiteboards.
I’ve been using office lens for several years now and have been very happy with the flexibility and the accuracy. I’ve tried many scanning apps and stuck with office lens. I have given 5 stars, until the last update. The one thing that took a turn for the worse is the fact that I can’t adjust the borders with a zoomed in view. Previously I was able to pinch-zoom in while adjusting the borders so that I can see exactly where I’m making the border without losing text. With the latest update I’ve lost the ability and need to guess and hope I don’t lose any text. The auto recognition of borders has gotten better, but still is not accurate always. That’s when I want to use the zoom in. Hope the ability gets added back.

DonnaFlorida5 ,

I’ll keep using my old scanner app

I received a great promo for Lens because I have an office subscription. It made me want to love Lens. But Lens is lacking features that I use all the time when scanning documents. The biggest problem is that it lacks important editing features, such as the ability to change a color document to B/W, and the ability to lighten or darken a document. Second, when I input images from my device (camera roll) into Lens, I must do it one page at a time. I am used to being able to select a number of images at once. (I use that scanner feature frequently to combine PDFs. (I convert the PDFs to images, and then bring the images (PDF pages) into my scanner app and make a new PDF.) Lastly, my old app will capture a page as soon as it detects the edges, without my having to touch the shutter button, but Lens doesn’t. That feature makes it easier to hold the device while scanning and it allows me to scan multiple pages quickly. Lens might offer new functionality for people who want to scan whiteboards. I don’t know and I don’t need that ability. For those of us who deal heavily with documents, Lens needs to step up its game. I can already easily send scans to one note (as an image or a pdf) so switching to Lens would not help me. I will hold off using Lens for now.

mdaparicio ,

I love this app, but...

I really like this app. I've been using it for two years now. First on an Samsung phone, now on a iPhone. I use it everyday to submit assignments for school. There is one thing that I find extremely annoying. When I first got the app on my Samsung new files would just be automatically named what ever the date and time was. This was nice because it meant I never had to name the files and it was easy to figure out when a file was made. When I switched to iOS it worked like this for a little bit, maybe a month or so. But then it broke. Now if I take a scan, the go to the screen where you choose where to save the file to, the will be title is not updated. It shows the title being the date and time of the last time it was updated. The only way I've found to make it update is delete the automaticly set title and leave it blank, it then will title the page correctly. I know that it's just a little bug, but it used to work. I don't remember exactly when this started happening but it was about 8 months ago. Please fix this. It's the only issue with this app that I've encountered.

Developer Response ,

Hi, Thank you for using Microsoft Lens. We've taken your feedback and shall look to improve the experience.

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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