Monday

How to get Dual SIM Dual VoLTE on Nokia 7 Plus



The Nokia 7 Plus was launched during the MWC 2018 event back in February, and recently became available for sale, joining the latest slew of Android-powered Nokia smartphones produced by the new brand in charge, HMD Global. One of the most important features these new Nokia smartphones are touted with is the availability of fast software updates, and this has been followed to the letter so far. A new update is here for the Nokia 7 Plus, and amongst others, it brings with it a new and rare functionality; Dual SIM Dual VoLTE.



What is Dual SIM Dual VoLTE? It's a new technology that allows you to use two 4G LTE connections actively at the same time on a smartphone. 99% of smartphones available now currently do not support this feature, but we expect this to change gradually as chip makers are now including support for the technology in their latest flagship processors.

So how come the Nokia 7 Plus is getting the feature from a mere software update? It's simple; the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, the processor powering the Nokia 7 Plus has native support for the technology, but the feature wasn't included in the smartphone from launch, probably because of the need to quickly push the device into the market at that time.



Earlier this month, Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global's chief product officer announced that the Nokia 7 Plus would get the feature soon, and now it's here. Here's how to get Dual SIM Dual VoLTE on the Nokia 7 Plus.

How to get Dual SIM Dual VoLTE on Nokia 7 Plus

The feature is delivered to the Nokia 7 Plus through a software update, so to get this technology on your smartphone, simply open your Settings, navigate to System then to System Update and check for new updates.

The software update has the label V2.22A and will set you back by about 441.7MB in terms of data. All you need is to download and install the update, and the feature will be available on your Nokia 7 Plus device.



The Nokia 7 Plus Software Update V2.22A also brings user interface enhancements, improved system stability, and the navigation buttons that used to be present at the top of the dialer have now been moved to the bottom. The update also includes the May Android security patch.

If you can't find the update in your Nokia 7 Plus yet, wait for a few more days as the update is being rolled out gradually and not every device has gotten it yet.

With software update V2.22A, the Nokia 7 Plus joins Huawei P20 Pro, Honor View 10, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Oppo F7 in the small list of smartphones supporting Dual SIM Dual VoLTE right now.

Wednesday

Itel A32F Specs Review and Price: Fingerprint Scanner & Android 8.1 Oreo for N20,000

Itel doesn't make the best smartphones in the Nigerian and African smartphone industry, but they sure make many affordable smartphones targeted at entry-level Android users in the market. The Itel A32F is the company's latest budget smartphone, and it comes with some noteworthy features including a fingerprint scanner and Android 8.1 Oreo, the latest version of the Android OS.



Where else would you find a smartphone that has a fingerprint sensor, runs on the latest software and has other decent specs at N20,500? The Itel A32F is the perfect smartphone for the younger brothers and sisters as well as entry-level smartphone users. It's also good as a side smartphone for those who've gone far in the Android game.

Itel A32F Specifications Review

Design & Display

The Itel A32F doesn't look bad for a budget smartphone. In fact, it's better looking than many smartphones in its price range. It has large top and bottom bezels and uses capacitive buttons for navigation.



Its fingerprint sensor is nested on its rear which is coated so it looks like it's made of metal. The phone looks thick though, but it's not too heavy.

The device comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display which has a 854 * 540 pixel resolution, as is typical of budget phones.

Storage & Performance

The Itel A32F is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6580M processor which runs at a maximum speed of 1.3GHz and is assisted in graphics processing by a Mali-400 MP GPU.

In terms of memory, the phone comes with 1GB of RAM for decent multitasking and 8GB of internal storage for keeping all your multimedia files and installing apps. You can increase available storage by a margin of up to 32GB with an external microSD card.

Battery & Camera


The Itel A32F is powered by a 2,050mAh battery which can last for up to half a day with monitored use. It sports a 5MP camera on the rear with a LED flash, while a 2MP camera handles selfie photography on the front.

Connectivity & Software


I was waiting for 4G to complete this budget smartphone's triad of spectacular features, but the gods won't allow this one, as the Itel A32F doesn't support 4G LTE network connectivity. It comes with a dual SIM slot and has Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

The Itel A32F runs on the Android Go edition of the latest version of the Android OS, 8.1 (Oreo). A couple of budget smartphones running Android Go have been launched recently, including the Huawei Y3 2018.

Itel A32F Specs

  • 5-inch display with FWVGA (480 * 854) pixel resolution.
  • 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580M Processor.
  • 1GB RAM.
  • 8GB Internal Memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD.
  • 5MP Rear Camera with Autofocus and LED Flash.
  • 2MP Front Camera.
  • Dual SIM Slot.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • 2,050mAh battery.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (Android Go).

Itel A32F Price and Availability

The Itel A32F costs just N20,500 and is currently available in Nigeria on both online and offline retail stores.

Monday

Huawei Y3 2018 Specs & Price in Nigeria & Ghana

Huawei recently conducted its yearly ritual of updating its Huawei Y series of smartphones, and while several smartphones in the series have received specs (and price) upgrades, the focus here is on the Huawei Y3 2018.

Why?

It comes with Android Go, a build of the Android operating system that allows you to enjoy software features available on the latest version of Android (Android 8 Oreo) on low-end budget devices.



So with the Huawei Y3 2018, you're looking at a budget device with Android Oreo features, decent specs like an 8MP camera and 4G LTE, and a reasonable N28,000 price tag.

Huawei Y3 2018 Specifications Review

Design & Display

The Huawei Y3 2018 comes compact with a 5-inch display which is not bad for an entry-level device, and has a basic 480 * 854 pixel resolution.



The smartphone has huge bezels on all sides, with the largest of them all present on the top and bottom. There was a time when the design of the Y3 was aesthetically pleasing, but that time is long gone.

The absence of a fingerprint sensor on the smartphone further accentuates the fact that it's a budget device, as do its weight of 180 grammes and thickness of 9.45 millimetres.

Storage & Performance

The Huawei Y3 2018 is powered under the hood by a MediaTek MT6737M processor that runs on four cores at a max speed of 1.1GHz. This is paired with 1GB of RAM to perform tasks and ensure smoothness of operations on the smartphone.

The device comes with 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded with the use of an external microSD card.

Camera

An 8MP camera takes care of mobile photography on the rear of the Huawei Y3, accompanied by a LED flash which aids visibility in low-light conditions.

Its 2MP front camera is suitable for video calls and mirror-checking, and nothing more. Who would want to post a 2MP selfie on social media today?

Battery, Connectivity and Software

The Huawei Y3 2018 packs a 2,280mAh battery which is capable of running the smartphone for over 12 hours if managed properly. It has 4G LTE which is a nice addition for a budget smartphone.

The device runs on an Android Go edition of Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest version of the Android operating system.

Huawei Y3 2018 Specs

  • 5-inch display with FWVGA (480 * 854) pixel resolution.
  • Dimension: 145.1 * 73.7 * 9.45 mm.
  • Weight: 180g.
  • 1.1GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737M Processor.
  • 1GB RAM.
  • 8GB Internal Memory.
  • 8MP Rear Camera with LED Flash.
  • 2MP Front Camera.
  • Hybrid SIM Slot.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • 4G LTE.
  • 2,280mAh battery.
  • Android 8 Oreo (Android Go).

Huawei Y3 2018 Price and Availability

The Huawei Y3 2018 comes with a price tag of N28,000 and will be available soon in Nigeria and Ghana.

Wednesday

Nigeria General Elections 2019 - HOW TO VOTE | All You Need to Know

This post details how to go about voting, how to get and use your voter's card, procedures, polling units, venues used for voting and all other things you need to know.
At the end of this post you should learn how to vote in the Nigeria's 2019 General Elections using your Nigeria voters card.


Introduction
This brochure is designed to help you understand the Voting Procedures during an election. Remember that you are qualified to vote if you are a registered voter and you name appears on the register of voters at your polling unit. You must also present yourself at the polling unit.


INEC - Nigeria General Elections

Opening of the Polling Units
On each election day, polling units will open for Accreditation and Voting from 8:00am to 2.00pm. However voters already on the queue before the close of poll at 2.00pm  will be accredited and allowed to vote.

Voting Procedure
Voting at the polling unit will be as follows:

Step 1:Upon arrival at the polling unit, join the queue.

Step 2:The Polling Official will request for your Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and check if the photograph on the PVC matches your face. Then he/she will check if your name is on the register for that polling unit.  He/she will also use the card reader to confirm the status of the PVC. After this, he/she will check your fingers to ascertain that you have not voted before.

Step 3: Satisfied that you have been duly verified, the INEC Official will tick against your details in the register.



Step 4:  After verifying your PVC, the INEC official will return it to you. Indelible ink will be applied on the cuticle of your finger as a further proof that you have voted.

Step 5: The INEC Official will stamp the back of the ballot paper and endorse his/her signature on it.

Step 6: The INEC Official will then fold the ballot paper vertically with the printed side inwards before giving it to you.

Step 7: At the polling booth, you will then stain your appropriate finger for the election with indelible ink.


Step 8:  You will use your stained thumb to mark the section provided on the ballot paper for your preferred candidate/party.


Step 9: You will fold the marked ballot paper vertically with the printed side inwards before dropping it in the ballot box.


Step 10: You will then leave the polling station.


Your right as a voter
On each Election Day, you have the right to:
  • Access the polling station
  • Receive information on the voting procedures from the poll officials
  • Vote in secret.

Tuesday

How to download a copy of your Apple data

There's a saying, "If you're not paying for it, then you're the product" and in light of the recent data breach controversy involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, this holds true for any free service you share information on, which is just about every service on the internet. Apple CEO Tim Cook has come clean on how it works, stating that the company does not accumulate data about its users over time like Facebook or Google does, but they still have some data on you all the same. In this article, I'll show you how to download everything Apple knows about you.

Apple Data Center


According to the latest update to Apple's privacy policy which was published on January, Apple products are designed to collect and use as little data on the user as possible, using on-device processing most of the time.

Facebook created a way for users to download the data it has about them after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Apple has always had a way for you to download everything it has on you. But if the company doesn't collect personal information on its users, what then are you downloading?

What Data Does Apple Collect About Me?

Basically, Apple keeps a log of all purchases you make of its services and subsequent interactions with these services. Here's a list of all the data Apple has been collecting on you:
  • All apps, songs, books, videos and in-app purchases made on Apple devices.
  • All songs stored in iTunes Match.
  • All products purchased from Apple (with their serial numbers).
  • All customer support queries you've made.
  • All repairs made to your Apple devices: the damaged components and serial numbers of replacement components that were added.
To know more about how Apple treats your personal information, read the Access to Personal Information section in its Privacy Policy

How to download your Apple data

Download your Apple Data

  1. Open the Privacy Contact Form.
  2. Select a language you'd like to make the request in.
  3. In the selection box after "I have a question about", choose Privacy issues.
  4. Fill the form with the required details and submit. Make sure you mention that you wish to download a copy of your personal data in the Comments field.
  5. Wait for a response. This doesn't usually take long, and you'll be asked to provide your Apple ID, previous AppleCare support case number and a registered product serial number for identification.
After this, you'd have to wait for some time for the zip file containing an archive of your data to be sent to you via email.

Sunday

Best Ways to Detect/Know An Original SD Card / Memory Card

Best Ways To Detect/Know An Original SD Card / MicroSD Memory Card - This serves and should be useful for your phone or any other gadgets that supports the use of SD cards.

If you think formatting a new or used SD card is the best way or method for checking the durability and authenticity of an SD card, sorry, you're very wrong because even fake memory cards can also allow formatting but the card will eventually fail at some point by totally getting its files or entire memory corrupt, or being too slow at handling data transfers when moving files/folders in or out of it.

It takes more measures to accurately detect if your memory SD card is legit and we'll reveal how you can do that in this post.

SanDisk Original SD Card

Is my Memory SD Card (MicroSD) Original? 

 

I bought a SanDisk Memeory card for my Android phone, is the memory card genuine or original?


 



How do I know a genuine SanDisk, Memory card, Samsung (EVO, EVO Plus, Pro Plus), Kingston, MingsFord, V01 memory cards and others...



Whatever your questions are about finding out the authenticity of a memory card,

There are basically 3 types of memory cards.
  1. SD, 
  2. SDHC 
  3. and SDXC Memory Cards

Each of them has several classes, you can read more about them here

This guide below should help you know which is original or fake:

1. Download SD Insight  (from PlayStore for Android users)

The best way to know if an SD card is fake or genuine is to download SD Insight from the play store.

Launch the app and if the SD card is genuine it will show the name, manufacture date and capacity, just like the image below.
SD Insight Android App


2. Check for WRITE AND READ SPEED of the SD Card

To know the write and read speed, download A1 SD bench. It's one of the best benchmark app for memory cards.


If your SD class is Class 4 then it should write at average of 4MB/s, class 6 should write at 6MB/s, class 10 should be around 10MB/s. If your write speed is way off the class written on the SD card or as described in your SD Card's body or pack, then its probably fake.

Saturday

How to get the new Gmail Redesign and Features

Of all Google apps, Gmail is updated less frequently, and even when it's updated, the changes are not that much. That has changed now as Google launched the biggest updates to Gmail some days ago. This includes some changes in the UI and a lot of changes in functionalities.



This article covers how you can start using the new Gmail right now, and the new features that come with it.

How to Enable the new Gmail

It's easy. Just click on the Settings icon in the top right corner of Gmail and select Try the new Gmail, follow the prompts and you're good to go.



Looking for a "Settings icon" in the top right corner of your Gmail mobile app? Oops, you won't find it. Most of these new features are only available on Gmail for the web, and only about two are ported over to the mobile app (the features available on mobile will be indicated below).

But should you try out the new Gmail? Is it worth it? Read through its new features below and decide ;)

PS: If you don't find the try option, relax. It's being rolled out gradually and not all Gmail users have received the option yet.

Features of the new Gmail

Floating Action Buttons

You no longer have to open your email to perform actions like Archive, Delete, Mark as Unread and Snooze. When you hover your mouse over an email, the buttons for these actions will appear and you can perform them right from your Inbox folder.



Of course, you can still perform these actions on an email while reading it. All except Snooze.

Wait, what the hell is Snooze?

Snooze Emails

Google has added the ability to snooze emails right from the inbox with the new snooze action button. You can choose the duration for which your emails are snoozed from a preset list ranging from Later in the Day to Some Day, or specify a date and time yourself.

Nudges and Smart Replies - Google AI



Google has incorporated some of its Artificial Intelligence into Gmail. The service now uses AI to determine if an email is important to you, and brings it back to the top of your inbox if you've not read or replied it after some time. This most times means all emails you haven't replied to.



Google has also brought over Smart Replies from the mobile app to the web. Smart Replies uses AI to present you with some reply phrases you might want to use to quickly answer a mail.

Confidential Mode



This mode prevents your recipient from forwarding, downloading, printing or copying/pasting the content of your mail. You can also set an expiry date for your emails.



If the email is that much of a security risk, you can add two-factor authentication and have your recipient provide a Google-generated passcode (sent via SMS) in order to read your message.

Unsubscribe from Newsletters

Once Google notices you haven't read a newsletter for a long time, it automatically suggests that you unsubscribe it. From there, you're just one tap away from unsubscribing. Not huge but useful for those of us who are subscribed to many newsletters and find it hell organizing our inbox as a result.

This is also available in an update to the Gmail mobile app, along with high-priority notifications (for the most important emails).

Integration with Google Apps



If you're neck-deep into the Google Apps ecosystem, the new Gmail takes you an inch deeper. It comes with a right sidebar that allows you to use other Google apps. It comes with Calendar, Keep and Tasks by default, but you can add other Google Apps as well as any Gmail add-on.


You can switch back to the old Gmail by following the same procedure that brought you to the new, though I'll have to ask what planet you are from if you choose to do that.

So, how do you feel about this Gmail revamp? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

Infinix Hot S3 vs Tecno Camon CX - Specs Comparison

The Tecno Camon CX received many accolades when it was launched by Tecno Mobile in 2017, thanks to its superb camera and software features. The Infinix Hot S3 was recently released into the Nigerian market, and one of its selling points is its Snapdragon processor that gives it a performance edge over similarly-specced MediaTek-powered smartphones in the market.

Even though Tecno Mobile launched a new device in the Camon series (Camon CM) early in 2018, it doesn't quite match up to the Camon CX, and the Camon X Pro that was recently launched by the company isn't available for sale yet, so the Camon CX might still be the goto Camon device for some, and this is why we're comparing it with the Hot S3 in this post.

Tecno Camon CX vs Infinix Hot S3


Also, if you're wondering whether it's a good idea upgrading from the Camon CX to the Hot S3, or you're having a hard time picking between the two camera-focused smartphones, this Infinix Hot S3 vs Tecno Camon CX comparison is here to guide you.


Infinix Hot S3 vs Tecno Camon CX - Similarities and Differences

Design & Display

The Camon CX was launched at a time when 18:9 aspect ratio and the word "bezel-less" didn't mean much in smartphones, and thus has a design that's quite 2017-ish, though still good-looking. The Hot S3, on the other hand, has a modern design with minimal bezels and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Design-wise the Hot S3 wins.

Tecno Camon CX vs Infinix Hot S3 - Display


The Camon CX excels when it comes to build quality, though; it has a metal unibody design that gives it a premium feel, unlike the Hot S3 that's made of plastic and has an aluminium alloy frame.

Coming to display, the Infinix Hot S3 is larger (5.7 inches) than the Tecno Camon CX (5.5 inches), but the difference in aspect ratio means the former is more comfortable to hold and use than the latter.

The Hot S3 disappoints in terms of display quality, as it comes with an HD+ (720 x 1,440) resolution in contrast to the Camon CX's Full HD (1,080 x 1,920) resolution. Considering that the Hot S3's display is larger than that of the Camon CX, the pixel resolution should have been bumped farther up.

Performance & Memory

The 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750T processor on the Camon CX does a good job of keeping the smartphone running smoothly without lags throughout the day, but the Hot S3 has an edge with it Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor which offers better power efficiency and smoother performance, even though it runs at a slightly lower 1.4GHz maximum speed.

Multi-tasking is more efficient on the Hot S3 with 3GB of RAM compared to 2GB present on the Camon CX, and you have more space to store your files on the Infinix smartphone which comes with 32GB of storage than on the Tecno device that has 16GB by default.

Camera

The Infinix Hot S3 is selfie-centric, coming with a 20MP camera on the front and a 13MP on the rear. The Tecno Camon CX is more balanced, sporting 16MP cameras on both sides. Both produce good images in outdoor conditions, but the front camera on the Hot S3 performs better in low-light conditions while the Camon CX's rear camera outputs images with better clarity and less noise in low-light conditions.

Tecno Camon CX vs Infinix Hot S3 - Camera


The front camera on the Hot S3 can produce bokeh effects on selfies, a feature the Camon CX doesn't have. You also have Face ID and 4x zoom on the rear with the Hot S3, but the ring flash on the rear of the Tecno Camon CX beats that on the Infinix Hot S3.

Battery

The Hot S3 comes with a larger 4,000mAh battery capacity, but the absence of fast charging makes it take more time (around three hours) to charge than the 3,200mAh battery on the Camon CX which charges in a little less than two hours.

Software

Android 7.0 Nougat was the thing when the Camon CX was launched, but it hasn't been updated to the latest version of Android since. The Hot S3 runs on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, sporting more features and software optimizations.

Tecno Camon CX vs Infinix Hot S3 - Software


The Infinix Hot S3 also comes with Face ID, an alternative way of unlocking your smartphone. Though it uses just the front camera and might not be very secure, it's an additional layer of security that the Camon CX doesn't have.

Conclusion

The Infinix Hot S3 has more features than the Camon CX, but that's understandable considering that both smartphones have a whole year between them. It also costs even less than the Camon CX was when it was launched, so it's a worthy upgrade if you're thinking of getting yourself one.

Wednesday

Tecno Camon X Pro Specs & Price: Super Selfies with 24MP Camera

Tecno launched two new smartphones in its Camon series early in April, and while we were expecting upgrades from last year's Camon devices in terms of camera, I'm not sure many were quite prepared for what Tecno came with; 24MP lens on a smartphone's camera. Say hi to the Tecno Camon X Pro.

Tecno Camon X Pro

Tecno launched its first smartphone of 2018, the Tecno Camon CM early in January, but it was apparent that it wasn't the flagship Camon device of the year as last year's Camon CX came with better specs. We speculated that it was a fore-runner sent to proclaim the bezel-less gospel, and were proven right when Tecno Mobile announced two more phones in the Camon series early in April.

The Tecno Camon X Pro is the higher variant of these and was announced alongside the Tecno Camon X, a device that shares its outward looks and many of its internal specs, but lags behind a  bit in the camera and memory departments.

TECNO CAMON X PRO SPECS

DISPLAY & DESIGN

  • 6-inch IPS LCD Display.
  • Full HD+ (1,080 * 2,160) Pixel Resolution.
  • ~350PPI Pixel Density.
  • 18:9 Aspect Ratio.
  • Fingerprint sensor.
The Tecno Camon X Pro might seem large with a 6-inch display, but its 18:9 aspect ratio with slim bezels means it's actually as comfortable to hold and use as a 5.5-inch device with the regular (16:9) aspect ratio.
Tecno Camon X Pro Display


The smartphone is not made of metal, but it's designed to look like it is from afar. Its frames are made of metal, though, and its antenna lines are made to give it a look close to premium. The Camon X Pro comes with a speaker and micro-USB port underneath, a fingerprint sensor on the rear with the camera and LED flash and a micro-USB port on top.

MEMORY & PERFORMANCE

  • 4GB RAM.
  • 64GB Internal Storage.
  • 2GHz 64-bit MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763)
Multi-tasking is not an issue with the Camon X Pro, as its 4GB of RAM allows you to keep many apps in memory at the same time, and switch between them easily. With 64GB of storage available by default, you can store a lot of multimedia files. And if that's not enough, you can add 128GB of storage with an external microSD card.

The Tecno Camon X Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio P23 processor that can operate at 2GHz at full speed, sufficient enough for all kinds of operations on a smartphone.

CAMERA

  • 24MP Front Camera with Dual-LED Flash.
  • 16MP Rear Camera with Quad-LED (Ring) Flash.
    • Autofocus.
    • 1080p@30fps Video Recording.
Remember when the Camon C9 was launched and everyone couldn't stop talking about how good its cameras were? Well, those were 13MP lens and last year's Camon CX was even better, so imagine how this new breed of Camon smartphones is on the photography front.

Tecno Camon X Pro Camera


The Tecno Camon X Pro captures superb selfies with its 24MP front camera, and you can even take selfies with bokeh effect. Your night shots won't be taking in a lot of noise, as you're covered with dual-LED flash on the front and quad-LED ring flash on the rear.

Talking about the rear, the Camon CX Pro sports a 16MP camera on the rear with support for 4X zoom.

BATTERY, CONNECTIVITY & SOFTWARE

  • 3,750mAh battery with fast charging.
  • 4G LTE.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS.
  • Tecno HiOS 3.0.
The Tecno Camon X Pro packs a 3,750mAh battery that can give you a full day of average use, and in case it runs down while you're using it heavily during the course of the day, you can quickly charge it back to 100% with its fast charging feature.

The smartphone has full support for 4G LTE and runs on the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 8.1 Oreo with Tecno's HiOS version 3.0 layered on top.

Tecno Camon X Pro FaceID


Still on software, the Camon X Pro comes with FaceID which allows you to unlock the smartphone using your facial details. Since this uses just the front camera, it shouldn't be relied upon as a trusted form of security, and it's better to stick to the rear-facing fingerprint scanner for securing the smartphone.

Tecno Camon X Pro Price and Availability

As at the time of publishing this post, only the Tecno Camon X is available in offline retail and online stores in Nigeria. This article will be updated once the Camon X Pro becomes available with the relevant price and purchase details.

Monday

How to scan documents with OCR on iOS

One of the updates brought by iOS 11 to Apple devices is a new feature in the Notes app which allows you to scan photos and physical documents so you can save them up just like your notes. This was a nice addition as it eliminates the need to install third-party applications just to perform that function, but it's still insufficient for those that want to go a step further and scan their documents with OCR as neither iOS or the Notes app support it natively. In this post, I'll show you how to scan documents with OCR in iOS.

Scan documents with OCR on iOS


Speaking in the context of smartphones, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a technology used to recognize text characters present on media files like documents and photos. The media files are first scanned and converted to a digital form suitable for character recognition, before the final process of OCR is carried out.

Special systems are designed to scan and recognize text on these files, but since many smartphones these days (definitely iOS devices) have cameras that are capable of taking clear and large pictures, applications can make use of both the cameras and software libraries available to carry out the process. In this guide, we'll be using Scanbot which is one of the best scanning applications available on the App Store.

Requirements

  • A device running on iOS.
  • Scanbot Pro. Even though Scanbot can be downloaded for free on the App Store, you have to upgrade to the pro version to get advanced tools like OCR. It's available via in-app purchases for $6.99.

Scanning documents with OCR on iOS - The Process

Launch the Scanbot app.

If it's your first time, you'll be taken straight to a camera interface where you'll be able to start scanning documents. To get there on subsequent launches, tap the + button on the main screen.

Scanbot Capture Screen

Scanning Multiple Documents

If you have more than one page of document you wish to scan, you can do it without having to keep exiting and returning to the capture screen. To do this, tap the Multi-Page option at the top left of the capture screen.

Scanning in dark environments

If you're in low-lit conditions, or you just want more clarity on the documents you're scanning, tap the Flash option at the top centre of the capture screen.

Automatic and Manual Scanning

The app's capture screen is just like your phone's camera application; you can tap the shutter button to scan a document. If you want this to happen automatically, however, tap the Automatic option at the top right of the capture screen.

You'll then have to position your device so that the page you wish to scan is completely in the camera's field of view and let the app do its thing.

When you're done with all the document pages you have, you can review your collection of images to see if you want to add more, delete some, or edit existing ones. When you've decided, tap the Save button to collate all the images into a PDF. 

As long as you've upgraded to Scanbot Pro, OCR will be performed automatically on the document after it has been collated into PDF format.

Scan existing document with OCR


The steps above are for scanning a new document with OCR. If you want to scan an existing document with OCR on your iOS device, simply import the document into Scanbot through the Share Sheets action, switch to the Text tab at the top of the screen and tap Run OCR.