Before learning how to convert image into text, lets talk about some scenario. How many times you wanted to copy a piece of text from a website or app just to find out later on that it is actually an image? Or how many times have you found an image with the perfect text you could use but cannot copy? Annoying right? The only thing left to do in these situations is to roll-up your sleeves and retype everything that is on those images. Right? Well, wrong.
What would you say if we told you that there is a better, easier way of extracting text from images? If you could do it in less than 5 minutes without any need of retyping? Yes you can, if you know how to convert image into text using mobile device. Now that we got your attention to explain. All of that is possible. Big thanks to a technology called Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
OCR basically represents the ability of software or app to convert image into text. Be it scanned images of printed or digital documents it converts it into a form that can be recognized and manipulated by any word-processing app or program (like MS Word) as words, numbers, and letters. The problem lays in the quality of the OCR engine the specific app or program is using. In simple meaning you can understand OCR is used to extract text from image.
Most of the programs are using top of the line OCR engines but they cost a lot as well. Next logical choice would be mobile apps which are lightweight, cheap and more accessible. Another benefit of using mobile apps is the ability to convert images right on your mobile device wherever you are. But, there is also one big disadvantage. Since apps cost less than desktop grade programs, they usually are using inferior OCR engines. It’s really hard to find the one that converts images really well.
There are plenty of apps that help you to convert image into text with the help of OCR. But in this guide on how to convert image into text, we are using one simple app Image to Word Converter.
One app that has given us excellent conversion results every time was Image to Word Converter. It is a lightweight app that is very easy to use, the interface is simple and easy to understand. Features we liked the most are:
- There is no limit on the size and the number of files you can convert
- The app is using a powerful OCR engine (really important)
- Ability to convert screenshots
- Support for the cloud storage services (GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box…)
- Files can be easily shared right from the app
Steps on how to convert image into text using Image to Word Converter App
Despite saying that the app is fairly simple to use, we decided to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to convert and edit your images.
Download the app from the Google Play Store and install it.
Once you download the app, open it, you will see the following screen. Tap on OK, I UNDERSTAND
Select the files you would like to convert. You can choose files that are stored in your phones’ memory, Gmail attachments or files from previously mentioned cloud services.
Another option is to use a built-in document scanner in order to quickly scan your images. To get the best possible result, we advise you to scan documents on a flat surface, without any visible background and in a good light.
If you are not satisfied with the image you took, you have an option to crop or rotate it. Once you are finished with your editing, simply tap the “Convert” button.
Just wait for the file to convert and you are done! Now you can open it in the text editing app of your choice like MS Word and start editing.
This app is really the best way to convert Images to editable MS Word files right on your mobile device wherever you are. It could be used for converting pictures of reports, invoices or any other business documents. There are even people who use it to scan their recipes for further adjustments and note adding.
My take on it:
I have personally tested this app. The result is good. If you are not aware about how to convert image into text, try this app as mention in the steps above. When I tested a free version, I found it quite slow. So if you try the pro version, you might get the better result.
Write what OCR application you are using or you can also write about the experiences using this app in the comment section below.