CamScanner banned in India: here are 3 Made in India alternatives

On: July 5, 2020

As you must know by now, India has banned 59 apps of the Chinese origin, on grounds of breaching users’ data privacy and sharing the data with servers outside the country. Google has already blocked all 59 banned apps from its Play Store and Apple is in the process for the same. One of the popular apps to be banned was CamScanner, which lets users scan documents from their phone.

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CamScanner is developed by Intsig Information Co. Ltd. It lets users scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates and more. CamScanner lets you optimize the scan quality, add e-signatures to contracts, make annotations, extract text from images using OCT, easily share documents in PDF or JPEG formats and more. The app also has fax service, using which users can directly fax documents to over 30 countries from the app.

Best Indian alternatives to CamScanner

  1. Kaagaz Scanner: Best Indian Document & PDF Scan

  2. Doc Scanner – Phone PDF Creator

  3. Zoho Doc Scanner – Made in India

Why India banned 59 Chinese apps

The government of India has banned a total of 59 apps in India

The government of India has banned a total of 59 apps in India

India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT has banned the 59 apps citing Section 69A of the IT Act. According to the circular sent out by the ministry, these apps were found sending users’ data to suspicious location without the knowledge of the user. The government has also asked ISPs to block traffic to these apps, and asked Google and Apple to take these apps down from their respective app stores.

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Apart from CamScanner, the government has also blocked TikTok, Xiaomi Mi Community, Mi Video Call, ShareIt and other popular apps in the country.

The best Made in India alternatives to CamScanner

If you relied on the CamScanner for making digital copies of your documents, we’ve compiled the top Made in India alternatives to the app.

Kaagaz Scanner: Best Indian Document & PDF Scan

Kaagaz Scanner is one of the top

Kaagaz Scanner is free to use and doesn’t require users to sign in

Kaagaz Scanner is developed by Sorted AI and is currently available only on the Google Play Store. According to the Play Store, the app has been downloaded over 100k times and enjoys a rating of 4.6 stars. The highlight of Kaagaz Scanner is that it doesn’t require users to create an account to scan documents, has zero ads, is free to use and doesn’t add watermarks on the scanned documents. Apart from that, the features are almost identical to CamScanner, minus the fax service. Users can choose from three scanning modes – black and white, colour scan and grayscale. Other features include multiple scanning, sharing PDF through email, social media or text, enhancing scan quality and more.

Doc Scanner – Phone PDF Creator

The Doc Scanner is one of the top made in India CamScanner alternatives

Doc Scanner has over a million downloads on the Play Store

Doc Scanner is another Made in India alternative to CamScanner, with similar features including faxing the scanner document directly from the app. Users have the option to share the scanned file as JPEG or PDF. They can also select the page size for the PDF from Letter, Legal, A4, and more. Just like CamScanner, the user simply needs to point the camera at the document and click the picture, after which the app automatically detects the edges and save the document. Developed by Easy Mob Apps, Doc Scanner has been downloaded over a million times on the Play Store and has a rating of 4.4 stars. As of now, the app is not available on Apple’s App Store.

Zoho Doc Scanner – Made in India

Zoho Doc Scanner is one of the best made in India alternative to CamScanner

Zoho Doc Scanner is available on both Play Store and App Store

Zoho Doc Scanner comes from Zoho Corporation, a company that has an extensive lineup of business apps on both Play Store and App Store. Needless to say, the Zoho Doc Scanner is the only app on the list that’s available for iOS users as well. It enjoys a rating of 4.2 stars and 4.5 stars on the Play Store and App Store, respectively. The app is as powerful as CamScanner, letting you scan documents, save them as PDFs, digitally sign documents, extract text from images and more.

It also lets users automatically upload content to their favourite cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc), share via email and messaging apps such as WhatsApp and more. There’s a Premium Plan that lets you digitally sign up to 10 documents, create automatic backups to Google Drive and translate extracted text to 15 different languages. Zoho is offering the premium plan for free for the first year and after that, it will cost Rs 100 monthly or Rs 1,000 annually.

CamScanner alternativesAvailability (Android / iOS)Play Store download linkApp Store download linkRating
Kaagaz Scanner : Best Indian Document & PDF ScanAndroidKaagaz Scanner on Play StoreNAPlay Store - 4.6
Doc Scanner - Phone PDF CreatorAndroidDoc Scanner on Play StoreNAPlay Store - 4.4
Zoho Doc Scanner - Made in IndiaAndroid and iOSZoho Doc Scanner on Play StoreZoho Doc Scanner on the App StorePlay Store - 4.2, App Store - 4.5

CamScanner FAQs

Is CamScanner a Chinese app?

Yes, CamScanner is developed by INSTIG Information Co., Ltd, which is a Shanghai-based company registered in California, USA. The CamScanner was among the first 59 Chinese apps to be banned by the Indian government.

Abhiman Biswas

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