best business card reader scanner app iphone

My Old Man doesn’t own a smartphone (I know, how do I live with it?). One of the drawbacks of being a decade behind the rest of us, technologically, is that his wallet is stuffed full with business cards, and I mean stuffed. It is a wonder he can even fit that thing in his pants pocket.

What he needs, besides a smartphone, is a business card reader so he can toss those bulky cardstock piles, but still keep the information he needs in his pocket. If you are looking to empty your wallet and minimize the bulk in your pockets, we’ve got a list of what we think are the best business card reader apps for iPhone for you below.

Also read: we recently published a specific post on how to quickly scan a business card and save contact info.


With this app, you can take a picture of a physical business card and the information will be scanned into a contact folder so you can quickly save information without having to type everything in word for word. You can also exchange your e-cards with others either using a QR code or sending it to contacts nearby. You will even be able to receive notifications whenever a contact changes information. This app is available for $2.99.

Business Card Reader Pro

The best business card reader apps are the ones with text recognition technology and this app has what you need. Take a picture of a business card and the information will automatically be populated into your iOS address book. Data, including email, phone number, and website will all be readable. You can export your contacts as .xlsx files or save them to Evernote. You can also connect directly with SalesForce to save your contacts directly. This app is available for $6.99.

WorldCard Mobile

With this app’s optical character recognition (OCR) feature, you’ll be able to instantly transfer information from a business card directly into your stock contacts app. You can sort contacts by name, company, position, address, and more. Merge new business card contact with existing ones. You can sync with Google Contacts to integrate all of your data together. Use it to find people on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. This app is available for $6.99.


With this app, not only can you scan a business card using the OCR feature, but you can also have a card transcribed if it is unreadable with the scanner. So, you’ve got the best of both worlds by being able to quickly add a business card simply by snapping a picture of it, but also getting the hands-on experience if the card is unreadable. You can also assign contacts to groups, customize the sorting fields, and integrate with your calendar app. Send a VCard to others through text or email, add a note, and sync online so you can access your contacts from any computer. This app is available for $1.99.

Foxcard Pro

Use this app to scan and import business cards directly to your stock Contacts app on your iPhone securely. You’ll be able to quickly identify contacts by their business card and you can add photos, image texts, and notes to save for later. You won’t need to log into any social networking site, either. So, if you want to keep your contacts private, you won’t have to identify anyone in LinkedIn or Facebook. This app is available for free (with in-app purchases).


If you are an “old dog” who has trouble learning new tricks, this app works to help ease you into the digital age. You can scan your business cards and they will stack up, just like the one in your wallet. Add the information to your Address Book, but keep that familiar stack on hand. You can sort cards by different categories and even share contacts with others using AirDrop. It’s like having a physical stack of cards, but without the clutter. This app is available for free (with in-app purchase).

Business Card Reader Plus

I guess, at this point, app names are all getting taken up and you have to get creative with titles. With this app, you can capture business card information in 21 different languages, sync cards across iPhone and iPad, save contacts in the CardHolder for easy sorting and grouping, and share information with other app users over local Wi-Fi. You can also save multiple images of the card, including the backside, as well as storing a picture of the original contact so you will remember what they look like at a future meeting. This app is available for $39.99.

Any other suggestion? What do you think is the best business card scanner app for iPhone? Share your picks below…

Don’t forget to check out our previous best-of lists

  • sloanq

    I got the test Notification on my Mac, it works iDB !

  • Norbi Whitney

    CamCard is currently 70% off, at 99c

  • J M

    These lists are great, but a few questions:

    How did you pick these apps? If you have used all of them, it would really be so much more helpful to have some sort of ranking as your top pick, and to know the pros/cons (they can’t all be perfect, right?). The descriptions kind of just read like the “feature” highlights from the app store description typed into paragraph form for us to read.

  • Ed

    I like Samcard the best. Works most accurate and fastest compared to 10 others I tried. I want contacts in my iCloud contacts – not on someone else’s website

    • Niclas

      Not updated since 2012? Pass.

  • udovoodoo

    No Scanner pro? Hands down the best scanning app I’ve ever used.

  • Twixounet de Birmanie

    I use Prizmo for scanning documents (there’s a mode dedicated to business cards). By the way, it’s 70% off righ now.

  • Sandrine Loiseau

    I’d recommend Prizmo: you can use iCloud to sync documents between the Mac and iOS versions.

  • olivo42

    Business Card Reader Works great for me.

  • Byron C Mayes

    How many different ways can you write exactly the same thing?

    At least nine at this count.

  • Duffy

    So, which is the best!? I don’t mind putting down a couple bucks but I hate when we are left with so many choices. I very much like Evernote’s take on the biz card app but at some point you are required to pay a subscription. I am more a fan of a one and done type situation with payment. Give me the service at a price and be done with it.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Just tried Prizmo to read a business card. Must say it’s pretty amazing. Darn near the best one. And this from a long time loyal CamCard user.

  • Jerry

    Contact Snapper for iPhone is the most feature rich. I love it.

  • Archit Arya

    Have you tried card scanner from zoho corporation?? its really good with a neat UI and affordable pirce.

  • Not helpful! Where is the ratings? This is the same info you can get from the apps store.

  • 朱燕华

    I know a business card reader, ScanCard – Business Card Reader. It is a professional business card scanning application. It is able to scan the business cards you have, and use the built-in OCR engine to retrieve contacts info from those cards after scanning.

  • This business app for iPhone sounds great. Like this, so many iPhone apps are quite helpful to improve business productivity and run business successfully.

  • YeeScan DooZone

    The list will not be complete without adding Yeescan by Doozone QR code reader. It’s available on Google Play and App Store.