Tapping the camera button on the display bottom will, after you grant the app
access to the camera, start the scanning process.
Find a Word Search in your favorite newspaper, magazine or on a piece of paper.
Point the camera towards it and observe how the app tries to capture the grid.
Once you are satisfied it has captured what is needed, press the snapshot button.
This will start the construction of a solution which, depending on the quality of
the picture, may need your input.
2) Find words
You will be sent directly into the Word Search once you finalize it. Later it will
be present in the main menu on the front page.
Trace some words manually to get a feel for how it works by tapping the small hand
in the corner.
Centered at the top of the display you'll find the search field allowing you to
automatically find words.
When you tap the scan button for the first time you are asked to grant access
to the camera for Word Search Scanner. If you decline access, you must later open
the Settings app, navigate to its Word Search Scanner entry and enable
access to the camera there.
Direct the camera towards a puzzle to see what the scanner is able
to identify. The live preview shows you exactly what Word Search
Scanner sees, helping you to capture exactly what you expect.
Once you are satisfied tap the snapshot button to finalize.
- The flash is disabled by default. In dark lighting the flash can help
avoid hard shadows.
Getting the image right for the scanner can sometimes be
challenging. There are some things you can keep in mind to improve
- Don't scribble or draw on your word searches before scanning.
- Straighten the paper as much as possible.
- Ensure sound lighting conditions. Daylight is ideal.
- Avoid sharp shadows and lens flare.
- Try minimizing tilt.
- If the puzzle covers multiple pages minimize the bends.
- Keep the camera as stable as possible when looking at the
You can choose from screenshots or regular photos you've got and use
them as input to the scanner.
If you want to scan Word Searches
from your other digital subscriptions such as newspapers or
magazines, you must first grab a screenshot on the relevant pages
- Learn how to grab screenshots on iPhone.
- Learn how to grab screenshots on iPad.
- Learn how to grab screenshots on Android.
The screenshots will then appear in your gallery, and can be
scanned just like any other picture or photo.
Finalizing the scan
Once scanning is complete a three-step process to interpret the characters is started:
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a form of AI used in automatically deciphering
letters. This process is applied to ever character in the word search.
OCR is rarely able to understand all characters, triggering a need for manual verification
of what remains. To lessen the number of steps needed, you are first asked to verify or
mark characters that are the same.
Once identical characters are grouped from step #2, you are presented with each group and
the character the app believes to apply. Verify or enter the correct character.
Besides tracing words yourself, Word Search Scanner can leverage the solution built during
the scanning phase to search for words in the grid.
Always use the Search field at display top when accessing the solution.