1) Redeem the trial period
The first time you start the app, it will offer you a trial period in
which all features are unlocked and freely available.
If you do not redeem it in the onboarding card, you will be able to do so later
when solving a Word Search by tapping the search field.
2) Scan a new Word Search
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 help. Finally give the puzzle a name and it will be
stored on your device.
3) Use your new scan
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.
At the top of the display, just right of the back button, you'll find the search
field. While in the trial period you may search freely.
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 on the phone, 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 enabled by default, and typically helps avoid
hard shadows if you are blocking a light source. Tapping this icon
will disable the flash.
Getting the image right for the scanner can sometimes be
challenging. There are some things you can keep in mind to improve
- 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 Searchs
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.
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 final review screen of the new puzzle is shown.
The app will attempt to automagically build a solution based on the image; you can observe this
process play out as each character is (attempted) identified and given an according background
Red: no character is found
- Orange: the scanner is uncertain about its guess
- Green: the scanner is quite confident it got it right
You will be presented the characters whose background is either orange and red and, once finished,
given the opportunity to review the complete results.
Once satisfied you must name the puzzle before it is complete.
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.
When installed the app will present an option to redeem a trial period. The trial period can only
be used once, but if you skip redeeming it during the onboarding session it can still be activated later.
In the trial period all searches are free.
Once the trial period is over, searches must be purchased with WordCoins. You can always see your current
supply of WordCoins in the gold coin next to the search field; tapping it opens the WordCoin store where more
can be bought.
Single searches allow for performing a single search - though it may return more than one result. These are
one WordCoin each.
Buying a search has the nice benefit of disabling ads for the impacted puzzle.
Unlocking full puzzles
Unlocking full puzzles acts like the trial period for that particular Word Search; every subsequent search is free
and appears immediately when the Search button is tapped. These are ten WordCoin each.
Unlocking a puzzle has the nice benefit of disabling ads for it.