Often, old photographs contain handwritten details on the back - these can be paramount in revealing the story behind the photograph. And this is especially true when you're scanning old family photos you're seeing for the first time, or when such photos include unfamiliar relatives.

Photo Scan by Photomyne now includes the option to add handwritten annotations to individual photos you scan (now available in the iOS app, coming soon to Android).

Scan the back of a photo in 3 easy steps

(1) Go to the album, find the photo you'd like to scan the back of, and tap it so you see it in full size.

(2) Look for the back photo scanning icon (third from the top-right). This will open the scanning screen in the app.

Scan the back of a photo and then flip between the front and the back of that photo Scan the back of a photo and then flip between the front and the back of that photo

(3) Capture a scan of the photo's back as if you would scan another photo.

When you're done scanning, that back image will be accessible in that same photo's screen - you will be able to flip back and forth between the front and the back of the photo.

Alternatively, you can reach the back scanning screen by going to that photo's details screen (by choosing Edit photo details in the photo's options menu), then scroll down to the Add annotations to this photo section, and select the Scan the back button on the right.

Adding a scan of the photo's back through the photo's details section Adding a scan of the photo's back through the photo's details section

This same section also includes the option to add voice recorded annotations - you can record up to 1 minute of yourself or someone else, telling the story of that photo. Easy.


Please note that this feature is being rolled out gradually. It is currently available in the free and paid iOS photo scanner apps by Photomyne, and coming soon to the Android app as well.

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This page was last updated in June 2020

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