4 Awesome Handwriting Recognition Apps

Last updated on 02/02/2021 by

Are you tired of the old-school method of writing down notes on your lessons and then typing them on your mobile or computer again? Now, there is technology called OCR, which can extract the text in a PDF or images and convert the content to Word or other formats. However, not all OCR programs on the market can recognize handwriting well. Thus, we searched and tested several OCR programs, and listed 4 awesome programs, you can choose one of them as your ideal handwriting to text app.

Handwriting Recognition Apps for Different Platforms


Nebo is a perfect program for Windows PC which lets you take down notes, edit, and convert. With it, users can construct notes and headings using titles, bullets, and paragraphs. Aside from that, you can annotate pictures, add diagrams, equations, and much more. It also provides several languages such as English, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, German, French and Korean. In addition, users can export the file as Word, PDF, text, or HTML. To fully understand how this handwriting to text app works, see the steps below:

  1. Launch the tool once installed.
  2. Tap the “+” to create a new notebook, and you can choose the color of the font and use the pencil to write down the notes directly on your computer screen.
  3. While you are taking the notes, the software will recognize your handwriting and once you are finished, double tap your handwriting, it will convert to text.

Nebo  App


If you want to highlight the text, you can double click the text and use your pencil to mark or underline the words, and perform many more actions.


The handwriting recognition app we recommend for Mac is Ink. This is a built-in function for Mac which can recognize handwriting. This function only shows when a graphics tablet is connected to your computer. Users can easily enable the handwriting recognition. Furthermore, this program is able to recognize German and French writing and text. Here are the steps on how you can utilize it:

  1. Go to your Mac computer and plug in the graphics tablet.
  2. Once plugged in, simply click on the system preferences and hit “Ink”.
  3. Enable handwriting recognition by clicking the “On” button beside “Handwriting recognition is”.Ink settings
  4. Customize the pen, font, gestures, language etc.
  5. Finally, open a program that accepts text input and you can start writing and drawing your content.

When you stop writing, this handwriting to text app will start handwriting recognition and the text will be added to the program.

Google Handwriting Input

If you use your Android device often, Google Handwriting Input can help you to write text using your Android device. This application provides cursive and printed writing with or without using the stylus. Moreover, users can express their emotions since it comes with numerous emojis. Android devices running version 4.0.3 and up can work without having any trouble. Now, follow the step-by-step procedure for writing with this handwriting recognition app:

  1. Install the application on your device from Google Play Store.
  2. After the installation, launch it then tap the “OK” button to agree on the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and complete the settings, such as download languages.
  3. Select the Google Handwriting as default.
  4. Lastly, tap the text field and start writing.

Google Handwriting Input

When you stop writing, your handwriting will move leftward and at the same time it will show some choices about the content it recognizes. Choose the one you need and then continue writing.

There is an emoji icon at the bottom right when the writing field shows up, you can tap it to switch to draw emojis.

Pen to Print

Another handwriting OCR app is Pen to Print. This application can convert, scan, and recognize handwritten notes into digital text. It is designed for students, businessmen, teachers, secretaries, and more. Users need to make sure that their device runs an iOS version of 9.0 or later to use the app smoothly. In addition, it offers In-App Purchases for more features. See the procedure provided below on how this tool operates:

  1. On your iOS device, install and open the app.
  2. Tap the “+” icon, then select from photos, files, or camera.
  3. Select the area that you want to scan. Then, check the text line by line and edit it if you want to.
  4. After that you can save the text or export the text to other platforms.

Pen to Print


It is a good idea to turn your notes into a digital format. Let’s go back to the days without these programs, we may find it hard to remember what we wrote before, and it may not be convenient for sharing our notes. But now, with a handwriting OCR app, taking notes is becoming easier. Especially with Nebo, this can recognize accurately even when the handwriting is not good. Pen to Print is also highly recommended, because it can turn our handwriting works in notebooks to text.

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