Business Card Reader for iPhone

Business Card Reader for iPhone/iPod Touch

v. 3.0.1

Take a photo of a business card and new contact is added

Scanning business cards has never been easier.

Business Card Reader scans, "reads" the picture using advanced text recognition technology and enters the data into appropriate fields of iOS address book.

No more boring manual input of the names, phone numbers, emails and other information from business cards! Out-of-the-box integration with LinkedIn, Salesforce and Evernote. Easy integration with other CRM systems.

Business Card Reader Pro


Requires iPhone OS 6.0 or later.

Works best with iPhone models starting from 3GS, the new iPad and iPad Air

For older iPhone and iPad models macro lens attachment is necessary.


Business Card Reader for iPhone

Instant (it takes seconds!) card scanning on your iPhone

If you live active business and social life, contact partners, conduct negotiations, make business deals, you usually exchange business cards. Eventually you get tons of business cards and it becomes difficult to store and search contacts. Now you can scan them to your iPhone fast and easy!

Card Holder

Scanned business cards are arranged in a convenient card holder for immediate access to contact details.

You can also arrange contacts by the first or last name, company or by the date the card was taken.


Business Card Reader for iPhone

Accurate Text Recognition

Reliable business card recognition technology allows to capture contact information from business cards and save it to the iPhone address book. Business Card Reader creates complete and accurate contact information on iPhone in a few seconds.

You can order your contacts by groups, e.g. Friends, Colleagues, Partners, etc.

Background Image Processing

Using batch mode you can take several photos in a row and edit them later in card holder. Text recognition is processed in background. Saves time when scanning multiple cards.


Business Card Reader for iPhone

LinkedIn Search

Native LinkedIn integration wrapped in stylish user interface: use new convenient contact search, create a contact and import contact information and picture.

Integration with CRM systems

Now supports integration with existing CRM systems: export contacts added with Business Card Reader automatically and keep your customer database up-to-date at any time. For technical information, please see integration setup guide

Export to Salesforce

Export business cards to Salesforce from BCR app or directly from Salesforce1 mobile app - in-app subscription is required.

Customization Guide for Salesforce1

Business Cards may be exported as Contacts, Leads or Accounts.

We recommend you to contact your Salesforce account representative in order to find out if API access is enabled under your Salesforce profile.

Business Card Reader for iPhone

Export to Evernote

Export as .xlsx document

(New!) Export to VCard

Multilingual Support

Recognizes English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean business cards.

User interface in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese languages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Softonic Editor’s Choice

"If your a mobile networker, this is an app you'll definitely like."


"This Card Reader uses your iPhone's camera to scan the business card, read it and extract the information into a handy database so that all of your contacts are there and easy to find."


"SHAPE Services may be best known for its popular IM+ app, but they've also pioneered the art of capturing business cards on your iPhone with Business Card Reader."


"Business Card Reader for iPhone is way better than the alternative. It's not free, but at $4.99, it'll easily pay for itself after your next new business card."


"The best text scanning app yet."


"Business Card Reader is a solid, reliable, visually aesthetic business card reader that performs as advertised, with minimal effort on the user’s part."


"The idea of this application is great, and the way the developers created it keeps it simple, allowing you to add cards in an efficient manner."


"Businessmen that prefer to store every piece of information into their smartphones would be happy to use Shape Services' small application called Business Card Reader."


"Business Card Reader is designed to make the life of the mobile networker easier."


"With this app, you will no longer have the need to carry all of your collected business cards inside your wallet. Simply look for their information on your phone and dial away!"


Business Card Reader is of a great value for anyone who communicates with many people in work or personal life. It's an excellent tool for business professionals, exhibitors at trade shows, exhibitions attendees and sales personnel.

How to achieve good recognition results

  1. Put business card on a flat surface.
  2. Good lighting is a key factor: at least a bright desk lamp or direct sunlight on a sunny day is necessary.
  3. Make sure the camera is focused on the business card. On older models you should use 3rd party additional lenses to get good results.
  4. Hold the iPhone right above the card. Keep the card aligned with viewfinder edges and adjust iPhone positioning so that the card fits the screen size.
  5. Hold the iPhone firmly and take the picture.
  6. After recognition is done, it's a good idea to check the result, since no OCR software yet can guarantee 100% result.