The Award-Winning KNFB Reader App Turns Text to Speech with Your Mobile Device

KNFB Reader logo made of multicolored wedges arranged in an open circle that resembles the iris of an eye.KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud. It’s easy to use. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud in clear synthetic speech. It's fast and accurate. 

The app has unique features built in to capture the best photo. Text detection let's you know you have print to capture. Tilt and viewfinder assist ensure you capture the entire page. Just a tap of the finger and the print is instantly available in synthetic speech, Braille, or easily-read text. 

What Can KNFB Reader Do for You?

90 second audio file:  "Make the Print Yours with KNFB Reader"

KNFB Reader Information Sheet (to download this accessible PDF, click the link and save the file to your hard drive or device)

KNFB Reader gives you access to receipts. You will know what has been put on your credit card at restaurants, stores, or in taxis. 

KNFB Reader reads packaging labels, mail, and product or nutritional information instantly for you.

Is your screen reader not cooperating? KNFB Reader can read print from your computer or tablet screen. Photograph the screen and know exactly what those error messages say.

Hand holding mobile phone with KNFB Reader logo on the screen.

KNFB Reader captures longer documents such as books or product manuals. Use batch mode to scan multiple pages at a time. Turn the pages as you shoot the photos. Text can be exported to Dropbox or Google Drive for retrieval at another time. 

KNFB Reader allows you access to your most private documents with complete independence. Review your taxes. Check the terms of your lease or mortgage documents. Read your lab reports from the doctor. Read your bills – even those with tables. 

The app is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and Voiceover app functionalities that guide the blind user in taking the perfect picture. It is also compatible with connected Braille displays.

What Are Users Saying About KNFB Reader?

Users love KNFB Reader because it helps them achieve independence in ways that similar tools and apps cannot. 

“I can read the directions of my brownie mix.”

“I love the fact that I can read my children’s school reports.”

“I can now troubleshoot things on my computer when the screen reader is frozen. I can read the screen of a television in case of a cable programming error.”

“I use it to read restaurant menus. I tell people, it’s like having eyes in your pocket.”

Purchase KNFB Reader from the iOS App Store  Purchase KNFB Reader from the Google Play Store 

KNFB Reader Wins Third AppleVis Golden Apple Award

KNFB Reader has been awarded the AppleVis 2016 Golden Apple Award for Best Assistive iOS App for the third year in a row! In 2015, KNFB Reader was inducted into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame. AppleVis Golden Apple Awards are awarded by community votes in recognition of excellence in iOS apps. Learn more and see a full list of winners on the AppleVis website.

KNFB Reader Earns Second AFB Access Award for the NFB

The National Federation of the Blind was honored with a second American Foundation for the Blind Access Award at the 2016 AFB Leadership Conference for KNFB Reader. The AFB's Access Awards honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that are eliminating or substantially reducing inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. For more details, read the AFB press release.   

Where to Purchase the KNFB Reader

KNFB Reader can be purchased for iOS at the App Store.

KNFB Reader can be purchased for Android at the Google Play Store.

Giving KNFB Reader as a Gift

Giving KNFB Reader as a gift is easy!

To gift KNFB Reader for iOS to someone directly:

  • Open the App Store and search for KNFB Reader
  • Select the app
  • Select the Share button in the top right corner of the screen
  • Choose Gift (you will need to swipe past several options to reach this)
  • Enter the recipient’s email (you will need to use the email they have linked to their Apple ID)
  • You can include a message and set a specific date to send your gift

To redeem an iTunes gift card:

  • Open the App Store
  • Make sure you’re on the Featured tab
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose Redeem
  • Enter the redemption code from the card or use your phone’s camera to photograph the bar code on the gift card

To redeem a Google Play gift card:

  • Choose the Navigation button in the upper left corner
  • Scroll down and choose Redeem
  • Enter the redemption code located on the Google Play gift card

    Purchase KNFB Reader from the iOS App Store  Purchase KNFB Reader from the Google Play Store 

Questions About Using KNFB Reader?

For instructional videos about using KNFB Reader, please visit our online school at

You can also visit or contact us at or (347) 422-7085.

The KNFB Reader is developed by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Sensotec NV. KNFB Reader helps you live the life you want.