The Award-Winning KNFB Reader App Turns Text to Speech on iOS, Android and Windows 10 Devices

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 or publishes it in Braille with a refreshable display. It's fast and accurate. 

Patented features help you take the best photo. Text Detection lets 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 as speech, Braille, or easily-read, highlighted text.

What Can KNFB Reader Do for You?

KNFB Reader reads 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.

KNFB Reader can read print on your computer or tablet screen when your screen reader is not cooperating. Photograph the screen and know exactly what the screen says.

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 use any 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.

Learn more:

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

KNFB Reader Information Sheet (accessible PDF)

What Are Users Saying About KNFB Reader?

“It recognizes printed text more fluently than any other app. Thanks KNFB Reader!”

“This app is phenomenal. If you are blind or have any other kind of print reading issues, I recommend getting this app.”

“It's worth every cent. Other OCR apps compare very poorly to KNFB.”

“Wow! Being a visually impaired college student is tough, but this app just made my life easier.”

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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 KNFB Reader

KNFB Reader can be purchased for iOS at the App Store, the Google Play Store and the Microsoft Windows app store.

Note: The Windows 10 store is best navigated using Microsoft Narrator. View our Windows 10 Storefront Guide (or download the Microsoft Word version) to help make your purchase easier.

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

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 [email protected] 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.