Most Android phones can now scan documents easily without going through any stress. Some phones like Samsung, Google Pixel, Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei, Tecno, Infinity, Nokia etc can directly scan documents from the camera app.
To start scanning everything from receipts to recipes, you only need an Android phone with a decent camera and the Google Drive app. That’s all there is to it. Let’s get scanning.
How to scan documents on your Android
- Open your camera and line it up with a document to start scanning.
- When you see yellow lines border the paper, select Tap to scan.
- Now click save to store your document
- Open Google Drive on your Android device and make sure you’re signed in with your Google account.
- Click on the floating “+” button in the bottom right corner.
- You’ll see a menu with some options. Select “Scan.”
- The camera will immediately open (you may need to grant the app permission to use your camera first)
- Now position the document so that it’s entirely in the frame, then snap the photo.
- The next screen will ask you to confirm that you want to use the photo. Tap “OK” to proceed.
- Google Drive will attempt to automatically crop and adjust the lighting. If it needs some help, you can manually adjust it with the crop and color buttons. To add another page to the document, tap the Add Page button.
- Once all the pages are looking good, tap “Save” to finish.
- Now you can give the file a name and choose which folder to save it to. The document will be saved as a PDF in the desired folder.
There are a lot of other apps in the Play Store that can do this, but Google Drive is the easiest, and many people already use it. Scanners are just another thing that smartphones have replaced. If only they could replace printers, too.