Scan documents and save them to PDF on Android

How to easily scan by phone a document and save it in pdf format using it Google Drive.

Android

Smartphones have built-in advanced identification software , allowing you to use it to scan documents in high resolution. There is a plethora Android applications that have the ability to scan your documents in PDF format, but may either require money or be burdened by ads. Fortunately, you do not have to download any of these. All you need is your Android device and the Google Drive app. Let's see how.

Before you start scanning
First, open the Google Drive application and set a folder where you want your scans to be saved. Once you have selected the folder of your choice, look at the bottom right of the screen. There you will see a round button with the symbol "+". Pressing this key will open a dialog box. In this window you will see a camera icon with the word "Scan" below. Using it will automatically open the camera on your Android phone.

Scan your document
Once the camera opens on your device, simply press the shutter button to scan the desired document. But before you do, here are some tips to get the most out of it from scanning.

First, place your document on the opposite color surface. In other words, if you have a white document, try to place it on a dark background. This will make it easier for the scanner to find the edges of your document.

Second, try to place the camera directly above the document. This will lead to cleaner edges and better overall scanning.

Finally, make sure you have plenty of light. Adequate lighting will minimize shadows and increase the quality of the scan.

Set up your scan
After you press the shutter button, the scanner will load a preview of your document. At this point you can trim the document. In addition, you can change the color (the default is black and white) and rotate the document if necessary.

If you want to scan multiple pages in the same document, tap the “+” sign (plus) at the bottom left of the screen.

If you want to scan your document again, press the button in the middle (with the left-hand arrow). If you are happy with the scan, tap the selection mark in the lower right corner of the screen. The scanned document will be saved and synced to Google Drive as a PDF file.

Advantages of scanning with Google Drive
There are some important advantages when using Google Drive for scanning. First, the scanned document is accessible from any device that has the Google Drive app installed, as well as from any web . Plus, since the scan is synced to your drive, you automatically have a cloud-based backup every time you scan a document. Finally, all scans in Google Drive are searchable, meaning you can retrieve scans by searching for keywords that appear in your documents.

Add a scan shortcut to your home screen
If you use scan often you can add a shortcut for it scanning via Google Drive, right on your home screen. To create a shortcut, follow these steps:

  • Go to your widget's widgets.
  • Locate the Drive Scan widget.
  • Touch and hold the widget and drag it to a location on your home screen.
  • When the widget is located where you want it, let it fit.
  • You can select an existing folder to save the documents or create a new one. The scan widget will display the name of the folder you have selected.

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