Child pages
  • Using Your Phone as a Scanner with CamScanner

Versions Compared

Key

  • This line was added.
  • This line was removed.
  • Formatting was changed.
Warning

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

Perhaps you worked out a complicated math or chemistry equation on paper and need to share it with your professor. Perhaps you signed a printed document and need to retain a copy for your own records. In these situations and more, your phone can be an excellent tool for capturing and sharing the work.

These instructions talk about the CamScanner app, which is just one of many similar tools available right now. Other popular free options include Genius Scan and Adobe Scan. Of course, there are paid perks available for each of the free apps you will find, and you will also need to think about the security of the materials you scan and where you save them. 

The CamScanner app is available for both iOS and Android. There are paid features, but you can do everything in this tutorial with the free version.

  1. Open the app.
  2. Press the camera to start a scan.
    (add image)Start New ScanImage Added
  3. Point your phone’s camera at the document you want. Press the Camera button.

  4. Drag the edges or corners to crop the photo if necessary, then press Next.
    Take ScanImage Added

  5. Adjust your scan

    1. Rename file (optional, but recommended)

    2. Use options at the bottom to get the best visual - Magic Color often works best for a white background page.

    3. Click the Save checkmark.
      edit scanImage Added

  6. You can add pages by clicking the Camera button again.

  7. Once finished, share your file using either the PDF icon or the share icon (to the left and right of the red a in image below)
    Sharing FinalImage Added
    1. If you want a PDF, choose PDF and go to step 8.
    2. If you want a JPG, choose Share and go to step 9. 
    3. If you want one of the other file formats, you will see the options (and any potentially associated costs) by choosing the Share icon. 
  8. After you see your PDF (with watermark), click the Share button at the top right. Go to step 10.
    Share PDFImage Added
  9. Choose Share JPG (JPGs will also have a watermark). Go to step 10. 
    Share JPGImage Added
  10. Choose the service you wish to use for sharing. The options you have will depend on what other apps are installed on your device. You will probably opt to use Gmail or Save to Drive in order to share your file.
    Share viaImage Added
  11. You've now scanned and shared your work! Congratulations!