3-Three Ad FREE Android Apps To Scan Documents

Recently CamScanner, my go-to android app to scan documents on my smartphone, made the news for using an advertising library that injected malicious code onto devices. I don’t know if the developers were aware of this or not; but, it was enough for me to uninstall CamScanner and start looking at other options.

What I found was this. There are 3-three really good document scanner options out there that will not cost you a cent that is developed by names we all have come to recognize. Those names being Microsoft, Google and Adobe (see below). — Rick @ What’s On My PC

Microsoft Office Lens – PDF Scanner (Beta)

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This option you will be prompted to set up a Microsoft account if you do not have one. The document scanner works very well, but what I found is that it is limited in sharing options. I ended up uninstalling this one from my phone due to this. If you are big Microsoft user, then this app would be a good choice.

Google Drive

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I already had Google Drive installed on my phone and did not know that it has an option built into the app that allows you to scan documents. What you do is this:

Scan a document

  1. Open the Google Drive app Google Drive.
  2. In the bottom right, tap Add Add.
  3. Tap Scan Scan.
  4. Take a photo of the document you’d like to scan.
    • Adjust scan area: Tap Crop Crop.
    • Take photo again: Tap Re-scan current page Refresh.
    • Scan another page: Tap Add Add.
  5. To save the finished document, tap Done Done.

Add a scanning shortcut to your Home screen

To set up a shortcut to scan documents:

  1. Open your Android phone or tablet’s widgets.
  2. Find the “Drive scan” widget.
  3. Touch and hold the widget.
  4. Drag it onto your Home screen. You may be asked to select an account.
  5. Choose the folder you’ll save documents inside. If you want to create a folder, tap New Folder New folder.
  6. Tap Select. You’ll see the folder name in the widget.

Adobe Scan: PDF & Business Card Scanner with OCR

This one is my favorite. The scanner works effortlessly and there are options to share to other services (such as your email, Google Drive, etc… ). You will need to set up an account with Adobe in order to access the Adobe Document Cloud where the scans are stored. You can also save the scans locally to your phone.
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