Using Your Phone as a Scanner

You can use the Google Drive app on an android phone or tablet to create a PDF copy of a paper document using the device's camera. The quality of the image won't be as good as if an actual scanner had been used - and you will probably at some point need to get the document scanned in again using a proper scanner - but for making a  PDF copy of a document in an emergency when you are away from base, it can be useful. See here for a tutorial. As explained in the tutorial, after photographing each page of a document, you tap the + button to photograph the next page of the document, and, when you have photographed the last page of a particular document, you tap the tick button.

If you have an iPhone or other non-android device, you can use the Adobe Acrobat Reader Mobile app to create a PDF copy of a paper document. See here for a video of how to scan in multi-page document as a PDF. Once you get the Your PDF has been saved in Acrobat message, press Share then Share File to save the send/save the PDFNote that in the video above it shows a document being thrown away after being photographed but generally you will want to keep the original document and not throw it away.


The information on this page about specific computer techniques is provided for information purposes only. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date at the time it was written but no responsibility for its accuracy, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by me. You should satisfy yourself, before using any of the techniques, software or services described, that the techniques are appropriate for your purposes and that the software or service is reliable.

This page was lasted updated in December 2017. Disclaimer