Android smartphones have excellent cameras that allow you to scan documents using an app from the Google Play store. Here’s how to get started.
1. From the Google Play store, search for the free app called “Handy Scanner Free PDF Creator” and install it onto your Android smartphone.
2. Launch the app from the home menu and then tap the “camera” icon to open up the camera.
3. Position the camera so that the entire document is viewable, and make sure that the shot is well focused.
4. Press the “capture” button to take a shot of the document. If you have more pages to scan, just keep taking pictures one by one until you are finished.
5. Once you’ve scanned all of the documents press the “check” button to the left of the “capture” button to continue.
6. The app should automatically detect the document and line it up as straight as possible within the box that appears. However, if the document does not line up correctly in the box, just drag the red markers on the corners of the box to fit around your document. Tap the “arrow” on the bottom of the screen when you’re done to “correct the perspective.”
7. If further edits need to be made, just use the editing tools that the app provides. ("Rotate" tool to rotate the document; “filter tool” in the middle to “enhance the color;” “grayscale,” or make the document “print-ready.”)
8. When you are done editing the image, tap the “arrow” button on the bottom right of the screen to continue.
9. Give your document a name, and hit “ok.” The app should process your document. If there are multiple pages and you want to rearrange them, just hold down the page and drag it to where you want it to be.
10. The last step is to send your document to yourself or another person. Just tap the document and select either “JPEG” or “PDF.” You will be provided with different options through which you will send your scanned documents. Select your preferred destination and then hit “upload.”