Use Adobe Scan on Android

Edited by Jay

Although the world has become more digital with each passing year, there are still many real-life scenarios where physical documents are used. Valuable information such as; financial/tax, mortgage, medical, business cards, etc. continue to circulate, with no real end in sight. Of course, the option to receive digital documentation is offered by any significant business or institution, but in the event it isn't, or, you didn't opt-in for, it's nice to have the ability to scan documents with your mobile device.

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Adobe Scan for Android is an excellent alternative to Google Assistant for scanning documents and saving them in PDF format. Offered for free on the Play Store (with in-app purchases), Adobe Scan allows users to sign in with either; Facebook, Google, or an Adobe account.

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In the following tutorial, we're going to show how to; download and install Adobe Scan, scan various documents and access them in the cloud storage, as well as the app's preferences. For this guide, we used a Google Pixel running Android Oreo 8.1.0.

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Install and Setup Adobe Scan for Android

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    On the home screen, swipe up to access your app drawer.
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    From inside your app drawer, tap the "Play Store" shortcut.
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    Once the Play Store app is open, search for; "adobe scan" (without the quotes)
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    When the results populate, tap the first link. To go to the app directly, visit this link.
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    Once on the app's information screen, tap "INSTALL".
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    When the app installation is finished, tap "OPEN".
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    The first thing we have to do is sign in
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    You can use; Facebook, Google, or Adobe login credentials. In our example, we used our main Google account.
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    Once signed in, select your country and date of birth, then tap "DONE". To begin scanning, head to the next section of this guide.
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Scan Documents and Convert to PDF on Android

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    Now that you're signed in, you'll be taken directly to the camera/scan screen
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    Tap "Let's Go", then tap "ALLOW" to give the application permission to use your device's camera.
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    At the top of the screen, you have the option to turn on/off Auto-Capture and Flash
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    You can also tap the "X" to go back to the app's, main screen.
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    To scan a document, position your device above until the blue border is surrounding it
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    Once your device is in the correct position, a message will appear that says; "Ready to capture". Tap the blue capture button to scan your document.
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    To view, edit, and save your scanned document as a PDF, tap the preview in the lower right corner.
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    At the bottom of the screen there are a few editing tools; crop, rotate, magic wand, etc
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    In our example, we had to rotate the document. Once you're happy with your edits, tap "Save PDF" in the top right corner.
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    To name your document, tap the pencil icon next to the default filename
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    Using your keyboard, type the new name, then tap "Save PDF" once again.
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    If you wish to convert one of your existing images to PDF, tap the "+" sign in the lower right corner, followed by "Scan from Photos".
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    To use one of your existing images, you'll have to grant the app permission to access your photos, media, and files
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    Tap "ALLOW" to continue.
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    From the Add from photos screen, tap an image you wish to make a PDF, then tap the checkmark in the top right corner. To view only documents, toggle the switch next to; "Show Only Documents".
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    With your image selected, you can perform edits and rename the document, just as we did in step #12 and #13
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    Once your document is ready, tap "Save PDF".
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    To share your PDF, select it from the main screen, then tap the share icon
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    Next, select either; Share Link, Email, or Share a copy. Depending on which option you choose, you'll be prompted with various share options.
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Adobe Scan Preferences

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    From Adobe Scan's main screen, tap the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner, followed by "Preferences".
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    The first option inside Preferences is "DATA"
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    If you don't mind using your device's mobile data to upload to Adobe Cloud, toggle the switch to enable the usage of data.
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    The next option inside Preferences is for "TEXT RECOGNITION (OCR)"
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    Toggle the switch on to enable text recognition on a saved PDF.
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    To change the Text Language, tap "Text recognition Language", then choose a language from the list.
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    The final option inside Preferences is "FILES"
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    Toggle the switch next to save the original images to your photo gallery.
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  • If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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