Use Google Photoscan App on Android

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Most of us have some older (or newer) photographs laying around that were taken with a traditional-style camera, developed and printed off. Up until the release of PhotoScan by Google photos, taking a digital shot with a smartphone would inevitably leave a glare from the flash. And of course shooting without the flash leaves the picture looking dull and lacking detail and sharpness.

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PhotoScan uses technology that eliminates the glare while retaining all the details of the original photograph. The process is simple enough, but it may take a few attempts to get the hang of it. Below we'll walk through the process of installing the app, scanning a photo, and covering the app's settings.

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For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android Oreo. However, PhotoScan will work on any device running Android 5.0 or higher.

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Install PhotoScan

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    Access your device's app drawer and tap the Play Store icon.
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    Once inside the Play Store, type "photoscan" into the search box
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    When the results populate, tap "PhotoScan by Google Photos".
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    On PhotoScan's app page, tap the green "INSTALL" button.
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    When the app finishes installing, tap "OPEN".
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    The first screen we see is an animation showing how the app's scanning function works
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    Tap "START SCANNING".
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    Next you'll be asked to allow PhotoScan permission to take pictures and video
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    Tap "ALLOW" to start scanning.
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Scanning a Photograph

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    If you continued from the previous step without closing PhotoScan, proceed to the next step
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    If you closed the app, open it again by tapping it from your home screen.
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    Depending on what you're scanning, you may or may not need the glare remover and flash
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    For this article, we left both the flash and glare remover enabled.
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    Next we need to position the device, so the picture is within the frame
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    When framed properly, tap the white circular button to begin.
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    Now you'll see four solid circles imposed over the picture, and one hollow, slightly larger circle
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    Next, you have to move the device around, so the larger hollow circle fully surrounds each of the four smaller solid circles.
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    Follow the little arrow that appears to go in the correct order and try to keep the device the same distance from the photo as you move it around. You can tap the red stop button at any time to start over.
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    If you did the previous step correctly, you would see a green checkmark appear
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    To perform a few basic edits, tap the little circle picture.
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    On the basic edit screen you can; Share, Rotate, Adjust corners, and Delete.
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    To perform more advanced edits, navigate to where the photo is stored and tap the three-line edit icon at the bottom of the screen.
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    The options are the same as editing a photo that you would take with the device's camera.
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Access Help and Printing Options

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    With the app open, tap the little question mark in the lower left corner.
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    On the help screen, there are various sections available to assist you further
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    To see all the related help sections, tap "BROWSE ALL ARTICLES".
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    To access your printing options, tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner, followed by "Print".
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    On the Select a printer screen, tap the drop-down arrow to manage paper size, Color, and Orientation
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    Tap the drop-down arrows to edit each option.
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    You can also save the photo/doc as a PDF by tapping the round blue PDF button in the bottom right corner.
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    While on the Select a printer screen, tap the drop-down arrow in the center at the top to access your printing options
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    Tap "All printers to view your options.
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    You can save as a PDF from this drop-down menu as well.
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    On the All printers screen you can select any printer linked to your device, or, you can save the photo/doc to Google Drive.
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    If you don't have any printers set up, tap "Add printer" to get started.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • To completely remove the glare you may need to take a few shots as the results are dependent on how well you maneuver the device around.
  • Keep the phone steady, fluid, and the same height from the picture as you move it around during the scanning phase for the best results.
  • Turn off glare removal to quickly scan documents containing simple text or images. Depending on the lighting in the room, you may not need the flash either.

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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