Your Android phone has a HIDDEN easy to use scanner! Just check your Google Drive

    Your file-keeping tool Google Drive can scan your documents too! Know where to find this Android phone scanner.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 18 2022, 23:20 IST
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    1/6 When you have to travel to a new place or any place where you have never been before, or want to know the directions of any area, building, among others, the most common app that you can rely on for the same is Google Maps. Google Maps is one of the most prominent and widely used applications for locating and reaching places you want to visit or are travelling to. (Reuters)
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    2/6 However, you will need an internet connection to run the same. But as per the information provided by Google's support page, if you are travelling by a car you can use Google Maps offline too for reliable navigation and safety features when your car has a poor internet connection. (Pixabay)
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    You can scan documents with Google Drive on your Android phone too! Here’s a quick guide for you. (Pixabay)

    When it comes to scanning documents quickly via your smartphone, the famous CamScanner app used to be the saver for all Android users. Open the app, keep the document within the camera range and get a scanned copy in PDF form within a few seconds. However, the sudden ban on several Chinese apps in India, back in June 2020 over concerns of national security axed the CamScanner too. However, as soon as this scanning app vanished in India, several other options popped up. With plenty of apps available out there, it becomes difficult to choose the best app for you. But you don't need to find it anywhere else, as your Android phone already has a hidden app for scanning documents.

    It is none other than Google Drive. Yes, your Google Drive can work as a document scanner too! It is available for both Android and iPhone users, but you can access this feature on Android devices only. Wondering how to use it? Know here in simple steps how to scan documents on your phone using Google Drive.

    How to scan documents on your phone using Google Drive

    Step 1:

    To scan the documents via Android’s hidden feature, you will need to access the Google Drive app on your phone first. 

    Step 2:

    Once you open Google Drive, then tap the + icon available at the right bottom of the home screen and click on the Scan button.

    Step 3:

    Now, tap the checkmark available on your document when you take a picture of it.

    Step 4:

    After that, preview the document and adjust the proper area of the document by using the crop tool while dragging the corners of the scanned document.

    Step 5:

    Once the editing is completed, you can click on the Save button. Hit the Save button again after selecting a file name, Google Account, and location in the required box. 

    Step 6:

    This will automatically be converted into a PDF file and will be saved in the Google Drive storage. You can download it similar to the other files.  

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    First Published Date: 18 Aug, 23:20 IST
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