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How to Scan Documents Using Dropbox

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Who needs a scanner anymore? To digitize files, all you need is the Dropbox app on your iPhone and you’re in business. You can scan documents directly to Dropbox, using Dropbox, with just a few taps.

  • Open the Dropbox app on your iPhone and click the + icon in the middle of the bottom menu. (It doesn’t appear that this tool is available on Android just yet.)
  • Click on Scan Document. If this is the first time you’re doing this, you’ll have to give Dropbox permission to access your photos.
    • Point your camera at the document you want to scan. A blue border will appear, outlining the document. Then take the photo.
    • Alternatively, you can use an existing photo from your Camera Roll.
  • You have a few editing options now. For example, you can click on the sliders icon at the bottom of the screen to adjust the image (e.g., add filters or change the contrast).
  • If you want to add more pages, tap the icon that looks like multiple pages with a plus sign. You can click Arrange at the top to reorder the pages of your document–just long press and drag the pages. You can scan up to ten pages and save it as a single PDF.
  • Then click Next. Tap File Name to rename your file if you’d like. Next to File Type, select whether you want to save the file as a PDF or PNG.
  • Dropbox will have a default folder where it saves the files, but you can select a different location by clicking on Choose a Different Folder. Hit Save once you’re done.
  • As soon as the progress bar finishes and the file is no longer grayed out, you will have successfully digitized a file into Dropbox.

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