Unless you have deep pockets, you’re unlikely to have a document scanner with you all of the time. Many people, on the other hand, have discovered that they can literally take a photo of any document using their smartphone. That’s a good idea, but the Google Drive app has a more powerful camera-based scanning feature that brings this easy trick to the next level. Let’s look at how to scan documents and save them to Google Drive.
Using the Google Drive app’s document-scanning feature has a number of advantages over simply opening your camera app and snapping a photo of a document. Google’s software has image processing intelligence that can automatically format the image into something that looks a lot like a flatbed scan.
How to Scan Documents Directly to iCloud Drive on iPhone?
Files is to iOS what Finder is to macOS. The built-in document scanner for efficient file management has been slowly but gradually added to the iOS stock file manager, including super useful folder-sharing, the ability to compress/extract ZIP files, and the ability to compress/extract ZIP files. For added protection and universal usability, you can search documents directly to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or other cloud storage services using the Files app on your iPhone or iPad. Allow me to assist you in getting started with this useful file management feature!
Scan Documents Directly to iCloud Drive / Dropbox / Google Drive on iPhone and iPad
iCloud Drive is tightly integrated with the Files app, allowing you to store all of your files in one place. In addition, the default file manager supports a variety of common cloud storage services. It also allows you to save your documents and files locally. So, depending on your needs, you can save your scanned documents in the correct storage location.
If you want to store your documents in a different cloud storage service, make sure you’ve allowed it. Simply go to the Files app’s Locations section and press the three dots in the top right corner. Then choose Edit from the menu. Then, switches on the cloud storage app’s toggle.
In the Files App on iOS/iPadOS, choose your preferred storage location.
First, we’ll choose the place where the scanned documents will be saved.
- Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad to get started.
- Next, go to the bottom of the page and select the Browse tab. Then, in the top left corner of the keyboard, press the “back” button.
- Finally, choose your favourite storage place. As previously mentioned, you can use iCloud Drive or another supported cloud storage service. You can also opt to save the scanned document locally by selecting On My iPhone/iPad.
- In the Files App on iOS/iPadOS, scan directly to your desired location.
- Following your selection of a specific spot, you can begin scanning as normal.
- In the top right corner of the screen, tap the three dots.
- Now choose Scan Documents from the drop-down menu.
- Scanning the document as normal is the next step. It’s worth noting that the auto-capture feature is also available.
- Bring your paper into the viewfinder or snap the scan with the shutter button. You can also drag the corners to improve the appearance of your scan.
- When you’ve finished scanning the document, make sure to save it.
That concludes our discussion. Your scanned document will be stored in the location you specify.
On iPhone and iPad, save the scanned documents to your preferred location.
So, on your iOS or iPadOS computer, you can search directly to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or local storage. Choose cloud storage if you want to be able to access your documents from any computer and add an extra layer of security. Pick the “On My iPhone/iPad” choice if you want to store your documents locally.
Note: You will be given the choice to Keep Scan or Retake during the scanning process. Keep Scan if you’re satisfied with the scan. However, if you’re not satisfied, choose to Retake to start over.
Better still, any scans you make are automatically saved in your Google Drive, making this an ideal method for scanning documents quickly in libraries, government offices, or at the lawyer’s office. You can also use the scanning feature to generate multi-page PDF files from your scans on the fly. Have you made up your mind? Then it’s time to try out this cool Google Drive trick.
How to use Google Drive to search documents?
- Download and instal the Google Drive software.
- Select the “plus” button.
- Select “scan” from the menu.
- Make changes to your scan
- That concludes our discussion.
1. Download and instal the Google Drive app.
The Google Drive app should already be available on most Android phones. If you don’t have it yet, you can get it from the Google Play Store. The app is also available for iOS users in their respective app stores. The instructions below are for the Android edition, but they are almost identical on both platforms.
2. Choose “plus” from the drop-down menu.
To begin, open the Google Drive app and look for the big “plus” icon in the lower right corner of the app window.
3. Press the Scan button.
After that, simply press the ‘scan’ button. The one with the camera icon is the one I’m talking about. It’s named ‘using a camera’ on iOS.
4. Make changes to your scan
This activates the scanning feature in Google Drive. The three steps involved in capturing a page are shown in the screenshot below. To begin, take the photo in the same way you would any other. After that, Google Drive will give you the option to check the image. Tap ‘OK’ if you’re satisfied. If that doesn’t work, tap ‘Retry’ and try again. You can fine-tune the capture after tapping ‘OK’ before completing the scan.
We don’t want the background information behind the textbook in this situation. So, to the left of the pallet icon, press the crop icon at the top of the page.
Take the photo first. Now you can either confirm or retry the picture. The picture can now be cropped.
Google’s programme then attempts to select the text on its own. If it doesn’t frame the page correctly, simply drag the nodes on the outline until they do. To complete the page, tap the checkmark. Simply tap the “plus” button on the bottom left of the app window to add another tab to the sequence of scans.
Repeat this step until you’ve scanned all of the pages you need, then check the box to save the document to your Google Drive.
If necessary, adjust the cropping nodes. If necessary, add additional pages. The output file should now be saved to your Google Drive.
5. That’s all there is to it!
That’s how you search documents with Google Drive in its most simple form. Once saved, the final scan can automatically upload to the Google Cloud, where it will be available for your review at any time. You’ll never have to worry about digitising your paper trail again thanks to this app feature!
Google Drive has a long list of features, and the internet search giant is constantly introducing new ones. We recently announced that this brave app can now fill out PDF forms as well. It’s clear the tapping that unassuming triangular icon every now and then to see what’s new is worthwhile. You might just come across the perfect killer element.
What are your thoughts on the stock file manager, and which new features have you found particularly useful? Please share your thoughts in the section below.