Scan and Annotate with the new Evernote for Android

evernoteI consider Evernote to be one of the most essential tools for genealogists as well as for almost everyone else who owns a computer. See for my past articles about Evernote. The more I use it, the more valuable Evernote becomes. I now have more than 4,000 notes in Evernote covering a wide variety of genealogy and non-genealogy topics alike. I love having everything at my fingertips on my cell phone, tablet, and desktop computers. I refer to Evernote many times every day. It is the equivalent of having a filing cabinet with me at all times.

One thing disturbs me, however. Evernote produced a wonderful app called Scannable for Apple iOS that allows the Evernote user to capture paper documents quickly and to easily transform that paper into high-quality scans ready to save or share.

I have used Scannable on an iPhone many times to create digital images of genealogy records as well as grocery bills, insurance documents, eyeglass prescriptions, and all sorts of other things. Best of all, Scannable automatically inserts the images into Evernote where they can easily be retrieved at any time in the future. See for more information about Scannable for Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

Yet there has been no equivalent app for Android devices. Until now.

When I recently switched from an iPhone to an Android phone, I was disappointed to find that Scannable is not available for Android. However, the Evernote folks have now come to the Android user’s rescue.

The latest release of Evernote for Android features a redesigned Evernote camera that makes capturing and managing your shots smoother and better than ever before. It now consists of simply two photo-capturing modes: a default automatic mode and a manual mode. In short, the Evernote for Android app now includes functionality similar to the Scannable app for iOS.

According to the Evernote Blog at

When you take a picture of a document in automatic mode, Evernote’s in-app camera detects the document’s size and type and calibrates to take the best snap possible. Evernote then processes the image, crops it, and adjusts the contrast for a clear and crisp digital rendering. You don’t need to do anything else—just point the camera and let the app do all the work. Get your update and give it a try.

Images you recently scanned are temporarily kept in a gallery where they’re easily managed. Delete the scans you don’t want with a simple upward swipe, and save the rest to Evernote. You also have the option here of manually selecting the format in which you want to save your scans.

In short, the equivalent of Scannable is now included within the Evernote for Android app. There is no need to use a separate app; everything is within the primary Evernote for Android app.

If you already have Evernote for Android installed in your smartphone, make sure you obtain the latest update to gain the new functionality. Click on the PLUS icon to add a new note, then click on CAMERA to take a digital image of the document you wish to add.

The latest release of Evernote for Android also adds a number of other new features. You can learn more in the Evernote Blog at


Dick, Do you have to file the scanned images into Evernote or can you put them into your existing usual folders? We don’t have or use Evernote. Yet.


Thanks for info need to checking this out and congrats on your award- well deserved.


I’ve just been playing with this. It’s great on automatic correcting perspective and everything. But I can’t work out how to get to Manual mode – which of course I may not need but I’d like to be able to do it anyway. Any Clues?


—> But I can’t work out how to get to Manual mode

When displaying the camera’s image, just before you are about to snap a picture of the document, press on the square icon in the corner of the screen. That switches to manual mode.


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