How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android and Google Drive or an iPhone and Dropbox

Ben Stegner has written an article and created a video that will interest many genealogists. How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android and Google Drive describes how to go paperless without the need any hardware other than your smartphone. You can actually scan documents with nothing more than your Android phone. You can read Ben Stegner’s article and watch the video at http://goo.gl/6v5KGD.

You can also perform the same functions with an Android phone and Evernote. See http://goo.gl/ekDILO for details.

You can also use the same techniques with an iPhone and with Dropbox. Assuming you have the Dropbox app installed on your iPhone, open the Dropbox app on your iPhone, tap the + (plus sign) button, and choose Scan Document. The iPhone takes a picture of the document being :”scanned.” After scanning the document, the next screen is the Edit view. The icons on the bottom of this view represent the actions you can take to edit your scan. Finish your editing and then tap Next to enter the Settings view. Name your file and decide on a file type and then decide where to save your document. Finally, touch SAVE.

With the iPhone and the Dropbox app, you can also save scan up to ten pages of a document and save the file as a single .PDF file.

Details on all this may be found at https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/9244.

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This sounds like even I can do it. Which of these phones do you recommend for a newbee? I am almost ready to take the plunge into smart phone/iphone but still concerned about the learning curve. I have no techie in my world. When’s the best time to purchase? How about your opinion on the pros and cons. Thanks again for giving simple solutions for the intimidated.

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The user interface on google drive for Android has changed since this video was made.
There is no visible scan option at the bottom of the screen.
Instead, scroll all the way to the bottom right and click the big “+” to get to the scan option.

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