Turn your phone into a doc scanner

Dropbox Scan is a scanner app that lets you transform physical documents into high-quality PDFs right from your phone and securely store them to Dropbox.

Dropbox doc scanner

Save and organize all your important docs

With Dropbox Scan, you never have to worry about losing track of key contracts, receipts, invoices, tax info, or any important docs anymore. Just use this doc scanner app to quickly transform paper docs into high-quality PDFs you can organize and share instantly—right from your phone.

Mobile phone scanning a printed document using the Dropbox doc scanner

Everything you need in a doc scanner—on the go

Use the app to scan right from your phone for just about anything you want to convert to a digital file. Then securely store, organize, and share your files in one safe place.

Scan receipts, forms, contracts, bills, and invoices

Ditch the filing cabinet and keep digital copies of important files. Keep them organized in Dropbox, and access them from any of your devices.

Scan ID cards and passports

No more frantically transcribing notes from the whiteboard. Just use the doc scanner, and an image of the whiteboard will be uploaded as a PDF or PNG into the folder of your choice—ready to share.

Scan photos

Preserve your old photos in Dropbox, so they'll be safe and easily accessible. All it takes is your phone—no special equipment needed.

Scan whiteboard drawings and notes

No more frantically transcribing notes from the whiteboard. Just use the doc scanner, and an image of the whiteboard will be uploaded as a PDF or PNG into your Scans folder—ready to share.

Scan anything you want to keep or remember

Inspiration can be found anywhere—like when you’re flipping through a magazine at the doctor’s office. Instead of ripping out someone else’s magazine page, just scan the page or excerpt into Dropbox using the scanner.

Scan napkin sketches

Did a brilliant idea just pop into your head? With Dropbox doc scanner, you’ll always be able to capture it when it happens.

Use the Dropbox Scan app to customize your scans

Scan documents, forms, IDs, passports, photos, whiteboards, business cards, and more

Auto-detection and smart cropping

Choose from 3 filters—black and white, whiteboard, or original

Adjust the contrast of your scan to enhance scan quality

Crop and rotate the scan

Multi-page support means you can add new scans as additional pages

Re-order pages within the scan

Choose between saving as a PDF or as a PNG

Retake a scan without starting again (especially useful for multi-page scans)

Frequently asked questions

A scanner is a device that scans physical documents such as receipts, photographs, or paperwork into a digital format. Once converted into a digital format, the files can be saved electronically. The user can then view, edit, store, and share the digital version from there.

Similar to taking a photo, when you use your mobile scanner app, you use your camera phone to capture the image. From there, the doc scanner app will guide you to properly line up the image with the crop marks you see on your phone. It may require that the lighting be brighter. But it should only take a second, maybe two, to scan the image. Once the image is scanned, it’s converted to a PDF that you can use digitally.

Scanning with Dropbox Scan is simple, quick, and easy. Open the Dropbox Scan mobile app and tap the "+" (plus sign) to start scanning.

Dropbox Scan is a standalone app for power scanners or those looking for a simple scanning solution on mobile. The Dropbox mobile app is a comprehensive cloud storage app that offers numerous features within it including document scanning.

At this time, the Dropbox Scan app is only available on iOS. We recommend using the scanner feature within the Dropbox Android app in the meantime until Dropbox Scan is available on Android.

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